Neatloaf and Key Lime Pie

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Cooking new recipes stresses me out.  It calls for beer.


I tend to make a huge mess of my kitchen!


But, for once I actually made something delicious – Neatloaf!


Neatloaf is vegetarian meatloaf.  :)  It includes brown rice, flax cereal, tofu, and loads of other goodies.  It’s topped with a BBQ sauce.


Beth gave me the recipe, and she said she’d be posting it on her blog tonight.  Check it out Beth’s bloggie for more!


For dessert, I had two baby Key Lime Pies, which I made with the Key Limes the Husband received from a patient as a gift.


I used this recipe for the filling.  To make the crust, I used an Oh She Glows recipe but I made some non-vegan modifications.  I think I made the crusts too thick and the ratio of filling to crust was off.  But each part was good on its own!  🙂


I also snacked on granola and yogurt earlier (obviously):


In Other News….



In this Ralph Lauren ad, which features Hamilton, her appearance was altered to make her look very thin.

Everyone is talking about this article because it’s so insane.  And I quote…


Filippa Hamilton – whose hips appeared slimmer than her head in the recent altered ad – said her contract was terminated in April because she was too heavy.  "They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn’t fit in their clothes anymore," she said.  The 5-foot-10, 120-pound stunner was amazed to see her body digitally distorted for Ralph Lauren Blue Label.  "I was shocked to see that super skinny girl with my face," she told the Daily News. "It’s very sad, I think, that Ralph Lauren could do something like that."


This is what she looks like in “real life”:

I think it’s insane (but not surprising) that Ralph Lauren would do that.


And instead of just getting MAD, I got EVEN:


Take that!



  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 14, 2009, 9:05 pm

    I think the key lime pie bites look great! That is one recipe I have never tried.

  • Michelle October 14, 2009, 9:09 pm

    I saw that picture about 1 1/2 weeks ago and wrote about it. It actually sparked my exposed post because it’s SO DAMN important that women STOP comparing themselves to Photoshop.

    Sidenote: I am jealous you have a KitchenAis blender..just sayin’.

  • angieinatlanta October 14, 2009, 9:12 pm

    You are a domestic goddess! Look at that delish meatloaf and HOMEMADE crust; I totally would have cheated and made the filling but bought the crust.

    I can’t stand that ad, not because they photoshopped her but because they photoshopped her to that point. Blech.

  • alyssa October 14, 2009, 9:16 pm

    i seriously thought that ad was a joke when i first saw it. disgusting.

  • Sara October 14, 2009, 9:18 pm

    That is ridiculous! That is why so many girls in our society look down on themselves! We are ALL beautiful just the way we are!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 14, 2009, 9:18 pm

    I saw that article today and couldn’t believe it but at the same time am not surprised. I have seen skinny models before but man that girl on the add cover was CRAZY SKINNY, not attractive at all, I swear! =O

    Those little Key Lime Pie’s looked amazing, great job!

    =) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance…..after a 100+ POUND weight loss!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 14, 2009, 9:18 pm

    Congrats on the pie and meatloaf, wooo! I’ve actually had Amy’s frozen veggie meatloaf, and it was delish- personally I enjoy it much more than the concept of a traditional meatloaf, and I’m not even vegetarian.

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness October 14, 2009, 9:21 pm

    I’m impressed with your cooking! New recipes are always a little daunting for me!

    I read about that RL ad. I think it is absolutely insane that 1- they would distort an image like that, and 2- fire someone who is clearly thin (yet still healthy looking, albeit on the thin side) because they basically aren’t sickly looking! CRAZY!

    I’m not sure what the answer is– people still by the clothes made by designers who seek sickly looking models, so I’m not sure how it would ever stop.

  • Susan October 14, 2009, 9:22 pm

    That model was on the Today Show this morning. Good for her for coming out and talking about it! It’s important models be vocal about what’s going on in the industry instead of just perpetuating the madness…

    Oh, and that neatloaf definitely looks neat! Will keep my eyes peeled for the recipe!

  • Julie October 14, 2009, 9:31 pm

    The key lime pies looks so cute!

