Of Vegetables And Oats

January 14, 2010

Hello from the kitchen! I’ve got a break while my oatmeal batch cooks :)

My morning flew by with more design projects and an in-service photo shoot on the assembly, use and safety while using the newly purchased Robo-Coupe choppers for the high schools. Some photos to come!

We unpacked yesterday’s lunch buffet leftovers for our midday sustenance today :mrgreen: And we had even more roasted squash to add!

I brought in some Great Harvest bread to share for the sandwiches along with my kalamta olive hummus on its last days. And a few red peppers and a carrot to enjoy with lunch.

Talk about a rainbow!!!

I put some hummus on Dakota bread with pickles and red pepper and a thin slice if Swiss cheese. Plus sides of root veggies, roasted squash, a pickle, my carrot and a few fruit bites.

Totally loved this lunch!!

Gotta run – the Quaker man and I have work to do ;)

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1 Casey (@Spicy&Sweet) January 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Mmm….your lunch looks yummy!! Sounds like you’re having so much fun….yay!!!

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2 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm

So many colors in one meal.. you can just tell it’s good for you!!

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet January 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I love the pic on your sidebar thats up right now – you looking over the mountains w/ your Kerf shirt!

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4 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) January 14, 2010 at 12:55 pm

What a great meal, and its wonderful that you were able to put that together from a school cafeteria. Have fun with your oats, I know you love ‘em!

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5 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I remember during my internship that some of my best eating came when doing the food service rotation!

Looks like a great lunch :)

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6 Food Makes Fun Fuel January 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm

The Quaker man is my favorite cooking companion :-)

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7 Ameena January 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

You lunch looks so good and well balanced!

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8 Heather (The Single Dish) January 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Looks like a yummy and colorful lunch! Do you eat the carrot without peeling it? I always peel them…

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9 Kath January 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Yep!

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10 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers January 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

i agree w/ jessica… it’s like a rainbow on your plate! :D

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11 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I think that your school cafeteria rotation is SO cool! I wish I had paid more attention to what I was eating back in high school. More often than not, I skipped breakfast and ate pizza, chips, and a brownie for lunch. Ugh. Your oatmeal breakfasts and veggie packed lunches set a great example!

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12 Jil January 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Busy lady!! — and you and the Quaker man make quite the pair!

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13 Erica January 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

The job sounds GREAT so far- are you loving it or what? Vegetables, bread, cheese, and hummus sounds like an ideal lunch to me. Hope the rest of your day goes well.

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14 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

That school district eats more healthfully than any I’ve ever seen here in SC!

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15 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

ah that’s such a colourful and healthy lunch :) LOVE LOVE LOVE roasted squash!
Haha here in England, cos of all the snow, oat sales have gone up masses, so the people at Quaker oats are having to work round the clock to meet demand (according to the newspaper) lol! Have a good afternoon :)

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16 megan January 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

great lunch! it’s fun to see how you make a healthy and filling lunch with what’s available.

i’m trying to cut our grocery budget right now, so having a hard time buying the things I really want to eat. they tend to all be expensive :)

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17 Karla January 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Wow that looks like a great lunch! I can’t believe that’s from a school district!

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18 DJ January 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I’m loving your midday posts from your internship…they are so interesting, and it’s helpful for me to see how you put together a lunch with more limited choices than what you would have at home. Thanks for taking the time to post in the middle of your busy day!

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19 Christie @ Honoring Health January 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

That IS a very colorful lunch!

Hope you are having a great day!

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20 Brittany January 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm

MMMMM! Now that’s what I call a colorful, tasty, and healthy lunch! :0)

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21 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I got the HUGE Costco package of Quaker today — what a deal! :D

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22 Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I am loving these “behind the scenes” posts! Keep ‘em comin! ;)

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23 Jenn (www.j3nn.net) January 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Colorful indeed! Looks fun to eat. :)

Jenn

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24 The Paris Food Blague January 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

that is one serious looking carrot! enjoy!

what’s dakota bread?

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25 Carolyn January 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

That bread looks fantastic. Too bad you decided not to put your bakery in Norfolk. :(

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26 Cynthia (It All Changes) January 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I’m impressed with how well you are balancing the FT internship with the FT blogging. YOu are inspiring Kath!

