bomb breakfast bowl – FEED YOUR BRAIN. FUEL YOUR BODY

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Who doesn’t love breakfast foods? I know I do! I eat eggs every single day – most commonly for breakfast – but I’m not opposed to a delicious egg meal for lunch or dinner too. Scrambled egg tacos, quinoa and egg hash, roasted asparagus, eggs and parmesan…OK, I’m getting carried away, but you get the point.

This power bowl here is so full of nutrients, you’ll avoid that hangry, pre-lunch version of yourself that nobody wants to be around. Various studies say that those who eat protein in the morning – instead of sugary breakfast foods – end up eating less throughout the day, and having more sustained energy. Eggs are obviously an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, but I’ve also included hemp seeds in this dish – which contain all of the essential amino acids, making them a complete protein! Hemp seeds also provide a wonderful, vegetarian source of omega 3 fatty acids.

Yay hemp seeds!


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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • ASPARAGUS
  • BROCCOLI
  • YELLOW AND GREEN ZUCCHINI
  • EGGS
  • HEMP SEEDS
  • OLIVE OIL
  • TURMERIC
  • CUMIN
  • NUTMEG
  • SALT & PEPPER

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First things first, you gotta roast those veggies!

  • PRE-HEAT YOUR OVEN TO 425 F (220 C)
  • CHOP THE VEGGIES TO A SIZE OF YOUR LIKING WHILE YOU WAIT FOR THE OVEN TO HEAT
  • WASH AND STRAIN THE CHOPPED VEGGIES
  • PUT THE VEGGIES ON A BAKING SHEET
  • DRIZZLE OLIVE OIL TO COAT THE VEGGIES
  • ADD SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE
  • FOR THE OTHER SPICES, I RECOMMEND ADDING THEM TO YOUR TASTE, BUT IF YOU DON’T OFTEN COOK WITH WARM/EARTHY SPICES, HERE IS WHAT I DID:

2 teaspoons each, cumin and turmeric

(turmeric is an incredible spice that helps to reduce inflammation in the body!)

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

The main thing to remember is, that nutmeg just marries the flavors together, you don’t want it to overpower everything. 

The amount of spice you use is relative to the amount of veggies you’re roasting, so adjust accordingly!

  • USE YOUR HANDS TO COAT THE VEGGIES WITH THE OIL AND SPICES
  • EVENLY SPREAD OUT THE VEGGIES
  • BAKE!
  • YOU’LL KNOW THEY’RE ALMOST DONE WHEN YOU START SMELLING THEM!
  • TOTAL COOK TIME IS APPROXIMATELY 10 – 15 MINUTES – UNTIL VEGGIES ARE TENDER AND SLIGHTLY BROWNED
  • ONCE COOKED, PLACE ROASTED VEGGIES IN A BOWL

Now it’s time to cook your eggs! 

  • HEAT OIL IN A PAN OVER MEDIUM HEAT – ENOUGH OIL TO COAT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAN.
  •  FOR OVER-MEDIUM EGGS: CRACK ONE EGG IN THE PAN – ONCE THE EGG WHITE IS WHITE, IT’S READY TO FLIP
  • FLIP THE EGG – LET COOK ANOTHER 30 SECONDS TO A MINUTE
  • PLACE EGG ON TOP OF YOUR VEGGIES
  • REPEAT WITH ANOTHER EGG (you can cook two at once, but the pan will be more crowded, making flipping more challenging)
  • SPRINKLE TWO HEALTHY PINCHES OF HEMP SEEDS ON TOP OF YOUR BOWL
  • EAT AND ENJOY!

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I normally eat this with two eggs, but for the picture’s sake, I used one. I didn’t want to hide the beautiful veggies.

Also, I’m half Mexican – and full spice lover – so, I always add salsa to my breakfast bowls (and nearly everything else I eat).

Salsa is a great addition, as is avocado, cheese, or a small piece of toast for dipping. Really, you can doctor this up any which way you like. Have fun with your food and fuel your body! You’ll feel so good, and a healthy choice in the morning makes for more healthy choices as you move through your day!

Plus it’s delicious!

ENJOY!


XOXO ~ Michelle ~

eat like a local: CAFE DES ANGES – Paris

 

I just love the picnic style table cloths! So freakin cute, and they instantly give a comfy, laid-back vibe.

In addition to the amazing and varied menu, there was a brunch special written in chalk on the wall. Oh so trendy 🙂

Paris. One of my favorite cities in the world, and one I’ve been lucky enough to come back to on a regular basis for the last 2 years. One thing I was DETERMINED to do in my lifetime was to plan a trip, and travel out of the country, ALONE. Me, myself, and I. No safety net, no other opinions, no voice to follow but my own. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t coming from a place of oppression, quite the opposite. The idea sprouted at the ripe old age of 18, while beginning my undergrad studies at Cal State Northridge. Studies my parents worked hard to provide for me (thanks Mom and Dad!). I just saw the potential for growth. Self evolution. Challenge. All things I needed, and still need.

Travel changes you, whether alone or not. It forces you to be exposed to other cultures, and literally expands your mind. Not everyone has the urge to travel alone, but if you do, if there’s that itch inside of you that just won’t go away, then by all means, DO IT! And if you want to travel with friends or family (both things I love too!), then DO THAT! Follow your heart. Don’t ignore those deep wishes. I worked, and saved the money, and researched, and planned. It was a journey, every step of the way, and it changed my life. Quite literally. I met my husband on that first trip to Paris. 🙂 His Mom, my now mother-in-law, began as my sweet and kind airbnb host. She invited over her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend, and her son, Baptiste (my now husband). And, well…the rest is history! 🙂 That being said, I had an early introduction to living like a local while visiting the city of lights.

How pretty is that glassware!

Handsome devil 

So, enough about me, let’s get back to the food and this awesome restaurant in Bastille, which is in the 11th district, in Paris. Bastille is a trendy area, full of great shopping, and a ton of small cafés such as café des anges. This was my second time here (last time I got their cobb salad), and both times I was very happy with my meals. The place is always packed, so don’t be shocked if your seated within arm’s reach of your neighbor, that’s just how it goes. Small cafés, lots of people, you gotta do what you gotta do. And for me, it’s an amazing part of the experience, but for others it’s hard to adjust to since seating in LA (and across the US) is pretty spread out.

After a long plane ride, a burger was in order.

I got their veggie burger made from chickpeas. It was delicious and hearty despite being a vegetarian meal. And can we talk about those fries. I mean, c’mon. Those babies were cooked to crispy perfection. Just look at the golden brown goodness. *drool* And a salad included! No longer forced to decide between one or the other. My kinda place.

I’m not a big red meat eater, so this was my kind of burger 🙂 Chickpea patty!

Those potatoes were insanely delicious, rich, and decadent.

French bread...my weakness.Barely slept, and fresh off a plane, but nothing a fun hardo and an aperol spritz can't fix ;)

Barely slept, and fresh off a plane, but nothing a fun hairdo and an aperol spritz can’t fix 😉 So if you’re in Paris, and want to eat like a local (or you need some yummy vegetarian options) make sure to stop by café des anges! You won’t regret it! Have an amazing day!

XOXO ~Michelle ~

 

66, Rue de la Roquette75011 Paris, France

Café des anges, trip advisor