Browned Cauliflower and Kumquats

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I know.  I want to start this post by saying I KNOW. Every recipe I’ve shared of late has kumquats in it.  I don’t know what my deal is – I WANT TO EAT THEM ALL!  The tartness, the citrus-y goodness of eating the peel, the tiny cuteness factor- I just love them.  I love them only a little less than browned cauliflower, which is just up there with the best things ever.  And this dish, with the citrus champagne viniagrette- it’s a fresh and beautiful side dish.  If you eat eggs, add an egg and it’s a beautiful brunch.  I don’t know when I WOULDN’T eat this.  I hope you love, at least 75% as much as my undying love of kumquats- which is obvi A LOT!  Happy Monday my friends, let’s get it this week, whatever IT is for each of us!   xx- Sarah

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Passionfruit Chia Pudding

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Happy Thursday my friends!  As part of my get-healthy mission I’ve been working with my gal-pal-yoga-instructor-nutrition-fitness-coach/ life expert January and she’s been reinforcing the importance of including more protein in my diet.  So I’ve been looking for all the yummiest, healthiest, prettiest ways to do so of course!  And I prefer plant-based whenever I can.  So today’s post, in partnership with Silk Soymilk (Non GMO Project Verified-  horray!!) is for a protein packed, sweet and tasty passionfruit chia pudding.  Not only does it take minutes to make but it’s the perfect mid-day pick me up (or evening dessert!).  I love the simple sweet taste of the soymilk and chia, and the passionfruit, kumquats, toasted almonds and shredded coconut add texture and some punchy flavors!  It’s a real treat, but also low in saturated fat, full of heart healthy goodness and a nutritional powerhouse.  I hope you love it as much as I do!!  xx- Sarah

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Mastering Your Morning Routines

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I’m so excited to be partnering with White House Black Market today to talk about my tips for making your morning routine as quick and easy as possible- while still managing to make it out into the world with style!  I’m fortunate that my schedule usually allows for me to ease into my day, but there are mornings when I’m rushing out the door straight away and don’t return until dinner time, and when those days (or weeks) come I’ve learned that it’s all about the art of preparation!

So today I have two recipes for you- one for a quick and healthy breakfast, and another for a hearty lunch to pack that’ll keep you going until dinner!

But FIRST, here are a few style tips to make getting dressed for your day something that feels easy and fun instead of stressful and rushed (we’ve all pulled on shirt after shirt only to toss them onto the floor in a heap of frustration when we find they don’t work, haven’t we?!)

Tip 1:  Clean out your closet!  Make sure you truly love AND WILL WEAR every piece that’s in it.  Seriously- if you don’t love it, love-it love it, it’s gotta go.

Tip 2:  For your work wardrobe it’s really helpful to stock up on neutrals- this makes mixing/matching so much easier.  Yes, color is amazing.  And yes, you should wear it if you love it.  And hey- color goes with neutrals…..so don’t discount them entirely!  Like the patterned pants I’m wearing- I can throw them on with a white top, a black top, I can dress them up or down- they’re a great example of a versatile color/pattern.  Having a closet full of options that work together will make outfit planning that much easier!

Tip 3:  Pick out your outfit the night before.  If you’re exhausted at night after you’ve put the kiddos to bed, or spent too many hours on Pinterest (GUILTY), try setting aside some time to outfit plan on the weekends.  The last thing anyone should be thinking about before they’ve had their coffee/tea/breakfast/first conversation of the day is what to wear!

What I’m wearing:  Printed pants, White top, Shoes  {Sponsored by White House Black Market}

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Ok, now onto mastering your morning routines for breakfast and lunch!  I think my biggest piece of advice for this is to PREP ON SUNDAY!  I make a big batch of granola, roast a ton of veggies, make a dressing or pesto, cook up some grains, wash my fruits and veggies and have everything at the ready to start the week.  This way on those mornings I’m rushing out the door, I’ve just got to get the granola, fruits and almond milk into the bowl.  I can always manage at least that.  And knowing it’s homemade and full of nutritious goodness makes me feel that much better about it.

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Coconut and Passionfruit Rice Porridge

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This may VERY well be the easiest, yummiest dish that I’ve ever made.  And with only six ingredients and one pot required- there’s pretty much no excuses.  YOU HAVE GOT TO EAT THIS.  The tropical flavor of coconut mixed with the tart sweetness of passionfruit and kumquats- it’s just heavenly.  In fact, I’m pretty sure this is the first thing they serve when you reach the pearly gates or whatever beautiful place we land when we leave this world.  I’m not a prophet, but I will tell you this- this food is divine.  Eat up, enjoy, be well my friends!  xx- Sarah  {dishes from VIETRI, here and here)

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Ayurvedic Digestive Tea

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Today’s recipe has been simmering on our stovetop for practically two weeks straight.  My body and health took a huge hit with this past year- losing Carlos, and selling/buying houses alongside living with friends for 6 weeks- I’m clinging to my health by a thread.  Ok, I’ve been in bed 95% of the past week, only up for the things that have to get done and I’m not sure when I’ll be up and at em again.  So I’m busting out every trick in the book to reduce the inflammation in my body (as seen here).  And this traditional Ayurvedic digestive tea has been a lifesaver. The flavor is mild but if you’ve never had these ingredients before I suggest sweetening with a little bit of turmeric honey.  It’s divine, and so helpful for your digestive track and body!  Ok, on to the good stuff- more photos and recipe below!!   xx- Sarah {styling by Farra Miron}

Shop this post:  mug, dishes, teapot,  tea towel

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Belugas, Bok Choy and Green Beans – Oh My!

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Living with Farra and Juan we got totally spoiled- they have EIGHT chickens!  Which meant almost eight eggs a day- and the prettiest colors- pink, peach, blue.  It’s amazing.  And chickens are hilarious, I love the noises they make.  If we weren’t doing a “chicken share” with Farra and Juan (which involves trading avocados from our tree for their eggies) I would be trying to convince Lou to start an urban farm with me!  Ok, now for this recipe post…. beluga lentils are my jam, and eating them for brunch with a perfectly poached egg, seared bok choy and green beans with miso/tahini dressing is, well, my favorite way to eat them! (and if you don’t eat eggs I might just substitute roasted carrots or another veggie to add to what’s here.  If you have time this weekend, whip this up for Sunday brunch.  It’ll make your day!  xx- Sarah

Styling:  Farra Miron  Styling sources:  Serving Platter and bowl:  Vietri (here and here), wooden serving bowl (flipped over) Primitive Reserve 

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