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A Fantastically Fast At-Home Lox Breakfast

June 21, 2016

I’m all about fast and easy.


Let me rephrase, I’m all about fast, easy and healthy breakfasts. Or foods in general.

healthy loxI know people who love the art of cooking—they love coming home from a long day’s work, pouring a glass of wine and making some sautéed steak dinner, seasoned green beans and massaged kale…

You get the picture. They love to cook.

I love the art of watching the art of cooking (Anthony Bourdain is bae), because I have to be honest: I’m still not 100% game on the whole “let’s just throw away my night to make this meal.”

First, there are shows to be watched.

Second, I’m way too IMMEDIATELY hungry for that. See this.

Which is why I’m always excited when I discover healthy recipes that keep me full and are easy to whip up. Because, between Kero, work, trying to get back into my workout routine and meal planning, ain’t nobody got time for anything else. Literally.

healthy loxI’ve always been a fan of lox, but not a huge fan of capers or any of the other things they put on lox. Not to mention the fact lox is always served with a carb-loaded bagel that I could should probably do without. Also, my stomach has an on-and-off again relationship with gluten.

Which is why this simple breakfast is so superb.

  1. The sourdough is low in gluten.
  2. The lox has healthy fats that keep you full.
  3. Grass fed butter or ghee is also a super healthy, keep-you-full fat.
  4. Eggs are a clean source of protein and—you guessed it—also keep you full.

Basically, this is a hearty breakfast you can whip up in no time. I hate to say it, but it’s not even worth a digital recipe card (how dare I, I know).

Here’s the play-by-play:

  • Fry your eggs using either ghee or olive oil.
  • Toast some homemade or baker’s fresh sourdough (I get a loaf from Whole Foods).
  • Spread the ghee (or grass fed butter) on the toast, lay on some lox and top with eggs.

Then, enjoy!

healthy lox

Breakfast Meals

decadent egg sandwich

November 5, 2015

decadent bagel sandwichSo this sandwich became my OBSESSION for the week I owned a sleeve of pretzel bagels. I picked up the idea from Hanna’s Bretzel (like most of my good sandwich decisions) and it is honestly the best, most decadent breakfast sandwich I have ever had. And what’s better? It’s easy to make (like most things I think up).

I don’t even think it’s worthy of a recipe card at the bottom of this post. Would you be mad? Good. Because this is basically all you need:

  • 2 fried eggs (I fry mine in ghee because, um, duh)
  • Few slices of Prosciutto
  • Arugula
  • Pretzel bagel (got mine from Trader Joes and believe it or not they’re not less calories than a pretzel bun)
  • Creamy goat cheese (got a log from Trader Joes, of course)

First, fry your two eggs in ghee. While, the eggs are frying, toast your bagel. Next, spread the goat cheese on either side of the bagel. On one half, put arugula and on the other half, place some prosciutto. Finally, place your two eggs on top of one half and then put the other half on top.


decadent breakfast sandwich (super easy to make)Now isn’t that a beautiful sandwich? How can you have a bad day when you make this sort of sandwich for breakfast?

Trick question! You can’t.

decadent bagel sandwich



your fave brunch item is now healthy (& easy to make)

February 4, 2015

healthy (yes, healthy!) french toastHappy hump day, lovers.

I am über excited to share this recipe with you today. Why? Because I whipped it up for the first time this weekend AND it’s healthy. Even the maple syrup has it’s benefits (as long as you buy organic/pure). Boom. Take that bad sugar-laden, caloric breakfast items!

Other ingredients, you ask? Homemade almond milk, Ezekiel (sprouted) bread and free range eggs.

healthy (yes, healthy!) french toast healthy (yes, healthy!) french toastOf course, top it off with bananas for even more healthy awesomeness.

Basically, you’re getting two eggs + two slices of sprouted whole grain Ezekiel bread + a bit of homemade almond milk (aka nuts) in one serving. How many “healthy” boxes does that check? Um, quite a few, I’d say.

healthy (yes, healthy!) french toasthealthy (yes, healthy!) french toastWhen you make a brunch situation this good, you also need to killer cozy ambiance. I’m talking anthro candles, blankets and light snowfall (obviously, snow not included everywhere).

healthy french toast
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Your favorite brunch item is now healthified.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2 servings
  • +Grass fed butter or olive oil
  • +4 pieces of Ezekiel bread
  • +4 eggs
  • +2/3 cup almond milk
  • +Bit of cinnamon
  • +2 tbsp organic/pure maple syrup, plus a little more to pour on top later
  1. Place about a tbsp butter on a pan. Heat to medium.
  2. Whisk eggs, almond milk, cinnamon and 2 tbsp maple syrup together in a bowl.
  3. Soak each piece of Ezekiel bread in mixture.
  4. Place on pan and flip until golden brown.
  5. Top with banana (or favorite fruit) and a bit of maple syrup, if you're feeling adventurous.

