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Tomato Basil Avocado Toast

tomato basil toast


I often find myself creating dishes around simple ideas, and the results are beautiful and scrumptious. Take toast, for example. A simple canvas that has endless possibilities. I am a huge fan of toast and avocado with some sea salt and pepper. However, when I purchased grape tomatoes and a huge bag of fresh basil an idea sparked.

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One of my favorite flavor combinations is basil, tomato and salt. I took this obsession and added even more obsessions to that: creamy avocado and spicy red onion. All atop a toasted piece of sprouted toast. Magic.

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  • 1 piece sprouted toast
  • 1/4 – 1/2 avocado
  • 4 – 5 large basil leaves (enough to cover the piece of bread)
  • 8 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • small handful of red onion, chopped small
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • small drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Layer ingredients on the toast. Eat and enjoy. Simple.

You could use the same recipe and use French baguette rounds for appetizers.


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Work day eats

ALL this week I kept forgetting my camera to document my eats at work. :sigh: FINALLY the last two days I remembered!

I feel that it has become a struggle to eat creatively when I have to pack lunches in brown bags. I am eating a lot of raw food. While that’s not a bad thing, I have been trying to keep it creative, healthy and tasty.  I receive so many emails and questions asking – Please help me eat better during my work days!

Well, it really isn’t that hard, at least for me it isn’t. I eat everything that has to be chilled, hence the raw diet. There is a microwave but I tend to not use microwaves too often. I have been slacking on the prep part of my lunch so I am often scrambling around my kitchen a few minutes before I have to leave.

Breakfast is cold cereal or an apple with PB.


I keep everything separate, naturally. This is Uncle Sam + plain shredded wheat, strawberries, a raw CCB and vanilla soy milk. I ALWAYS bring my pretty bowls from home too. I swear it makes the food taste better.

And there is coffee, decaf.


Lunch is usually 99% raw – I love eating raw. Today was a mixture of raw veggies + raw sunflower seeds + hummus + pita chips.



And water – massive amounts of water


Today I was pretty full all day, but I do normally bring fresh fruit as an afternoon snack – grapes, cherries… anything that is easy to eat while working.

I do miss not being able to cook hot meals, though. I have been craving tofu scrambles and fresh hot vegetable burritos. But my lunches always keep me satisfied and full all day long.

I have not been working out on a regular basis, though. It is starting to stress me out a bit. I canceled my gym membership a few months back because I was running outside all of time – I am thinking of starting it up again a way to get me back into my groove. I can go after I put J down at night.

Remember this?


Look at him now!

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I can now plant him in dirt and watch him grow into a healthy house plant. =)


PS – I am obsessed with this pantry!


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Work Eats

For some reason I thought yesterday was Tuesday… and some other people did too. Strange.

I am starting to get the hang of packing my lunch daily and prepping for the week on Sunday. One thing that I have noticed is that I am not snacking nearly as much as I did at home. In turn my pants are fitting looser. Not that I need to lose weight but obviously my body is adjusting to my eating patterns and losing weight naturally. I am still eating my fair share of healthy fats… and sweets…

I typically start out with my travel mug of decaf coffee that I press at home. Sometimes I will add vanilla soymilk for a treat.

Breakfast was an organic gala apple cut up with some almond butter and cinnamon. Apples are very filling for me and this held me over all morning long.

Lunch was raw goodness!

Romaine hearts, bell pepper, cilantro, avocado, sunflower seeds, salsa, red onion, radishes, salt and pepper and a tad of olive oil. I also had some blue corn chips for crunch.

Snack was more cherries. I am going to miss them once they are out of season. =(

Dinner was a noodle/kale dish that I created. 

I sauteed yellow onion and mushrooms in EVOO with a little salt and chili powder. Then I added left over whole wheat noodles and a teaspoon of minced garlic. Let that cook for a few minutes. I then added washed kale with a tablespoon of water. Cover and let steamed. I served with some freshly squeezed lemon juice. 
It was light yet filling! 