    That photoshopped picture is the creepiest thing I have ever seen. I saw this model on the Today show this morning. Good for her for speaking out. Out of all designers I would never think Ralph Lauren would do something like this. I feel like he makes clothes “real people” can afford.

  • maria October 14, 2009, 9:35 pm

    Her body looks contorted even in that image. Totally not a real person’s body at all. 🙂

  • Island Girl Eats October 14, 2009, 9:36 pm

    Good job on the neatloaf and key lime pie! They looked so good.

    That picture is shocking! And we wonder why girls get eating disorders at such an early age. Advertisers should not be able to get away with it. They should be held responsible.

  • Kristen October 14, 2009, 9:38 pm

    Ok so 5 foot 10 and 120 pounds is a BMI of 17.2. I know that BMI isn’t the be all and end all, but that is still underweight…and they fired her for being OVERWEIGHT?! That’s crazy.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2009, 10:10 pm

      that model is SIX INCHES TALLER than me, the same weight, and was fired for being “too fat.” its ridiculous.

  • Jolene ( October 14, 2009, 9:45 pm

    Mmmm, dinner looks good!

    I cannot believe that ad – that is horrible.

  • Jess October 14, 2009, 9:48 pm

    Oh.. my.. gosh! That advertisement does not look natural at all and I don’t know how anybody could hold that as an ideal. 🙁

    Yumm key lime pie!

  • Mica October 14, 2009, 9:48 pm

    Nice job on the meatloaf (I mean, neatloaf) and the keylime pie. I am super impressed!

    I don’t get why the model was altered…she looks weird after the major touch-ups. I don’t get it…

  • alli October 14, 2009, 9:48 pm

    watch out martha!
    that all looks so wonderful! i think it’s cute that that is a messy kitchen for you…i’d hate to know what you’d think of mine when i get cookin’&bakin’! 🙂

    -i CANNOT believe that ad! AWEFUL!

  • Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises) October 14, 2009, 9:52 pm

    I want to try BOTH those recipes! Key lime pie is my favorite and I love the idea of mini ones.
    Thanks for linking to the recipes – way to go trying out new ideas in the kitchen.

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated October 14, 2009, 9:56 pm

    I read that story today, too, and was totally disappointed by it. The model is so gorgeous!!! I don’t know WHO would think she needed any touch-ups, let alone thinning her out to the point that she looks emaciated! I think your Operation Beautiful note was the PERFECT response to that!

  • mikey October 14, 2009, 9:58 pm

    both of recipes looks freakin delish! i had to lol at your beer pic. chug chug chug 🙂 i think that model look great in real life. and the photo shopped one is just freaky. love your ‘revenge’

  • Evan Thomas October 14, 2009, 10:01 pm

    I was watching The Today show on the treadmill and they were doing a piece on that model and her story. It actually disturbed me and made me want to stop running. As a guy, I can say there is nothing sexy about that picture at all. She looks sick and I thank God that’s not her real body

    • Caitlin October 14, 2009, 10:10 pm

      yay for thoughtful men!!

  • Stephanie October 14, 2009, 10:05 pm

    I saw this all over today too… they were interviewing her on some morning show I caught while home from work. Such a disturbing pic, it looks horrible and she is so naturally beautiful as-is. Plus – “too fat” at 5’10” and 120lbs WOW, that is just plain crazy.

  • Dori October 14, 2009, 10:08 pm

    THAT waist looks like Barbie’s.

  • BethT October 14, 2009, 10:24 pm

    Hope you liked it! Funny, I made it with green beans too…looks like we had a dinner party together 😀

  • Kailey (SnackFace) October 14, 2009, 10:28 pm

    This ad and everything behind it so hits home with me. I’ve dabbled in the modeling world and it’s simply crazy. I’m same height and around the same size as she is, and going to castings at that size–still small–can seem like you’re too big compared to other girls. Directors point out things you never even knew was “wrong.” (Like having no upper lip, thighs that are too big–yea, ridiculous.) It can be too much and I had to let go of that dream. And seeing a photoshopped version of me with 1/3 my nose chopped off was bizarre and too much, I can’t imagine someone doing that to my body. I love this model for stepping up and speaking out about all this.

    Thanks for featuring this, Caitlin!

