When I was in France, I experimented with a whole slew of root vegetables. Turnips, celeriac, parsnips, black radishes – you name it, I roasted it.
When it comes to food, the French know what they’re doing. No surprise there. La gastronomie of France, in all its seasonal, locally-sourced, fresh-from-the-market brilliance, was one of the main reasons I wanted to move back here for an extended period of time after college. And since arriving, I’ve been doing my best to absorb everything about French culture (minus their horrendous smoking habits) from the food to the literature to the undeniable and permeating joie de vivre. It’s a spirit that invites elegance into the mundane of daily life, a language whose romanticism is crushingly beautiful, and a gastronomic culture whose vibrancy will make you wonder why it took you so long to decide to move to France in the first place.
Despite all of this, there is one thing I haven’t come to terms with, and I’m not sure I ever will. Because however much I love France, its utter disregard for the amazing meal that is breakfast burns a SERIOUS hole in our relationship.
Monday’s are my least favorite day, for obvious reasons. Every time the weekend come to a close, I I feel like this:
But, in anticipation of the Monday blues, I try and spend some time on Sunday nights planning out my meals for the following day (and, if I’m feeling daring, the entire week). And alas, I present to you (drum roll please)….. a culinary day in the life of onetasteatatime.
However, on the very rare occasion that I get up early enough to eat breakfast at home, I like throwing together a jam-packed smoothie bowl. I made this one in particular with blended coconut water, chia seeds, banana, blueberries, and mango. Then, I topped it with more blueberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond butter, apricots, and shredded coconut.
Talk about a breakfast of champions, people.
For more beautiful smoothie bowl recipes and snapshots that are far superior to mine, check out @leefromamerica on Instagram and bow down to the smoothie bowl queen/my foodie inspiration.
For lunch, I layer it up to make mason jar meals that are easy and convenient when it comes to commuting from home to the office. I always start with a layer of a grain, such as brown rice or quinoa (which I make a big batch of on Sunday night), and then load the colorful veggies on top. I like to top it all off with beans or nuts.
When dinner rolls along, I am tired and, not to mention, STARVING. I have found that the easiest and fastest cure to my hangry state of mind is zoodles, aka zucchini noodles, aka zucchini spaghetti, aka healthy-and-delicious-dinner-that-doesn’t-take-long-to-make-but-will-fill-you-up. Best part? You don’t even have to cook the zucchini because the heat from the tomato sauce softens them to perfection.
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