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November 12, 2013

I have lots of delicious meals to share with you from last week!

Breakfasts

Starting with a yummy bowl of pumpkin oatmeal. This was a spare serving I made when I cooked a double batch, so I just had to reheat it in the microwave. Quick n easy! Stove top oats reheat really well, so if you only have time for the microwave during the week cook up a batch on Sunday (or get up 10 minutes early on Monday : ) )

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Next up we had a cereal day. Cheerios, some Naked Granola, banana, sunflower butter (I replenished!) and milk, of course.

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Fun with French toast! Cville Crunch makes a lovely base. Topped with sunbutter, banana and chia seed sprinkles.

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Another favorite breakfast in my rotation: a SB + J egg sandwich! Bits of sunflower butter and raspberry jam with a fried egg on a High Five roll from the bakery. Served with sliced apple and a bit more sunbutter on the side. {When I open a new jar of sunflower butter I tend to go a little crazy the first few days! It’s sooooo good.}

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And finally…more French toast. This time with a slice of Apple Cobbler Swirl, smashed banana and the usual on top. Grapes on the side!

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Lunches

On the lunch front I started the week with some leftover soup, topped with yogurt, and buttery toast. Soup is going to be making more appearances at the weather gets colder!

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Next up: grilled cheese (made by Matt!) with apples and cinnamon and a green salad with avocado

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I had two days of leftovers, which was easy and fun. Rice with butternut curry and plain yogurt

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And leftover meatballs and zucchini. {I ate some of Mazen’s lunch so I didn’t need a full one of my own – this is becoming more and more common these days}

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Dessert…

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And finally, a big salad packed with interesting ingredients: beans, smoked trout, avocado, cheese and toast on the side.

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Dinners

I had plans for spaghetti one night and picked up a spaghetti squash just in time! We used some of the tomato sauce we canned over the summer and bulked it up with a bunch of kale and Parmesan cheese.

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This dinner rocked! Matt used Italian panko (from Whole Foods) to season some of our local trout from the market. He dipped the fish in egg and then in the panko and fried in some bacon grease (I know..!) to a crisp. It was awesome! Meanwhile, I worked on some of Mama Pea’s Cracklin’ Cauliflower. Love this recipea : ) Leftover squash on the side from my Sunday roast.

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The next night we pulled some Mona Lisa Pasta Pumpkin Ravioli out of the freezer. For a sauce, we used some leftover mushroom sauce (also from MLP), kale, frozen shitakes and Parmesan cheese. It was a great way to use up a bunch of ingredients we had on hand.

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Also from the freezer – leftover pumpkin meatloaf! This froze and thawed perfectly and made for a super easy weeknight dinner. I’m going to try this recipe in a muffin tin soon! Served with our canned green beans, a little homemade BBQ sauce (ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and the like) and a High Five roll.

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We were quite pleased that Mazen liked our canned green beans! He doesn’t like fibrous things (like celery or fresh green beans (even when cooked)) but these were perfectly tender for his little baby teeth.

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1 Jackie November 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

I’m really craving some French toast now!!!!!!

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2 Carly @ Snack Therapy November 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

Butternut curry? Need that in my life (and in my face)! I’m also digging your salads, as always. I need to start making more of them — they don’t keep well in Tupperware while I’m at school all day, but I get some serious cravings.

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3 Amy November 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

Eye spy a new counter!!

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4 KathEats November 12, 2013 at 11:19 am

Not yet!! But it’s coming soon : )

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5 Julie November 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

I know this really isn’t pertinent to what you just posted but I have been doing a lot of reading about “clean eating”/healthy eating, and I just love your website. I am trying to lose weight, and trying to eat “clean(er)”, and have 4 kids (some picky). I am an RN and know a fair amount about food/nutrition. I am wondering what your thoughts are on milk/dairy? Specifically, whole milk vs. non/low fat milk. I understand the theory behind whole milk having “less done to it” therefore making it less processed, but when losing weight is an issue, what do you think? Same with yogurt etc…. I am torn and confused. Any thoughts/advise?

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6 KathEats November 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

I am a fan of dairy as an excellent source of nutrition, particularly for those of European decent who have no troubles with digestion. I don’t think skimming off the fat really alters the milk. My milk of choice is 2%, as I like the taste best. It’s fine with me to lose a little fat from the whole milk and save a few calories in the process.

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7 Kristen November 12, 2013 at 1:06 pm

What does European descent have to do with digestion?

