The Monster Mash

by HEAB on May 3, 2009

First off, my little brother is home!

Welcome home Scottie!

Isn't he cute? 🙂

After graduating from UNC, my brother served our country as a Naval Aviator and just moved back to Nashville last week.  We’re only 15 months apart and super close. I also have an older brother who lives in Indianapolis (Love you Chip!). Scottie, I could not be more proud of you, and I’m so happy to have you home!!!

Yesterday, I tried my second Iyengar Yoga class.  Iyengar Yoga really focuses on proper alignment, and I was constantly getting adjusted by the teacher (love that!). We did some stretching with a partner, and then got down to business with core work, headstand, handstand, and shoulder stand.  We worked on our standing split against the wall which really allowed me to get deeper into the pose.  It was great, but I’ll be honest.  I’m still struggling with the whole I’m not getting my heart rate up and sweating thing.  I KNOW in my heart that this class was sooo good for my body in that it definitely worked all of my muscles, but I want you guys to know that I still freak out sometimes about not getting that calorie burn. I’m working on it, and I know I’ll get there one day.  Body, I’m listening to you…promise! 🙂

After yoga, it was time for some lunch, and since I’m doing Katie’s New Foods Challenge, I decided on purple cauliflower. Never had it. Look how pretty:

Purple bowl of fiber.

Purple bowl of fiber.

I followed Katie’s Monster-Mashed Cauliflower recipe, but substituted basil for the parsley and threw in a few sun dried tomatoes as well.  Underneath my big purple blob was wilted spinach and sauteed collard greens with a side of Trader Joe’s veggie tortilla chips with flax.

Several lessons learned from this meal:

  1. I’ve decided that collard greens taste much better when simmered with a ham hock. This past week, I’ve tried eating them raw, steamed, roasted, and sauteed. What can I say?  I’m Southern, and in my opinion, greens will always taste better with a little flava lovin from the pig.
  2. Do not attempt to consume an entire head of cauliflower in one sitting unless you want your stomach to explode.
  3. Purple food is fun to eat…just don’t eat it all. 🙂

CD’s random comment of the day:

You and Justine make a cute couple…Um, thanks honey?


Lexie May 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Your brother is super cute 🙂 Is he tall?

Zoe May 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm

A bar with algae?!?!?! I wanna try!!!

Samantha May 4, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Welcome home to your brother! He gets 2 thumbs up , being a Tarheel AND a navy guy!

Love the cauliflower…so pretty!

I can’t do collards in any way shape or form. I’m a southern girl too and every new year’s day my mom would make it. I’d leave. For the whole day. And hold my nose as I filled my plate full of food. I love greens…but collards…not so much.

Chelsea May 4, 2009 at 6:15 pm

The bars look delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

Robin May 4, 2009 at 10:09 am

Maca Root Powder! I have never heard of this and any bar that tastes like a thin mint is one I have to try! 4.95 is super pricey, though. Thanks for the giveaway!

Pureed cauliflower for breakfast? You are much more adventurous than I 🙂

Holly May 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

Is your brother a. single and/or b. tall? 🙂 I’m so glad he’s home – I love having family close.

I can’t believe your other brother teaches at Carmel High! I live in Fishers – just a hop, skip, and a jump away. SUCH a small world!

An ENTIRE head of cauliflower??!! That is impressive, my friend. I think I’ve done a head of brocoli, and it ended with similar results. Unfortunately it was also my senior prom night (brocoli a la carte was the cheapest thing on the menu) and dancin’ in a dress whilst feeling 6 months prego is not so much fun.

CurlyTop May 4, 2009 at 7:47 am


I have a whole head of ORANGE cauliflower waiting in my fridge to do just this. I promise not to eat the whole thing!

And BTW-your little bro looks just like you. I can totally see the family resemblance. ;D

Have a good monday!

With Love,


PS- You were one of the winners to the April Challenge. Send me your address and I’ll get that print out to you today.

brandi May 4, 2009 at 6:59 am

ha, I love purple cauliflower – it IS fun to eat!

welcome home Brother Eats Almond Butter – wait, he does, doesn’t he?

MizFit May 4, 2009 at 4:03 am

(welcome home brother!!!!)

It took me eons (and aging to be honest) to get my brain past the “but this isnt a workout! Im not hoisting iron or sweating” of yoga in general, but Im so glad that I did.

I think people like madonna do a disservice (did? does she still say this?)though when they “claim” all they do is yoga.

Emily May 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Hooray for your brother being home! I am super close to my sister, and I always love it when we get to be together at holidays.

Iyengar Yoga sounds challenging with all of the inverted poses. I think I would like it, though. My mom was always telling me to walk through a room right-side up for once when I was little. 🙂

The purple cauliflower looks so pretty. I bet it has some anthocyanins in it? I will remember not to eat it all in one day, though. The last time I tried collard greens, I remember them being very bitter. Maybe they just needed some pig lovin. 🙂

Erin May 3, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I don’t know that I’ve ever done anything with cauliflower before. It looks quite delicious though. It seems like a good thing to try.
Good job on listening to your body. The class sounded great and so glad you’re brother is home!