  • Erin October 14, 2009, 10:29 pm

    I hope more women hear this story and realize that EVERY picture they see in a magazine is Photoshopped. No one is perfect — not even Angelina Jolie. 5’10” and 120 lbs is TINY — how is that even remotely close to overweight?! She’s tall, not large!

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness October 14, 2009, 10:33 pm

    BTW, where does the N come from in neatloaf? Maybe it should be Veatloaf… for vegetarian!!! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 14, 2009, 10:33 pm

      i wondered that too! maybe because its so neat that it doesnt have meat? lol

  • Jenna October 14, 2009, 10:36 pm

    that picture is so disturbing, i hate it!!
    great job on the neatloaf and the key lime pies! they both look delish catilin!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats October 14, 2009, 10:36 pm

    Someone’s hand was on the ”skinny button” too long! lol

  • April October 14, 2009, 10:46 pm

    That photoshopped picture is gross. But your “neatloaf” looks great! I’ll have to check out the recipe.

  • Alyson October 14, 2009, 11:02 pm

    I love love that you posted that on the ice cream case! I’m been brainstorming a bit for something fun for Operation Beautiful, but you inspired me to do the little things in the mean time 🙂

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 14, 2009, 11:16 pm

    I am still disgusted by that article. It’s insane. Love that you got even with Operation Beautiful!

  • Lizzy October 14, 2009, 11:16 pm

    i love all the modifications that you made with dinner. it all looked amazing!

  • Lele October 14, 2009, 11:36 pm

    I’m actually relieved they airbrushed her, because no healthy human being should have proportions like that. We are women, jeez! Hips are great!

  • Nicole October 14, 2009, 11:46 pm

    Wow, that is literally blowing things out of proportion! Just more fuel for the Fat Talk Free Week fire! Key lime tarts look so cute and yummy!

  • Julie @savvyeats October 14, 2009, 11:50 pm

    A) The key lime pie bites look AMAZING.

    B) That article/ad is gross. Ridiculous. She looks awesome in “real life”!

  • sue October 15, 2009, 12:17 am

    the key lime pie bites are adorable!

  • Sana October 15, 2009, 12:47 am

    That looks super yummiees!

  • Whole Body Love October 15, 2009, 12:58 am

    That advertisement is so apalling. I’m boycotting RL now. That girl is absolutely gorgeous. At least she has her head on straight enough to know how beautiful she is.

  • Kristine October 15, 2009, 2:39 am

    your mini key lime pies look yummy! you know.. i dont think ive ever had one before!

  • Thea October 15, 2009, 3:02 am

    Excellent blog! This reminds me that being beautiful is not all about being skinny,

    Too bad I love RL.

  • Andrea of Care to Eat October 15, 2009, 3:54 am

    No lie – I was watching E! and they were talking about this model when I was reading this post. Is RL stupid? What sane woman would want to actually look like that photoshopped picture?

  • Lara (Thinspired) October 15, 2009, 4:06 am

    Neatloaf looks delicious!

    I can’t even handle the RL story. It makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Runningwriter October 15, 2009, 5:35 am

    Shame on RL for firing her and not the incompetent photoshop guy.
    I think you just have to laugh at the ad. I actually thought at first it was Brooke Shield’s actual-size head photoshopped onto Barbie’s actual-size body.
    This is just one of the reasons why I will never have people like Ralph Lauren or Karl Lagerfield tell me what I should look like as a woman.

  • Lindsay October 15, 2009, 7:25 am

    that neatloaf looks great!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 15, 2009, 7:43 am

    I saw this last night when you tweeted about it. It’s absolutely disgusting. I thought the media was more advanced than this? Seriously, this is still a probelm?! urgh.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 15, 2009, 8:40 am

    That’s exactly right! We just have to promote a positive self image and not respond to heinous things like what happened with this model and Ralph Lauren.

  • Jac October 15, 2009, 8:46 am

    Ralph lauren’s ridiculous!!! Gross to want super skinny.. i think the model is just perfect the way she is..

  • Christina October 15, 2009, 8:51 am

    That Ralph Lauren ad looks ridiculous!!!! Shame on you Ralph!

