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Recipe: Eggs in a Basket Meets Grilled Cheese Sandwich

March 9, 2017

I may or may not have a mini crush on this chef, Erwan Heussaff. He’s a fitness buff, speaks French, has dreamy eyes, etc. etc. But I probably fell in love after I tried his Eggs in a Basket Grilled Cheese recipe. Seriously, it’s so good and so easy. I made it for quite a few breakfasts when I was living in Dubai and it was an easy crowd pleaser.

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2 slices of a large bread Loaf
3 tbsp Cream Cheese
1 Egg
1/3 cup Frozen Spinach
4 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar
Salt and Pepper
Red pepper flakes (optional)

1. In a pan fry the spinach with the cream cheese on low heat.
2. Spread the mix on a loaf of bread, and top with cheddar. Top with another loaf and press down.
3. Add 1 tbsp of butter to the pan and olive oil. Keep the heat on low. Cook on one side. Until brown. Flip . Add more butter.
4. Cut a hole in the middle. I usually do this by placing a glass over the bread and pressing down so it guides me in creating a perfect circle to cut.
5. Once you make the hole, place an egg, season. Press down until level. Add more butter.
6. Keep the middle part in the pan as well. You can serve this on eat side.
7. Cover until the egg is cooked.

If two breads is a lot of carbs for you, I make a variant of this with just one bread: Use the spinach and cream cheese mix to spread over a toasted bread, and top with a fried egg. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. It’s seriously so good — try it and let men now what you think!

And while we’re here, let’s just go ahead and immortalize the moment Heussaff acknowledged me on July 29 when I tried this for the first time.
erwan heussaff

I mean, I think that’s practically a proposal but that’s just me. #notcreepyatall


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Recipe: Easy Protein Pancakes

September 9, 2015

I found this recipe on Instagram of all places, and I like that it’s an easy, protein-packed, gluten-free pancake recipe that only uses a few ingredients. Besides the fact that it gives me a ton of energy, it tastes great:

Protein pancakes

Protein pancakes

3 egg whites
1 scoop of protein powder (I use a vanilla flavored one)
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/4 cup of low-fat cottage cheese
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
1 tsp of almond milk (optional)
Optional: sliced fruits like strawberries


Combine eggs, protein, rolled oats, cottage cheese, and almond milk together in a blender and blend until it liquifies. The almond milk makes it a little thinner (I use Blue Diamond’s Almond Breeze milk in Vanilla/Unsweetened) so you can add it if you have it but you don’t have to have it for this recipe. I also have made this a ton of times without the vanilla extract and it tastes great even without it, so don’t fret if you don’t have those ingredients.

In a small skillet, add a little olive oil or cooking spray over low heat and pour in mixture. After a few minutes, or until edges solidify, flip pancake over and cook other side. This recipe is enough for two pancakes.

After cooking pancakes, top with sliced fruits — I like adding strawberries and blueberries. I’ve also tried different variations of it. Below is one I had using chocolate-flavored protein powder.

Chocolate pancakes

Chocolate pancakes

I also tried adding blueberries to the batter — this made it a little too liquid-ey so it was hard to flip…think I may stick with just topping it with blueberries next time, but since I had the picture of a failed attempt:

Blueberry batter pancakes

Blueberry batter pancakes

Let me know if you try, especially if you tried a different variation of this! My friend at All Sear, another great cooking blog, tried out my pancakes, adjusting the portions a bit for a guy and wrote more about the nutritional value as well, so if you want to check that out, click here

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Avocado and pomegranate breakfast

August 15, 2015

I’ve been getting up extra early lately to make breakfast since I’ve realized how much better my days are going when I do (especially the more stressful ones with work). I know it sounds crazy, but I think even trying new recipes and getting creative with it has been giving me more reason to jump out of bed. This was a creation from this past week:

This week in breakfast

This week in breakfast

I needed to use the avocado I had since it was getting bad, so after slicing and peeling one, I squeezed half a lemon over it (to keep it from oxidizing more and for flavor), and put a little salt and pepper over it. I also used halves of Arnold Sandwich Thins to spread farmer’s cheese over it, then the avocado on top of that, and then added some organic pomegranate kernels that I found in the freezer aisle (I couldn’t find fresh pomegranate in the store, so ended up buying it frozen). It was such a good, healthy meal.

