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February 9, 2013

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It took me a while to get my appetite back, but now it’s here in full force!! Some eats from the week:

A lovely bowl of oatmeal with Great Harvest Chocolate Cherry Granola and almond butter. Tea on the side – I couldn’t do coffee for a few days.

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Another morning I had to replicate that citrus + yogurt breakfast my mom and I had. Greek yogurt, Cara Cara orange, blueberries, buckwheat, granola and sunbutter – filled to the brim!

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I made a batch of baked oatmeal one morning when Matt was home. I’m sort of sad to say the original doesn’t compare to the pumpkin version’s gooey texture! This version used half a pint of blueberries throughout (which look more like cherries in my small baking dish!) and a sad banana that had seen better days.

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Tasted great all doctored up with almond butter and coconut with a side of coffee though!

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Coffee happily returned midweek.

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Last breakfast of the week: stuff stuffed in a jar! Greek yogurt, a Great Harvest Sunflower Apricot Muffin, buckwheat and banana!

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I had a smoothie for lunch one day when my appetite was returning – along with half a bag of corn chips – yikes!

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This guy had mixed berries, Greek yogurt, milk and banana. Great texture too.

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Lunches involved a lot of leftovers –

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Superbowl pizza + salad

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Cornmeal catfish with potatoes, veggies and goat cheese

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And some cornbread from Eppies [where we had dinner one night]

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Salad with avocado, hummus, homemade sesame maple almonds (coming soon!) and Cville Crunch bread

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For dinner we took a shortcut and got some of Whole Foods’ prepared cornmeal catfish, which was incredible!

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Served with roasted blue potatoes…

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…and creamed spinach + mushrooms

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We added a quarter cup of cream to the pan and cooked the veggies as usual. It sure made home taste like a fine restaurant.

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Another night: salads with Wild Alaskan salmon burgers

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Topped with homemade goat cheese mashed with capers and dill

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And finally, Whole Foods fresh pumpkin ravioli served with collard greens and leftover chicken breast in a maple cream sauce. Again we used just 2 tbsp of cream (so it was still on the light side) and added a few teaspoons of maple syrup plus salt and pepper for a simple, flavorful sauce. Loved these pumpkin raviolis!

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Mazen enjoyed both fruits and veggies this week

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Bananas most of all! (Just cloth for now : ) )

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1 Crystal February 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

I thought of you this morning when I woke up to a clock that read 6:26. Congrats on a 6-hour sleep stretch!

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2 KathEats February 9, 2013 at 9:33 am
3 kim@hungryhealthygirl February 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

Looks like a great week of eats! Glad you’re getting your appetite back and feeling better.

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4 Amelia February 9, 2013 at 10:01 am

Your eats are so balanced. Everything always looks so ‘restaurant’ prepared, but I know that you and Matt are rock stars in the kitchen, so that’s to be expected. :) It’s all about plate presentation.

Mazen is such a cutie. He looks just like you. Happy Saturday. It’s sunny and going to be near 70 here in Charleston today. Yay!

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5 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body February 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

I love how you eat right out of the sunbutter jar. I’ve never even thought of that… I usually let my dog lick it clean before tossing it. He’s going to be upset with this new development. Also, that skylight pic just makes me happy… and a little jealous.

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6 Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well February 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

Stuff Stuffed in a jar is the BEST BREAKFAST THERE POSSIBLY IS. I always make mine using old Jif jars, with banana, oatmeal, cinnamon, a bit of eggwhites, and some sort of berry to add volume. It’s literally “stuffed” (snicker,snicker) with nutrients!

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7 Maureen February 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

It’s only 7:35am here in California and now you have me hungry for dinner! ;-)

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8 Katie @ SkinnyMinnieMoves February 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

I love backed oatmeal! Yours looks amazing!

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9 Carly @ Snack Therapy February 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

That’s so great that you’re finally feeling better. Sick appetites can be totally wacky! I think I need some of that ravioli, asap! It looks ridiculously amazing.

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10 Lynn @ the actor's diet February 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

Oh just wait til Mazen can chew! One lucky kid!!!

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11 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) February 9, 2013 at 10:45 am

So glad to hear your appetite is returning!

And that cornbread! Did it taste as amazing as it looked??

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12 KathEats February 9, 2013 at 10:46 am

Yes!

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13 Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 9, 2013 at 11:53 am

I love it when appetite returns after a bout with sickness– everything tastes so good!!! Kind of like how food tastes after pregnancy, HA!

He’ll be on to the real thing soon enough!!

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14 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner February 9, 2013 at 11:59 am

Wow, that cornbread does look delicious, as does the cornmeal catfish. I love how much variety you guys have with your meals!

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15 Katy February 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Your eats look so delicious! I have never had baked oatmeal before but it looks delish!

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16 Averie @ Averie Cooks February 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Glad your appetite is back and the cornbread looks puffy and great and adding 1/4 c of cream to veggies to make them taste restaurant-style. Sometimes it’s the small things, isn’t it. Love little things like that that make a big difference :)

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17 Tracy February 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Glad you’re feeling better!! Doesn’t food taste extra good once you finally get your appetite back and the hunger kicks in?? It makes you really appreciate feeling well.

Stay healthy!

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18 Katherine February 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I seriously need to try the bake oatmeal! Looks amazing.

http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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19 Shel@PeachyPalate February 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Is he loving the food? The sunflower apricot muffin sounds like an amazing combo!!!

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20 Kathy W. February 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

You’ve probably answered this before, but was wondering where you got the coffee mug…love the shape!

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21 KathEats February 9, 2013 at 4:53 pm

The yellow one? It’s by Tag… Was from opensky

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22 Kathy W. February 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm

sorry, yes, the yellow one–thanks!

