Lately

November 18, 2013

Here are the final meals before we were kicked out of our kitchen for a few days : )

Breakfasts

I bought some oat bran last week for Mazen and me and he actually liked it! But only when he got his own bowl and spoon. I think it was the novelty of it all that won him over. He did seem to like it though. He hasn’t shown as much interest in oatmeal because the oats are much bigger in texture. Oats and lentils get spit back out these days! But the texture of oat bran he liked.

I filled my bowl with raspberries, pom arils, some Naked Granola and sunbutter.

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Here’s the second serving I had later in the week. This one was topped with some coconut whipped cream I made for a recipe, Great Harvest Autumn Spice Granola and more raspberries.

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Another morning I packed a High Five roll with egg, jam and sun butter. With banana slices and grapes on the side.

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And finally, a Thursday morning breakfast with Matt featuring fluffy eggs, apple slices, toast with butter and ham and berries. Can’t wait for our new counters to brighten up these dark mornings!!

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Lunches

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First up on the lunch menu was a salad with smoked trout and leftover baked sweet potato. My greens were dressed in a homemade dressing I made on the spot: lemon juice, honey, olive oil, dijon and salt.

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On the side: a few grapes and a whole wheat cracker – love the Carrs ones and so does Mazen!

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Next salad of the week featured spinach, more of that dressing from above, leftover sweet potato fries, herby cheese and orange slices on the side.

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On a salad roll! Sardine salad made by Matt that I had as leftovers over greens with grapes and a roll. I am not getting enough sardines in my life!

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Salad #4 was a No Bull Burger (new flavor TBA!!) with local greens and sweet potato fries. Cheese in there too, with a honey + olive oil dressing.

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And last but not least – leftover Whole Foods salad mixed with new lettuce, Almond tilapia, chips and pom arils. Just a little bit of prepared food mixed with homemade took lunch to a whole new level.

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Dinners

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I picked up a rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods on Sunday to use for dinners throughout the week. We had whole pieces the first night and shredded the rest for Mazen. On the side I roasted squash halves and filled ‘em with some butter and brown sugar. Lastly, an arugula salad with apples and pecans.

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Night 2 Karen came over for dinner. She brought some Mona Lisa Pasta Chicken Marsala (we have been eating all of their meals lately!) which we served over some noodles. I was in charge of making stuffed peppers.

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I really wish I had written this down because these peppers were amazing! I used leftover red quinoa and mixed that with some local olive tapenade and pine nuts and we baked them for an hour with Dill Havarti cheese on top. They were smashing!

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Nacho night followed. I opened a huuuge bag of tortilla chips we bought before Mazen’s first birthday and we needed to use some up. Nachos to the rescue!

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They were smothered in shredded chicken, corn, sauteed green peppers in Southwest seasoning and baked with more Dill Havarti cheese. We finished the dish with fresh cilantro and dunked them into salsa and plain yogurt.

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Mazen even loved having a few chips!

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And last but not least, more jambalaya!!! We froze two servings and they reheated quite well. I will miss this meal now that it’s gone, but all the more reason to make it again!

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1 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon November 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

I love buying those rotisserie chickens to use throughout the week- they are always juicier than I can get mine! I have some gumbo in my fridge defrosting for dinner right now, so I am happy to hear your jambalaya was still delicious post-defrost. I was nervous about the seafood but it was fresh when I bought it and too delicious not to save the extras!

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2 Jackie November 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

We love making nachos for dinner. Your roasted squash looked absolutely decadent!

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3 Shel@PeachyPalate November 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

Gorgeous eats as always! Loving all the pomegrante, they really do lift a dish! Amazing with Brussels! :) Happy Monday!

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4 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh November 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

Yummy week! Hopefully you’ll still get use out of your stove and stuff even if it’s not in the kitchen right now. :)

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5 Carly @ Snack Therapy November 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

One of my favorite meals to share is nachos! It’s so fun to make a huge batch of them and eat ‘em straight off of the pan. During the summer, when I go to my parents’ house, my dad with throw them on the grill. Sooo good.

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6 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 18, 2013 at 10:55 am

I loooove nachos! Perfect party snack. I definitely had some this weekend watching a football game!

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7 Melissa November 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

Yum! All of your meals look absolutely wonderful especially the roasted squash and stuffed peppers!

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8 Ali @ Peaches and Football November 18, 2013 at 11:26 am

Wow I want a plate of those nachos right now!! They look absolutely delicious!!

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9 Lisa C. November 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

I will have to look for those Carr’s whole wheat crackers. Like most kids, my kids love crackers but it’s hard to find healthy ones.

I love quinoa stuffed peppers too! I keep meaning to try your egg/jam/sunbutter sandwiches. Those look delicious.

How much longer until the kitchen reveal? I can’t wait!

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10 KathEats November 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Tile is going in today! Hoping to share an update on Friday

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11 Pat November 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I had a squash similar to the one in your dinner. Carnival was the name. Not crazy about it. Not nearly as sweet as some others and took a long time to roast. Have to try the butter and sugar next time.