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8 KathEats November 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Much of the world is lactose intolerant because they got plenty of vitamin D from the sun, but Europeans evolved to select for lactose because northern Europe is so cold. Read more here!
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/12/27/168144785/an-evolutionary-whodunit-how-did-humans-develop-lactose-tolerance

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9 Candice November 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Interesting about the European decent. Is non-fat milk really just “skimming off the fat”? From what I’ve read, it’s a lot more processed. Some say powdered milk has to be added back in, as well as vitamins, etc. What are your thoughts?

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10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Haha I don’t like fibrous things either and I have grown up teeth! Totally with Mazen on this one.

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11 joelle (on a pink typewriter) November 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Love these posts- they give me inspiration! Now I want to make some meatballs for this week.

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12 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I am a big fan of eggs with jam!! Also that pumpkin ravioli looks delicious! I usually don’t like ravioli but that might make me change my mind!!

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13 Marie-Sophie November 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I always get so inspired by your meal posts, Kath! The meals look so great and healthy, yet are simple to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients. Perfect. Thanks!

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14 Sara November 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I miss Mama Pea so much… (this post reminded me of this void in my blog heart).

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15 Laura November 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I feel you on the soup. Soup and chili has been making regular appearances for dinner now that it is getting colder. And they are so yummy and easy to make!!

http://www.sneakersandspatulas.com/2013/11/12/doggie-date-in-raleigh/

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16 Elizabeth November 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

I love your food posts! I find them so helpful for dinner meals! This evening I am going to try out the spaghetti squash meal, but add a little chicken sausage to the mix just to add a bit more protein! Mazen is soo cute!

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17 Livi November 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

that french toast looks awesome! do you make it regularly or have any tricks for “health-ifying” it?

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18 KathEats November 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I keep it super simple: dunk bread in egg with a splash of milk and cook in some coconut oil or butter. Pretty healthy!

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19 Amanda Cowan November 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

She inspired me to have french toast, a total breakfast favorite of mine, more often. I realized if I’m watching my bread portion that I can make it for under 180 cals. I use one egg beaten with a splash of almond milk and I find with one egg I can usually make two slices which is perfect for me and my husband. That leaves me lots of room for topping it with whatever. Plus, if I’m using a nice nutritionally dense bread, I’m full for a long time on it. I used to save french toast for special occasions because I thought of it as a ‘heavy breakfast’. lol. Although I use TJ’s coconut spray instead of oil or butter. I prefer to get my bfast fat from pb/ab or a little butter as a topping.

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20 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 12, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Yum! This post has definitely got me craving French Toast now! :)

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21 Alex @ Kenzie Life November 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Every time I see the SB & J egg sandwich I say I need to try it and I really think I do. It sounds interesting and I’ve been loving egg sandwiches for breakfast these days. Have you ever had a grilled pimento cheese? Oh my god. It’s unreal :) I wish pimento cheese was more popular in Colorado, but sadly, it’s not.

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22 Katie@LifesNextBigStep November 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Any chance you can share how you made your pumpkin oatmeal? I did a quick search on your site but couldn’t come up with anything…it sure would be lovely to have for breakfast tomorrow! :) Thanks!

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23 KathEats November 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

All I did was stir in 1/3 a cup of canned pumpkin into my regular oatmeal. Plus cottage cheese in this case! And a few pinches of pumpkin pie spice

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24 Shel@PeachyPalate November 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

He’s got a real personality to his face now if you know what I mean…no longer just a baby face! Love Mama Pea’s caul. recipe too, it’s been too long since I whipped up a batch!

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25 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves November 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Yum! Those French toast breakfasts look so delightful. As does the soup with buttery toast! It snowed a little in NY today, so a bowl of soup would be so nice tonight. :)

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26 @Simple Green Moms November 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Never in a million years considered PB, Jelly and Egg together but that looks delicous!

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27 Danielle November 12, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Hey Kath, you have inspired me to make my own oatmeal every morning, and I have so much fun trying new topping combinations:) I recently heard someone say that it’s bad to eat the same meal every day, and now I am sort of concerned. Is it “bad” to have oatmeal on a daily basis? What are your opinions on that? I know you’re a huge oatmeal fan.

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28 KathEats November 12, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Not at all! So long as your actual day is diversified, eating the same meal is fine

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29 Erika November 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Will you post recipes for all this deliciousness?!

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30 Emily @ Life on Food November 12, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Oh I haven’t had pumpkin ravioli yet. Must get some soon. That dinner looks super delicious!

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31 Olivia November 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

I love all these breakfast pictures! Breakfast is soooo important. :)

We love to post breakfast ideas over at our blog Fit2Be!
Here is the link. Many blessings :)
http://fit2behealth.blogspot.com

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