Have a great Tuesday!
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Half way

Wednesday is here and gone. Only two more days until the weekend!

I had a great run tonight. 4.7 miles in 41 minutes.
Dear Creepy Guy – Thank you for complimenting me on my physique… kind of. No, not really, actually.
I was running and I ran past this older guy who said" “It’s working!”… I shyly smiled and ran faster to get away from him. It actually really freaked me out and I ran a different way home. Some people should just keep there mouth shut.

Today’s eats:
Breakfast – a peach and banana smoothie


Lunch – a Mexican salad. Romaine, black beans, black olives, sunflower seeds, cilantro, avocado, red onion and salsa.



With a side of blue corn tortilla chips.


I either need to make some reusable baggies or make some. Any recommendations?

Snack – more rainier cherries


Dinner – a refreshing bowl of raw veggies, a falafel patty and some hummus.


And a bowl of cereal, mixed kinds, with soy milk. AND some chocolate chips for good measure. 😉


Thanks for the breakfast ideas! Overnight oats is probably a great way to go. Although I loved the idea of making a breakfast sandwich with avocado, belle pepper, onion and so on. I actually prefer savory breakfasts over sweet.
Have a wonderful Thursday!


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Worky work

Hey guys! I feel like I have been away from all of you forever! =( This work thing has really messed with my entire, finely tuned schedule. I am still trying to find a balance within my day. Running, personal time, relaxing… I do miss not being able to make a fresh breakfast at home. I am in desperate need of breakfast ideas! Preferably raw. I know shakes are are a great item to take with me but I need more ideas… HELP!

Today’s eats were:

Breakfast – A half of an almond butter and pumpkin jam sandwich on sprouted bread.

Lunch -  salad with romaine, fresh basil and cilantro, sundried tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, EVOO and a dash of salt and pepper.
I have been packing a lot of salads for lunch – they are pretty much the best lunch for eating at work!


With some fresh summer fruit. Rainer cherries are my absolute favorite cherry! They are only available for a short period of time so I make sure I buy and eat my fair share.


Dinner was a hot bowl of spaghetti squash with mushroom ragu.


I do love my pasta but I am becoming more and more fond of eating vegetables as noodles. My next kitchen gadget – a spiralizer!

I am so in love with this color combination.


I started cutting small squares out of fabric with no real plan or idea. I finally came up with a sweet baby quilt pattern. Random placement of squares gives this sweet quilt a unique and country feel.


A perfect way to end the day.

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No time!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend and was able to spend time with the one man who will love you no matter what: your dad.

Happy Father’s day, Dad!

I guess I decided to take the weekend off – I literally didn’t take any pictures of food. I guess I was planning and relaxing for the start of a new week. We had a relaxing Father’s Day. I thought it was supposed to be a fairly nice weekend but it ended up being cloudy and rainy. The rain really doesn’t bother me, in fact I embrace it. That means I don’t have to water the grass or my plants. Although I feel bad for J as he LOVES to play outside!

The only picture I did take was off my lunch yesterday. It was pretty much amazing in every way.


A simple whole wheat wrap. I spread my basil cheese spread on the bottom then topped with with chickpeas, red bell pepper, read onion, avocado and salt and pepper. I don’t know about you but I love red bell pepper!


Then I had an organic apple with some peanut butter.  

This week is going to be a crazy and busy week for me but I promise to still post at night or in the morning.

Have a wonderful week! AND remember to subscribe to my posts on the right hand side of my blog. That way you will receive my posts via email as soon as I write them.
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Meeting goals and gaining strength!

I had an amazing run today! I felt strong, fast and powerful!

4.55 miles in 40:35!
Mile 1
– 9:06
Mile 2 – 9:21
Mile 3 – 8:41 !!!
Mile 4 – 8:38 !!!!!!
Mile .55 – 4.46

I cannot believe I am seeing my miles below 9 minutes! I am so happy about this and it only makes me want to keep getting stronger and faster. I run a trail and has a lot of little, but steep, hills. It is doing wonders for my backside 😉

I started off this rocking day with some tofu.


