January 19, 2013

I’m guessing you guys think that since I’m not photographing every meal anymore that I’m eating PB&J for lunch everyday or going through a drive-through now :mrgreen: People have asked me for years if I eat a certain way because I photograph my food. My answer was always “not really.” I’m still eating the same old, same old! Because I love to photograph food (except dinner…in the winter…lighting…ugh), here are some of this week’s highlights:

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast with banana, egg and almond butter –


Hot oats in a jar!


With banana, cottage cheese and coconut flakes


Eggs + toast + fruit one morning with Matt home –


Apple cinnamon swirl French toast with hot apples on top –


Served with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter and coffee.


Salad with leftover cornish hen, acorn squash and homemade mozzarella (post to come soon on that!)


Veggies chopped for salads for the week ahead!


Lots of tea lattes. 1/3 cup milk, heated for 30 seconds and frothed. Water poured on top. Perhaps a touch of Stevia in the Raw.


Sunflower butter udon noodle stir fry


Slow cooker pork + apples (recipe coming soon)


Cornish hens with acorn squash and green beans {Happy birthday Matt!}


Workouts have been good considering the terrible rainy weather we’ve had: A late-afternoon gym visit, a home workout, a dreary stroller walk.


And one happy baby!




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1 Michelle @ Run Eat Travel January 19, 2013 at 8:27 am

Love the smiley picture! He’s precious


2 [email protected] January 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

Always love your pictures, especially the ones of that “one happy baby”! He’s so darn cute!!


3 Abby January 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

Oh my goodness, that little Elvis face is fantastic :)


4 amelia January 19, 2013 at 8:55 am

Just ate breakfast, but those dinners are making me hungry! Mmmm! Thanks for the morning dose of Mazen cuteness. I love it :)


5 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner January 19, 2013 at 8:58 am

Your food always looks so beautiful, especially the udon noodle stir fry. I guess eating healthy, beautiful food makes healthy, beautiful babies–your Mazen is adorable!


6 Lauren January 19, 2013 at 9:08 am

I get asked the same question often and the truth is, I really do like to make my food look appealing. Even before I started food blogging, I was always working on plate presentation. Known fact that when it looks good, it usually tastes good.


7 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

Haha he really does look like elvis in the last pic! How cute! And that one fork with the udon noodles LOOKS huge! Like a giants fork!!


8 Tiffany January 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

It was so nice to wake up and see a post from you :)
This was a great way to show your eats but not blog everyday. I really enjoyed it! Thanks kath!


9 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

That apple french toast….OH my!!


10 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

Good to know you’re still getting your french toast in! :) Look at that happy lil man!


11 Alison January 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

I really like this post! And Mazen is such a cutie!! :)
Can you do a recipe for the sunflower butter udon noodles? They sound delicious!


12 KathEats January 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

Yep – in the works!


13 Sarah January 19, 2013 at 11:58 am

That is just what I was going to ask about. Yum! That fork looks huge too :)


14 [email protected] January 19, 2013 at 9:53 am

Congrats on being brave to try a new approach to your blogging – I love it! And goodness – what a cutie pie!


15 Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews January 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

Wow quite a variety for breakfast! Looks great.


16 Ashlee January 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

The caption on the last photo of mazen made me LOl! Spot on.
If you ever DO swing by a drive thru you’ll have to fill us in, it would be pretty funny!


17 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

My workouts definitely aren’t as good with bad weather, because I love to walk and run outside! Living in Chicago makes it much harder to get in exercise in the winter!


18 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

I’m not gonna lie, I really think I’m going to love your new way of blogging. We get more of a surprise and never know what we’re gonna get. :) And I have no doubt you continue to eat amazingly delicious and nutritious meals! Love that last photo of Mazen!


19 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

I eat overnight oats in a jar every time there is a tablespoon so or left- I’ve never thought about still making my oats the same and eating it out of the jar :) Simple, super obvious, and genius! Also, Maze smiling puts a smile on my face.


20 Carly @ Snack Therapy January 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

I’m obsessed with the Elvis face. And, as always, your food looks amazingly delicious.


21 Ray January 19, 2013 at 10:42 am

I am curious to know, did you take these pictures the same way you did when you were blogging each meal? I recently read your photography post with great interest, learned about your camera and the lighting setups that you do. Are you continuing that hobby for each meal or using a different photography technique? Thanks.


22 KathEats January 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I’m definitely putting less effort and just taking snapshots of meals. I rarely use the umbrella lights or the tripod anymore (haven’t really since Mazen’s birth) just because I haven’t had the energy to put into getting the shots THAT much better.


23 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde January 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hahaha, aww, that does look like a little Elvis smile :) Cute! Your food all looks delicious.


24 Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple January 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

That baby is so frigging cute. Almost as cute as mine. 😉

The stir-fry looks awesome, but I don’t think I will ever get over the hot cottage cheese in oatmeal. Ugh. The only way I eat hot cottage cheese is the cheese layer in lasagna when I’m too cheap to buy ricotta (which is most of the time, truly).

Still my very favorite way to eat oatmeal is your banana whipped oats. Love it. Don’t have time to make it on most days…but we do love it.