What’s your fave breakfast/brunch item? Aside from bloodies, of course.

Breakfast Meals

happy veterans day + one delicious frittata recipe

November 11, 2014

american flag fritatta on midwestlovefest

H A P P Y  V E T E R A N ‘ S  DAY

For all those who give up everything to fight for our country. Our future kids. Our freedoms. For those who give their lives to protect ours. For those who live with the fights they fight, for all of us. Thank you.


I believe thanking our nation’s finest should be more than just one day, and should go deeper than a handshake. I mean, we will never understand everything they give up. Ever. But I think it’s important we take a moment to put ourselves in the shoes of the people who fight for us every day. Thank them in a way that has meaning.

american flag fritatta on midwestlovefestIf you’re planning to celebrate and honor loved ones (or maybe even your neighbor or a friend’s friend),  I wanted to share this American Flag Frittata recipe, so you can share it with others too!

First, it’s delicious. Second, what is it with people and fritattas? Whenever I mentioned I was making one (the Crate & Barrel guy, a co-worker) they chuckled at me. Is it the name? Am I missing some inside joke that the world knows and I don’t? I’m not sure.

american flag fritatta on midwestlovefestamerican flag fritatta on midwestlovefestAnyway, fritatatas can be made basically any way you want. I followed this as a rough guideline, but (somewhat ironically) made my own, with with an Italian twist. ONLY because I was missing Italian breakfasts and my honeymoon.

american flag fritatta on midwestlovefestLike I said, you can make yours however you want. Though I will say, this particular recipe is DELISH. Also, if you have trouble cleaning your cast iron pan (apparently, you’re not supposed to soak it or use soap), I recommend reading this article.

This recipe is also great if you’re making it for just a few people, since the leftovers make for really easy breakfasts.

Basically, this fritatta is the shit. Just sayin’.

Hope you enjoy with loved ones today.american flag fritatta on midwestlovefest

American Flag Fritatta
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Italian-inspired American Flag fritatta.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6-8 pieces
  • olive oil
  • 8 eggs
  • 5-6 pieces of bacon
  • 1 blue potato
  • ¼ garlic powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ sea salt
  • ½ package of prosciutto (I used La Quercia, 3 oz)
  • ½ mozzarella log
  1. Grease cast iron pan with olive oil.
  2. Place bacon in pan and fry, until desired crispiness.
  3. Take bacon out and set aside.
  4. Whisk eggs together.
  5. Add garlic powder, turmeric and sea salt to eggs.
  6. Begin to heat pan.
  7. Shred mozzarella and add to pan.
  8. Shred prosciutto and add to pan.
  9. Pour in eggs, and wait for sides to harden.
  10. Wash and slice potatoes, and add to corner.
  11. Place bacon lengthwise in pan.
  12. Place in oven for 8-10 minutes (it only took me 8 minutes).
  13. Take out and place little shreds of mozzarella on potatoes.
  14. Place back in oven for 30 seconds to help melt mozzarella pieces to potatoes.
  15. Enjoy!


Healthy, No Flour Strawberry Pancake Recipe

May 14, 2014

3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakesWell, it’s been really warm and humid here in Chicago (minus today, of course). However, our complex has yet to really turn on air conditioning. There’s some sort of wind coming out of our air conditioner vent, but it’s definitely not cool enough to keep me from tossing and turning all night (woke up 3 times last night alone). In a moment of “genius” two nights ago, we decided to leave both the window in our bedroom and the doors to our patio open. Now, I’m not worried about people breaking in (we are on the 40th floor), but I didn’t think I also had to be concerned about letting humidity in. Well, apparently I did.

3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakes 3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakesWhile in the gym yesterday morning, I get a text from Ryan telling me that everything in the freezer was melting and his milk was “warm.” After getting back to the apartment, I did a quick Google search and cranked up the coolness in the fridge. We then left for work, and Ryan came home at lunch to check if it had fixed itself–nope. Still warm. One phone call and two repairmen later and we discovered the root of the problem: summer heat.

3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakes 3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakesLuckily, I made a light vegetable soup the night before, because I am down to bare bones food-wise at this point. Ryan and I have a very busy week, packed with appointments and meetings after work hours, and we will be out of town all weekend again. Meaning there is no reason, in the middle of the week, to go grocery shopping. This puts me in a very…odd position, and I have to say I’m missing my pancakes. My hummus and organic eggs. My strawberries.