  • Stacey October 15, 2009, 8:55 am

    Love, love, love the picture of the Operation Beautiful note on the freezer door with the colorful ice cream cartons behind it. One for the book!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn October 15, 2009, 9:11 am

    Jeez that’s insane! And this is only one model confronting it. I’d imagine airbrushing is responsible for more than 50% of women’s low self-esteem.

  • Nekeisha October 15, 2009, 9:58 am

    It is just crazy what happened to Fillipa Hamilton, at 5’10 120lbs is considered underweight even if you are naturally so. So how in the world could Ralph Lauren say she is FAT. How many people are actually that skinny, the average jeans size is something like a size 5, I think so why do you want to advertise a super skinny chick in jeans no one can fit into. I wear size 0 jeans and I am not that skinny, I want curves so I do not feel inspired to run out and buy jeans that makes me look like a stick figure. No thanks R.L.

  • Ellen October 15, 2009, 10:52 am

    Your kitchen is NOT messy. Oh my gosh…you should see me when I try to cook in my teeny NyC kitchen…it always looks like a bomb has exploded!

  • Danny October 15, 2009, 10:56 am

    That Key Lime Pie looks AMAZING!!! and Kudos for having a BEER afterwards, especially such a good BEER like Hoegaarden. Comes to show you that we all need a little BEER every now and then to keep ourselves sane.

  • Liz October 15, 2009, 4:23 pm

    Holy Moley! This really makes me mad. That model is gorgeous! And how the heck is 5’10” 120 lbs considered fat?? Ack, there is just too much wrong with that picture to express in a comment.

  • Kristin October 15, 2009, 6:05 pm

    This is insane. At 5’10”, 120 pounds, her BMI is 17.2 which is clinically UNDERWEIGHT, not overweight. Craziness…

  • megan October 15, 2009, 6:30 pm

    That airbrushed photo is ridiculous.

    But, again, I don’t see how posting OB notes on “unhealthy” food is productive at all. I am healthy and yah, I eat ice cream a few times I week bc I like it, not bc I have low self-esteem.

    • caitlin October 15, 2009, 6:42 pm

      i think a lot of women do not let themselves enjoy treats, even if they do like it, because they feel forced to fit into some thin ideal set forth by the media.

      i was not implying women who eat ice cream have low self esteem – i eat ice cream and my self esteem is fine.

      what do you think we should do instead when we see this kind of negative advertising?

  • kilax October 15, 2009, 7:17 pm

    Did you see the second pic RL is getting grief over – It’s just as bad 🙁

  • Deirdre October 15, 2009, 7:20 pm

    If you eat ice cream and your self esteem is fine then can you explain why you’re putting notes on icecream refrigerators?

    • caitlin October 15, 2009, 7:28 pm

      have you ever been to and seen what is all about?

      • Deirdre October 15, 2009, 7:41 pm

        I am familiar with it! I thought it was about randomly uplifting people. Like posting on a bathroom mirror where anyone could find it.

        Posting notes on a slimfast box or a carton of icecream just really sits wrong with me. It’s attacking a stereotype. Chances are you have more self-loathing people eating luna bars. By restricting your notes to stereotypical ‘fat’ products you’re ignoring the fact that
        1 – you don’t have to be fat to feel ugly (‘operation beautiful’).
        2 – you don’t have to be fat to feel fat
        3 – not only fat people eat icecream

        and a host of other things.

        Those are just my thoughts, anyway.

        • Caitlin October 15, 2009, 7:52 pm

          i think you are making a whole lot of assumptions about my intentions when posting that note.

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) October 15, 2009, 8:56 pm

    That airbrushed photo is outrageous! I totally agree with Evan (commenter above) that she doesn’t even look attractive in the Ralph Lauren ad. You can nearly tell it was touched up because no would woman have that bust, to waist to hip ratio naturally, it’s just bizarre. Additionally it’s sad since this model is obviously stunning in real life. I’ve never purchased Ralph Lauren products due to price, but I truly will avoid them now.

    • Susan October 15, 2009, 10:28 pm

      So what is the point of the note on the ice cream case? Is it supposed to deter people from eating it? Or is supposed to be encouraging them to indulge in a treat and not worry about perhaps being overweight? Or was it just a randomly chosen spot to put the note so it would have high visibility because the ice cream case is popular? I don’t understand your motive in this case, and I don’t understand how that gets “even” with RL at all. It seems to me that the proper response is to inform people of the lie perpetuated by the ad and encourage them to boycott RL products. I don’t see how that connects to ice cream.

