Lately

August 7, 2013

Delicious eats last week surrounding summer produce at its best…

Breakfasts

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Overnight oats in a sunflower butter jar made with Coach’s Oats, Greek yogurt, milk, chia seeds, banana and blueberries. Plus a pinch of salt, cinnamon, vanilla and a little bit of Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon muffin from the bakery. Loved this!

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I made a big batch of Coach’s Oats plain and simple in my rice cooker and saved the portions to reheat. Here was a bowl cooked with banana and blueberries plus a little granola and sunflower butter. 

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Our friends Patsy and Sammy gave us a cantaloupe at the market last week and boy was it juicy! Served with eggs, toast, and a banana half with sunbutter (clearly I can’t hold back on the sunbutter when I have an open jar!)

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I took some of my leftover cooked oats and put them in a smoothie with banana, peanut butter and Greek yogurt. YUM! I gave Mazen his first taste of peanut butter and he was a-okay. So relieved.

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I picked up some cinnamon raisin English muffins from Trader Joe’s for a change. Sad to say they weren’t very good. A little on the cardboard end of the spectrum. I gotta see if Matt will make some at the bakery! Served with Jam According to Daniel, nectarine, berries and a sunny side up egg.

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Lunches

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Salad with leftover quinoa, tomatoes, local goat cheese and smoked trout over greens. I had to share the tin of trout with both Matt and Mazen and wish I had had more : )

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More salad. More tomatoes. More goat cheese. With avocado, leftover sweet potatoes and almonds and a Spinach Feta roll on the side.

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Takeaway sandwich from the bakery {ham and cheese with veg} plus some sweet potato chips. Enjoyed in the company of Karen.

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Salad with egg, cheese, tomato, chips and an English muffin on the side.

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Lunch at Eppie’s with the Naturally Family crew!! Those are pimento cheese grits and they are A-mazing! So is the cornbread – like cornbread cake.

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Edith and Mazen playin’

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Dinners

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Gazpacho from our summer food fest with pesto slathered on a Spinach feta roll

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This crazy mish-mosh was a grass-fed beef hot dog sautéed with leftover quinoa, zucchini, tomatoes, almonds and pesto. Interesting but surprisingly good!

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I tried my first stab at homemade BBQ in the crockpot this week. I bought a pork…something. I forget what the cut was! Loin? A big hunk. I put it in the crockpot with some Bone Suckin’ Sauce and lots of brown ale and let it simmer for 6 hours on low. Perfect pulled pork! I would have liked it to be a bit more like North Carolina style BBQ so next time I’ll go the vinegar sauce route.

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It was awesome served with Wade’s Mill grits made on the porridge setting in the rice cooker (perfect every time!) and a boatload of broccoli. There was eggplant hiding under there too that needed to be eaten.

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The next night I took the leftover pork and turned it into enchiladas.

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I cooked peppers and roasted red peppers with the pork and stuffed it all into whole wheat tortillas (from Whole Foods) and then topped them with enchilada sauce (Trader Joe’s brand – didn’t really like its taste or ingredient list) and lots of cheese. In the oven for 20 minutes at 375* and everything was hot and bubbly.

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Hi there cheese!

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Served with lots of yogamole (equal parts Greek yogurt and avocado with lime juice and Southwest seasoning) with sautéed zucchini and peppers on the side.

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Matt is always bringing home treats from the three markets he works. Other vendors enjoy our bread and they trade goods. Sometimes it’s a hugeeeee bag of vegetables but last week he brought home an entire pie! Karen brought over a wonderful pound cake on the same day. What’s a girl to do!? Eat both.

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1 Ali @ Peaches and Football August 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

This is such a great time of year for fresh fruits and veggies – and they make dishes so bright and colorful.

I’m still not over your huckleberry tart you posted yesterday. I’ve never seen huckleberries before. What do they taste like?

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2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

I’ll take some of those pork enchiladas…holy yum!

Oh yeah and thanks to you I have a can of smoked sardines from TJ’s sitting in my pantry. Haven’t tried them yet but I bought them…that counts for something right? :)

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3 Lindsey @ The Next Course August 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

Isn’t it funny how mish-mosh meals sometimes end up better than well planned recipes?! Looking at your lovely variety of foods I feel like I’ve been in a rut–thanks for some inspiration to branch out!