When I made this recipe, I had an overabundance of strawberries (bulk, on sale), now I just miss them. This recipe is extremely easy and borrows from the same idea as my protein pancakes.

3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakesI added 5 strawberries to the mix, but you can add more or less. You can also puree them with a blender, to get a smoother batter. In fact, I’d recommend it. Though I love the strawberry chunks, I believe pureeing them before “frying” them would keep them from cooking unevenly and possibly burning.

3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakesI topped the pancakes with organic apple sauce (no additives) which was texture perfection. It added some sort of juicy, unique sweetness to the whole thing. Yum.

3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakes
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5 minute, 3 ingredient no flour pancakes!
Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • handful of strawberries
  • olive oil
  1. Mix banana with eggs. Blend well.
  2. Add chopped strawberries.
  3. Either blend in a blender or food processor, or blend well to leave pieces as is.
  4. Grease a pan with olive oil.
  5. Add batter.
  6. Turn when lightly browned.
  7. Top with maple syrup or unsweetened apple sauce.

3 ingredient, no flour strawberry pancakesHope you enjoy this simple dish. I’ll be nibbling on an apple and peanut butter, downing a Suja juice and dreaming of strawberries.



breakfast oatmeal recipe (3 ways)

April 28, 2014

breakfast oatmeal 3 waysBreakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I’m sure everybody in the world feels the same way (based purely on my own bias). Sometimes I go to bed thinking about what I’ll eat for breakfast the next morning. I’m not kidding. But other times I wake up and think, “Crap, I want oatmeal…but how!?” And then I give it up and grab a banana and end up starving at work because I couldn’t figure out how to whip up a tasty oatmeal number.

That’s why I have no compiled three different ways using three ingredients or less to create a delicious, hearty oatmeal-y breakfast treat.

Peanut butter & banana

breakfast oatmeal 3 waysbreakfast oatmeal 3 waysBasically, this is my favorite sandwich ever (if you haven’t tried it, you have to!) and tastes equally delectable on oatmeal. A banana + peanut butter + oats. Boom. Breakfast.

Apple cinnamon

breakfast oatmeal 3 ways breakfast oatmeal 3 waysI used to have something similar to this when I was a kid, in those little freeze-dried packets that (in retrospect) were practically candy. Well this is the “adult” version of that. Red apple + Cinnamon + Oats. You can also sub out the fresh apple for dried apple slices, though I will say I appreciated the added juiciness.

Banana & honey

breakfast oatmeal 3 ways breakfast oatmeal 3 waysAnother amaze sandwich is honey and banana. I’m sure this isn’t very low in sugar, BUT just be sure not to add too much honey and I don’t think you can go too wrong (honey has it’s benefits too!). Honey + Cinnamon + Banana + Oats.

What do you put on your morning oats?



5 minute protein pancake recipe (without eggs)

April 16, 2014

protein pancakes ▲ midwestlovefestBefore I start, can we just talk about Divergent for a sec? You know, that movie that just came out that all the teens are going WILD for and has been on the best seller list forever? Well, I’m a book-ie (in the same way some people are foodies) and I love reading. And when people are shouting praises (moms and teens and children) for awhile, I end up feeling the necessity to pick up the book and see what all the hub-bub is about.

Well, the book is awesome. Since Sunday, I have read through the first two books and am now on the 3rd. Addicted.

5 min protein pancakes - midwestlovefest5 min protein pancakes - midwestlovefestANYWAYS. Back to the pancakes. You may recognize these babies from my Instagram a few days ago. Well here they are again in all their glory!

5 min protein pancakes - midwestlovefest5 min protein pancakes - midwestlovefestI know there are tons and tons of ways to make both complex and simple pancakes, but this one takes the (pan)cake (haha). Usually Ryan could care less about my “health-centric” meals, but when I made these, he kept commenting on how good they smelled. And guess what? They taste as good as they smell!

protein pancakes ▲ midwestlovefestI legit made these while rushing to catch the bus for work. That’s how easy they are (yet feel so decadent/weekend-ish). In this case, I topped them with almond butter and strawberries (perfection), though I want to try applesauce next time.