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27 Sarah (OC2Seattle) January 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Good luck with your oatmeal presentation – I know you’ll wow those cafeteria managers!

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28 Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Yum that looks good!

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29 Jayce January 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Lunch looks yummy with lots of pretty veggies! Good luck with the presentation!

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30 Chelsea January 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Even though the internship is SO.FAR.AWAY., at least it sounds like you’re having a blast. It looks fun too. I love all the colors on your plate today. I know I already said this, but I am so impressed by that school district!

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31 Allison K January 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Lunch looks great! I’m so craving roasted veggies now!

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32 Jenna January 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm

What a great healthy school lunch!

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33 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

those veggies look amazing…so colorful! hope you and Mr. Quaker have a fun date :)

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34 amanda January 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I just bought some oats today!!

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35 Alicia January 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Robo-coups are SOOOO awesome. I want one!

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36 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather January 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Loved the rainbow on your plate!

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37 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Yum! That looks like no school lunch that I ever ate :-)

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38 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet January 14, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Love the in school updates!! I was an elementary education major and your schools food seriously blows me away, I wish Florida schools had better, more nutritious foods available!

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39 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm

i was in a movie where the guy dressed up as the quaker oats man:

http://uk.imdb.com/media/rm2343276544/tt0892904

i always think of him whenever i see the quaker oats canister!

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40 Kath January 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

FUN!

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41 Lisa @bakebikeblog January 14, 2010 at 5:41 pm

What a great looking lunch! A little from wach food group – love it :)

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42 Kate in Japan January 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I’m really enjoying reading about your internship. I just tried a new recipe for overnight oats that I thought I’d share. A friend suggested it. A half cup oats with one cup apple juice. I topped it with a bit of cinnamon in the morning. The apple juice makes the oats very sweet. I found it too liquidy so I’ll cut back on the juice next time.

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43 Jenny January 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Your lunches are always so creative!

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44 Kelly January 14, 2010 at 7:27 pm

That lunch looks delicious! Overnight oats = amazing! Thank you for introducing me to them!

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45 Heather January 14, 2010 at 7:39 pm

After all this time checking in with your blog and hearing about G H. It turns out that there is one 5 minutes from my work. A coworker brought in a cinnamon swirl bread. Delicious!

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46 Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Why use the quick oats? Old Fashion rolled oat take just a couple more minutes AND they have a way higher nutrition content. I mean as long as your improving diet, you might as well go all out!

“Instant Oatmeal, however, while handy at times, pales in comparison nutritionally to cooked varieties. Quaker Instant Oatmeal with Maple & Brown Sugar scores a 25 and the High Fiber version only brings the score up to a 27.

Fast forward to my life as a Mom and you find me making Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. They cook in 5 minutes and I’m lucky that my schedule allows me to do this for my daughter. They score a 57 on the NuVal scale. Sometimes I make a big batch ahead and reheat during the week.”
http://www.abetterbagofgroceries.com/category/quaker-oats/

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47 Kath January 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Agreed. Quick oats are no less nutritionally sound. They just have more surface area than rolled oats, causing them to cook quicker. This does result in a slightly less glycemic index. but the nutrients are the same.

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48 Cole January 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Mmmm, cheese.

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49 The Healthy Hostess January 14, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Happy Birthday to Matt!

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50 Jeine January 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Just cause it was brought up above – Quick oats are not the same as instant oats. Quick oats have the same nutritional content as old fashioned oats! They just roll um up and break up a couple more times so they cook faster. Yay for nutritional breakfast in schools!

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51 Emily January 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I’m not going to lie, Kath. Your foodservice rotation sounds about 1000x better than mine! I love all your fun projects! I think mine was a little different because it was hospital foodservice, and I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off all day. :-) Love seeing everything you’re doing, though!

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52 Kath January 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Just wanted to note: not ALL of these super healthy veggies are on the school lunch menu. Some are in the experimental stages, and this lunch buffet was catered. So while my district is amazingly ahead of the game, this lunch isn’t cafeteria style.

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