Recent Eats

The heat seems to have returned to DC, but I’ve been pretending it hasn’t. Earlier this week, I was craving hot oatmeal!

I whipped up a batch of my Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal (<—click for recipe), and since I wanted to add a lot of toppings I decreased the oats & milk to 1/3 cup instead of 1/2 cup. On top, I put some fresh blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and slivered almonds! Delicious and a great mix of protein, carbs, and healthy fat.


If you think you don’t like oatmeal, try that recipe – the banana makes it really sweet and delicious, and the milk adds creaminess and extra protein for staying power! Excuse the dirty bowl – I refuse to dirty another bowl just so my photos look nicer. Just keepin’ it real over here. ;)

As for lunches and dinners, I’ve been enjoying lots of loaded up salads lately. Earlier this week for lunch, I made a big Mexican-ish salad loaded up with black beans, leftover roasted potatoes, mushrooms, chopped peppers and tomato, and a big spoonful each of avocado and salsa on top as the “dressing.”



I always tell clients to think about having protein, healthy fat, and a healthy carb source at each meal, plus lots of nutrient power from veggies and/or fruit. In this, the healthy fat comes from the avocado, protein comes from the beans, and healthy carbs from the beans & potatoes! I topped it with some cracked pepper and a squeeze of lime juice, too. The only thing missing was cilantro!


Last week, for dinner, Matt got creative and made us another Mexican salad creation – this one involved a bed of baby spinach topped with sautéed onions and peppers and ground chicken cooked in Mexican seasonings. Topped with a little grated Cabot sharp cheddar cheese and some fresh tomato! Plus some broken up hard corn taco pieces on the side to scoop it up with. :)


Another dinner earlier this week was my favorite “throw some canned tomatoes, raw chicken, and veggies in a pan” approach. The key is using these Muir Glen canned diced tomatoes with basil & garlic.


Throw it in a pan with some raw chicken and a drizzle of olive oil, then add whatever you want on top! I added some extra fresh herbs – basil, dill, and parsley – from our railing box garden to the mix…


And then threw some fresh string beans on top before putting a lid on the pan and letting it all simmer/steam together until the chicken was cooked through.


I ordered another Relay Foods bounty basket this week and the string beans were part of that. (My full Relay Foods review is here – it’s a cool local CSA + grocery delivery service for DC/VA area peeps. Follow this referral link to get $30 off your first order over $50.)

Also in the bounty basket was some fresh corn, so I boiled it up to enjoy on the side. I have to say – it was the best corn I’ve had all summer! Really sweet.


Dinner is served! It came out delicious.


What great meals have you been enjoying this week?

And now, time to get back down to work! I’ve been knocking all sorts of things off my to-do list this week, including having some meetings with my accountant to make sure my online accounting system/banking/invoices for AnneTheRD and blog stuff are all in order and balanced out. I use QuickBooks Online which is great but also rather confusing at times, so it’s been good to have some help. Now that I’ve gone back and corrected some errors I made originally, I think everything should be easy from here on out! Accounting is definitely not my favorite part of owning my own business, but it’s a necessary evil. :)

Have a wonderful day, my friends!

p.s. I thought it would be fun to share some inspirational weight loss or running-related stories from you guys on my fANNEtastic food Facebook page to give us all some motivation to keep up the healthy living this fall. If you’re a blog reader and you have a story you’d like to share, please email me (anne{at} with a brief blurb about your journey to health or fitness, along with a photo, and I’ll share it with my followers! :)


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    I resort to the tomatoes (or tomato sauce) + protein + veggies all tossed into a bowl very, very frequently – it’s so delicious! I call it my “Ugly Secret” because I like to mix it all up, and it looks kind of nasty but tastes amazing. And I’m with you on the carb + fat + protein approach … great way to make sure you’re satiated and getting a balance of nutrients, without making it overly complicated!