5 minute protein pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • One scoop of vega vanilla protein powder (you can use almost any protein powder)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 (addition) egg whites
  • ½ banana
  1. Combine protein powder and eggs in bowl.
  2. Mix.
  3. Mash banana so that it mixes with other ingredients.
  4. Mix again.
  5. Place in greased pan (you can use PAM or coconut oil, I used an olive oil spray).
  6. Make and flip pancakes as normal and top with your favorite ingredients!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 batch Calories: 253.7 Fat: 7.2g Saturated fat: 1.7g Unsaturated fat: 2.8 Carbohydrates: 23.3 Sugar: 8.8g Sodium: 271.8 Fiber: 6.5g Protein: 24.1 Cholesterol: 186

While I considered this one serving, I only ate about 2/3 of the pancakes (because I was shoveling them into my mouth while halfway out the door). If you want to lower calories (or other nutritional count) feel free to divide them up with another person. Either way you win: the protein makes this recipe UBER filling.


DIY acai bowl recipe (with almond milk)

April 4, 2014

I love acai (sometimes called bonzai) bowls. I first fell in love with them in SoCal, where they are basically on every block. Sadly, here in Chicago, I have found only one place that makes them. With odds like that, I needed a more accessible fix.

acai bowls | midwestlovefest.comMajor benefits of the acai berry:

+Considered a superfood
+Potentially aids in weight loss
+High in anthocyanins (an antioxidant)
+May help fight cancer
+Linked to overall blood increase = better sex
+Promoted cardiovascular and digestive health
+Combats premature aging

(source / source)

Since many claims (like weight loss) aren’t 100% proven, I will say I eat this dish mainly for the taste and relative healthiness (it’s fruit!).

acai bowls | acai bowls | midwestlovefest.comTo get my fix, I read about Sambazon Smoothie Packs somewhere and saw you could purchase them at Whole Foods (and Amazon, obviously). A few weeks later, they were in my freezer.

To make an acai bowl or an acai smoothie, follow the directions on the back of the smoothie packet OR follow what I did. Since they recommend using more milk and more acai berry packets to make the bowl, I cheated and did a type of version of the smoothie. It’s a tad liquidy (makes sense since it’s supposed to be a smoothie), but I didn’t mind. I’d rather have it that way then have too much.

acai bowls |

DIY acai bowls
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Acai Bowl
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • 1 Acai packet
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • granola
  1. Run the frozen acai packet under hot water for a bit, until you can snap it in half.
  2. Pour the acai packet into a blender and add milk. If you want to try for a more solid consistency, add the milk tablespoon at a time.
  3. Once blended, add any kind of fruit (I used a banana) on top.
  4. Sprinkle some granola (I used Trader Joe's Vanilla Almond Clusters).



barbados: easy oven-roasted potatoes

April 1, 2014

easy recipe for oven-roasted baby red potatoes #midwestlovefestWhen Ryan and I lived in California we used to make a certain kind of breakfast meal on Saturdays consisting of my grandma’s version of oven-roasted potatoes (which, at the time, included a lot of butter), with cheesy scrambled eggs for ryan and fried eggs for me. We named this meal “Barbados” after the J.Cole song “Nobody’s Perfect,” where he raps “Your son out in Barbados / cheese eggs and potatoes.” Weird, but catchy!

easy recipe for oven-roasted baby red potatoes #midwestlovefestoven roasted baby red potatoes | midwestlovefest.comWell, this past weekend I was feeling oddly peaceful and wanted to surprise Ryan with breakfast when he woke up (I always wake up earlier than him, but encourage no alarms on Saturday so our bodies naturally wake up when they are supposed to).

I whipped up these potatoes (sans butter), cooked his favorite cheesy eggs (natural/from the farm!), fried eggs for myself and sourdough toast for him. I promise this recipe has next to no actual work; you can watch your fav weekend shows while these roast in your oven. Plus, there are only 4 ingredients (half of which are spices), but still tasty enough your butter-loving besties won’t even complain.

easy recipe for oven-roasted potatoes | midwestlovefest.comeasy recipe for oven-roasted potatoes |

barbados: oven-roasted baby red potatoes
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perfect with farm-fresh eggs!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound Trader Joe's baby red potatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Tumeric
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Thoroughly wash all potatoes.
  3. Cup potatoes into small triangle-like pieces and place in 9x11 oven-safe, glass dish.
  4. Pour olive oil over potatoes and stir, evenly coating all the pieces.
  5. Sprinkle on some pepper and salt.
  6. Finally, add as much turmeric as your heart desires. Stir.
  7. Place in oven for 20 minutes. Take out, then stir again.
  8. Place into oven for 20 minutes, take out and serve!
sodium nutrition will depend on how much salt you sprinkle on (I omitted it here) and serving size is rough, but calorie total depends on the exact ingredients you use--aim for clean olive oil, but feel free to sub baby reds for regular red or russet potatoes
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup (roughly) Calories: 78 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 4 Protein: 1