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23 Emily @ Life on Food February 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

That pasta dish looks so yummy! We are stuck inside all day with the snow storm. I wish I had prepared more with a stocked pantry.

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24 Sara February 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Where did you get those adorable food plushies (food stuffed “animals”??) that Mazen always seems to have with him? I work for a dietitian at school and she is having a baby in March – I think those would be the perfect gift for her baby boy! :)

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25 KathEats February 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I linked to them – they are IKEA but available through Amazon

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26 Lisa @bitesforbabies February 9, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Once again, love, love, love your dinnerware! And that rustic wood table is beautiful!!!

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27 Melanie February 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Beautiful baby and beautiful food! Curious…how do you cook your collard greens? Sautéed??

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28 KathEats February 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Yep – we cook them in a little bit of liquid in the bottom of the pan, usually water. I often flavor them when we plate them with a drizzle of maple, lemon juice or the like.

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29 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I love M’s little basket of veggies and fruits. So cute!

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30 Melanie February 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Thanks!! I’ll give your method a try! Love collards and love that they are full of vitamins!!

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31 Sara@fitcupcaker February 10, 2013 at 12:04 am

Can’t wait for the sesame almonds recipe!!

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32 chris February 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

So happy you are feeling better! While traveling north, we stopped at a Wegmans, of course it was before the storm so the place was crowded. It was my first time and found it to be a strange mix of TJ and WF. ps Ms C is tasting and loving avocado, carrots and organic baby oatmeal :-))

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33 Carolyn February 10, 2013 at 11:06 am

Out of curiosity, why do you put muffin in the jar? Wouldn’t it taste better on a plate without getting yogurt and other things on it?

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34 KathEats February 10, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I’m just really into the texture! You wouldn’t think it would work, but it does. It doesn’t get soggy.

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35 Katie February 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Kath! That smoothy looks fantastic. On my way to grocery shop and just added berries to the list… yum.

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36 robin February 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

awww, poor Mazen when does he get solid food?

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37 KathEats February 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

All the research says to wait until 6 months. I think we’re going with one more week…5.5

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38 Sars February 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm

If all the research says to wait until 6 months, why are you going against the research you have done? Just curious about your reasonings why, as a new mom, you disregard your own research? What does your pediatrician say? I wonder because with both my kids, peds urged us to wait until AT LEAST 6 months, as the earlier you start solids, the higher the instances of food allergies. I was told there is no benefit to starting early and no detriment to starting later.

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39 KathEats February 11, 2013 at 1:15 am

Mothers instinct + our ped said we could start at his 4 month. We have waited a month and a half to get much closer to 6 mo. When you factor in that he was a week late, we’re practically there

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40 Mary February 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

I know that preemies will have an “adjusted” age, but I didn’t realize that overdue babies also had an adjusted age. I don’t have kids and am genuinely curious, I had never heard of this before. Do you adjust for all the milestones as well? Your baby is very sweet by the way.

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41 KathEats February 11, 2013 at 10:38 am

The Wonder Weeks does it for all of its milestones. It makes sense to me.

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42 Sars February 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

Oh, gotcha. It was a little confusing that you mentioned the research, but were somewhat disrearding it. Even though two weeks is not much… Still, if your dr suggests 4 months is fine, it sure goes to show how quickly recommendations change over just a few years…

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43 KathEats February 11, 2013 at 10:56 am

I think in this case the research says there is no reason to rush into solids on your baby’s 4 month birthday. Waiting is totally fine and has benefits and no drawbacks. But like most things baby, you have to watch your own little one and make decisions best for them. I don’t think 2 weeks is going to be detrimental, especially considering his size, interest in our food, maturity, etc. He’s been showing signs for a month, so it’s time.

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44 Slater February 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm

It must be really difficult to have everyone second-guess or comment on every decision you make as a mother. It’s like people just sit around and wait for you to make a decision that they perceive as being hypocritical. Who cares? Why are mom’s so judgey? That’s the thing about parenthood, unlike other areas, many many people get to be one with or without experience so everyone feels like they are an expert and the need to pass on advice. My take on parenthood is this- it is all about survival, especially in the early days. Everyone feels the need to justify the decisions THEY made so they will feel like good parents, and in doing so, this often means they feel the need to be critical of others. You seem to take it all in stride though, so good for you! It is hard enough putting up with grandmothers, friends, and sister-in-laws. I can’t imagine adding strangers to that list!

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45 Alyssa February 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

You all have been having a culinary feast! Delish!

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46 Karen February 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Yum!! Everything looks so good and healthy! What great ideas! Where is your dinnerware with the flowers from…the one in the Superbowl pizza photos? I have been on the lookout for some bright, but not over the top dishes for forever and love yours!! Thanks and have a great Sunday!

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47 KathEats February 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

It’s from Pier 1 : )

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48 Jen February 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Not sure if its just me, but the blue font of your post titles is really light and hard to read!

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49 ds February 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Kath, how did you make the spinach and mushrooms? What were the ingredients besides mushrooms, cream, and spinach? Thanks!

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50 KathEats February 11, 2013 at 1:18 am

Just some salt and pepper. We sauteed the mushrooms, added the cream and then wilted the spinach

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51 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance February 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Do you use a milk frother to froth your milk for your coffee?

Happy to see you are feeling better :)

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52 KathEats February 11, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Yep and IKEA one

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53 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen March 1, 2013 at 8:12 am

Those roasted potatoes look PHENOMENAL. I’m not a huge potato person, generally, but I’m pretty sure I want to cover those in ketchup and consume them immediately. [Would the covering in ketchup be sacrilege?] What is y’alls secret?

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