Lately

July 15, 2013

Summer food is in its peak – watermelon, zucchini, peaches, berries! My favorite time of the year for fresh food. Sadly our garden greens have dried up, but in their place we now have tons of cherry tomatoes and a couple of heirlooms!

Breakfasts

Watermelon, Red, White & Blue swirl bread, egg, banana.

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Berries, toast with banana and almond butter, scrambled egg

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Iced coffee, French toast on High Five, berries, banana

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High Five toast, egg, white peach, blackberries

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Oatmeal bake with almond butter and banana

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Toast, banana, eggs, coffee on a rainy moring

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Lunches

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Smoked trout over a salad with avocado, goat cheese and heirloom tomato. Lemonade water on the side

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Delicious Indian-spiced tempeh soup at a friend’s house. Goat cheese + Greek yogurt on top and scones on the side.

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Watermelon, kale salad, fresh tomatoes, blackberries, and avocado toast

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More trout salad – served with too many handfuls of sweet potato chips

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Sardine salad with avocado, watermelon, chips

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Dinners

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Grass-fed beef hot dog (!), kale chips with ketchup, grilled corn

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Oven-baked cornmeal okra and tofu (loved this method!) seasoned with southwestern spices plus sweet potato fries – a small portion followed by seconds when the second pan was finished roasting

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Mexican bowls that I started earlier in the day on the grill to have that done before hectic dinnertime.

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I also pre-made guacamole and shredded cheese

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So at dinnertime we just had to heat everything up with a can of pinto beans and some southwest seasoning

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And then layer into bowls. Anything topped with guac and cheese is my favorite dinner : )

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I had two meals out this week – first at Two Guys Tacos, which you previewed in my day-in-the-life post. Two Guys invited me in to test out their menu on the house.

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Fish taco. Loved the beer-battered crust. Tilapia has never tasted this good in a restaurant before.

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The beef and bean tacos were delicious as well – very fresh and not too greasy.

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But the bean + cheese empanada was my favorite! The crust tasted like it was made in a grandmother’s kitchen (that is a high compliment) – fresh, flakey and gooey inside!

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The apple churro was filled with apple goo. I only wish they had had a banana empanada available – they were already sold out! Must go back for that one.

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I also loved the extra thick cinnamon chips

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A great experience! Two Guys Tacos is on The Corner near UVA and would be a great spot for a quick meal any time of day.

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My final dinner was a special night out with the Virginia Bloggers. Sadly only 4 of us showed up, but I had a nice time getting to know Alex, Sarah and Katie.

We dined at Maya during restaurant week, and the menu was simply divine.

Chicken + Sweet Potato Pecan Waffles served with chow-chow to start. They had me at waffle..

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Grouper with pesto. Love grouper and the pesto was most definitely freshly prepared.

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Plus grilled romaine and a tomato and spiced watermelon salad – and some kind of fancy French fries that I think were a mix of grits and potato!?

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Course #3 was a toffee oatmeal cookie with ice cream inside. This was amazing!

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Hope you had a good week!

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1 Ali @ Peaches and Football July 15, 2013 at 8:13 am

As always, your food looks delicious!

I’m in shock that I haven’t noticed/seen the Garden of Eatin sweet potato tortilla chips in our stores. I LOVE the blue corn tortilla chips with the chili powder – they taste like nacho doritos. I’ll have to look a bit closer and see if they have the sweet potato ones.

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2 Carly @ Snack Therapy July 15, 2013 at 8:15 am

Summer food is definitely the best. I always miss it when the seasons change! I love that chicken + waffle dish. My mom ordered something similar out to breakfast this weekend and it was divine! You really can’t go wrong with a waffle plus some deep-fried chicken.

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3 Christine@ Apple of My Eye July 15, 2013 at 8:16 am

So much fresh produce! You’re such an inspiration when it comes to finding easy yet creative ways to add veggies to your plate! And as always, with such marvelous photography! I can’t wait for my Farmer’s Market to come around again so I can get my fruits and vegetables and try to replicate some dishes :)

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4 Lauren @ The Highlands Life July 15, 2013 at 8:21 am

I love summertime so much and the fresh fruit is one of the big reasons. I’m pretty sure I buy a watermelon, cantaloupe and pineapple at the store every week. And now that our little guy eats fruit too, it serves as double duty. This year I’ve picked up some really sweet, ripe melons and am so pleased! Sometimes it’s hit or miss but this year it’s all been spot on.

