Bites Lately

October 29, 2013

Last week was broken in half by our State Fair trip, so I only have a small number of meals to share.


On the morning we left I needed something quick and easy, so I pulled a smoothie out that I had made the day before and served that with some Cinnamon Swirl toast.


The smoothie was made with cottage cheese, oats, banana, peanut butter and berries and was quite the fluffy mousse! I wish I knew the exact proportions because I would make this again fast.


Here are some apples cooked to a crisp in coconut oil along with toast and jam and a fried egg. Love the Smucker’s Natural raspberry!


The next day I enjoyed more swirl bread – so good! Plus grapes and some peanut butter on top.


I can’t go a week without pancakes! These were made with 1/3 cup pumpkin stirred in and the Great Harvest pancake mix. Chia, almond butter and coconut on top.


And finally, the last of the swirl bread with egg, grapes and berries. Mazen loves eggs so much that it has become my default daily breakfast because I know I’ll be using the skillet.



On the lunch front, I went out one day with a girlfriend to Revolutionary Soup! The crab + corn bisque there is outstanding, and so was my spinach + goat cheese salad. Cornbread muffin on the side!


This lunch featured a little sardine and veggie salad Matt put together. I filled the plate in with snacky things like Whole Foods’ flatbread crackers, pepper slices, grapes and some leftover polenta with cheese.


I bought a log of polenta thinking it would be a perfect food for Mazen, but surprisingly he wouldn’t touch the little triangles I cut for him. So I ended up eating the leftovers all week. I love polenta! It’s a food I often forget to buy.

Here I had it over a salad with veggies, cheese, hummus and almonds.




I brought dinner to a friend from Mona Lisa Pasta and picked up our dinner at the same time: wild mushroom fresh pasta with a wild mushroom sauce. We added kale and fresh tomatoes plus parmesan cheese to make it a complete one-bowl dinner. There is nothing like fresh pasta!


Next up we had simple pan-cooked wild salmon with salads and the polenta topped with a shaved parmesan cheese. This was one of those “hit the spot” kind of meals!


And the last meal I have to share also happened to come from Mona Lisa Pasta! Karen picked up a Chicken Pot Pie lasagna for us to share one night. It had all the regular pot pie ingredients (mushrooms, chicken, peas, cream) between layers of lasagna noodles. We made a goat cheese and tomato salad to go with it in a Dijon dressing Matt prepared and served it all with a wonderful focaccia from Albemarle Baking Company.



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1 [email protected] October 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

Lots of yumminess! The smoothie looks super thick just the way I love em…so satisfying!


2 Lynn @ the actor's diet October 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

Chicken pot pie lasagna = brilliant.


3 Kcirrehs October 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

That is exactly what I was thinking. :)


4 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

Everything looks delicious — as usual :)


5 Christine@ Apple of My Eye October 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

Delicious looking meals!


6 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

Oh man, that all looks so good! I’m thinking there might be some salad and pancakes in my future…uh, but not together! :-)


7 Laura October 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

I’ve never thought of adding cottage cheese to a smoothie before! Can you give an estimate of how much you add? A spoonful? More?


8 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

About a quarter cup?


9 Amanda October 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm

This might be a silly question….but when you add oats to a smoothie, are they cooked or raw?


10 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 6:39 pm

They can be either! I usually add raw, but you can also add cooked


11 Janelle October 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

Eggs are my go to breakfast as well… but now I want pumpkin pancakes. 😉


12 Alex @ Kenzie Life October 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

Is that cinnamon swirl toast available at all GH locations or is just as special Matt and Kath version? I want some so bad!


13 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Most of them make it – but it depends on the store


14 Anna October 29, 2013 at 11:40 am

What type of oats do you put in smoothies? Cooked or raw? Quick or steel cut, etc?


15 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Raw old fashioned oats


16 Lisa @bitesforbabies October 29, 2013 at 11:43 am

Good thing it’s lunchtime cause I’m hungry! We love polenta (the one in the tube, right?) I cut medallions and top with bolognese, ratatouille or mushrooms in a cream sauce. Really hits the spot!!


