Lately

May 21, 2014

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So so so happy the weather has been summery!!! Rainy days don’t even bother me so much when it’s hot outside. I like a refreshing summer shower (unless I’m planning a cookout!) I stopped in for a Kohr Brothers cone while out running errands last week. It just felt right on a 90 degree day.

Also check out what’s popping up in our garden! This was taken a week ago – you should see it now! The first bed is all greens for cooking, the second is all greens for salads and the third in the back will be mostly tomatoes with a row of basil on the end.

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Somebody else is loving the warm weather. Can you believe there were days we didn’t even step outside because it was so cold? What did we do all winter?! He wakes up in the morning and says “Pway outside?” 
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So what have I been eating lately?

Breakfasts

Lots of fruit, eggs and toast! This was scrambled eggs, mango slices (which Mazen loves) and Cville Crunch toast with butter. Coffee on the side. It’s almost time to do some cold-brewed iced coffee!

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Eggs again but this time with a smashed banana on Blueberry High Five with smashed banana and sunbutter.

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Yogurt bowls are high on my summer morning cravings list. This one was a mix of mango and strawberries (hidden on the bottom) with Snowville Creamery yogurt, sunbutter and Tastymakes granola on top.

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Mazen looooves smoothies! We’ve been having one a day either for breakfast or afternoon snack. This one was banana, sunbutter, milk, yogurt and chia seeds served with a side of toast with jam.

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And finally….early morning overnight oats. Made with berries, oats, milk, yogurt, chia and sunbutter on top.

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Workouts

My workouts were all over the place last week because I was resting my back muscles after hurting them on Saturday. I did more walking and short runs and stayed away from athletic conditioning classes. I ended the week with some weight training with Erin, and we stuck to lighter weights so I could focus on great form. Good news is everything feels fine again!

Lunches

On the lunch menu – a No Bull Burger on a Virginia roll (my favorite!) with orange and a side salad with some Bolthouse Farms blue cheese yogurt dressing.

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Every day I walk by the Smoked BBQ Co. food cart on my way home from the gym. {Cvillians, it’s across the mall from Commonwealth.} It always smells amazing and has a long line of customers. One day I found a $10 bill in my pocket and picked up BBQ for our lunch.

This Three Notched Bowl was amazinnnng! The BBQ was very smoky and pull-apart thick. I shared it with Mazen with layers of mac and cheese (which was also out of this world) and baked beans. Slaw on the side. I can’t wait to have this again!

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He loved it!

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We made Thai tacos with Cook Smarts and I piled up the leftovers into a salad the next day for lunch. Beef strips with mango-cucumber-tomato salsa.

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Finally, one day I was at the gym late and ordered a berry banana smoothie from the café for the walk home. It served as part I of lunch, and as I was making Mazen a PB sandwich for his lunch, I thought it sounded incredible. One for me too!

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Dinners

Last week we did half Cook Smarts, half random meals.

The first Cook Smarts dish was the THAI TACOS with mango salsa. These called for a new-to-me sauce called Nuoc nam, which I really wasn’t too sure about, but the finished product was actually really good.

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Tuesday night we had our dear friends Faith and Tate over for dinner! I visit them every so often at work for chiropractic appts, but it was great to be able to catch up over pizza and drinks. Tate and I are going to be playing soccer together this summer!

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We put Mazen to bed and feasted on Matt’s famous pizza and salad.

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Plus this wine that I am obsessed with! Maggio Petite Sirah from Lodi.

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Wednesday night I took out my BFF Sarah for her birthday! We went to Mono Loco and enjoyed spice-a-ritas and big bowls of crispy cod burritos.

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Thursday night we went back to Cook Smarts for pesto pasta with peas. Loved this! We made our own pesto from a bunch of basil Matt got at Fifth Season and used whole wheat shells and frozen peas.

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Hope you all have a delicious hump day!

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1 Jeri May 21, 2014 at 7:37 am

Can I just say YUM to this post?

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2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh May 21, 2014 at 8:08 am

Gotta love it when it’s time for salads and in season fruits. I’ve got my herbs waiting to go in the ground after today’s storms pass.

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3 Melissa @ Mango About Town May 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

You’re garden looks great! The weather here in Manitoba has not been good by any means (cold temps and so much rain), but I can’t wait to plant some herbs in planters on my balcony when it smartens up.

I really like how you use yogurt in your overnight oats, I will have to try it. Do you think it would go well with almond milk?

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4 KathEats May 21, 2014 at 10:24 am

Yup!

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5 Spice Chicken May 24, 2014 at 8:37 am

I use almond milk in overnight oats. Love it!

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6 Ali May 21, 2014 at 8:23 am

I have no idea what we did all winter either. I remember being cooped up in the house, but don’t even remember how we occupied the days. We are outside and on the go now that the weather finally is nice!

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7 Jackie May 21, 2014 at 8:26 am

What a delicious week. Matt’s pizza looks awesome!

