AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Cooking with Katie DATE: 5/17/2009 10:18:00 AM ----- BODY:

Like most women, I vacillate between wanting to lose 20 pounds and being content with my weight. When I "adopted" Katie from Eat this, I excitedly looked through her recipes for new ideas to cook healthy. She cooks with a lot of whole grains, many that I know of, but don't typically cook. Maybe I can finally make realistic modifications to my diet and lose some weight.

Last night, I brought dinner to a friend. She prefers the style of Katie's cooking - lots of whole grains and mostly vegetarian -- so it seemed the perfect opportunity to make one of her recipes. Did I choose the healthy and beautiful looking Lentil Soup with Spinach? Or the Pinto bean, avocado, tomato and wheatberry salad? No. Of course, I opted for the Roasted Veggie and Cheese Pasta. The least healthy of all her delicious recipes.

And let me tell you, it was indeed delicious! I'll confess, I made a few adaptations... wanting to use what was in the fridge... I used fresh dug parsnips and carrots instead of the recommended peppers, zucchini and eggplant. And I added ramps instead of garlic and onions.

So, if you're craving virtuous and delicious recipes, check out Katie's blog. If you're looking for healthy twists on your favorite recipes, check out Katie's blog. You won't be disappointed.

And by the way, Katie is giving away jars of Tupelo Honey. Just leave a comment on her blog between now and Friday, May 22 to be entered to win. As if you need another reason to read her blog.

Labels: , , ,

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Elra DATE:5/17/2009 11:15:00 AM Oh, sounds like a delicious site to visit. I'll definitely check out her blog. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Katie DATE:5/17/2009 12:12:00 PM I love the idea of parsnips in this! I'll have to try it this way next time. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Heather DATE:5/17/2009 07:16:00 PM katie sounds like one cool chick! i'll check her out!

TOTALLY feel better about not knowing what RTKs were!! And I def agree about trying them in RKTs!! i'll bet it is delicious :) i just made s'mores bread. haven't tried it yet. hope it is good, though! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Reeniā™„ DATE:5/17/2009 07:23:00 PM The pasta sounds delicious!! I've been to Katie's site before, she has delicious and healthy recipes. I'll pay her another visit! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous noble pig DATE:5/18/2009 01:14:00 AM I wish I could get my hands on some ramps! This sounded delicious! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Kathy DATE:5/19/2009 06:43:00 AM I checked out her site, and tried the lentil soup with carrots and fresh spinach and it was a hit! Thanks for the referral! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:5/19/2009 06:56:00 AM Elra -- cool!

Katie -- I really liked the sweetness it added to the dish.

Heather -- S'mores bread sounds awesome!

Reeni -- they are definitely getting rave reviews.

noble pig -- I'm surprised you can't get ramps in your area...

Kathy -- That's next on my list. Glad you gave it high marks. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Melissa DATE:5/19/2009 05:49:00 PM Her site sounds great. Maybe I can find some tasty healthy stuff to make because Steve and I do need to lose some weight. Oh yeah. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Grace DATE:5/21/2009 06:21:00 AM come on now, we need our calcium too, and cheese is the perfect source for it. :) excellent use of ramps, too! ----- --------