The norm – sautéed onion, red bell pepper, tofu, spices and a side of toast with avocado. Toast with avocado is sooooo much better than butter! Even fake butter!


Seattle’s weather has been pretty crappy this week and because of this I have been craving hit soup. I started pulling vegetables out of my fridge and came up with a fantastic vegetable soup!



I will post the recipe tonight Here is the recipe – it is very fresh and lively tasting! I had a small bowl before my run. Powered by veggies!! haha

I had a snack this afternoon which consisted of a bowl of cereal.


So, what happens when you haven’t checked the mail box in… 4 days? You get a ton of pleasant surprises!

Rick from Book Publishing Company contacted me a few weeks ago asking me if I would like to receive some books for review. Free cookbooks? YES PLEASE!


I picked 2 vegan and 2 raw cook books. Living in the Raw, Raw for Dessert, Local Bounty and Sweet Utopia. I have spent the entire evening drooling over pictures and planning out future meals. They are all wonderful books and I cannot wait to start cooking! I especially love Living in the Raw – the recipes are very simple with easy ingredients. I want to eat more raw as I feel my best when I eat this way. I really need a dehydrator, now!

I also was happy to see these magazines, too.


My weakness are magazines. I love them. I save each and every issue for YEARS! I always reference back to them from time to time and find joy in reading the material – it never seems to get old or be dated.

Dinner was another bowl of beans, rice and avocado.


Here is a video that I forgot to upload a few days ago. J is talking so much! He is such a little character, too. 😉

Some of you may have seen my facebook message about my Amazon store. I am very excited about this! I am still adding items but I wanted to team up with Amazon to enable me to showcase my favorite items; from cookbooks, kitchen items and health and beauty. I am still adding products and will let you all know when I do.

I actually purchase quite a bit from Amazon. With their unbeatable pricing and free shipping, you can’t lose! Plus, they are a Seattle based company, did you know that? Yup, good ole Seattle. =)

Do you purchase online?


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Happy 20 months, J!

My son is now 20 months old! In 4 more months I will be a mom to a 2 year old! HOLY COW! Where does the time go?!



He absolutely loves the book Goodnight Moon! I read it to him about a dozen times a day. =)


Happy 20 months, Bubbah!



I have been reading a lot about raw diets the past few days, wanting to incorporate a more raw approach to my eating. Now that summer is here, there are a ton of fresh and local produce options. I also feel much better when I do eat raw, whole foods.

I started off with a fruity smoothie.


Almond milk, strawberries, peaches, a banana and an orange.


Lunch was a Mexican inspired salad. Not completely raw but pretty close.


Romaine, pinto beans, brown rice, onion, avocado, salsa and fresh cilantro.


Look how well my avocado plant is doing!

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I wont be able to plant it until the top plant stalk comes out of the seed. I see it starting to sprout so it will only be a matter of time!

Seattle has been under a thick gray cloud of rain and yuck. Fortunately there was a break and I took advantage by going on a run: 4.22 miles in 38:11 minutes. Finally breaking the 9 minute mile mark!

Mile 1: 8:50
Mile 2: 9:28 (hills)
Mile 3: 8:58
Mile 4: 9:00
Mile .22: 1:52

I am very excited to see my speed increasing! I am still taking it slow and listening to my body as I do not want another back injury.

Dinner was nice and light: toast with cashew spread, cucumber, celery, roasted carrots and asparagus x 3, and a side of hummus and peanut butter for dipping.


I will be answering more questions later this afternoon. I have a meeting this morning that I must go get ready for. Have a great day!


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Reader question answered + eats on Monday

Welcome back, Monday. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! =)

I promise this post wont be as long as yesterdays. So let me just jump right into things:


Tofu scramble + romaine lettuce + avocado + whole wheat wrap = BREAKFAST
I love the bright yellow color the turmeric gives.


Falafel salad for lunch.


Peas, romaine, cucumber, red onion, home made croutons, 2 falafel patties crumbled, hummus, avocado, dried basil and EVOO.


