Lately Summatime

June 27, 2014

Good mornnnning!!

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Thanks to those of you who weighed in on my Lately posts. I hope to do a mix moving forward and start doing more day-in-the-life eats posts. Today’s post is a mish-mosh of weeks because of all the travel we’ve had, but I wanted to share some of these meals anyways!

Breakfasts

It’s smoothie season! Dough Boy smoothies are my favorite because you can assemble them the night before and just blend away for breakfast.

When we had friends over to our yard recently someone looked at our beds of greens and said “I’d LOVE to have all that for my smoothies!” It made me realize that I am not taking advantage of all the free greens at my fingertips!! So here’s the product of a little hacking of the kale blended up with milk, banana, yogurt and sunbutter. Served with toast that was topped with two little curds Matt brought home, lemon and raspberry.

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The other great summer breakfast: overnight oats!

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That was Mazen’s first taste and I was nervous he would reject them, but he liked them!

My version was a little fancier – topped with banana, berries, sunbutter and chia.

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Sometimes the air conditioning feels so cold I want something warm for breakfast – eggs, strawberries and toast with jam. Would you believe that Mazen won’t eat berries? They are in season and the perfect toddler food but he turns his nose up to berries of all kind!!

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Same but different: sunny side up with lots of fruit and a slice of cobbler bread. Mmmm!

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Lunches

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A date to Whole Foods with M! Does this photo not scream summer? I had a big salad packed with veggies and good toppings.

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Next up: leftovers from the Low Country Boil….plus a green juice for something….green!

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A salad topped with leftover grilled tofu and fresh mozzarella over lettuce dressed simply in olive oil and honey.

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Plus a peach. Love that it’s peach season!

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A salad with more mozzarella, tomato, some mac and cheese and cornbread from the Smoked BBQ Co.

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And lastly, PB&J (another greats summery food!) and goat cheese peas

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Dinners

Boy do I not want to eat shrimp for a while! We ate up all those leftovers in a series of dinners. This was thick local cheese grits with grilled eggplant and the leftover shrimp mixed with cooked peppers and sausage.

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The next night we took the last of the shrimp and turned them into shrimp burgers using this recipe as a model. They held together just OK (we baked not fried in fear they would fall apart) but tasted good.

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Served on a dark and stormy night with greens and dressing. I had a second burger before my soccer game, which ended up being cancelled : (

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Karen brought over a cauliflower mac and cheese that was delish! The best part is that Mazen loved it too – veg and all. I think mac and cheese may have bypassed pizza as his favorite food! We grilled a bunch of asparagus on the side.

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Another meal we enjoyed with Karen – a grilled feast! I made grits in the rice cooker and Matt grilled both flank steak and chicken, portabellas, and zucchini.

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We all enjoyed ice creams for dessert : )

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Happy Summa!

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1 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh June 27, 2014 at 7:18 am

It all looks delicious! I know what you mean about the shrimp when you have a lot of something left over and you try all these different ways to reimagine it. Your tastebuds are like “nice try sistah!”

Happy Summer!

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2 Tom @ Raise Your Garden June 27, 2014 at 7:22 am

Wow I can’t blame you for finishing with the ice-cream. What guy doesn’t absolutely love ice cream. I sat down in college and eat a whole gallon. These days I’m eating more items like the grilled asparagus, looks good. The shrimp burgers that’s a new one for me. I love shrimp so I’ll have to get my wife to try that one.

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3 Emily @ It Comes Naturally Blog June 27, 2014 at 7:24 am

Oh my goodness – Mazen looks like such a little dude in his sunglasses. Too cute!

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4 Maryea {happy healthy mama} June 27, 2014 at 7:39 am

That is weird that Mazen won’t eat berries! Crazy boy! I love seeing your seasonal eats. Have a great weekend!

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5 jill June 27, 2014 at 8:15 am

My 18 month old is still unpredictable with his likes and dislikes. One day he’s all over sweet potatoes, and the next he cannot believe I would even SUGGEST he try them :) I think it’s pretty normal at that age, isn’t it? He doesn’t love berries either unless they are sliced strawberries. I just figured it was because they don’t really taste like anything until you’ve actually bitten into them. He’d put a raspberry in his mouth, and then pop it back out without having taken a bite.

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6 Christine June 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

I just stared up my overtime oats again! One of my favorite summertime breakfasts! My favorite part is the globs of peanut butter I put on top!

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7 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! June 27, 2014 at 7:41 am

Those shrimp burgers sound delicious! I love salmon burgers…so trying another seafood in burger form would be great!

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8 Florence June 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

The green smoothie looks amazing! We just joined a CSA so I need to take advantage of the extra greens too. And goat cheese peas is such a good idea!

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9 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 27, 2014 at 8:19 am

I LOVE that photo of M with the sunglasses! So fantastic and full of personality!