I’ve got 2 kids and a job. My husband is traveling this week…two nights solo, with a baby who eats 4 times between 4:45 and 8 pm (three nursings, one solids)…I, for one, would not judge you for going through the drive through! My meals this week are strictly microwaveable! (Making enchiladas and lentil soup so that I have leftovers for lunch and dinner.)


25 lucy Lincoln January 19, 2013 at 10:54 am

mazen is so cute! just seeing him makes me feel like saying ‘aww’


26 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

OK now I am hungry! I want some more breakfast, I swear I could eat eggs n french toast for any meal!


27 lea January 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

Im hungry now. and that is one cute baby!


28 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Oh my gosh MAZE! He’s going to be crawling before you even know it. This might be one of my favorite posts. I love all the meal ideas :)


29 Vicki January 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

He is just way too cute! Love his eyes~


30 [email protected] January 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

You reminded me about a breakfast I haven’t made in forever, the french toast with warm apples – I am so making that this week!

I have a give a way on my site from Thai Kitchen products – check it out.


31 kira January 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

your blog makes me happy just so ya know!


32 Morgan @ momentsofmmm January 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Kath, you are always inspiring me to be more nutritionally creative with my food. Thanks for sharing your beautiful meals! Also – dying over the last picture!


33 sarah January 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Same pork and apple slow cooker recipe as Jenna?


34 KathEats January 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I don’t remember seeing hers, but I’m sure they’re not that far apart


35 Megan January 20, 2013 at 7:31 am

I was thinking the same thing Sarah….Jenna’s was great! Def. worth a crock pot day


36 Audrey Adams January 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

All that food looks delicious! And Mazen, in that last pic, cracked me up. Love his face! So cute:)


37 Katherine January 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm
38 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I’ve never seen or tried cornish hen but it sounds good! Your breakfasts always look so amazing and make me want french toast.


39 [email protected] January 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I’d be the same, I’ve so many photos of food I’ve never posted, I just love it! What did you use in the sunflower udon noodles???


40 Rebekah January 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Hi, Kath! Mazen is aMAZENly adorable! Quick question: I am interested in getting a degree in nutrition or a field like it. I have a BA in Secondary English Education and would love to only have to get a two-year degree to be a nutritionist – is this possible? I have tried googling information and I seem to get conflicting answers. Online schools like Kaplin say BS (which would be 4 years), but others say 2 years. Perhaps it isn’t possible to get a job as a nutritionist with only a 2-year degree? I figured you might know the anwers to this :-) Thanks!


41 KathEats January 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Check out my “RD me” post on the sidebar! If you have a BA you can become an RD in no less than 2 years, but more like 3 with the internship. Best of luck


42 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Must be surreal for you not ‘having to’ photograph your food after 5 years but that you just still like to! Thanks for the glimpses and Mazen is just too cute. 2nd to last pic – love it!


43 Aja January 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I always love your pictures.


44 Melissa January 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

the French toast looks delish! keep the photos coming (if u can. forgot to put that in my survey.)


45 Katie @ SkinnyMinnieMoves January 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

justins vanilla almond butter seriously changed my life. If I could eat a jar every single day I would


46 Victoria January 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Can’t wait to see the homemade mozzarella recipe!


47 marcie January 19, 2013 at 8:59 pm

i am missing you!


48 Vidya January 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Me too!!


49 Ilane January 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Love love love your pictures!! Looking forward to the pork recipe.
Mazen gets cuter by the minute.


50 Cynthia January 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Honestly, if that last picture of your beautiful boy doesn’t tear you away from your blog, I don’t know what will … !

I’ve enjoyed and have been inspired by your blog for a long time. Thank you for your dedication. Now it’s a new chapter for you and your family – I know you will have the same dedication to raising a wonderful family. Best of luck Kath!


51 Betty January 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Awwwwww! Love the pictures of Mazen today.


52 Kathy W. January 20, 2013 at 12:05 am

love the cute little ‘tude in the 2nd Maze pic!


53 Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate January 20, 2013 at 2:32 am

Your meals look delicious as always, and Mazen looks adorable as always. Some things just don’t seem to change too much. :-)


54 Hillary January 20, 2013 at 3:53 am

Hi Kath, I am really enjoying the recipes on your website…and recently also just had my first baby (I say recently, but he just turned 1!) I was wondering, now that my life is so much more demanding I am always looking to “grab something” for breakfast or lunch. I was considering buying some sort of meal replacement shake like “slim fast” or “special k” but I was wondering what your opinion is on these! I am not like super-loyal to everything being organic and no chemicals but I try to keep those things to a minimum…so how evil are these types of shakes??


55 KathEats January 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

To be honest, I would not recommend either of those products. Both are not real food and I doubt either would fill you up. They are also completely void of fruits and/or veggies! My recommendation would be to look for more “real food” on-the-go products like Larabars, trail mix, plain yogurt, whole fruit, pre-chopped veggies, pre-washed salad greens, tuna packets, etc. that you can quickly assemble and eat without too much prep work.


