Lately: A Visit From Gran Bett

April 27, 2013

Matt’s Gran Bett came to visit for the second half of our week so our playtime and mealtimes were extra fun!

Four Generations!!


Recapping some of the week’s eats:

For breakfast I had oatmeal with maple almond butter, cottage cheese, strawberries and banana


This delicious plate of eggs, toast, and fruit


Overnight oats with coffee Naturally Nutty Chocolate Vanilla AB (YUM!)


And this simple plate of toast with more chocolate vanilla AB and Justin’s Maple on Dakota bread with fruit


Lunches included a trip to Whole Foods and back. Gotta get hot bar! Loved that fish on the left and the ricotta fritter on the right. I’m also loving getting the kale salads as my base instead of plain lettuce or spinach. This was a kale-heavy week as you will see!


I picked up some of my favorite Santa Cruz Raspberry Lemonade to mix with water for lunch. Normally this drink would taste like watery lemonade, but for some reason the Santa Cruz ones are fabulous watered down! I do about 1/4 cup lemonade and the rest of the jar water. Lime when I have one!


Another lunch: No Bull Burger salad with ketchup, feta, almonds, raisins, peppers and spinach


Toast on the side


And one day I made this epic grilled cheese – stuffed with leftover grilled tofu! It included sharp cheddar, fig jam and the tofu pan-cooked in some butter on Cville Crunch bread.


Salad on the side with sunflower seeds, raisins and aged balsamic drizzle


Matt and I enjoyed this simple massaged kale salad for dinner one night. We squeezed the kale in garlic gold oil, a dash of balsamic, lime juice and salt until it was tender and bright green and added red peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives, pan-seared Twin Oaks tofu and a dollop of the most amazing hummus ever: Trader Joe’s Cilantro Jalapeno.


We have been eating dinners as a family out on the porch when the weather is warm. This was a soup from our freezer that we made last fall (gotta use it up!) served with buttered bread and a side of toys



Look who wants to eat my veggies!


On Gran Bett’s first night we ordered pizza and had more of that massaged kale salad from above. We have a ton of kale in our garden that Matt planted in the fall that survived the winter. Incredible!


Pizza slices x 2.5


And on our second night we got fancier with stuffed pork tenderloins, grilled zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms and coconut millet.


The pork had sundried tomatoes and bleu cheese inside (see this post for our how-to)


See you next time Gran Bett!


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1 Mares April 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

Lovely photos!

Also, love, love that blue rug! Where did you get it?


2 KathEats April 27, 2013 at 10:18 am



3 Mom April 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

Great four generation shot!


4 Karen April 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

Nice to see your Aunt Gran…so youthful!

TJ’s hummus sounds great…must check it out today!

“…and a side of toys” – hysterical:)

Happy weekend, Kath…enjoy your family on this beautiful spring weekend!


5 Karen April 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

Oops, silly me – meant to write: Gran Bett!


6 Lynn @ the actor's diet April 27, 2013 at 9:43 am

Diggin the tofu grilled cheese. Excellent!


7 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body April 27, 2013 at 10:05 am

You are so stinking creative with your food choices! Have you ever been in a food rut? And how do you cook your eggs without flipping them all the way through without drying out the yolks. They are so much prettier that way. I’m an egg failure, I can never do it right.


8 KathEats April 27, 2013 at 10:19 am

Low heat for a long time?


9 seana April 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

Those ricotta fritters sound awesome and the pork looks divine. Mazen is so cute with his fluffy baby hair/fuzz. What a cutie pie :)


10 Jelena@ FabLifePhd April 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

That stuffed pork looks amazing! Serbians are great fans of stuffing anything into anything, but I still did not see putting dried tomatoes into stuffing! Gotta try it!


11 Elisse April 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

That is the best hummus! I’m addicted.


12 Simply Life April 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

oh that last picture is adorable! so sweet!


13 Jennifer April 27, 2013 at 11:22 am

That’s a really nice picture of all four generations. I’m sure his grandmother loved the time with Mazen.
He is a little butterball. I love his big, round cheeks. :)


14 Alyssa @ Road to RD April 27, 2013 at 11:31 am

Looks like a great time!


15 Andrea D. April 27, 2013 at 11:44 am

Hey Kath which Oats do you use again? I’ve seen how you make them and that’s given me great ideas to make them so creamy but I’ve been so stuck on spelt flakes lately. They’re not too expensive for my poor college chick budget and they have such a whole, nutty flavor to them and leave me satisfied for much longer when I add pumpkin to them. Do you ever use spelt flakes?