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5 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 15, 2013 at 8:31 am

I’ve been LOVING all of the amazing summer produce lately too. Pineapple, berries, and corn the cob have been some of my top favorites. I’ll be so sad when they all go away!

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6 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot July 15, 2013 at 8:44 am

Yummy! Everything looks delicious! Had a great week. Hope you did too! You’re glowing in the photo of yourself :)

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7 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige July 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

Hooray for sweet corn season! We haven’t picked up any yet, but I plan to rectify that ASAP ;)

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8 Kinsey July 15, 2013 at 9:11 am

That tempeh soup looks fantastic! Any way you could get a recipe?

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9 Emma July 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

Polenta sticks, maybe?

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10 Grace @ Grace Dishes July 15, 2013 at 10:21 am

Food looks fantastic! I love the idea of that tempeh soup.

Fruit is one thing my house is FILLED with right now. Perfect for on-the-go smoothies or a quick sweet snack/dessert. It’s helps because I took a no baking (sweets) pledge until August!

Have a great week!

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11 David @ From Ballparks to BBQ July 15, 2013 at 10:34 am

Everything at Maya looks incredible!

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12 Clare @ Fitting It All In July 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

did not know about Virginia Bloggers! Need to sign up!

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13 Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen July 15, 2013 at 10:52 am

I want to find out that french fry recipe. They were so good! Your pictures at Maya turned out so well. I’m excited to try Two Guys Tacos. I have to admit, I thought that restaurant was going to be like another White Spot, always good but not so healthy, but the dishes look awesome!

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14 Lindsay July 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

So many yummy eats! I cannot get enough zucchini, squash, watermelon and corn these days. It’s summer food at it’s very finest :)

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15 Kelly @ KellyRunsforFood July 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

Holy cow. I’m coming to eat at your house for a week! All your grilled veggies look delicious. I may have to check out that Maya restaurant next time I’m in that part of the state!

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16 joelle (on a pink typewriter) July 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Your flatware is so pretty! Do you have multiple sets of dishes?

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17 KathEats July 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

We have one full set of white dishes and the Luna flatware from Pottery Barn which we got for our wedding. But I add in all kinds of onesie pieces of dishes and flatware here and there.

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18 Alex July 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Your baked oatmeal looks phenomenal. I cant get enough fresh produce right now!!

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19 Shel@PeachyPalate July 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Food looks incredible as always…seriously you would make a vegan person crave eggs :)

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20 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! July 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Wow so much deliciousness! I especially love all the summer produce! The grouper with pesto sounds amazing…one of my favorite fish! And the indian tempeh soup looks marvelous! I’d love that recipe!

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21 jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com July 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

My mouth is watering at the thought of those empanadas!

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22 Kim July 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

That’s cool that Virginia has a blogger group with meetups like that. I’ve been trying to find something similar in Texas. I know Austin has a pretty strong blogging community, but I haven’t been able to find the blogging community that I feel like I would fit in here in Dallas.

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23 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen July 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I’ve been having grilled veggies about every night .. loveeee summer food

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24 Kori July 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Your food from Maya looks amazing!! Kaci and I will have to dine there the next time we visit Cville. :)

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25 Melissa July 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Your daily eats always look so gorgeous! That toffee oatmeal cookie with ice cream inside sounds like the ideal dessert and definitely one I would thoroughly enjoy!

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26 eliz@ourcrazysweetlife July 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Nothing like corn on the cob and watermelon to ring in the summer!

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27 Marissa@ohhhsolovely July 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm

i’ve had french fries made with grits & potato before, and i really think they’re awesome! so much better, to me, than a plain french fry. i would love to try grilling romaine one day. i bet that is so delish!

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28 Lindsay July 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm

What a tasty week! This has been one of my fave weeks thus far, because it is finally starting to feel like HOME to us here in Hawaii;) Moving in and decorating, sight seeing and friend-making!

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29 Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile July 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Mhmmm my mouth is watering just looking at this scrumptious food! I am currently on a 3 day juice cleanse so I am dying for some solid food. I’ll be sure to test out some more of your recipes when I’m done! ;) You can read about my juice cleanse here:
http://sunnysideupsmile.com/2013/07/15/3-day-juice-cleanse-day-1-recap/

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30 Alison July 15, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Our house is filled with fresh produce and we love it! Peaches, berries, watermelon..
That black bean and cheese empanada looks so delicious! And so does that ice cream sandwich :)

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31 Tami @Nutmeg Notebook July 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm

That is a lot of good eats in a week! I love all the fresh produce this time of year.