56 Hillary January 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

thanks kathy! are you breastfeeding? I ask because I continued on my prenatal vitamin after Isaac was born and I was breastfeeding – now that he is one I am trying to wean him but I still bf a couple times a day. Do you think this warrants me still being on prenatals? Or if it were you would you just go back to a regular vitamin. Someone told me the prenatals can give you kidney stones so I am feeling funny about taking them for such an extended period of time! Thanks :)


57 KathEats January 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

I think that they are fine to take long term, but I’d ask your doctor because I’m not quite sure


58 the 3volution of j3nn January 20, 2013 at 6:05 am

I eat pretty much the same food whether it’s going on the blog or not. The only difference is sometimes its not so pretty and looks like a pile of randomness because no one will see. :)


59 Madison January 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

All delicious eats–especially those apples on the french toast. I have some apples that need to be used! Thanks for the inspiration. :)


60 Alyssa January 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

This post is great :-) I’d love to hear an hour by hour recap of your day! I’m so curious about what is like being a stay at home and working mom!


61 lucy Lincoln January 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

was just thinking of something really random as I have been going through your tribute to oatmeal page- why don’t you- or anyone for that matter who likes oats in a jar!- have a completely empty jar that you can wash out, or have a mason jar and take a tablespoon of nut butter and smear it around the edges and bottom of the jar so you can then put the oats on top?! just thinking that way you don’t always have to air till your down to your last two tablespoons of nut butter in the jar to have oats-ina-jar.? you probably do this anyway, but just a suggestion!


62 KathEats January 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I have done this!! Sadly, it’s just not the same. The nut butter doesn’t stick to the jar quite as well and it just doesn’t spread around as well, but it is a great solution if you don’t have a real empty nut butter jar!


63 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

First time reader! I’m about to spend too much time going through your archives and stealing some recipes 😉 Thanks for sharing. Baby Mazen looks so sweet!


64 Michele January 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Great way to summarize lots of your wonderful meals for us! Thanks for the post!


65 Christine @ BookishlyB January 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I think I’d actually appreciate it if, for once, a food blogger would be like “yeah, I picked up a burrito and a Mexi Melt at Taco Bell for lunch” today. It’s okay to slum it once in awhile.


66 Spice Chicken January 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Great food ideas, as always, and fantastic photos to boot. Thanks, Kath.


67 Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet January 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Your munchkin is totally adorable :)


68 [email protected] for the Soul January 21, 2013 at 12:18 am

hahaha he’s rather good at impersonating Elvis! And man, homemade mozzarella sounds so crazy good! And I’m really curious to see how you guys made it since MAKING CHEESE never crosses my mind


69 Lindsay January 21, 2013 at 1:27 am

Can’t wait for that slow cooker recipe, and tips for cooking cornish hens, I have yet to try those at home, and I’ve been assured it’s so simple:) Lead the way please! I love your workout pix too, because currently I’m STILL sitting in PJ’s on Martin Luther King day (a day early thanks to Seoul time, tyvm!) and am gazing at a VERY dreary day…but I bet i’d feel better if I worked out…KERF to the rescue!


70 Anna January 21, 2013 at 6:00 am

Aww… Mazen is such a little cutie! LOL @ the Elvis face.

I’m sorry if this is a dumb question, but what exactly is PB&J? (I’m not American and English is not my first language). I always thought it was peanut butter and jam on bread, but you eat yummy nut butter and bread everyday, so now I’m confused.


71 KathEats January 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

You are correct…peanut butter and jelly! Nothing wrong with it and I do love it. My point was more the absence of other food and how it’s the quintessential “too busy to eat” lunch.


72 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 21, 2013 at 11:17 am

You are the ‘queen’ of breakfasts! Love all the photos and inspiring dishes! :)


73 [email protected] January 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Mazen never fails to make me smile- he’s so adorable!:)


74 Ilane January 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I have never had oats with banana, cottage cheese and coconut flakes! Great pictures. Mazen is amazing!


75 Jolene ( January 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm

What an absolutely perfect face!!! He is so cute!!!

I’m curious about how you cooked the cornish hens? I’ve been wanting to try making them.


76 vidya January 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

Kath do you always chop veggies ahead for one week? How long do you store them, one week or more? Do they stay fresh for that long, I mean is it okay nutrition wise? Do you chop all kinds of vegetables ahead or is it better for some of them to be chopped fresh? Do you use any specific containers to store them? Have you discussed about this topic anywhere in your blog before? Sorry if I had missed it. It’d be great if you can link to it.

Sorry for this series of questions but I had been waiting to ask you about this for long time and I remembered again seeing your chopped veggies pic in this post.


77 KathEats January 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Let’s see if I can answer:

-I don’t always do it, but with Mazen here, it’s been more often than not
-I store them in a glass tupperware and use them usually within 5 days or so
-I’m sure there is a small amount of oxidation that occurs to make the nutrients sliiiiiightly reduced, but that’s not something I’m worried about – I imagine it’s negligible. Light and air are minimized in the fridge in a sealed container
-I usually do a mix of peppers and carrots


78 Vidya January 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Thanks so much for the detailed reply Kath. As for the small amount of oxidation I guess there’s no
need to worry as it is better than not eating veggies at all. I should start chopping and storing them more often now.


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