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    What a delicious week of eating – everything looks so good and healthy! I made a tuscan white bean & lentil salad this week, and it was so tasty. I’m not craving meat right now (thanks, baby jones) but I do crave tons of fruits & veggies. My diet consists of a lot of pineapple, watermelon, grapefruit juice and kale/spinach smoothies. :)

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    I am going to have to try this oatmeal. Its funny you mention it I have been eating Greek Yogurt all summer but having some “gut” issues and had a feeling it was the Yogurt. I stopped this week and been trying to eat Oatmeal but I am just not on the wagon yet, but this could help me with my transition! so THANK YOU! :)

    Sara :)

  4. 6

    Your meals look awesome! I love the salad with avocado and salsa. I made some spaghetti squash last night that was really tasty!

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    Mmmm…everything looks awesome! I’ve been eating oatmeal like it’s going out of style, so I’m always looking for new recipes. I can’t wait to try yours!

    I love the Muir Glenn brand of food products! They’re a staple in our household!

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    That oatmeal looks delish I love got oats year round!

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    I’ve been making “Mexican inspired” salads lately, too. I recently bought too many avocados, so I’ve been tossing those on my salads, along with salsa, corn, and tortilla chips.

  8. 10

    your blueberry, pumpkin seed, and almond oats look delicious. oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts — filling & hearty!

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    We’re loving all things from the garden in these waning days of summer. And Mexican-style salads are my favorite. I’m making tomatillo salsa this weekend! Love all your inspired meals!

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    Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal =Best oatmeal ever. I eat it 5-7 days a week. Is that bad? I just love the taste. My co-workers make fun of me because they know they can’t talk to me in the morning until after I make the oatmeal in the work kitchen, my toppings are on it and I’m ready to eat. It’s like my coffee:-)

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    Made some delicious baked avocado tacos! Up as part of my What I Ate Wednesday post today…and indulged in the fruit of the moment this morning…greengages with coconut and hazelnut pancakes!

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    I had hot oatmeal for the first time in months today too! That recipe looks delicious – I’ll have to give it a try tomorrow! As far as good eats this week, we had a delicious ginger pasta stir fry last night, wishing there was more today!

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    Roadrunner says:

    What awesome meals!

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    I love getting creative and trying new combos. Mexican salads are one of my favorite. I’ve also been making an Asian style salad with carrots, edamame, peanut dressing, and whatever other veggies I have on hand.

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    I’ve just bookmarked your banana oatmeal recipe to give it a try as it looks so yummy!! :)

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    I love throw together meals like these. I also think in terms of making sure I get a healthy protein, carb, and fat at each meal.

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    Yum!! I always love using salsa as a “dressing” avocado is a REAL treat too!! :) And as for my oatmeal…I say the more crunchy toppings the better!

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    You dinner looks SCRUMPTIOUS! Seriously, I want to sink my teeth into it. YUM!

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    Avocado makes all dishes better. The end :D

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    I am one of those weirdos who enjoys hot soups, oatmeal and hot tea all year. Definitely going to try this oatmeal combo- sounds divine!

  21. 26

    Oh… isn’t the accounting stuff the WORST for us business owners? EVERY time I sit down to do invoices or worse, balance sheets and monthly reconciles I think how I’m an RD and not an accountant and then I get frustrated :)

    Love all the recent eats – and especially Matt’s Mexican salad creation ;-)

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    I could eat hot oats year around – definitely one of my favorite foods! I make mine similar to yours but on the stove top. Definitely adding you recipe to me “must make” list for breakfast :) Also will need to try your tomato + protein + veggie approach – the chicken dish looks yummy!

  23. 29

    Yum! Your eats look fresh and delicious. I love Mexican-inspired dishes. Some of my favorite flavors are guac/avocado and black beans.

  24. 30

    Adding salsa to my salads is my new favourite thing to do! Yours looks delish :)

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    That oatmeal looks amazing!!!! Yum!!!!

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    That chicken/tomato/veggie meal looks fantastic! What temperature did you have your burner at and about how long did it cook?

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