Category Archives: Breakfast


One thing I cannot live without is waffles! Oh my goodness, those babies are incorporated in many of my meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. Love ’em. While there are many fabulous frozen brands out there, one of my favorite brands being Van\’s, you can have so much more fun (not to mention save a lot of money) on making your own.

I made a big batch this morning (12) to put in the freezer and last me all through my busy week. My favorite mix right now is Hodgson Mill Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix with Flaxseed. It’s wheat, dairy, and other common allergies free, but is still full of hearty whole grain sorghum (cereal crop grown for food) and brown rice. Not to forget 450mg of  heart healthy omega-3 oils too. The recipe is simple and you can get really creative with it as well. I always add a splash of pure vanilla extract, berries, or dark cocoa powder (or all three 🙂 ).

Store em’ in your freezer and slather them with some almond butter, greek yogurt, or pure maple syrup. Mmmm.

Love waffles too? Any great recipes?

P & L,



5 Amazing Recipes for Fresh Apricots from

I don’t know about you, but I loooove apricots in any form…dried (sulfite-free, of course!); fresh in their small, velvety skin self; pureed; juice-style; in a smoothie addition; whatever. There’s just something about those beautifully orange colored fruity-jems that make me smile. Perhaps it’s because they are chock full of  beta-carotene and fiber? Seriously though, they are little gems in fruit form.

Tart in flavor, but smooth and sweet. Best described as a cross between a peach and a plum.

Anyway, below are two delicious recipes I am going to try ASAP, kudos to Rodale –

1) “Mango-Apricot Smoothie Add a little sunshine to your morning with this smoothie, or simply pair apricots with Greek yogurt and honey for an even quicker wake-me-up treat that can serve double-duty as a simply elegant dessert.”

2) “Curried Lentil and Apricot Salad with Arugula Top an apricot-adorned main-dish salad with your choice of vegetarian-friendly lentils or succulent slices of filet mignon.”

Are you loving apricots as much as me these days?  Any recipes?

P & L,


I want to sit in a strawberry swing (with Chris Martin)

Only a man as beautiful as Chris Martin in all his epic-artist glory could write a song that would lead me to my new favorite fruit pairing. Thanks to the lovely song, Strawberry Swing, I am loving those little ruby-red and juicy fruits more than ever and I’ve found their match-made-in-Heaven counterpart. The avocado.

 So perfect.

I don’t know what’s the best part about this cute lil’ combo, but I want them to have babies. The colors together are enough to boost your happiness level tenfold, the flavors are a burst of what I can only imagine to be the equivalent of sunshine in your mouth, not to mention these two superhero fruits are loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, and body-loving vitamins.

So what have I been doing with these two lovebirds? Making sweet omelets (yes), mixing them in my yogurt parfaits, topping them on refreshing salads, sandwiching them between two slices of hearty gluten-free bread and crunchy munchy almond butter, and dicing  them up and drizzling them with some agave nectar. Mmmm…all so fabulous. I’m dedicating this post to this morning’s omelet though. Made all the work I had to do for school just a little bit more enjoyable :).


2 eggs

1/4 avocado

3 nice-sized strawberries

1/4 cup of goat cheese

Agave Nectar and Cinnamon (amount up to you)

In yo’ skillet crack dem’ eggs, slice up yo’ pretty green and red fruits, sprinkle in da’ spice and goat cheese, fold, drizzle with some sweet syrup, cook til done. Place on a plate, drizzle with some more sweet syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.

So yummy 🙂

So scrumdiddlyumptious.

Best flipping omelet there eva’ was. Not sure why I am inserting random gangsta-talk, especially because I am currently listening to some mellow Coldplay, but it’s fun nonetheless.

Have you ever paired these two little babies together? What are your favorite fruit combos?

P and L,

Cream Cheese, AB, and Avocado? Yes

Yay for gluten-free carbs 🙂

I love it when my crazy mornings are made better by breakfast. 🙂 Yes, a good breakfast really can brighten my mood. And that’s exactly what went down this morning. Think a gluten-free sesame bagel slathered withe a delicious salty-meets-creamy-meets-proteiny combo:  goat’s cheese cream cheese (thank you, Trader Joes), lots and lots of raw and crunchy almond butter (again, thanks TJ), and slices of avocado all smothered together….sigh. It was so delicious that I didn’t even care that I was sprinting while I ate it. I’d show you a fab picture, but Barbie Cam is taking a battery break right now.