The other half of my meal was just two eggs I cooked with some of my favorite ingredients: thyme, chopped onions, jalapeños, sun dried tomato, and cilantro. What have you been making for breakfast lately? Share, and maybe I’ll try it next week :)

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My triple almond coffee breakfast smoothie

July 7, 2015

Consider this recipe my greatest testament to my love for almonds. Really, this smoothie was inevitable. I cut down a lot on my caffeine but on the days I need a boost, I’ve been making this dairy-free smoothie which is full of protein and potassium. I call it “triple almond” because I basically OD on it — I use almond butter, almond milk, and actual almonds in it.

Triple almond coffee smoothie

Triple almond coffee smoothie

I also started adding raw maca powder to this. Maca is a potent, ancient Peruvian superfood with plant protein and fiber that naturally energizes you without the caffeine crash. Technically, you can totally make this without the coffee for that reason but I like its flavor personally. If you have decaf go for it–you’ll still get the energy boost. Maca’s actually a pretty intriguing ingredient, according to the website it says “the maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress…it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility.” Dang. I originally bought this powder for the Jennifer Aniston smoothie I tried recently, but since I spent $23 on a packet of this I decided I might as well throw it in more of my meals.

Anyway, this smoothie like most is pretty easy to make and tastes amazing. Let me know if you try it and what you think!:



Triple Almond Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

– 1/2 cup iced brewed coffee (You can use any, but I’ve been using it with a Blue Bottle Costa Rican grind that I prepare in my Chemex pour over, then I throw it in a mug of ice to let it cool for a few minutes before I pour the ice and coffee together in the blender)
– 1 frozen banana (I always put a couple bananas in the freezer for my smoothies the next day but you can use a non-frozen one too since the ice will chill the smoothie anyway)
– 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened (I use Blue Diamond’s Almond Milk)
– 10-15 raw almonds
– 2 tbs of raw almond butter
– 1 tsp of maca powder

PS I added whipped cream and sliced almonds for the picture–quadruple almond smoothie?– but normally I’d just take this plain. It’s nice to add those little touches if you have guests though!

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Recipe: Truffle eggs and thyme

July 5, 2015

Sooooo I guess some people noticed how obsessed I am with anything truffle-related (has it been that obvious? :) ), so I was inevitably tagged me to an Instagram post that displayed a delicious combo of soft boiled eggs and thyme. I’ve been craving it since so I made my own version of it, very slightly altered, but man, you have to try it if you feel the same feels about truffle as I do.

Truffle eggs and thyme

Truffle eggs and thyme

Toast a wheat toast, and top with low fat cottage cheese. Add sliced hard boiled eggs, and season with sea salt, crushed red pepper, fresh thyme, and drizzle a little truffle oil over it. On that note, my friend Shazeen introduced me to The Truffleist‘s truffle oil.

What's left of The Truffleist Oil I have

What’s left of The Truffleist Oil in my kitchen

It smells like HEAVEN and is so incredibly delicious. You should check him out and try his stuff — you won’t be disappointed!

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Not really Jennifer Aniston’s Breakfast Smoothie

June 22, 2015

This was inspired by the smoothie that everyone was going loco over because it’s Jennifer Aniston’s breakfast go-to. And you know Jennifer Aniston is probably doing a lot of things right because:

Ramadan approps?

Anyway, the one I made for myself is not reallyyy the same thing because she likes all sorts of chocolate cocoa powder and I just…don’t. That, coupled with the fact that she uses maca powder and I couldn’t find any at Trader Joe’s. If you’ve ever been to Trader Joe’s in NYC, you know you pretty much give up on doing anything else after because by the time you’re out of there you felt like you just came back from battle. So, even though I still plan on getting maca powder from a health food store at some point, I just didn’t have some on me in time to make this breakfast smoothie. [Update: I just bought some at the health food store — it ain’t cheap at $23 for a 8 oz bag. But here’s hoping the health benefits are worth it].

But, it still has a lot of good stuffs: protein, omega 3s, antioxidants. And PS, I’ve been making all my smoothies in a new Nutri Ninja Blender I started using — it’s really powerful and comes with different sized pitchers so I can easily make smaller portions on the go too. Will write more about it in my next post!

Jennifer Aniston's smoothie

Jennifer Aniston’s smoothie


1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
2 tsp Carrington Farms flax chia blend
1/4 cup frozen organic blueberries
8 cherries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 frozen banana
10-15 sprouted almonds (just let raw almonds soak overnight for this!)
optional: honey
Jennifer Aniston smoothie 2 Jennifer Aniston smoothie 3
This much gives you a full tall glass that really fills you up. Try it and let me know what you think. Or you know, do the real Jennifer Aniston smoothie because she’s arguably winning at life.

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