Emily May 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Glad your bro is back home! 😀 I have never tried purple cauliflower, but how fun!

Ashley May 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm

That a lot of cauliflower in one sitting! But at least it was pretty. I’m impressed with your new food! I need to find something new too…

I think the sweat thing is really a mental battle right? You just need to get your head into the gam, so to speak, and you’ll be sorted. I know its easier said than done!

lisaheartspizza May 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Wow. that is much prettier than regular cauliflower. I wonder if it has the more anti-oxidants because of its purple color?? Sorry your belly was hurting after, but dang girl that is a LOT of fiber-not just cauliflower but spinach and collards too! Your bro is most definitely a cutie, and I see the resemblance!

RunToFinish May 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm

my grocery had orange cauliflower approximately 1 time and I think it freaked out so many people that I will never see anything but white again

OrangePop May 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm

You need to rename the blog “What the beautiful people eat” because everyone I’ve seen is so darn good looking!!!
Very “purpley” (haha Elf?!)

Meghann May 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Hubba Hubba.. your brother is sexy!! 😉

Happy to hear he’s home. I’m excited for my little sis to be back home too! 🙂

ksgoodeats May 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Aw, I’m glad your brother’s home!! That’s great that he served the country – very admirable! Oh, your brother is very cute by the way!

Shout out to the purple cauliflower!! I love it! So much more fun to eat than plain old white. I’ll have to try your cauli-mash! Hope your stomach didn’t explode!!

carolinebee May 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm

yay for the bro! Very cute 😀 I agree on the collard greens thing- some “healthy” food is meant to be served “unhealthily”! Good work with the new food- I wonder if spinach oats would count?? hmm, because I’ve had both, but not together!

the dainty pig May 3, 2009 at 4:00 pm

woah lady, I have definitely been there in the cauliflower department…haha…oh my goodness! That stuff is so good, but definitely results in major puff belly for me 🙂

I totally understand about the yoga situation. It is a HUGE mental obstacle for me as well. I always feel that if I don’t get all sweaty and i’m not moving much, that I am not really getting “exercise.” But lately, I have just been telling my mind to shut up! I have been mixing up my practice with some slower sequences and longer holds, and I have been getting great results. Sometimes, slower is better…but I think variety is definitely the best!


homegirlcaneat May 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Yay for your brother coming home! That purple cauliflower looks so good! Have a good Sunday with your fam!

Jen May 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Your purple cauliflower mash appeals way too much to my girly side. 😛 It’s great that your brother is home!

Briana May 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Pretty cauliflower! Glad to see your brother is home, mine are coming home from college this week 🙂 Even if you don’t feel like your getting a workout, I’m sure you are.

getfitslowly May 3, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I am glad your brother is home and lives only 15 minutes away! It is such a blessing to have family living close.

And I couldn’t help but smile to see that he went to UNC, as I go there 🙂

coco May 3, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Your brother is so cute! You must be proud of him by serving the country for so long and missed him a lot during this time too!

I love love doing split against the wall, it feels much deeper! And thanks for being sincere with us about not getting the cal burned and all staff. I think the paradox is that when I work a lot of cardio I tend to eat more and more excited, so net calorie is the same as when I just do yoga and be more calm, therefore eat less and lighter. But of course, the endorphin that good sweat workout is different that what yoga provides us, so doing both is the best, at least for me! 🙂

Sarah May 3, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Is it wrong for me to think your brother is totally hot?!

I can’t find purple cauliflower here, unless you count the head that’s been in my fridge way too long.

Thanks for your sweet comments as always. Love you HEAB!

Candy Mountain May 3, 2009 at 11:39 am

OMG Heather! Your brother is super HOT! I heard he’s single too! 😉

Mandy A May 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

Your brother is adorable! Glad he’s safe and that he’s home!

I have to say.. you and Justine do make quite the cute couple 😉

I have never had collards… I’ve somehow made it through living in Tennessee for nine years and still haven’t tried them! Or purple cauliflower.. hmmmm!! Interesting! Looks yummy, though!

Have a great rest of the weekend!

psychoj1 May 3, 2009 at 11:32 am

Glad your bro made it home! I think that’s so cool! Haha, I love cauliflower–YUM! Glad yoga was good!
<3 jess

polly May 3, 2009 at 11:14 am

yay for adorable brother! I bet he is as sweet as his sis. 😉 XOXO

Cauliflower… oh my heavens. hehe I say hey, extra puff belly and a little extra stink never hurt nobody. 🙂

Iyengar yoga… oh baby cakes. I UNDERSTAND. It is not my thing! I do love the detail to alignment and the whole take your time thing… and adjustements are AWESOME. But… it’s a little TOO still for this girl!! 🙂 Although remember, no need to sweat it out… I promise that those muscles are toning and working like CRAZY and yoga will just begin to melt away that workout worry. 🙂 Promise. I guess H and P like a yoga smoothie. A little of everything and you have YUMMY.