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10 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine June 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

I seriously want to eat all of your pictures every time! Haha :P

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11 Chelsea @ TableForOne June 27, 2014 at 9:27 am

Those shrimp burgers look fantastic! What a great way to use up your leftovers.

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12 Carolyn June 27, 2014 at 9:46 am

Delicious food as always!

You have your air conditioning on! I remember in years past you would try to see how long you could make it without turning it on. :) How long did you last this year?

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13 KathEats June 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

The first of June. Mazen’s nap was the kicker! It was just too hot.

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14 Alex @ Kenzie Life June 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

The cobbler bread and the cauliflower mac and cheese look so amazing! Is the cobbler bread a nation-wide GH thing or is it just something special that Matt does? If they have it in Boulder I want some!

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15 KathEats June 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

Some stores do. ..call and see!

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16 Alex @ Kenzie Life June 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

Will do! Thanks! :)

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17 Livi June 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

I love all the grilled veggies! So summer!

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18 Casey @ Casey the College Celiac June 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

All of it looks delicious! And I’ve been having overnight oats every day this week and I’m not tired of it at all! I’ve visited your oatmeal page for inspiration way too many times to be healthy…haha! My favorite add in right now? Acai powder, banana, blueberries and vanilla protein powder! YUM!

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19 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

Peas and goat cheese?? Um, yum!!! I am (weirdly?) obsessed with peas!

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20 Laura @ She Eats Well June 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm

That pick of the kiddos eating ice cream is too cute!

Also, shrimp burgers!? I have never even heard of them or would never think to make shrimp that way. How amazing!

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21 Melanie June 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Wow, if I could get that perfect peachy-pink glow on Mazen’s cheeks into powder form, I could make a fortune selling it! ;) He’s such a cutie!

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22 Emily @ Life on Food June 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Those two cuties at the end with the ice cream is my favorite!

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23 Shel@PeachyPalate June 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Can’t believe he doesn’t like berries!!! More for you!!! :)

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24 Leah June 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

So glad to see Karen back on the blog, and bringing over delicious foods, no less! Seems like you hadn’t mentioned her in a while when she used to be a frequent presence on the blog.

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25 Bhavya June 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Missed reading your lately posts from few days, please do not change the norm .:) share it once a week..!

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26 LaurenR June 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Do you have suggestions regarding jam/jelly? I always worry about sugar content. Do you suggest the “justl fruit” options? My kids and I do love a PB&J!

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27 KathEats June 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Just fruit is great but I’m not worried about a tablespoon or two of jam and its sugar content once a day. But all fruit is def the best choice

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28 Jeri June 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Does anyone else love how Kath can put together leftovers and make a delicious healthy meal? I know I do.

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29 KathEats June 27, 2014 at 8:54 pm

; )

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30 Ttrockwood June 27, 2014 at 11:14 pm

My nephew loves berries more than any other fruit- you’re lucky M prefers banana because those berries get expensive! My nephew would eat a half pint a day at just 3yrs old! Now that he’s older he likes most all fruit but raspberries are still his favorite.

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31 cheryl June 28, 2014 at 5:35 am

Cauliflower mac and cheese? Yum!! Was it just Mac and cheese + cauliflower or no noodles at all? I need new ideas for cauliflower. My favorite is to just roast it. James would eat caulifower soup each week but I am “off” the soup right now

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32 KathEats June 28, 2014 at 7:05 am

There were noodles. The cauliflower was just part of the sauce

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33 Lisa @bitesforbabies June 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I can’t believe it was Mazen’s first time having overnight oats (considering how much you love them!). My kids LOVE overnight oats…I make them at least 2-3x a week! If you’re interested in trying a new recipe, Mazen might like this:
http://www.bitesforbabies.com/recipes/maple-pumpkin-pie-overnight-oats/

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34 Mandy June 29, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Kudos to you for sticking with the shellfish leftovers! My mind went to Forest Gump. Shrimp Creole, shrimp kebabs, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, Coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger!

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35 Lisa C. June 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Toddlers are tricky to feed- some more than others! My youngest is extreeemely picky and just refuses to try so many foods. It is frustrating!

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36 Frances June 29, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Love the pics! And the food. Can you share the recipe for the cauliflower mac and cheese?

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37 Mandy June 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

Any tips on how to get kale to blend up really smooth like spinach does for green smoothies? I have an abundance from our garden, but the texture in the smoothies I’ve tried have not been great. Thanks!

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38 KathEats June 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

I didn’t have any luck until I got a good blender, unfortunately.

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39 Christina June 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I LOVE these posts..it is great to see what you eat in the day for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Question, do you normally have snacks throughout the day or just 3 square meals?

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40 KathEats June 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Usually an afternoon snack and maybe a nibble of Mazen’s morning snack

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