Goodbye Table, Hello Floor

January 9, 2013

Good evening friends!!

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Three square meals for you today. Plus a snack! And a cup of Pero I’m sipping as I type this.

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I made overnight oats last night and a double pot of coffee the day before, so all I had to do was nuke breakfast and get back to playing with Mazen this morning.

This was the last can of pumpkin in the house. And probably the last for a while. Dare I say I’m a bit over it? It happens every spring, so my taste is surprising me early. I have the rest of a huge can to use up though, so prepare to see plenty of pumpkin in the next few days.

Breakfast was basic overnight oats with 1/2 cup pumpkin stirred in along with pumpkin pie spice and chia seeds. On top: Trader Joe’s coconut chips and classic peanut butter.

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Lunch was a big salad – egg on top!

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One woman’s breakfast is another woman’s lunch: eggs + grits over greens! With bell peppers and goat cheese.

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I ate lunch on the floor next to M in his bouncer. I’m sure this is the first of many lunches to be consumed down at his eye level – crawling is probably not too far away!

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3 mile stroller walk + banana with almond butter

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And a fun dinner

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This was a marinated flank steak from The Organic Butcher – in the same herb combo as their chicken that I love so much. It was totally delicious with its rosemary and cracked pepper! We seared it in a skillet and then sliced thin. Reminded me of the holidays! Ever since pregnancy, whenever I see beef I always think to myself: “Iron. Iron. Iron. Iron. Iron.”

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We had roasted fingerling potatoes on the side. 400* oven + bag of taters cut into pieces + 1-2 tbsp olive oil + salt + pepper for 40 minutes led to crunchy potato bits dunked in ketchup.

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And rounding out the plate – simple steamed snow peas dressed in freshly squeezed lemon juice and sea salt.

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I had Pero with milk and a dark chocolate slice to cleanse the palate.

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1 Ali @ Peaches and Football January 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

That dinner wins a A+ in my book. That steak looks incredible and with the potatoes and peas – wow. I need to find more organic meats – they just began carrying grass-fed ground beef in the grocery store so that’s a start. Maybe that’s something I should try to find more of in 2013.

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2 lisa fine @ vermont vittles January 9, 2013 at 9:14 am

I’m the same way with pumpkin usually. I love it for a few months (mostly October and November), and then I’m kind of over it.

This past autumn I made a LOT of pumpkin butter, which went in the freezer, and once we finished eating it, I didn’t make any more.

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3 Nic January 9, 2013 at 9:19 am

Lovely looking dinner, you have me craving steak now!

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4 Hope January 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

I am craving potatoes with ketchup now! They look delicious.

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5 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

Whats pero? I love overnight oats, I had them today :)

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6 Carly @ Snack Therapy January 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

Those little potatoes are so pop-able! I would just pop ‘em in my mouth, one-by-one.

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7 Cait's Plate January 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

I had eggs for lunch yesterday too! There’s just something about them that have become more of a function “lunch” food for me than breakfast.

Those potatoes look absolutely perfect!

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8 Nina @ toohottieforthatbody January 9, 2013 at 9:35 am

Oh yum! I’m craving some roasted potatoes now, crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. This summer was so hot that I tackled pumpkin as soon as it was out in an attempt at luring fall to come. I went a little over board because I was over it by November.

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9 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 9, 2013 at 9:43 am

Your talk of spring makes me so excited for it. I’m already SO over winter! Your flank steak looks absolutely delicious – awesome dinner!

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10 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

Love the look of your salad – definitely one that would make me full!

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11 donna January 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

That food looks delicious! As for Mazen crawling, your life will never be the same once that happens. I hope you have all of your furniture bolted to the walls, so that the little one cannot pull it over on himself! And all accessories must be put up. My boys used to love to take magazines off the coffee table and shake them by the cover! And then bang on the tables with whatever toy they had in their hand! Unavoidable with little ones. He will explore everything. That’s part of learning/growing up.

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12 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 9, 2013 at 10:11 am

Mmmm…think I now will make roasted potatoes with our roasted chicken tonight! :) Your fried egg looks so perfect sitting a top of your beautiful salad. :)

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13 Allison January 9, 2013 at 10:17 am

We had steak last night! So good.

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14 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

Oh man, now I want steak! That looks soooo good!

The lighting in your house seems to be perfect every single meal. I live in a cave. *Jealous*

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15 sophie January 9, 2013 at 10:24 am

Those potatoes look DELICIOUS!

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16 Olivia @ Life As Liv January 9, 2013 at 10:32 am

I’m definitely over pumpkin too (gasp). I didn’t think the day would come, but alas, it has arrived. Can’t wait to see how you’ll use pumpkin the next few days! I definitely need some inspiration. :)

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17 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

Oooo those potatoes on your dinner look so good! And I haven’t done an egg on a salad in ages, I need to get back into that habit!

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18 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 9, 2013 at 10:51 am

I eat an over easy egg over a salad almost everyday for lunch! It is really the perfect lunch for me with nature’s dressing built in! Sounds like a delicious day to me!

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19 karen January 9, 2013 at 10:57 am

That supper looks to die for! Everything ok with you, you don’t seem your normal perky self? Hope it’s not the mid-winter bluesl.

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20 KathEats January 9, 2013 at 11:03 am

Yep! Probably just sleep deprived

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21 Allison k January 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

Crawling really? At four months! And I thought I had an early crawler.

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22 KathEats January 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

No not yet… Time is just going to fly till he is

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23 Allison k January 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Oh yes! It does fly!

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24 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

Dunno what’s wrong w me – I haven’t cracked open one can of pumpkin this fall or winter yet!!!

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25 Annette @FitnessPerks January 9, 2013 at 11:18 am

Oh that lunch salad looks awesome!