After all of the complex flavors of today’s eats I decided to keep it simple for dinner/


Beans, rice and a side of edamame.
I seasoned the rice with salt, pepper, garlic powder and dried basil. Then topped it with creamy avocado.


Fresh edamame with a small pinch of sea salt.


Over the next week I am planning on answering some questions by my readers. I am very late on some of these so I apologize in advance! =( I have about a dozen emails starred in my inbox… no joke.

Here is a question from Tammy regarding transitioning into veganism:

First off I just want to say how much I love your blog!!  Your story is one that I can really relate to – struggling with feelings about food/eating disorders/trying to go veg, etc…..
Today I am a clean eater that wants to take the step to eliminate meat/poultry/fish etc from my diet.  It is this nagging feeling I have had since I was a child and really want to make that final step to being truly health aware.

I have 2 little boys – My oldest is 4 and he has never eaten any meat ever. A natural vegetarian I have been told. Interesting. That and picky! 🙂 My little one is 17 months next week. I want them to have healthy and strong body and minds.

Can you help me by giving me a very very basic run down of your daily menu template of sorts? I am not sure how to describe it but I will tell you my current "template" and maybe you could help by sharing your version.

  • Currently I eat cold or hot cereal for breakfast (some times adding fruit and/or nuts) and with skim milk.
  • I eat a mid morning snack that is usually a bit more carbs like a small whole grain bagel with nut butter or something similar.  Fruit on the side.
  • Lunch is always a loaded salad (with chicken right now) with olive oil OR soup OR a chicken wrap
  • Mid afternoon snack is often veggies and hummus or another salad or yogurt and granola and fruit.
  • Dinner is always a meat protein with tons of veggies (sometimes in an ezekiel wrap).

Can you help?

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond!! You are wonderful and inspirational 🙂

Take care!! – Tammy

Thanks, Tammy! What a great question. I know how difficult making meals that are both interesting and great tasting can be. You are on a great track and I fully understand you wanting to eliminate meat from your everyday diet.
I started eliminating meat one meal at a time. Having a meat-eating husband I found myself face-to-plate with meat quite often. Since I am a stay at home mom, I eventually eliminated meat from breakfast, then lunch, and then I popped the big statement one night: “I want to be a vegetarian.” At first I don’t think he believed me and still offered me meat at home and when we ate out. My family didn’t quite understand, either. Saying, “Just this once – it wont matter!” I never gave in and it is getting easier and easier.
But I will admit I was a little lost with what I was going to eat. Having relied on meat so much in the past it was mind boggling to NOT eat it any longer. Luckily the plethora of wonderful food bloggers helped me see past the meat. Whether I was randomly clicking blog rolls and looking for “vegetarian” tags or Google searching, inspiration was all around me!
Tammy, you are on a perfect path! In fact, you really don’t need to change much at all. It’s easy to substitute meat for beans, tofu, seitan or meatless-meat products. And I have said it before, right now is the best time to be vegetarian! There are so many great products out there!
However, if you are still wanting to eat clean, like I do, be very careful about the meat-less products. There are some pretty weird ingredients  in them. I buy faux sausage and “chicken” nuggets for J but I pass on the stuff for me.

  • For your lunch salad, swap beans for your chicken – I love garbanzo, black or pinto beans.  For wraps I always use A LOT of hummus and fresh veggies – YUM!
  • To sub a piece of meat at dinner may seem a bit challenging. I love making a pot of hearty vegetarian chili, a spinach meat-less lasagna or making something simple like beans, rice and greens. Remember to keep the ingredients fresh and hearty. If pasta sauce seems boring with meat, add olives, fresh basil, onion and red bell pepper to add texture, taste and color.
  • Invest in a vegetarian cookbook or magazine subscription. It helps to see eye appealing recipes for inspiration. Oh, and Google is your friend! =)
  • Last but not least – start slow! if you go full force you may feel over whelmed and become frustrated.

Well Tammy I really hope this helps your quest for become vegetarian! If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to to ask!