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32 kristen @ verbs and vignettes July 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm

i love the idea of always having a little fruit with breakfast. i’d never think to have breakfast side dishes. but i haven’t been getting in NEARLY enough fruits + vegetables recently. in the middle of summer, no less…

that taco place looks delicious!

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33 Julie July 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Please ask your friend for the Indian spiced tempeh soup recipe!!!

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34 Sue July 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Hi Kath! Great pics on this post. I’m a HUGE fan of grilled romaine. Glad to see it on your plate:-). Our garden greens have dried up here too, but we also are getting a lot of summer fruits in as well. All your food looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

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35 Ben July 16, 2013 at 12:41 am

I can’t get over the fact that health food could looks soo good. It seems like your just eating for fun and not for anything else.

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36 two eyes July 16, 2013 at 3:19 am

I must ask you Kath… Let me preface this with that I used to work at Foodbuzz and I know tons about both blogs and the food service industry; but are you really that hungry at breakfast? I will have a cup of coffee and not eat again for hours. I just can’t imagine eating oats or anything at 7am. I love eggs, but they need to come past 10am for me to stomach them. Do you think it’s just a lifestyle thing thing? (For the record, I don’t drink and rarely go out) or a metabolism thing? I have always been about 111-119 and i’m 5’8″. We’ve always been thin but we eat. But I cannot imagine stomaching all that food pre 8am. Let me know. A long time follow.

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37 KathEats July 16, 2013 at 9:09 am

Yes, I am. We must have different metabolisms.

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38 Julie July 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

You have more class than most Kath, I wouldn’t have dignified her humble brag/ backhanded comment with a response. Cheers to you, keep doing what you’re doing.

:)

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39 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner July 16, 2013 at 4:09 am

That fish taco looks amazing, but I am especially curious about the grass fed hot dog! I usually get my grass fed burgers from the farmer’s market (although the grocery store does carry a small quantity). Where did you find them?

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40 KathEats July 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

I got them from the Best of All Around stand at the city market, but they are actually produced in North Carolina.

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41 Emily @ Life on Food July 16, 2013 at 5:06 am

I would put guacamole on just about anything. Love it!

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42 Chelsea Preedy July 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

I recently saw a Great Harvest Bread Company in Salt Lake City, UT. Is it a chain or was that just a coincidence? The bread you have always looks delicious. If we have Great Harvest here, I will have to go and get some.

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43 KathEats July 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

It’s not a chain but a franchise. Individual owners across the country. Lots of the same recipes but very different vibes!

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44 char eats greens July 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

Sweet potato fries are happening in my house either tonight or tomorrow night. I didn’t buy them last week (what was I thinking?!), so I’m in serious withdrawal!! I think I could eat 3 to myself in one sitting haha.

And your iced coffee is making me wish that I wasn’t out of almond milk right now. I need to get more so I can dilute my coffee concentrate sitting in the fridge!!

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45 Georgia-Mae Morrison July 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm

The “lately” posts always make me drool. Almost literally…haha! That ice cream cookie looks incredible. What is it about summer that makes me ask myself almost every night, “should I just have ice cream for dinner?”

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46 Ttrockwood July 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

You have had some awesome meals! That tempeh soup really does sound amazing- what else was in there? I can’t tell from the pic and would love to try and make a version myself…
And i was looking at the no bull burger site to place an order but it doesn’t say anywhere how many are in a package! Is it two or four? (It just says “pack” -And they should fix that!)

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47 KathEats July 16, 2013 at 8:17 pm

It had frozen greens (spinach? kale?), lentils, broth, maybe some minced veg and the tempeh

And they are 4 packs! Good catch. I’ll let them know.

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48 Maree July 16, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Do you only non-GMO sweet corn, or do you just eat whatever is available?

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49 Laura July 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

The food at restaurant week looked amazing!! I think the fries may have been polenta fries? Oh and I love everything you write about Mazen. I am in school getting my RD and I have a 9 month old. So- what you are feeding him is especially helpful!

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50 Lyn September 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I love the amazing images on this page. There are plenty for all the meals of the day and they each look pretty healthy as well. I would love to try pretty much all of these.

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