I started combining cream cheese and peanut butter when I was little, kudos to my younger brother who eats more bizarre food combinations than me. Funny thing is, I like this new, allergy-friendly version even better. Have you ever paired cream cheese with almond butter? So good! Try it 🙂

P & L,


Some Love for the Coconut

Alright, so I love me some coconut. However, due to my fun-sucking food allergy, it can’t be just any coconut shreds, milk, or yogurt – it has to be organic and labeled as sulfite-free.

So when my sweet older sister took me on a Whole Foods shopping spree because she loves me 🙂 I hit up all my favorite coconut spots.

First, some emmy\’s organic dark cacao macaroons. Um, can we say bliss? Shout out to one of my favorite commenters, Heather – this is gluten-free, dairy-free, and certified vegan, made entirely raw ! As Emmy’s page describes these little chocolate balls of joy, “Fantastically intense, melt-in-your-mouth, brain awakening, dark chocolate macaroon! Our signature sweet for the chocolate connoisseur. Nutritionally rich & packed with antioxidants. This is guilt-free dessert heaven!”

Dark Cacao MacaroonsOh, and she gave us the scoop on why it’s certainly more than okay to pop two of these babies at once…“raw cacao (aka unprocessed chocolate) is high in magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, protein, vit b1, b2, b5, b6, vit c & much more! Plus, it contains more antioxidants than green tea, blueberries and red wine!”

Anyway, the coconut was awesome and it was organic and sulfite free. Yay.

Next product I had to hit on, was some So Delicious coconut creamer for my morning cup of java, because honestly, it makes you feel like the Tropicana girl herself. No sulfites detected and the perfect pairing to your coffee. Seriously, people who drink their coffee black are missing out. Their products too are dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and certified vegan. They’re also loaded with the vegetarian-friendly vitamin B12 and kick some ass in the medium chain fatty acid department. Plus they are super formulated for maximum calcium absorption.

So, I’m not gonna lie – even with the chocolate macaroons in my cart, I had to get my hands on some more coconut sweets.

Continuing my love for So Delicious, I went right to the freezer section and while I really really wanted to grab a container of Purely Decadent Coconut Craze, I found soy  lecithin, an additive found in many everyday foods derived from soybean oil, listed in the ingredient list. I wasn’t too sure about it, so after some thorough research, (hey, I really want a container of that perched in my freezer), I found out that it rarely exceeds more than 1 percent of the weight of any food product. And that it is essentially an emulsifier in foods like candy bars, keeping the cocoa and cocoa butter from separating, so I actually think I’d have been okay. But don’t feel bad, I definitely picked up a container of Purely Decadent Purely Vanilla instead 🙂 For some reason vanilla always seems to be my safest option in the marisa-friendly department.

Anyway, it was a fab trip all-around. I even got some more Almond Butter. Anyone know more on soy lecithin? Do you eat So Delicious products? What are your favorites?

P & L,


OMGee, it’s-Saturday-and-I-have-off-from-school-and-work-celebratory-breakfast-sandwich

Good morning! I don’t know if it’s because yesterday was the longest Friday ever (think double at work and then three hours at the library), but I woke up this morning STARVING. The breakfast sammi I am about to share with you is out of this world good! There’s a lot going on, so Ima break it down for you 🙂

Morning Omelet with Avocado & Honey Spread Sandwich

In the omelet:


In the spread:

Altogether on two hearty slices of See full size imageGreat morning and happy Marisa

Okay so picture two fluffy eggs encasing slices of mushrooms and cute lil’ cherry tomatoes, all sandwiched between toasty bread slathered in a creamy mixture of equal parts savory avocado and sugary raw and natural honey. So. Good. Seriously, I wish I could have taken a picture but, 1) my barbie camera just isn’t cut out for food photos and 2) that sandwich was gone too damn fast.

So ready to rock and roll.

Did you know?:

Research suggests that having a big breakfast with carbohydrates and lean protein, and even a piece of chocolate (um, heck yes), will help keep your appetite in check all flipping day long. Meaning less mindless snacking and more energy to do what you love. Cheers to that. I wonder if a mimosa counts too? 🙂

What’s your enjoy-your-morning breakfast? Pancakes? Straight up cereal? Something else crazy good?

P & L,