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4 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

bright, colorful, and delicious looking – per usual! ;)

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5 Ashlee@HisnHers August 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

LOTS of delicious food! I hadn’t seen much about Karen lately before this post! Hoeps she’s doing well :-)

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6 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

She is! She’s having dinner here tonight.

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7 Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

Great and vibrant eats- as always! I can’t get over hoe delicious they look :). If you don’t mind me asking, what sort of lens do you use to take your pictures?

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8 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

Thanks! I use a Canon f/2 35 mm

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9 Lynn @ the actor's diet August 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

Bartering w the bread maker – so old skool awesome.

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10 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 7, 2013 at 9:17 am

That melty cheese is making me hungry! Your eats look really flavorful. :)

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11 mary @ minutes per mile August 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

i used your “yogumole” recipe for inspiration the other night! made regular guac (avo, tomato, onion, cilantro, lime), and “stretched” it by adding greek yogurt. brilliant idea.

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12 char eats greens August 7, 2013 at 9:39 am

I can’t wait until Nia tries peanut butter (she’s 8.5 months, so I wonder when is safe to try??). I honestly don’t really ever eat sunflower butter. I might need to try this on oats asap!! And question, do you just make Mazen’s meals based off what you guys are having or do you whip something else up separately for him? I’m trying to figure this whole thing out now that I’m getting my girl into solids more :)

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13 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 10:14 am

We try to share with him

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14 Marissa @Barefoot Colorado August 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

Gahhh I’m a bread fanatic and your pictures always make me drool!

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15 Lauren @ The Highlands Life August 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

Those enchiladas look awesome. And pound cake! Reminds me that I need to make one soon.

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16 Shel@PeachyPalate August 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

That mish mosh looks amazing!!! Also love the subheadings in the post! Do you mind me asking how you do it?

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17 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

They were made in Photoshop : )

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18 Elizabeth August 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm

How do you make the choice of when to use Lightroom and when to use Photoshop? I don’t really know the difference between the two programs. I use Photoshop for work but have been really impressed with some of the Lightroom stuff I’ve seen.

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19 KathEats August 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

I use Lightroom for all photo editing, but I turn to Photoshop when I need to design something (like writing words on a photo or buttons for my blog). I have Photoshop Elements so it’s not as fancy as the professional version. I’m also not very good at it! I find Lightroom to be much more user friendly.

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20 Livi August 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

yum that pesto + roll! looks sooooo delicious!!!

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21 Liz August 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

Just curious….what was the issue with the ingredients list for the TJs enchilada sauce?

I ask because that is actually my favorite enchilada sauce and I use it all. the. time. The regular grocery store near my house usually only carries La Palma brand sauce, which is too smoky for me! I found the TJs sauce about a year ago and have never gone back. I guess I haven’t ever bothered to look at the ingredients though!

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22 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

It has a lot of corn/soy things. Just not as simple as I would like.

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23 Michelle August 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm

So then why did you buy it?

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24 KathEats August 8, 2013 at 5:21 am

I didn’t read the label in the store

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25 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget August 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

Those spinach feta rolls look so fresh and yummy! I love that combination and your mish mash of awesomeness with the hot dog and quinoa is so creative. Sometimes the best dinners happen when you are just throwing random things together.

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26 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

You made enchiladas look appetizing … I thought that was impossible to do!!

(I think they always taste great, but usually they’re a b*tch to photograph).

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27 Julie August 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

As usual, your meals have given me ideas for the rest of the week! I have a question for you: Do you eat after dinner? If so, what do you snack on? I struggle with this, especially since I’m breast feeding a 4 week old, and I get hungry for all the wrong things in the evenings/nights.

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28 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I struggle with it too : ) Most often a little portion of some kind of dessert, if I have anything.

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29 Anna @ On Anna's Plate August 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Love the idea for “yogamole”! I’ve been putting Greek yogurt in EVERYTHING lately.

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30 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna August 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Oh my goodness. I love pulled pork! And pulled pork enchiladas…heaven!!

