Celebrate National Breakfast Month with Eggs!

Hello, lover.

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September is National Breakfast Month and what better way to celebrate than with one of my favorite foods…eggs! Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re loaded with high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats and various nutrients.

A large egg contains:

  • Only 77 calories, with 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein with all 9 essential amino acids.
  • Rich in iron, phosphorous, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5 (among others).
  • One egg contains 113 mg of choline, a very important nutrient for the brain.

The combination of protein and fat makes them a great breakfast option that will keep you satiated and feeling good for the day ahead.

I’m somewhat particular about the eggs I buy. If I’m not buying local, I like to pick up a carton from Whole Foods or choose one of the certified humane brands, like Pete and Gerry’s.

They’re eggs are certified humane and Grade A USDA certified organic, as well as:

  • Free Range
  • NO pesticides
  • NO added hormones
  • NO antibiotics
  • NO GMOs

I love making eggs poached, soft-boiled, or baked in an avocado. So yummy!

baked egg avocado breakfast recipe

And avocado toast, duh.

fried egg avocado toast bacon breakfast

If you love eggs for lunch, come visit me at BBC — we put eggs on burgers. YUP.
boston burger company egg burgers

How do you like your eggs? Favorite egg recipe?

 

All Things Pumpkin!

It’s crazy how early markets bring on trends for the next season. I kid you not, early August I started seeing Halloween candy in grocery stores. Sometimes it’s just too much. Too soon! But other times, we eagerly await the trends — especially in the food and fashion industries.

I’m not a huge pumpkin fan — some of you ladies go nuts! — but I do like checking out a few pumpkin-flavored things come fall. Any new food products out there, I just gotta try it. Here’s what’s on my radar for pumpkin season.

Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte. I love Califia Farms almond milks. They’re fantastic. I’d try this if it doesn’t have a ton of sugar in it. *wishful thinking*

califia farms pumpkin spice latte cold brew coffee

Pumpkin Spice Cheerios.  I mean… this is a childhood classic with a seasonal twist. I don’t really eat cereal but I’m sure I’ll pick up a box just to try.

purely elizabeth pumpkin fig granola. No joke, this line of granola is GOOD. And it’s made with a great list of ingredients. Nothing creepy. I haven’t tried this (is it brand new?) but it’ll be on my to-buy list.

365 (Whole Foods) Pumpkin Spice Granola. Whole Foods’ granola blends are usually loaded with sugar, so I probably wouldn’t buy this. But I bet it’s deeeeeelicious. Side note: does anyone wish they would change their font? It’s so dated looking! 🙁

365 whole foods pumpkin spice granola

Chobani Flip Pumpkin Harvest Crisp. Pie crust pieces, pecans, and glazed pumpkin seeds, real pumpkin puree. Did you read that? PIE CRUST PIECES!

chobani flip pumpkin pie harvest crisp yogurt

Noosa Pumpkin Yogurt. I probably wouldn’t have ever tried this, but a friend of mine had it as his house and made me. He said he gets so pumped when it comes out at Target. I agree, it’s great.

noosa yogurt pumpkin spice

RXBar Pumpkin Spice. This product is actually available year round and I’ve already tried it. It’s good (I love all their flavors) but you have to really like pumpkin for this one. The spice is real.

pumpkin spice rxbar paleo

larabar pumpkin pie. This is an oldie but goodie. Real ingredients, all good. Grab them while you can. Larabars, along with RXbars, are the only bars I eat anymore. All clean ingredients.

Food Should Taste Good Harvest Pumpkin Tortilla Chips. I love these!! The flavor is subtle and they’re super crunchy. Side note: I also really love FSTG’s olive chips.

food should taste good harvest pumpkin tortilla chips

Boom Chicka Pop Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn. They call this holidrizzle. Hilarious. Haven’t tried this but I always see this brand at Target. I bet it’s straight up candy.

angie's holidrizzle boom chicka pop pumpkin spice kettle corn

What are you trying and buying? Favorite pumpkin-flavored product?

bfresh – all good and in your hood!

If I’m not working, I’m either at the library or the grocery store. I can’t help it; I love being surrounded by books and food. Probably not at the same time but ya know. Both places just inspire so much creativity!

When I go grocery shopping, I want to be in a fun atmosphere that promotes healthy eating. bfresh is a concept that does that. Their goal is to freshify your life® with affordable foods. Think: fresh produce, affordable organics, and convenience. bfresh currently has stores in Allston and a brand new location in Brighton. I recently stopped by the Allston location and was really impressed with the bright, fun, and friendly atmosphere. Just look at all the colorful signage among fresh food!

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Meals on the go! Pizza, salads, sandwiches, and more.IMG_2678 IMG_2679 IMG_2680

More on-the-go options.IMG_2681

Fresh ground peanut butter, spices, and honey.IMG_2682

Major bulk bins!IMG_2683

Big bonuses:

  • Grocery delivery is available at: https://shop.bfresh.com/en/p/delivery/
  • bfresh Mobile®, available in App Store and Google Play, is an app for coupons and sales flyers. Use on the go and save!

If you’re a Boston local and eager to check out bfresh, I have a little gift for you! Shoot me an email and I’ll send you a gift card for $10 off your order. 🙂 christinaorso (at) gmail.com.

For more info, follow along on facebook, instagram, or twitter.

Stay healthy, stay happy!

Ina Garten’s Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs

In case you didn’t know, Ina Garten has some solid recipes. Her Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs proves that. She’s been my go-to chef for a few years because her recipes just make sense. They’re never complicated nor do they require any hard-to-find ingredients. She’s a gem, that lady.

This recipe comes from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?, fabulous recipes and easy tips. Besides the salmon, a few other recipes I like are her Pink Grapefruit Margaritas, Watermelon & Arugula Salad, Chipotle & Rosemary Roasted Nuts, and Roasted Figs and Prosciutto. Hungry now? Okay, let’s get to the salmon.

ina garten roasted salmon green herbs recipe barefoot contessa how easy is that

Roasted Salmon with Green Herbs 

Ingredients

  • 1 (2- to 2 1/2-pound) skinless salmon fillet
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup minced scallions, white and green parts (4 scallions)
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh dill
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the salmon fillet in a glass, ceramic, or stainless-steel roasting dish and season it generously with salt and pepper. Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle the mixture evenly over the salmon. Let it stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the scallions, dill, and parsley. Scatter the herb mixture over the salmon fillet, turning it so that both sides are generously coated with the green herbs. Pour the wine around the fish fillet.
  4. Roast the salmon for 10 to 12 minutes, until almost cooked in the center at the thickest part. The center will be firm with just a line of uncooked salmon in the very center. (I peek by inserting the tip of a small knife.) Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Cut the salmon crosswise into serving pieces and serve hot with lemon wedges.

Notes: Fresh herbs are key!! They really make the recipe, I promise you. If you don’t know what to do with the leftover herbs, use them to make a pesto, dip, or salad dressing. You can also freeze them for later use.

We had this dinner with a really nice pinot gris. Pick up a bottle of J Vineyards Pinot Gris. It offers an “alluring bouquet of lemongrass, Kaffir lime, and Asian pear plus tropical notes pf pineapple and jasmine flowers.” You won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy!