Lately: Healthy Week

April 20, 2013

After our Tucson vacation, Matt and I were both craving super healthy meals. Luckily I stocked the fridge and we ate just that!

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I took a stab at Gina’s Cookie Dough Cereal myself. It wasn’t as good as hers! I think because I used far less sunflower butter than she did : ) However, it was still delicious and I am excited to add this to my breakfast rotation.

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French toast! With mango, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and coconut. Tropical feast.

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Keeping up the variety: a pancake! Kodiak cake with banana and almond butter. Simple but tasty.

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Wish I could say this was my favorite breakfast of the week, but it was a sad disappointment. I stirred an egg into my oatmeal at the beginning of cooking and I think the proteins separated. It was a soggy mess. If you add egg – do it near the end of cooking your oats!

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Coconut butter (which I found super cheap at Homegoods!), almond butter and strawberries helped pull up the back.

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Rise + shine smoothie. (And I made double for a snack!)

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Peaches, banana, greek yogurt, milk.

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Lunch on the porch – salad with leftover chicken, feta, olives over greens. Plus Cheddar Beer bread from the bakery and strawberries for dessert.

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Cutie pie playin’ toys next to me!

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One day Matt joined me for lunch – No Bull Burgers.

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This is the brand new vegan + gluten-free burger made with rice and CHIA SEEDS (!) in a sun-dried tomato flavor. Taste-wise I noticed the brown rice, but texture wise it was totally the same. Go chias!

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Served on a Great Harvest hamburger bun with condiments and orange on the side.

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Another lunch salad, also with leftover chicken plus feta, avocado, almonds and a balsamic drizzle. Strawberries and almond butter toast on the side

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All that leftover chicken was coming from this dinner from our first night back. (We cooked a bunch of chicken breasts to have for the week).

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The chicken was cooked in BBQ sauce and served over sauteed kale with oven-roasted asparagus and that Cheddar Beer bread (so good!)

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Ravioli on a salad? Why not!

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This was a kale, sweet potato and quinoa ravioli I found at Relay Foods. Served over greens with balsamic, peppers, avocado and balsamic drizzle. I just bought a really great aged balsamic – Vanilla Fig – at Homegoods. That store has everything!

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Lastly, this super quick + easy Mexican beans dinner hit the spot. “Recipe” coming next week.

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Happy Days!

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1 Brieanna @ Going Brienanas April 20, 2013 at 7:31 am

That ravioli sounds soooo good! I’m going to have to go buy some :)

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2 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body April 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

Vanilla fig balsamic?! You’re blowing my mind. I’ve also never tried kodiak cakes. I’m going to have to start getting more creative in the kitchen. Things have been boring for the past few weeks.

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3 kaila@healthyhelper April 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

Mmmm sun dried tomato buns and vanilla fig balsamic vinegar sounds amazing! Love all the colorful food pics!

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4 Carly April 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

I love your food posts :) A good reminder to get back on the kale wagon! Gina’s breakfast cookie dough cereal is a fav..it took me awhile to perfect it, also.

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5 Liz @ iheartvegetables April 20, 2013 at 8:01 am

Awww Mazen is so cute! :) Those new No Bull burgers look good! I can’t wait to try them!

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6 Karen April 20, 2013 at 8:04 am

Ahhhh…Dr. Seuess!!

I’ve been meaning to suggest to you that you consider buying a Tribest – mini blender, similar but superior (imo) to the Magic Bullet. For me, it’s the most convenient tool for making a quick smoothie and works amazingly well for blending all easy to chop milk/milk substitutes, frozen fruit, protein etc. Only when greens are involved do I drag out my Vitamix. There’s no cleanup at all, and mine is going strong at 4 years and counting. I think you’ll love it, Kath – check it out at Amazon.

Happy weekend, friend!

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7 Ali @ Ali Eats Clean April 20, 2013 at 8:09 am

I am so excited to see the GF No Bull Burgers– I can’t wait to try them!

