Fit For A King

August 7, 2012

I head to the grocery store much less frequently in the summer months thanks to the abundance of markets around town. And when I do it’s mostly to stock up on things like milk and cheese and I bypass most of the produce! Our garden is flourishing at the moment, and we have veggies to get us through the week and beyond.

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I’ve also been stocking up on frozen foods in preparation for baby’s arrival. I have never been much of a casserole maker, and I’m very lucky to have a husband who is an excellent cook. So our plan when baby comes is to combine high quality frozen foods with veggies and simple meals like sandwiches until we get in the groove. I do think I will pick up a few of Mona Lisa Pasta’s frozen lasagnas because by the time I bought all of the ingredients and cooked it myself, the price would be the same!

At Whole Foods today I spent a little more time in the frozen aisle and bought frozen fish, salmon burgers (new to try) and some ravioli. Plus some chicken sausages that I portioned into two bags to thaw individually.

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I do want to make some things like homemade granola bars and have stocked up on Larabars and trail mix as well for snacks.

How could I resist also planning a lunch into my trip!?

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Salad bar specials! I consider a visit to WF to be an opportunity to pack in a ton of nutrients in one little box. So much variety of flavors and colors.

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Raw foods on the bottom

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Cooked foods tucked into the corner. I especially enjoyed this fried green tomato and mac and cheese bite!

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A salad fit for a king

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1 Michelle (Peachy Palate) August 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Love the picture of the salad in the chair!!! It’s looks like an incredible salad! :)

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2 Annette @FitnessPerks August 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Yumm! That salad looks awesome.

I think that’s fabulous you’re already planning ahead for a healthy return from the hospital!

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3 Jeri August 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I can’t wait for the WF to finally open down here in Va Beach. I know it cost more to eat healthy, but can you really put a price on your well-being

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4 Jeri August 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Oh and I love the chair

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5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I think that’s a great food plan for when the baby comes! Frozen foods can be really tasty – I’ve had some President’s Choice and Compliments (2 store brands here in Canada) fish fillets in the last little while that were great. Sounds like you’ll have some very tasty meals when BERF arrives!

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6 Lauren August 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

hehe…giggling at the idea of setting your lunch on a chair to take a picture of it! Looks good (and cool chair!)

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7 Colleen @ Culinary Colleen August 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I know you talk a lot about frozen salmon – do you find the texture to be any different than fresh? That’s one of those things I always buy fresh (and I don’t really know why). Frozen would be much more convenient!

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8 KathEats August 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Not really – I really like this WA sockeye

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9 Stephanie C August 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Same here. I’ve never really gotten into frozen fish but since you guys seem to buy it alot I’ll have to try this brand. I think you mentioned you just take it out the morning you plan on using it? Is that all?

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10 KathEats August 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

the night before. and follow the oven finishing method… sear one side, flip and put in hot oven for 10 mins

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11 Stephanie C August 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Thank you!

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12 Rachel August 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Love the chair picture!! I never tried their salad bar lol

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13 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I would say that was perfect timing! Good for you thinking ahead and stocking up your pantry/freezer for when the baby comes. That will definitely come in handy!

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14 Courtney @ Brussel Sprouts and Beer August 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Our Whole Foods is about two hours away but I have really been wanting to try their hot/cold bar for lunch one day. May just have to make a special trip one of these days!

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15 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm

That salad looks delicious, and I love your chair! Great color & pattern!

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16 everhard August 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

this salad look great!

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17 Cait's Plate August 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Fried green tomato and mac and cheese?! YUM.

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18 Krissy @ Shiawase Life August 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Salmon sounds super good right now…mmm.

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19 Brionna August 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

My sister swore by Gnu bars when my niece was born for a quick snack as well as Larabars. She introduced them to me and now I’m hooked!

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20 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I looooove the WF salad bar! I always get random tastes from everything that looks good in the hot bar!

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21 Jacqueline August 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I am back at my parents house and there is a Whole Foods within walking distance. My lunch looked a lot like yours – and it was INCREDIBLE. Nothin’ like a WF salad!!

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22 Dani August 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Thanks for growing your baby boy on our salmon!! We are very proud of that stuff here in beautiful WA.

Also, my dear friend has a recipe for homemade chorizo posted on her blog. It is really delicious if you guys are every interested. It is a paleo food blog, but I don’t think there is any offensive grain hating in there :p Here is the link -

http://crossfitfw.com/chorizo-poppers-wings-easy-huevos-rancheros/

Enjoy!

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23 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

good thinking on stocking up – you can never be too prepared on the food scene and with all diff types of things – I wish I knew how hungry I was going to be after giving birth and those first few months of nursing!

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24 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself August 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I feel like as I move into the school year I am doing the same type of preparations!! Instead of a baby, I will just have loads of homework. A baby is much more exciting :)

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25 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I love the whole foods salad bar! It’s definitely a MUST for every grocery trip. ;)

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26 Erin @ The Grass Skirt August 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I completely relate. In fact, I have a post all ready to go for tomorrow about my recent nesting tendencies and my food hoarding. I’m glad that I am not the only one who feels the need to stock up as much as possible. :)

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27 Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Fried green tomatoes are ahhhhmazing.. and, i found an amazing recipe for oven fried green tomatoes that honestly are better than real fried green tomatoes. It’s a summer staple for me!

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28 Julia @ Girl vs. Food August 7, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I wish they had fried green tomatoes at the Whole Foods hot bar here in Boston!

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29 j3nn August 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm

The content of your freezer looks a lot like mine! I have tons of frozen seafood. Salmon burgers are my absolute favorite kind of burger. They’re so good!!

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30 Faith August 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of meals people will bring you after you have the baby. We had people from church, friends, and family bring us many, many meals that we simply reheated and dinner was ready!! However, you better be ready for lots of lasagna!!! If I lived in or near Charlottesville I would surely bring you a pan of lasagna, if only to use as an excuse to see baby!!!!!

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31 KathEats August 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm

: )

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32 Bea @ The Bea's Knees August 8, 2012 at 12:51 am

That salad looks scrumptious! I’ve never tried salmon burgers though :/

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33 Heather V August 8, 2012 at 8:06 am

Yum, that salad looks delicious! And where did you get that amazing chair?

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34 KathEats August 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

It was my grandmother’s and I had it reulphostered

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35 Angel7 August 8, 2012 at 11:32 am

It is good to stock up on foods, because in the beginning, you never know what kind of time you will have to plan meals and such.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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36 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm

That is one tasty looking lunch!

We have made our way through all the stuff that was growing in the garden, and nothing else is ready yet :(

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