Lately

January 27, 2014

I have been rockin the Sunday meal prep and Cook Smarts meal plans this whole month. Like I said on Friday, it has been a wonderful change for our family. Meal time stress has gone way down, and we are eating better than ever. Leftovers for lunch have been a huge success too!

I even got somebody to eat garbanzo beans in tomato sauce!

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Breakfasts

Breakfasts have been the same old same old: lots of eggs + toast and oatmeal. Winter staples! I just can’t do overnight oats or smoothies in the winter.

Eggs, Cinnamon chip toast, banana, coffee.

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Hot oats with granola and almond butter

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Pancakes, OJ, banana, almond butter, chia, coffee. I had OJ leftover from a recipe, and man did it taste good at breakfast!

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Babycakes!

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Egg, toast with jam, fruit

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Hot oats in a jar!

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Whipped banana oats with raspberry jam (Smuckers!)

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Dinners

I’ll share dinners first so the lunches make more sense :  ) Cook Smarts was all vegetarian this week. I used to say that I thought I could be a Pescatarian, but I think this week of meals proved me wrong. I was quite tired of beans by night 4 and think I dove into some salmon on Friday night…I was craving it with my soul. I know you can get all sorts of creative with vegetarian recipes, and I think this week did a pretty good job of that. Nevertheless, I felt like something was missing. Perhaps I’m just in the habit of eating meat, but I was really craving some by the end of the week. I feel like my body has been craving meat ever since getting pregnant. Next week is Paleo week and as you might guess, there’s lots of meat on the menu!

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Chickpeas and Kale with tomato sauce over spaghetti squash

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Seared Tofu Matchsticks with coconut curry cabbage and carrots. Plus peanuts and cilantro. This meal rocked!!!

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Two-Bean Chili made with zucchini and mushrooms. Greek yogurt, cheese and avocado on top.

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And finally, Enchilada Night – made with leftover chili, tomatoes, whole wheat tortillas and cheese.

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Butterhead lettuce salad on the side. I am loving all the simple dressings we are making now. This one was made from dill mustard, apple cider vinegar, olive oil and salt.

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Lunches

A lot of leftovers ; )

Starting with a mug of chickpeas + kale with spaghetti squash

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Leftover tofu curry

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An enchilada with salad

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Leftover pot pie from my parents’ visit – with salad and clementines

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And finally, a No Bull salad that was light because I nibbled all the cheese off of Mazen’s tray!

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Hope you all have a fantastic week!

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1 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

Your Cook Smart meals really do look great – especially those enchiladas! I can’t remember the last time I had enchiladas, I think I need to get myself to a Mexican restaurant soon! Or just make them.. haha

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2 Alex @ Kenzie Life January 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

I’m a vegetarian (mostly vegan but there are times when I eat eggs and some dairy), but I’d get tired of having beans several nights a week too :) Hope you have a great week too!

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3 Jess @ The Baguette Diet January 27, 2014 at 10:40 am

I’m the same–I love vegetarian dishes and don’t “need” meat everyday, but there are definitely times when I crave red meat like nobody’s business…I wonder if it’s not related to my hormones/cycle? Still, all of these recipes look great! Just maybe not all in a row ;)

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4 Kate January 27, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Definitely related to my cycle!

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5 Emily January 27, 2014 at 11:00 am

This post brings up a question I had about CookSmarts. My family is mostly paleo- can you specify things like that and only get a certain kind of recipe?

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6 KathEats January 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm

You can do all meals as Paleo

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7 Pamela January 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

All those meals look delish! Especially the enchiladas! Yum. I definitely feel like i can go without meat during the week too.

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8 Jackie January 27, 2014 at 11:19 am

I don’t eat meat everyday but I don’t think I could go a week without it either!

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9 Sanaz@Run for Cake January 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

I think its time for a meal planning change for me. I think I am going to try this out. I prefer less meat in our dishes anyway so this may be perfect!

My 14 month old is getting picky so I think a little more flavor in her life will make her happier as well. Thanks!

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10 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 27, 2014 at 11:41 am

You have me craving enchiladas now! Definitely will be on the dinner menu this week!

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11 Ali January 27, 2014 at 11:41 am

These meals really look good! I would love to eat some enchiladas right now!

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12 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner January 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Those all look wonderful, especially the seared tofu matchsticks! I could probably live without meat, but I could never live without seafood. I need my fish!

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13 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac January 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Yum!! I love mixing a can of garbanzo beats with a can of diced tomatoes! I usually use a version of diced tomatoes with olive oil and garlic. It makes them 100X better and transforms them into a real side dish!

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14 simple green moms January 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm

love how balanced your meals are! =) no deprivation is the way to go!!!

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15 maggie @ say yes to salad January 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Just did my first Cooksmarts meal last night (tilapia panko taco things, but we did bay scallops instead) – it was great! Thanks for all the posts about them recently. We’ll probably end up getting a subscription.

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16 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs January 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Some delicious looking meals — as usual! :)

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17 Janelle January 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm

It’s lunch time over here, and your pics are making me hungry. I really need to work on my planning / prepping. I love cooking, but life has just been so busy lately!