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31 Heather August 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I have FINALLY found a really good store bought enchilada sauce…Frontera brand. They have a couple options and all I’ve tried are good. We are on a family enchilada kick :-) I think Whole Foods carries them.

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32 Akaptein August 7, 2013 at 12:44 pm

have you given mazen blueberries yet? Anderson LOVES them!

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33 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Yes he loves them too

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34 Shannon ~ My Place In The Race August 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Man all the food looks amazing! :P

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35 Melissa August 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

The cornbread cake looks great!

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36 cathy August 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Sometimes for enchilada sauce I just blend up our favorite salsa with a little water and extra cumin. Turns out yummy. My husband would LOVE pulled pork enchiladas. :)

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37 RS August 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of food in the nutbutter container. Looks good, though!

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38 Darren August 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hi Kath,
I stumbled onto your blog and had to comment. I have enjoyed seeing your creations for it’s real food. Not contentious just wholesome food I can imagine and want to eat everyday. We have those aspects in common.
Thanks,
Darren

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39 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Welcome Darren!

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40 Katryn August 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

This might sound weird but I just have to tell you…this post was like a relaxing oasis of sanity during my afternoon at work. I am lingering over every delicious (or super cute) picture. :-)

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41 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm

That’s the ultimate compliment!

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42 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen August 7, 2013 at 3:15 pm

everything looks so good! I want to make enchiladas now!

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43 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm

You have really gotten me in to overnight oats. Can’t get enough of them at the moment.

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44 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Love all the fresh and in season fruits and veggies on those plates!

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45 Fiona August 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I just stumbled on this blog and thought I’d make a comment. Lots of yummy looking food on here…especially the salad with quinoa and trout!! Thanks for the ideas!

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46 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Welcome Fiona!

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47 Steve August 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Looks like some good dishes here esp. the pork and enchiladas. Just fyi – allergic reactions (bee stings/food allergies) often show up after the second exposure. Also, some kids like my nephew are allergic to nuts but not legumes (peanuts are legumes).

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48 lisa August 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

That’s so funny you didn’t like those english muffins! Ive been enjoying them so much recently.. Especially because of the awesome stats….they are a hearty, thicker muffin. But i guess i never really thought about it tasting like cardboard – im going to keep it in mind next time i have one!

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49 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I ate overnight oats in a sunflower butter jar this morning (inspired by you of course)! It was my second jar of the good stuff and it is my favorite breakfast EVER.
Those enchiladas look amazing! Also happy to hear that Mazen is okay with peanut butter!

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50 Leslie August 7, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Do you have a recipe for the pork? I would like to know how much pork, BBQ sauce, etc. It looks delicious as most of your food always does!!!

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51 KathEats August 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

I’m not sure how many pounds the pork was, but we did about 1 cup of BBQ sauce and 1 pint of beer and enough water to cover it about 1/3 of the way up. I might leave out the water next time (or add more BBQ sauce).

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52 Leslie August 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Thank you! Can’t wait to try it!

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53 Lisa C. August 7, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Yum! I love the “Lately” posts!

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54 Alex @ Kenzie Life August 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I get so hungry every time I read your blog! The sunbutter looks amazing and BBQ sounds really good right now :) Luckily I just bought some! I wish there was a way to make something vegetarian the way you made that BBQ meat in the crockpot though! I don’t think tofu would hold up so well in there sadly.

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55 Lindsay August 8, 2013 at 1:34 am

Gorgeous meals that always feel FRESH. Love your yogamole, we do the same! I always add a little red onion, cilantro, and cumin too!

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56 Katy @ Savor Life's Flavors August 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Looks delicious and very colorful! I wish my week’s menu looked this appetizing. :-)

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57 Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile August 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

I love how much you use the sun butter! That’s great ;) After reading about it on your blog I went ahead and bought some! I love the smooth texture but the flavor is a bit hard to adjust too. I’ve been on an almond butter kick lately and I just can’t give it up! After I finish my almond butter I’m definitely gonna go nuts on the sun butter jar!

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58 Charlotte August 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

What brand of sweet potato chips do you buy? They look yummy!

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59 KathEats August 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Garden of Eatin’

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