17 Robin October 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

I just bought polenta for the first time last week and tried to serve it to my daughters. Neither one liked it. Other than frying, do you have any other creative ways to prepare it? I’m determined to keep offering it… maybe they will acquire a taste for it!


18 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I think we need more cheese involved : )


19 Meme October 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

You can make polenta really easily, and then the consistency is more like grits when hot off the stove. I think it tastes better that way, but you can also cool it in a shallow pan and then cut into shapes and then grill, fry, or layer with veggies and cheese in a casserole.


20 Spice Chicken November 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

This is true. Homemade polenta is cheap. It’s so easy to prepare using America’s Test Kitchen’s no-stir oven polenta recipe, which I think is 1 cup cornmeal stirred into 4 cups water with salt and pepper, then baked for about at hour at 350. When it comes out of the oven you can stir in cheese. I like to top it with black bean salsa, and once I had polenta “lasagne” at a potluck.


21 [email protected] October 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

Oh gosh I bet that chicken pot pie lasagna is awesome!! I’m going to have to recreate that..chickpea instead of chicken style. Lots of good meals this week, as always!


22 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

oh. my. gosh. That wild mushroom pasta looks amazing!


23 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Chicken pot pie lasagna? Yum! Two of my favorite things. 😉


24 jeannie October 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Dying to hear about/see the kitchen transformation…when is that post coming?!?!?!?!


25 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

We’re still in process but more details this week!


26 Katherine October 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

yummo! love your dishwear :)


27 Kelly October 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

What do you put in your coffee?


28 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

2% milk


29 Julie October 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I have to try polenta someday when I can have cheese again (nursing my son who is sensitive to cow’s milk). I can’t remember if you (or Matt) have ever tried making your own fresh pasta?


30 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

We have a few times made gnocchi but wehaven’t made noodles


31 Kate Newman October 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Does adding 1/3 pumpkin work for most pre-made pancake mixes? No GH near me, unfortunately!


32 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Yes it should


33 Kristin October 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

That smoothie looks amazing! What does cottage cheese taste like in it? Can you mostly taste the berries and banana? I don’t love the taste of cottage cheese which is why I’m asking.


34 KathEats October 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I think it’s sort of on the cheesecake end of the spectrum – not all that sour


35 Katie @ Live Half Full October 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I love these posts, they give me so many good ideas! I would’ve never put cottage cheese in my smoothies or polenta on my salads. Now I have to try both!


36 Julie October 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Happy Birthday week to my favorite blogger. Thank you for continuing to share all of your delicious ideas with us. I am always inspired when I read your blog and you have encouraged me to be a more “real” eater! Thank you Kath!!


37 Nads October 29, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Cottage cheese to a smoothie?! I’ve never ever thought of doing that, but you know what……I like the idea of it. The smoothie looks delicious, I’m gonna have to try it now :)


38 Kavi October 30, 2013 at 7:43 am

Whenever I see your food posts, it serves as a reminder that I could use more variety in my meals. I just moved into my new condo (yay!) so as soon as I unpack my cookware, I’m going to try some of your recipes!


39 Emily - It Comes Naturally Blog October 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

Wow! That all looks so good. I’m seeking inspiration as I’m in a breakfast rut. Strangely I dreamed about you and Maze last night – weird! Must be all your beautiful photos.


40 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget October 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

You are so right! Nothing is better than fresh pasta. That dish looks fabulous.


41 Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog October 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Everything looks so delicious and so fresh… one of the things I love about seeing your eats. Fresh pasta is one of my favorites. I love how you added some of your own veggies to the mushroom dish. What a great idea!


42 Alison October 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I never thought about adding pumpkin to pancakes before. I love that idea and it’s perfect for this time of year. Awesome idea. Your photos are making me drool! Wow everything looks so delicious.


43 Livi October 30, 2013 at 1:23 pm

fresh pasta yum! I had roasted red pepper linguini from the farmer’s market this weekend. Delicious!


44 Neil Butterfield November 4, 2013 at 5:49 am

Pancakes are the bomb!!!! I love both sweet and savory pancakes.


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