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26 Christine January 9, 2013 at 11:25 am

I think I still have a can of pumpkin to use up, so looks like I’ll be stalking for you for ideas!

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27 Jordan @ Eat for Health, Eat for Fun January 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

You know, for as much as I am obsessed with eggs in all forms, I have never tried a runny egg on a salad. Plenty of hard-boiled (of course) but I love yolk and I bet it would be great on greens! Perhaps no dressing required…

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28 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Using up the last bit of pumpkin, eh? Well, soon enough it will be July and we’ll all be back at it….so taking a few months off will just make the heart grow fonder :)

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29 Shana January 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Pumpkin is really good in chili and tomato based vegetable soups. You can’t necessarily taste the pumpkin but it adds a really nice, thick texture. Might be a good way to use up the left-overs without making an overwhelmingly pumpkin dish!

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30 KathEats January 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Good idea!

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31 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

All of those meals look delicious! I really want those potatoes right now :)

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32 Parita @ myinnershakti January 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Making thoes potatoes ASAP! And I always find that simple dinners are the best.

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33 Shel@PeachyPalate January 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Those potatoes are so cute!!! I’m still loving pumpkin…I go off it for a few days and then I fall in love all over again with it! :) Even if it does mean ordering it in from the US!

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34 Ashlee January 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I thought your had CHEESE on your oatmeal! ha! Those are huge coconut chips :-)

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35 cathy January 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Your dinner looks so good! What are coconut chips? Just flaked coconut or a sweet treat? I’m Trader Joe’s deprived lol.

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36 KathEats January 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm

They’re dried coconut pieces… Crunchy!

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37 cathy January 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Yum! I will have to check them out when we go to California. :)

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38 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm

After the massive can of pumpkin that you had it’s no wonder that you are tired of pumpkin! Haha. I get the same way. When spring time rolls around all I can think of is fresh juices and smoothies for breakfast.

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39 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise January 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

You talk about Pero a lot on the blog, and I’ve been interested in trying it for a long time, but I’ve only ever seen it sold in big containers that are more expensive than I’d like for something I’ve never tasted. Any ideas on where I can get a smaller container? I love the idea of something a little richer than decaf teas at night!

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40 KathEats January 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Unfortunately I don’t think it comes in smaller – or sample packs. That would be nice. Maybe you could email the company and see if they would send you a sample or a coupon to try it? It is a bit odd and takes some time to love (at least for me)

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41 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 9, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Your dinner looks to die for! Holy delicious!

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42 Lisa January 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I’ve seen those coconut chips at TJ’s. Can you describe the texture? Are they sweet? Thanks.

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43 KathEats January 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

They are crunchy…kind of like a really thick chip? A plantain chip? They are mildly sweet – more coconutty than sugary

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44 Leslie January 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I read your blog on your APP but today non of the pictures come up. Just a white block with I love kath
Eats.com. Is it my phone or the app?

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45 KathEats January 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Leslie, it’s the result of some coding I just added to prevent people from stealing my RSS feed and photos. What is the name of your reader? I may be able to add permission for it.

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46 Tiffany January 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Hey Kath,
I’m experiencing the same thing. Your application on the iPhone is not showing the pictures.

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47 KathEats January 10, 2013 at 12:38 am

My app – got it. I’ll see what I can do.

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48 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I like Pero a lot, but I still think that Dandy Blend has the edge! It’s so good mixed with 50/50 almond milk and water.
I don’t think I’m ever over pumpkin. I definitely eat it year-round! But I’m definitely over putting it in oatmeal- it just doesn’t taste good to me anymore.

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49 Grace January 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Do you eat this good all of the time??? You have such a healthy diet! Are you on Gymshout.com? You would score tons of points! Thanks for posting, these are some great ideas for nutritious meals.

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50 KathEats January 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm

No not all the time :) I haven’t heard of gymshout before – neat!

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51 Katherine January 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Overnight oats – great reminder. i need to make those again sometime!

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52 Micky January 9, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I don’t know when I will get sick of pumpkin oats but I have 2 cases of pumpkin in my pantry so I hope it’s not any time soon! :)

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53 lynn @ the actor's diet January 9, 2013 at 11:33 pm

i’m craving meat now!

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54 Madison January 10, 2013 at 7:04 am

That dinner looks AMAZING. Makes me want those potatoes SO bad! :)

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55 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 10, 2013 at 7:07 am

Those potatoes look heavenly! There is nothing like a roasted potato. I love them :)

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56 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way January 10, 2013 at 7:11 am

It’s funny…Just yesterday I posted scrambled eggs, broccoli and toast for SUPPER…To me it’s totally normal but to others it’s absurd! You’re right, one woman’s breakfast is another’s lunch, or in my case, supper!

You will likely never see me eat eggs or anything of the like for breakfast as I am a sweet breakfast kind of gal…So I’ve got to get those eggs in somewhere ;)

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57 jan January 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

this just makes me want to eat potatoes and ketchup now ha

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58 Alexandra January 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

Yum! Your overnight oats always look so delicious! I am kinda over pumpkin as well. I tend to jump head first into it around September and now I can’t even look at the 3 cans I have sitting in my cupboard. Maybe in May I’ll get around to them- excited to see more overnight oat recipes.

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59 Alana January 13, 2013 at 3:06 am

Kath,

Thanks for the gorgeous recipe ideas ; tasty, affordable and healthy – the perfect trifecta, if you ask me. Question : for how long did you let the steak marinate, and what did you put in your marinating sauce? Loving the presentation as well,so chic but rustic at the same time.

Thanks a bunch!
Alana

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60 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Alana,
Unfortunately (fortunately?) it was marinated by the butcher (which is why I love them so much). It was a rosemary/olive oil/black pepper marinade, so you could get similar results with those flavors.

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