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Aug 10

Late Summer Lately

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I cannot believe that summer is almost over. When I picked Mazen up from camp last week one of the counselors asked me if he’d be returning. “Oh yeah, I think he has like three or four more weeks” I said. Her response: “Well there are only two weeks left!” Geeeeeez. We have one more beach trip in a few weeks, so summer is definitely not over!!

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Another reason summer is not over: there is a lot more delicious produce to eat!  Lately blueberries have been off the hook. Side note: I bought some English muffins from Whole Foods for a different kind of bread for fun. They were just so bran-y. I replenished with freshly-baked Great Harvest the next week.

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Smoothie season is still in full force!

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Leftover spaghetti for lunch with extra kale and cheese on top.

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And, a salad with smoked salmon, hearts of palm, manchego, chips, and baby spinach. Olive oil and honey for dressing.

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Salad with leftover veggies, marinated mahi mahi, manchego, and delicious summer cherries.

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Look at this happy face on pizza night!

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We made this one together as part of Operation Cook Together More. Notice how he pushed the veggies to the side so he could “make room for my pepperoni section.” Boy loves pepperoni!

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Mexican bowl night was rice, pinto beans, peppers, hot sauce, cheese, Cholula, and real sour cream.

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And finally, Cook Smarts Tandoori Chicken was soooo good! I loved the cucumber and tomato salad on the side too.

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Hope you’re all having a good week!

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Aug 10

MERF: Teaching Mazen To Cook


^^Mazen’s first food photography!

I’ve mentioned before that Mazen is a typical picky eater. He’s not all Plain Jane, and he does have a handful of very healthy foods that he likes, but I would never use the terms “adventurous” or “well rounded” to describe his diet. I can’t help but compare his meals to those of other kids I know (I’m looking at you Eat Live Run and Daily Garnish!) and feel like a failure as a mom. We’ve done our best to present a variety of healthy options and enthusiastically model healthy eating, but sometimes I wonder if it’s just luck of the draw. We do have a very strong-willed personality over here!


Matt has done a really good job of cooking with Mazen this past year, and not surprisingly Mazen has tried many more new foods at Matt’s house. So I decided I needed to step up my game and work on our meals: shopping, preparing, and eating together.


Mazen doesn’t like spaghetti (I know, right?!) but he LOVES pizza, so my idea for a meal was to put his favorite pizza toppings on noodles. This isn’t a gold-star meal, but it incorporates several vegetables and is only one step away from something he really likes. Matt has had good success with assemble-yourself meals, so I kept everything separate and we built our bowls together.

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So how did it go? Really well!!! He loved the assembly, and while he didn’t gobble it all down, he ate a little of everything (veggies included).


Yes the pepperoni was the biggest hit : )


We said “cheers” with his and hers kombuchas too!


And he took photos of his bowl and of me using my big camera – not bad for his first time!


I have since also done a DIY taco bar with him (which was not a big hit) and homemade pizza (which was). I’d love any more ideas of meals your kids love to help make!

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