Fig and Arugula Pizza Pie with a Cornbread Quinoa Crust

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I’m unabashedly in love with pizza–all types. Savory, sweet, thick, thin, hot, cold…you name it and I will likely be head-over-heals in love with it.
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Bircher Muesli

20130704-100733.jpg Happy 4th of July!

In honor of the 4th of July, I thought I should decorate one of my favorite breakfasts–Bircher Muesli–with red, white and blue to make it a bit more festive :)

If you haven’t heard of Bircher muesli–or just muesli–before, I’ll fill you in on a little not-so-secret secret: it’s possibly the easiest, and certainly one of the healthiest, breakfasts around! The simple dish is typically made using uncooked oats, fruit, and nuts. In fact, Bircher muesli is basically the original version of the oh-so-popular “overnight oats.”

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Asparagus and Mandarin Spring Salad

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After feeling sick for the past week, I’m so thankful to be able to say that I’m finally feeling better! Woohoo!

Whatever bug I contracted, it was extremely vicious and completely knocked me off my feet. I spent four full days doing nothing but lounging on the couch and in my bed trying to sleep as much as possible–which might sound like a nice vacation, but I was in too much of a coma to actually enjoy it.  Honestly though, I needed the rest. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately and I have a feeling that this was my body’s way of reminding me–of forcing me–to slow down and take better care of myself. I find it easy to forget that while exercising regularly and eating nutritious foods are important, those are only 2 ingredients in the recipe for overall health.  Getting proper sleep and avoiding stress are equally important. So, to the bug that thoroughly kicked my butt: you stink, but thank you for helping me calm the heck down.

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Raw Buckwheat Cereal with Coconut Cream

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Breakfast is without a doubt my favorite meal of the day. In fact, I love it so much that I often eat breakfast-type foods for lunch and dinner, too.

There are some mornings–especially now that it’s spring–when all I want for breakfast is a big bowl of fresh seasonal fruit. Other mornings I crave homemade fruit and veggie smoothies. But on those days when I feel like indulging or I need something more substantial, I’ll have pancakes, porridge, or a beautiful bowl of my favorite Raw Buckwheat Cereal.

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Simple Quinoa Porridge

On cold mornings like this, I want nothing more than a nice warm bowl of Quinoa Porridge.

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I just love when it snows in Dallas!! It’s a rare occasion, but when it does happen, I turn into an excited little kid who can hardly wait to throw on my boots and heavy winter coat so that I can run outside to build snowmen and make snow angels. Ok, so we usually don’t get enough snow for that, but I try my hardest to make it work!

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