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8 Melanie May 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

Everything looks wonderful as usual! Question, where do you get all your adorable dinner napkins?

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9 KathEats May 21, 2014 at 11:11 am

All over! The blue ones are from my sister’s wedding from Etsy

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10 Melanie May 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm

ooh Etsy, great idea. Thanks!

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11 Shel@PeachyPalate May 21, 2014 at 8:34 am

Tacos sound great…the cod ones you had probably even more so! And that BBQ…wowsers, was it pork? Looks incredible!!!

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12 Heather @ girlyeverafter May 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

Breakfasts look so good! I’ve been on a toast kick lately too. I treat them like little breakfast pizzas with all the toppings I pile on. Mazen is so cute!

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13 Sam May 21, 2014 at 8:40 am

Matt’s pizza will forever be impressive!

We’ve just reached prime growing season in Calgary, so I’m getting ready to plant this years seeds. I can’t wait. Your garden looks great!

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14 Livi May 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

That mango looks amazing!! I’ve been craving mango all week, I can’t wait to get some!

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15 Heather May 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

Love how you dress up your yogurt!

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16 Leah May 21, 2014 at 9:15 am

That pizza always looks so delicious! Though I’m curious as to how you decide how much to make? My husband is average-sized but he could eat one of those pizzas by himself.

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17 KathEats May 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

He had two large sizes (that peel is bigger than you think) and they were perfect for the four of us. I think we had one slice left.

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18 Rachel May 21, 2014 at 9:56 am

Mmmm fish sauce! Good in so many different Asian dishes. Gives food so much umami. I make meatballs with finely chopped mushrooms, sweet potato and shallot and add some fish sauce to those and it takes them from good to great.

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19 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money May 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

I’m loving fruit season! My son loves mango too. Our TJ’s has a great deal on pre sliced mango and we pick it up every week. We go through so much!

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20 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl May 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

Hmm.. I now have serious ice cream and pizza cravings. I wonder why? ;)

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21 Leslee @ Her Happy Balance May 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

I’m super intrigued by the Thai tacos, Mexican and Thai are my two favorite cuisines! Ands that BBQ! You’ve got my mouth watering for some lunch ASAP!

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22 Cheri @ Overactive Blogger May 21, 2014 at 12:28 pm

That ice cream cone! The last thing I need is more sugar today! I have to look away from your blog today!

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23 Alex @ Kenzie Life May 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm

That pizza looks so amazing!

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24 Jeri May 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Hey Kath, thought about you as I was perusing the Food &Wine summer veggies. Here is what seems like an awesome recipe that uses that vietnamese fish sauce Nuoc mam. I keep a bottle in the fridge. And with corn going on sale every week, this might be a side dish often this sumer.

http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/butter-braised-corn-with-dried-shrimp

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25 simple green moms May 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

why on earth have i never put mango in a fruit and yogurt parfait? looks soooo YUMMY! =)

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26 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit May 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Not many people can make PB&J look so good! ;)

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27 Polly @ Tasty Food Project May 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

That smashed banana and sun butter looks incredible! I love nut butter!! Yum!

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28 Anna May 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Any advice about deciding when a mango is ripe? I looooove mangoes too but have the hardest time figuring out when to slice them up! And do you eat the little baby yellow ones or the big red ones?

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29 KathEats May 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

I like the little ones and think they’re easier to tell – I slice them when they have some give

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30 Hannah May 29, 2014 at 4:44 pm

I always buy your average red mango. I believe the yellow ones are called Champagne mangoes! I can always tell by softness. Wait until it’s not hard and the flesh has some give!

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31 Kelly May 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Ah, Faith and Tate!! Haven’t “seen” them in a while!!

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32 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves May 21, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Oof, I could really go for a vanilla cone like that! I’m also loving smoothies now. Hooray for warm weather!

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33 Jessica May 22, 2014 at 12:38 am

As a native Nor-Cal girl (Sacramento), I LOVE that you posted about Maggio!! Lodi produces amazing wines and I feel like it’s way underrated :) Try Maggio Barbera if you can find it. To die for.

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34 Jen May 22, 2014 at 1:21 am

Hi Kath, do you know anything about the CISSN-ISSN for sports nutrition? Or have any thoughts on if it’s a quality certification or not? Thank you. Love your photos as usual!

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35 KathEats May 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

I think it would provide a good foundation of nutrition, but lacks the extensive education that registered dietitians go through so Im not sure what kind of career paths you could take.

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36 Elyse May 22, 2014 at 4:22 am

Beautiful weather and yummy looking food, what a perfect week!

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37 Liz May 22, 2014 at 9:21 am

That pizza looks amazing!

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38 Spice Chicken May 24, 2014 at 8:39 am

Shout out to the ice cream cone! It looks great — just what I crave when the weather is warm, especially after a hike or a canoeing trip.

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