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8 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes April 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

Your meals all look so tasty and colorful! Yum! I need to try Gina’s cookie dough cereal sometime soon. :-)

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9 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 20, 2013 at 8:15 am

I really need to buy some fresh greens for salads, thanks for the reminder! and sweet potatoes!

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10 Lynn @ the actor's diet April 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

My mom in law taught me to put ravioli on salads! Forgot about that!

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11 Maureen April 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

I love seeing your food posts….they always give me new ideas. :) I love serving chicken either over sauteed kale or spinach – great way to up your green intake.

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12 jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com April 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

Makes me hungry! Home goods sounds amazing!

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13 Lauren April 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

Kath – On the eggy oatmeal, I’ve totally been there. It took me a dozen times to get it right but I think the trick is to temper the egg at the beginning stages of cooking. Before the oats start to boil, add 1-2 T of hot oats into a cracked egg (separate bowl). Once you have tempered the egg, add the egg/oat mix back into the cooking oats + STIR STIR STIR quickly. This should keep your egg proteins from separating. Hope that helps!!! I love eggy oats when done RIGHT, but when the proteins separate it tastes kinda gross. The texture throws me off. Enjoy!

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14 Lauren April 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

^ p.s. Long time reader, first time follower. Adore your blog. Aspiring blogger myself :)

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15 Katie H. April 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

Yum! I never would have thought to put ravioli on a salad.

The chicken on kale looks delicious–my husband saw it over my shoulder and said, “What restaurant is that from? We should go there.”

Also, I love egg white oatmeal–but yes, you need to add the egg whites for the last half or so of the cooking time.

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16 Simply Life April 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

those burgers look great!

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17 Christine (The Raw Project) April 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

Yum, the NoBull Burgers sound great!

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18 Brianna K. @ Hungry Gator Gal April 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

My favorite variation of Gina’s breakfast cookie dough cereal involves chocolate protein powder, an extra tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1.5 to 2 tablespoons Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, and freshly sliced strawberries. It’s my new favorite breakfast! :)

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19 Lee April 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

I totally crave healthy meals after vacation. Yours looks delicious.

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20 Cathy April 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

You have inspire me to cook a lot this weekend!!!!! ;)
Thanks for being such an inspiration. Live your pictures and meals!
Greetings from Costa Rica

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21 Alyssa @ Road to RD April 20, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Yum! I love all your breakfasts!

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22 VeganYinzer April 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Those burgers look really good! How do the chia seeds affect them?

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23 Shel@PeachyPalate April 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Can’t wait for the mexican beans recipes…with millet me thinks? Your obviously on a Justins Almond Butter kick the past week..reminding me to bring mine back in to rotation! Can’t wait until peaches are back in season here, they taste of rubber at the moment…flat bottom/doughnut peaches are the bomb!

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24 Sara @ fitcupcaker April 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

im drooling over here! I usually tend to want to eat major healthy after vacations too, and there is nothing wrong with getting back into the healthy swing of things!

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25 Emilia April 20, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I absolutely love your food round-up posts, they give me SO much inspiration for my own eats. I’m definitely going to have to add cookie dough cereal to my breakfast rotation, as well as the ravioli served over spinach. Such a great idea to make a pasta dinner a bit healthier :)

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26 Hil April 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Ravioli on salad sounds intriguing… Were the ravioli hot, cold or room temp?

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27 KathEats April 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Hot!

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28 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

There’s nothing like a week of clean, healthy and DELICIOUS eats! I’m eyeing that pancake and french toast. I might just have to make an english muffin french toast for breakfast tomorrow – YUM!

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29 Meg April 20, 2013 at 6:01 pm

What protein powder did you use for your version of the “cookie dough” cereal? I really like the texture of the oats and nut butter mixture, but I’ve been struggling to find a good protein powder. I find the texture AND taste of the powder really matter. Any suggestions?

