Long Lost Lately

December 10, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve shared some regular meals with you guys! But don’t worry – I’ve been eatin’!

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Breakfasts

Mazen wanted to steal this buttery jam roll right off my plate! I gave him a few bites instead. Served with a fried egg and lots of grapes.

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Oatmeal made a comeback mixed with some oat bran and Cville Clusters with sunbutter on top.

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But lately the egg sandwich with SB&J has been my favorite breakfast. Served with a side of fruit – pear + clementine.

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Whenever I do make oatmeal I make a double batch for two reasons 1) extra creaminess and 2) a cook-free tomorrow. It’s never quite as good the next day as fresh, but it’s darn easy to heat up in the microwave. Topped with Naturally Nutty Chocolate Peanut Butter and more of those delicious clusters from the bakery.

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Smoothie day! It’s rare this time of year because it’s so chilly outside, but sometimes a fluffy smoothie is on the mind. Speaking of chilly, when was the last time I had overnight oats!?

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This smoothie had strawberries, banana, milk, yogurt and granola on top.

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Lunches

First we have a light lunch before Thanksgiving dinner! Grapes, cheese, greens, leftover caesar salad and a flank steak piece

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Another day I had leftover sweet potatoes and No Bull Burger over greens with cheese and sourdough bread. Looks like someone hungry took a bite out of it!

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I’m really into soup for lunch! This was leftover spinach and broccoli soup my friend Sarah made.

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Served with chips and some cheese on the side

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It’s rare that I don’t have eggs for breakfast these days, so they aren’t as much of a lunch staple as they used to be. {I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having eggs twice in a day, but I do try to keep the diversity going!} But on this particular day (probably an oatmeal morning) I had an egg over salad with pears, cheese and a roll and it brought back many happy memories.

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Another favorite lunch staple: smoked trout! Mazen can wolf down a whole can of it in 5 minutes. He loves it more than I do! Served with cooked squash, cinnamon chip roll, cheese and grapes over greens. An interesting combo to say the least.

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Dinners

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Matt and I go back and forth between fancier dinners and super easy + casual ones. This one erred on the side of fancy! We seared a flank steak from the Organic Butcher (it was pre-herbed with rosemary) and had that with some whipped sweet potatoes drizzled in maple and a mix of sautéed greens and canned green beans. Only thing missing was a glass of wine!

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Karen came over one night and brought these ingredients for us to cook: torcetti pasta and a white truffle and porcini mushroom sauce {yes, it was expensive!}

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We all decided the finished dish was good, but not great. I made a kale caesar salad on the side that was a nice change – I’ll have to do a formal recipe soon.

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On the casual end of the spectrum, we made angel hair pasta cooked with shrimp, kale, goat cheese and parmesan in a pesto sauce from our stash in the freezer. Dinner was on the table in 15 minutes!

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And on this night we had a mix of cooked wheatberries, peas, fancy hard goat cheese and sautéed shitake mushrooms in a homemade sauce (one of Matt’s beer-flavored concoctions!). An interesting but really flavorful mix.

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Good Tuesday to you all!

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1 Sabrina @ Living, Learning, Eating December 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

Everything looks delicious, as usual – especially the breakfasts! Especially over these past few days, I’ve really been getting into the holiday spirit. I can’t wait to go home this weekend and break out the Christmas dishes to *really* get in the spirit! Candy cane oatmeal from a santa bowl? Yes, please :)

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2 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 10, 2013 at 11:14 am

I’ve been on such a smoothie kick recently, but your oats make me really want to make some! Oats for lunch is acceptable, right? At least here in Chicago where it’s 10 degrees!

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3 Jackie December 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

I wih there was a great harvest near me because all of your bread looks so yummy!

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4 Mallory December 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

I’m so curious about what a No Bull Burger is like! It seems like a staple in your diet. Would you ever consider trying to replicate the recipe so that those of us who don’t live in/near C-ville can give it a try?

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5 KathEats December 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I have thought about this, but I don’t want to offend the No Bull team! Let me ask them what they’d think about it.