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12 Lisa @bitesforbabies November 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I have been CRAVING nachos lately…I have some turkey sausage in the fridge and was thinking up a new take on the original recipe. Yours look delicious!!! I’m adding tortilla chips to my grocery list today ;-))

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13 Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog November 18, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I love nachos for dinner! They are my favorite way to use up tortilla chips.

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14 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

I swear Carrs crackers taste like cookies!! So yummy.

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15 Ellie@Fit for the soul November 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I’m just always in love with the way you guys eat! So well balanced with some indulgence here and there in my opinion. And the stuffed pepper sounds incredible–I don’t think I’ve ever tried them in a non-tomatoey form. And i have a question Kat! Not sure if you’ve mentioned this before, but what high chair did you start with for Mazen? I’m trying to find a very reasonably priced one that’s convenient and easy to clean. Thanks tons and have a wonderful day. :)

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16 KathEats November 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

We have the Oxo Tot Sprout chair and love it.

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17 Yohann November 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Those peppers look absolutely fabulous! The perfect warm meal for these chilly winter days!

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18 Laura November 18, 2013 at 2:38 pm

If Mazen doesn’t like the larger size of the green (?) lentils you could maybe try giving him red lentils or yellow split peas (in a bowl- with his own spoon- of course!)? Both of those cook down to a mush like oat bran and then you can form them into bite-sized ‘balls’ using a binder like egg if you like. Both cook well in a slow cooker. For the oats, if you had time you could grind the flakes into oat flour and make a polenta-style dish. I’m sure you’ve already thought of these ideas though. Have a lovely week, Kath!

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19 Chelsea @ TableForOne November 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm

My favorite salad topping are sweet potato fries! Love the texture and sweetness.

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20 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I would never imagine you would have a child that would spit up oatmeal… ;) They’ll grow on him, I’m sure.

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21 elizabeth November 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I love oat bran, used to eat it every morning, it kind of reminds me of the cream of wheat I liked as a kid.
I’ve seen your insulated cup in some of your pictures lately, what kind is it, do you like it a lot?

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22 KathEats November 18, 2013 at 7:36 pm

It’s a Contigo thermos and I do love it! No leaks!

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23 Kate November 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Contigo rocks! One of the best gifts I’ve ever received.

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24 Livi November 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I love tilapia– that salad looks delish!

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25 MILF Runner November 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

LOL…my eyes must be going bad! I saw “pom arils” as “porn arils” and totally did a double-take!

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26 kyla November 18, 2013 at 6:44 pm

LOL me too!!!!

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27 Eating 4 Balance November 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

If these are the meals that you ate before being kicked out of your kitchen, I’d love to see what you ate and how you dealt with being kitchen-less! :) I’m sure fellow kitchen-less college students and those on-the-go would appreciate it too :)

Was that a sweet dumpling squash? Or maybe carnival squash? I can never tell the difference from the outside unless I really look hard. Haha. Love them though!

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28 Alex @ Kenzie Life November 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

The stuffed peppers and the nachos look awesome! I bet that dill havarti just made the peppers. I always feel like stuffed peppers are more about the gooey stuff on top that you get to eat with the rest of it :)

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29 Plum November 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Kath
Since I am a mom of a 3 month old boy here are my 2 questions. What bath products do u use for Mazen? I tried Burt’s bees for Jack but he gets a cradle crap from it. Also I love Maze’s PJ’s…. Where are they from?
Thanks
Plum

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30 KathEats November 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I love the Lavanila products : )

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31 Amanda November 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Nachos looks delish. I have some leftover slow cooker chicken from enchiladas that I need to use up. I’m thinking nachos would be perfect. Did you cook them on the wire rack so they were crispy on the bottom? Did any of goodness fall through the cracks!? :-)

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32 KathEats November 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm

I did and yes it did. Cheese crisps for the win!

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33 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Oooooh those nachos look so good! Especially with dill Havarti — one of my favorite cheese flavors!

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34 Mahealani @ Spending Time With Salad November 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I wish you could remember those peppers too! I love any kind of roasted pepper and the bells are so great for stuffing. Plus havarti? One of my favorite cheeses, so creamy and melty!

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35 Alex November 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Kath! How does one go about “re-heating” oatmeal? I love to have it for breakfast but can’t make time for stove top on weekday mornings….

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36 KathEats November 19, 2013 at 6:11 am

Add a splash of milk and heat and stir a few times in the microwave

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37 Heather McClees (@TheSoulfulSpoon) November 18, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Kathy, I truly love your blog. You inspire me to eat simple, real, whole foods. I am a total foodie, so sometimes, I get a little complex with my recipes, even though I eat healthy all the time. It’s just fun to me, but your photos always remind me of how simple foods can be the most delicious! I love the idea of eating eggs with sunbutter and jam! YUM! I like cinnamon on mine:) Do you mind sharing your favorite brand and variety of jam? I’m partial to Crofters, but always like learning of others:)

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38 KathEats November 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Anything with simple ingredients floats my boat: fruit, sugar, pectin. I love local and some of the commercial natural spreads too

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39 Tiffany November 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

Maze is so cute!!

Do you have a recipe for the oat bran?

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40 Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating November 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

Your breakfasts always look beyond amazing, Kath! I’ve been just throwing stuff together lately, but this is inspiring me to actually sit down to a good meal!

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