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30 KathEats April 20, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I didn’t use one. Got protein from oats, nut butter and milk!

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31 Jillian April 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

That’s probably why the cereal was different than Gina’s (provided she used it!). It’s a key ingredient in the texture, in my opinion. I love it too! :)

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32 Amy April 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I make gina’s cookie dough cereal without protein powder too. Just oats and nut butter mixed together with a little cinnamon, salt and vanilla, sometimes a couple drops of agave. It’s still really good!

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33 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 20, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Ravioli on salads, cool idea! I know the feeling of craving healthy eats after vacation. It’s cool how your body knows what it needs!

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34 Erin @ The Grass Skirt April 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Homegoods does have the best things I’ve purchased dried fruit, tea, coffee, pumpkin butter, and almond butter there. I love how you’ll never know what you’ll find there next. :)

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35 Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey April 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

Cookie Dough Cereal with sunflower butter… French toast with maple almond butter and coconut… Kodiak cake with banana and almond butter… Great ideas! I am getting a lot of breakfast, salad, and sandwich ideas from this blog. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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36 melissa April 21, 2013 at 6:55 am

I need help figuring out our breakfasts this week and thought you would be the person to ask! I am a teacher and we have our major state testing all week which means no snacks, drinks, etc. from about 8-11:30 each day. Last year the most challenging part was getting really hungry. Do you have any suggestions for filling breakfast, that don’t leave you feeling terrible? I can’t have bananas ):

Thanks!

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37 KathEats April 21, 2013 at 7:35 am

Overnight oats!! The protein from yogurt and milk really keeps me full. Easy to prep the night before too : )

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38 Eating 4 Balance April 21, 2013 at 8:04 am

Gina’s cookie dough cereal is amazing! I have to say though that it’s just not the same if you don’t use the protein powder. Good, but just not *as* good :)

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39 Amy April 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

that would completely depend on whether you like the taste of protein powder, since it takes over the taste of the whole dish. I hate protein powder and I love it without it- that way I can taste the nut butter flavor and all the other ingredients

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40 Eating 4 Balance April 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

You’re right of course. Not everyone likes the taste of protein powder. I just thought that if Kath felt like it was missing something, then maybe for her the protein powder would be that “something.” :)

I can’t enjoy Gina’s wonderful cookie dough cereal anymore because of allergies, but when I used to make it I used vanilla or chocolate whey protein powder and had awesome results. Some don’t like the taste of whey though, but like the taste of brown rice protein so maybe that would be better!

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41 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

Tortellini over salad…great idea! :) Love the simplicity of the fresh cut flowers in the white pitcher. I did the same recently with a bunch of tulips. Which reminds me I need another bunch to brighten up the place. :)

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42 Sara @ sarasmiles April 21, 2013 at 11:56 am

Yay for chia seeds!

I add an egg into my oats at the very end with mashed banana and whip it all up. It comes out creamy and thick. Love it!

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43 Kristen @ Change of Pace April 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

So many gorgeous salads. I wish I was as creative with them as you! Yours are always so colorful :)

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44 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Looks like you guys had some really good eats this week! Delicious!

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45 Matt April 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm

As always Kath, great healthy food and amazing pics! I’ll have to try out some of these. Thanks!

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46 Kenice Dolores April 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

It’s really good to bounce back to a healthy lifestyle after splurging on your vacation. You are doing such a great job being a healthy mom. I admire your creativity since you can do a lot even with the simplest meal like this cookie dough cereal over here. The bananas add to its flavor and make it more interesting to eat. I also love what you did to lunch salad! The strawberries make it look so good. I bet your hubby is also very satisfied with the meals you serve him because his smile tells it all. Thanks for sharing your healthy meals in your post. They gave me ideas on how to make my meals healthier.

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47 Neil Butterfield April 30, 2013 at 8:13 am

That smoothie must have been absolutely delicious :-)

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48 Katey May 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm

I can’t wait to try your recipes. It all looks so healthy yet delicious!

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