      • Caitlin October 16, 2009, 4:53 am

        it was a randomly chosen spot. i’m sorry you want to find more meaning behind the location, but its honestly not there! i cant really sit here and defend the location spot because it was a RANDOMLY CHOSEN location.

        oh, and i did engage in the the “proper response,” which is to inform people of the photoshopping in the RL ad.

  • megan October 15, 2009, 11:05 pm

    To counteract the negative ad write a blog about it, get stories like this on yahoo front page, in newspapers and magazines. But posting notes about being beautiful on ice cream makes no sense and makes it SEEM like you believe that you can’t think you are beautiful if you eat unhealthy food every now and then. Or heck, even every day, every meal.

    And I don’t see how Dierdre was wrong in her assumptions- the majority of your OB notes you have posted lately (or at least posted on your blog) have been on diet food/products or unhealthy foods. So you make women who are trying to lose weight (by exercise and diet or even just diet) feel bad for doing so and you make women who don’t care and are HAPPY with their size feel like crap for eating “crap” food from time to time.

    You are skinny. You lost 10 lbs. You don’t know what it means to be fat or overweight in the slightest. And you don’t realize the condescending way you come off by posting notes like that.

    I love the OB concept- when they are stuck on mirrors, or in magazines, or an elevator, etc. But it does seem like you are targeting an audience when you post so much on diet food and unhealthy food.

    • Caitlin October 16, 2009, 5:07 am

      i honestly cannot even respond to your comment further (i’m sorry, i’d like to) because you made so many assumptions about how i feel, why i post notes, or what i’m thinking when i post notes. you don’t ask me why or how i feel, you just accuse me of doing certain things with ill intentions or goals. it’s not really going to matter what i say right now because you have clearly already decided how i feel and why i do things.

      i have to say that the thought the women of a healthy weight cannot have body image issues is ridiculous. bulimics, for example, often have a healthy weight. no where did i ever say i understand what it was like to be overweight, and being overweight or normal weight or any weight is not the point of operation beautiful at all.

      i am truly sorry that you find something i did condescending.

      • Carla October 16, 2009, 12:18 pm

        I don’t want you to feel ganged up on with these last comments, but I do think they have merit. I don’t think anyone is making assumptions about how you feel or why you post notes. We have no way of getting inside your brain and knowing that information. All we can tell you is how it can come across to some of us. I think the purpose behind OB is great, trying to get the word out that women of all shapes and sizes are beautiful. But if I went to get ice cream and came across a note like that stuck on the door, it would come across to me as saying “you are beautiful, please don’t eat ice cream. You don’t need it.” I know that isn’t your intentions and I’m not trying to make assumptions about the point you are trying to get across. All I can tell you is how a note like that may be perceived. (and as I finished typing this I saw the comment below from Susan and realized she worded it much more eloquently).

  • Susan October 16, 2009, 9:03 am

    I just wanted to add one more thought here. You seem to be getting upset about people making assumptions about your motives. I’m willing to concede that others don’t necessarily know what is in your head or what your motives are, and I do believe that you mean well. However, perhaps you should consider that if we, people who have read about your project, are still confused about the motives, then it is likely that other people who randomly see the notes might also question the motives and feel hurt by the notes. Have you considered that the very people you are trying to help with your notes might be having the same negative reaction that some of your readers are having?

    I’m glad to hear that the ice cream was a randomly chosen location, but I’d like to ask you to consider that the people coming behind you and seeing it posted there won’t necessarily see it that way. I urge you to keep operation beautiful going by posting in locations that are not connected to food – bathrooms, libraries, dressing rooms, etc., rather than leaving notes in grocery stores where they can be misunderstood and potentially do more harm than good.

    • Caitlin October 16, 2009, 9:04 am

      i have considered all of these comments and they are actually very helpful in the book writing process. so, i appreciate the few people who took the same to write thoughtful and non-attacking responses to the ice cream note.


      • Caitlin October 16, 2009, 9:05 am

        i meant, “i appreciate the people who took the TIME” oops!

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