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6 Susan December 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

I would love if you could do this! I wanted to order some of these burgers, but the postage would be so expensive!

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7 Nicole F. December 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I know a while back you had a post about your choices for canned fishes (tuna, sardines, etc.) and I’ve since switched to Wild Plant per your suggestion (love!) but where/what brand do you buy for trout? I think you may have mentioned it in that post but I can’t seem to find it. If I could eat fresh everyday I would, but this wins for convenience at work! Thanks!

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8 KathEats December 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I buy Trader Joe’s brand. I don’t think it’s considered a ‘best choice’ but I haven’t found an alternative at Whole Foods

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9 Amelia December 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

SB& J with eggs, say what????! I love the j and eggs but now I’m going to have to try it with sun butter. It’s already a dang good combo! I hear ya on the leftover oats. I always end up adding a bit extra milk and water to reconstitute the creaminess.
The lunches and dinners look great! We have been enjoying many warm wintry soups here (squash/carrot/ apple, green soups, cream of mushroom with local shrooms). I love how even your ‘simple’ dinners look extravagant. :) you should Instagram them more often.

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10 Eating 4 Balance December 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Hearing and seeing the word “smoothie” is so odd with the cold weather we have been having. But this coming from the girl who used to eat ice cream all Winter long when I was kid. ;)

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11 Elizabeth December 10, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Everything looks amazing as usual! Always an inspiration for next weeks meals!

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12 Melissa December 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Your smoothies always look the best and I love them in a mason jar! Also, the torchetti pasta is such a unique shape, I’ve never seen it before.

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13 @simple green moms December 10, 2013 at 2:29 pm

you make mix and matching foods look soooooo easy! who would have thought to put sb&j with egg! =) love it!

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14 Pat December 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I always make several servings when I cook steel-cut oats. I add milk when I warm them up. I really like them, but the cooking time is soooo long. Rolled oats I do in the microwave from scratch. 2 parts liquid, 1 part oats, a shake of salt. If you let them sit in the liquid for a few minutes before nuking, they are creamier (and creamier with milk than water)

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15 Emily @ Life on Food December 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Since it got chilly and snowy all I want are pasta bakes for dinner. Your pasta meals sound and look delicious!

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16 Shel@PeachyPalate December 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Lots of diversity! Love it! Your pasta dish, the not fancy one, ended up looking and sounding pretty fancy! Great that Mazen likes trout! Is there anything that you’d be opposed to letting him try or that you’re holding off on?

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17 KathEats December 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Nope he’s pretty much allowed to eat everything these days

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18 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Love the idea of that simple mushroom pasta! Delicious! And I love the shape!

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19 Liz December 10, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I know that you buy a lot of organic/local/grass-fed products, but I was wondering if you have done any research about free-range/cage-free/hormone-free eggs. I think those labels grew in popularity around the time you were in school becoming an RD, so I thought you might know something about it! If you do, I’d love to hear what you have to think.

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20 KathEats December 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I buy local eggs that are Pasture raised. I think local/pasteur is better than any of the other labels but organic/free range is best. Cage free or hormone free alone isn’t good enough for me.

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21 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna December 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I have yet to try sunbutter…it looks scrumptious on those bread buns! Going to have to try and find it at the health store this week :)

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22 Julie Rosene December 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Even here in Northern Ontario where it’s -18 Celsius today, I had a nice cold smoothie for breakfast. Weather has never affected my palate. I’ll eat soup on a hot summer’s day no problem!
Can’t wait for the kale caesar salad recipe!

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23 Livi December 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm

that egg-on-salad looks soooo good! I need to try that!

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24 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Some good looking eats here :)

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25 melissa December 11, 2013 at 4:11 am

i’d love a kale ceasar salad recipe!

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26 Lisa @bitesforbabies December 11, 2013 at 7:24 am

That broccoli and spinach soup sounds awesome…and pesto AND goat cheese…great combo!

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27 Caitlin December 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Your meals always just look so wonderful, fresh, and whole. Anyone who doesn’t think they can enjoy a diet of pure, whole foods could definitely have their mind changed by reading your blog.

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