16 KathEats April 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I get ’em from the bulk bins. Haven’t tried spelt flakes before


17 Sunnie@moderngirlnutrition April 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

What a lovely visit! I love eating dinners out on the porch- theres something special about :) That kale salad looks incredible, too. Have a great weekend Kath!


18 jodea @ April 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I’d been having kale as my salad base all winter until it went out of season. So much more satisfying than lettuce! I’ve now moved on to red cabbage. Crunch crunch!


19 Chelsea April 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I LOVE that kale is so in season right now – we’re finding a ton of it at the farmers market, which means kale chips for days, which is just fine because we’re a little bit obsessed with kale chips :) I love having the grandparents come – looks like you guys had an amazing time! :)


20 Shel@PeachyPalate April 27, 2013 at 2:07 pm

That grilled tofu sambo sounds AMAZING! I need one in my life and I still need to get my hands on some Naturally Nutty!!! Gorgeous eats as always!


21 Amelia @Eating Made Easy April 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Gran Bett is such a beautiful lady!


22 Britt April 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Omg mazen looks the biggest in that first pic! The one with you both sitting together on the floor he looks like your twin! What a cutie!!!!


23 Liz @ iheartvegetables April 27, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Aw, nothing is better than family time! It looks like you guys are enjoying your time together! :)


24 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes April 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I need to try that massaged kale salad! Sounds so easy and delicious!


25 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

That tofu looks awesome. I’m a fan of diluting down juices, I usually add seltzer H2O for some bubbles!


26 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

How fun that Mazen was able to meet and play with his great grandmother!


27 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

So great that Mazen gets to spend time with his great grandmother!


28 dorrie April 28, 2013 at 5:45 am

where do you buy Santa Cruz Raspberry Lemonade?


29 KathEats April 28, 2013 at 6:13 am

Whole foods


30 Kristen @ Change of Pace April 28, 2013 at 6:14 am

The first picture is adorable! It’s a great family picture. I went on a kale kick last week. This week it’s been asparagus!


31 Liz April 28, 2013 at 6:27 am

I wanted to look at the food pictures, but I just kept thinking about the pic of the 4 generations.

You’re so luck to have them all with you. Enjoy the family.


32 Lindsey April 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Mazen is the rosiest cheeked baby I’ve ever seen! What a doll.


33 Emily @ Life on Food April 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I cannot believe how big Mazen has gotten. It must be all of those delicious eats!


34 Miranda @ Cracked Up Chicken April 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Do you have a deep freezer? We are thinking of getting one. We freeze a lot of food (and breast milk soon). Supposedly, things keep longer in them. I haven’t seen one since I was a kid at my grandparents’ house though.


35 KathEats April 28, 2013 at 2:19 pm

No but I would love one someday.


36 Miranda @ Cracked Up Chicken April 28, 2013 at 2:40 pm

FYI – Lowe’s has a 5-star deep freezer for around $150. I think we’re gonna get it before the babe is born in September.


37 Bev April 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Coconut millet….. please share . I would love to make it !


38 KathEats April 29, 2013 at 5:40 am

Simply millet with coconut butter on top : )


39 Jennifer April 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Wow! Mazen sure is getting big! I bet your arm muscles are getting a work out each time you lift those chubby cheeks. :)


40 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

What a special time…so important to get in those moments with family. :)


41 AmyJoGo April 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Love Mazen’s little chubby arms, hands and cheeks. Just makes you want to eat him up!! He’s certainly a happy baby!


42 Kathryn @ Mamacado April 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Your pics are always so colorful! So cool that Gran Brett can meet Mazen. He’s such a cute little chunk!


43 Melissa April 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Mazen is adorable!! :) He’s delightfully chunky and overall just too dang adorable. My daughter was chunky, and my mom told me I made whole buttermilk 😀 LOL. Looks like you might too! (mean that in the best way possible!)

He sits up pretty well. Any movement on the crawling front?


44 KathEats April 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Not quite yet officially, but he can move – army crawl and major rolling


45 Emily May 1, 2013 at 6:21 am

You were SO right about TJ’s cilantro jal hummus!! The BEST! I add a dollop to my salads everyday! Do you think it lasts longer than 7 days though? It says to eat within 7 days and I’m going on my 10th!! Haha… You also recommended the smoked trout so I’m digging into that tonight! Can’t wait! Thanks for the great recs!


46 KathEats May 1, 2013 at 6:52 am

:) I’d follow the packaging…that said, I’m sure I’ve gone 10 days too


47 Emily May 1, 2013 at 7:53 am

Tastes okay! Haha


48 Debbie May 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Oh my goodness, Kath. That sweet little pic of M looking up wanting your veggies looks Just. Like. You! Wow, I see the first (for me) strong resemblance. Too cute.


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