I made your little oaties today, honey! XOXO peachy keen

Pearl May 3, 2009 at 11:13 am

oh i LOVE that purple dish! 🙂
and your brother looks like he should be in a TV show.

Emily May 3, 2009 at 11:07 am

at least your meal was lovely to look at!

i have the same workout dilemma. i feel almost like if im not sweating profusely, the workout doesnt count. im getting a lot better with this too though.

have a great sunday!

elise May 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

awww….your bro is so cute. glad you guys make a cute couple?

eating an entire head of cauliflower is SOOO something i would do, food baby much?

i love the purple fiber-ific meal though

runsarah May 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

Glad your brother is home! I have never tried purple cauliflower, it looks so pretty.

meagan (the fat pants diet) May 3, 2009 at 10:28 am

i agree about the collards! i’ve tried them plain, but…well, ham hock + greens is just the way it is.

Gina May 3, 2009 at 9:50 am

Mmmm, I love cauliflower. It is a relatively new thing for me too, until I mentioned I was scared of eating it raw, someone said it was good, and now I eat it all the time, raw. I’ll only eat half at a time though 🙂

Something about it being purple is so weird and so cool at the same time. I have yet to buy it though!

gina (fitnessista) May 3, 2009 at 9:29 am

hooray for your bro being back!!!
that purple cauliflower is gorgeous.. not sure if i’ll be able to find it here, but i’m gonna look!
that yoga class sounds incredible! i wish we had a studio here SO BADLY. i’m still debating buying space heaters and doing my own bikram upstairs haha
have a wonderful day!

Chocolate-Covered Katie May 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

P.S. Can I feature your beautiful photo in an upcoming post?

Chocolate-Covered Katie May 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

Aw, your bro is cute… and he looks like you!
Your picture looks so amazingly-pretty. I dunno if that’s cuz purple cauliflower is just naturally pretty or cuz you have killer photo-taking skills. Maybe both 🙂

Oh man, Heather, I wish you had warned me about not eating a whole head of cauliflower! When I first made my second version (the one with our favorite ingredient—smart balance light hehe), it was just so good that I ate the whole damn thing… haha I guess if someone is on a diet and was looking for a food more filling than those ridiculous 100-calorie packs, he/she should definitely look into this cauliflower! But for me… not such a good idea (of course, that didn’t stop me from making the same mistake a few days later. Mashed cauliflower is just too good to resist!).

Love you, Heather, and your fun posts!!

Shelby May 3, 2009 at 9:09 am

A whole head of cauliflower!!! WHOA. The mash looks so pretty though =)

Yay for your brother being home!!!

Lindsay May 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

haha it is good to learn life lessons from your lunch, I too have discovered that about collards, and mustard greens. Tried the mustard greens in a green monster smoothie….YUcK!!

UNC naval aviator? Go Heels! Did he do ROTC? My husband did, we graduated in ’07. Small world!

glidingcalm May 3, 2009 at 8:25 am

haha! i bet that was a lot of fiber!! still looks purty too!

and i agree with exercising. I feel like ANYTHING I’m doing is being lazy and a failure if I’m not sweating or in excruciating burn pain. Trying to change that though…..

and yes! your bro is very cute! you two look so much alike as well!

FoodsThatFit May 3, 2009 at 8:21 am


I learned my lesson with cauliflower a couple weeks ago. A patient said “when is your baby due” ummm…is it TMI to tell them I actually just ate WAY too much fiber and my belly feels like it if full of hot air like a balloon?? Thought so!

Erica May 3, 2009 at 8:13 am

Aw- your brother is adorable! Thats great that hes home- enjoy your time with him. I love the color cauliflowers and am also a huge greens fan (I totally should’ve been born southern!). Great creation. I love making huge plates of veggies but you’re right- they can make your tummy feel like its going to explode despite the low calorie count haha

Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

You ate a WHOLE head of cauliflower?? Did you warn CD to not stand downwind?! I would DIE!
I haven’t had purple cauliflower in a long time, but I’m a big fan of the orange stuff. And I agree about collards… but have you trid making them with a smoked turkey tail instead of ham? My former coworkers used to use that to cut out some of the fat… SO good!

justine May 3, 2009 at 7:46 am

Hahaha!!! I love it Heather (or CD). I dont think I can find purple cauliflower here :(. I have to go to the store today so I am going to look. Is yoga all your doing now? No way I could just do yoga. So zero sweat sessions? Scary! I didnt know you had brothers (I think), what a cutie and how awesome that he was in the navy!

Love You!!!

weight and meditate May 3, 2009 at 7:37 am

Glad your brother made it home! I’m sure the yoga was fantastic for your body, as you said. And I don’t think I’ve ever even seen purple cauliflower…

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