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18 jacklyn January 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Hi Kath! Ive been a long time kerf reader and sometimes notice your meals are much smaller than they used to be compared to when you had the 9-5 office job. I was wondering if you could maybe consider a post on how your appetite or meals have changed from a few years back to now. Maybe having a child changes your appetite? Or you don’t need as much fuel as you used to? tx! xo

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19 KathEats January 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Really!? I think I eat much more now than I used to! Can you share which meals you are comparing? I’d be curious to see myself.

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20 Lisa January 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I agree, seems like extremely small meals!

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21 Tifany January 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I agree, your meals seem so much lighter as well. For example in your lunch packing post – you would have fruit, yogurt, veggies, and a sandwich. Love your lately posts and Mazen is the cutest!!!

http://www.katheats.com/lunch-in-a-box

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22 KathEats January 28, 2014 at 6:48 am

I think it’s deceiving. I used to have more variety of items but I bet the big salad or leftovers I have now is the same calorie level.

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23 jacklyn January 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

It probably is just deceiving than. I wasn’t sure so i wanted to ask if it was intentional or not. Here’s some links to compare. They all look amazing either way! :)

past:
http://www.KathEats.com/the-scary-pantry
http://www.KathEats.com/burned-around-the-edges
http://www.KathEats.com/make-it-fancy
http://www.KathEats.com/fast-forward
recent:
http://www.KathEats.com/lately-27
http://www.KathEats.com/lately-33

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24 KathEats January 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Yes, I can see what you mean now. It sure looks like a lot more food. I was counting calories back then too, so I bet those lunches were around 500 calories (which I what I used to shoot for). The Lately lunches seem to include a lot more leftovers, which are more calorie dense, but also remember that I mentioned that I’ve been snacking a bit more with Mazen (a 10am bite or two of cheese) so I am trying to really listen to my body when lunch time comes around. So you might be right, but I just don’t feel like I’m really eating all that little : )

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25 Leatitia January 27, 2014 at 2:51 pm

“I feel like my body has been craving meat ever since getting pregnant.”

Is this an announcement? :)

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26 KathEats January 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Haha – no since last time!! 2 years ago.

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27 Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) January 28, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I wondered the same thing! I got super excited for a minute. :)

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28 Shel@PeachyPalate January 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Oooh that tofu salad does look good! Interesting to see what meat loaded dishes are on the menu for last week!!! Still toying with the idea of reintroducing salmon to my diet myself!

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29 Katherine January 27, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Leftovers for lunch are awesome!

http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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30 Elizabeth January 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I know what you mean by craving meat. I went veggie for about 2 years and once I started eating meat again all I wanted was meat!
Your meals, as always, look amazing!

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31 Livi January 27, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I made pancakes this weekend and they were delicious! I still have to try your beloved Kodiak cakes though!

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32 Katie @ Live Half Full January 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm

At our house we eat meatless dinners 2-3 times per week. I like it because it saves us money and we also have a good repertoire of meatless meals that are filling and satisfying!

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33 Rachel January 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm

I’m so excited for Paleo week! I was vegetarian for 6 years and realized back in fall 2013 that something just wasn’t right. I switched to Paleo and not only lost a BUNCH of weight, but a ton of things plaguing me (that I never even considered were diet related) went away. I wish I could be vegetarian because I really love animals but it just doesn’t work for my body. And, I actually think I eat more veggies now than I did as a vegetarian lol.

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34 Hannah January 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I really enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing. I may want to try the recipe planning tool.
Mazen AKA Babycakes is so cute!

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35 Ashley January 27, 2014 at 11:50 pm

“Cook Smarts was all vegetarian this week. I used to say that I thought I could be a Pescatarian, but I think this week of meals proved me wrong. I was quite tired of beans by night 4 and think I dove into some salmon on Friday night”
Unless I missed something….I thought this was the definition of a pescatarian? A person who eats a vegetarian diet but includes fish?

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36 KathEats January 28, 2014 at 6:46 am

Yes that’s right. I dove into meat the next week too

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37 Julie January 28, 2014 at 1:40 am

Your breakfasts look amazing… as always. I need me some pancakes. What mix do you use?

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38 KathEats January 28, 2014 at 6:44 am

Great Harvest mix. .. freshly ground and so good

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39 Caitlin January 29, 2014 at 11:35 am

Ah now I see why you put lunches after dinner! The kale/chickpeas, tofu matchsticks, and butter lettuce all look amazing. I never make salads with butter lettuce but perhaps I’m now inspired to start.

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40 Ttrockwood February 4, 2014 at 2:25 am

I’m vegetarian (well, vegan aside from an occasional greek yogurt) and that is way too many bean dishes in a week! Crumbled tempeh makes a great filling for enchiladas or tacos in the future.

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41 Yvette Mendoza February 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Hello Kath, I hope you and your family are doing good! Kath I wanted to ask you about your breakfasts with eggs. How many eggs do you eat or recommend for one to eat in the mornings and what do you use to make your eggs when you do them scrambled and sunny side up . Do you ever use 100% egg whites? and if you do how many do you use. I just like the way your eggs look so yummy in the pics ;) . Love reading your blog , your the Best :) Thanks!

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42 KathEats February 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm

I usually have 1 to 2 a day. 1 sunny side and 2 scrambled. Whole pasture eggs only!

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