Yum. The goodness is in the simplicity.

Homemade pumpkin latte. No artificial colors or flavors, and none of that oily film floating on top or any of that yucky aftertaste. Mmmmmm.

Egg, Zucchini, Pumpkin Latte

Egg, Zucchini, Pumpkin Latte

2 Eggs skillet cooked in coconut oil with a dash of Old Bay seasoning. In the same skillet after the eggs are removed, drop in one whole zucchini thinly sliced. Season with just a pinch of salt and pepper, some Old Bay may remain in the skillet too. Saute’ until browned. Eat warm.

The pumpkin latte I simultaneously made on an adjoining stove-top burner. I had leftover coffee in the pot from yesterday, so I decided to use that in this recipe:

  • 2 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 jigger (1.5 ounce) brewed espresso  (I used leftover coffee)

GO: In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk into the milk the pumpkin, vanilla, sugar, and spice until frothy and hot but not boiling. Pour the espresso into a mug and pour the milk mix gently over it. Enjoy.

Since I personally didn’t have espresso, I simply used leftover coffee. It might be a milder flavor, but I enjoyed it hot for breakfast nonetheless.


Today, I made for my brunch guests, Gomasio-flavored Pecorino-Romano sprinkled scrambled eggs with thinly sliced Sage-Thyme chicken breakfast sausage by Al Fresco, and pumpkin waffles with maple syrup. The pumpkin waffles are a mix from Trader Joe’s since I was a bit under the gun trying to cobble together a delicious brunch in under 20 minutes. Orange-pineapple juice is on tap, too.


I almost finished eating the whole thing before I snapped off a photo op!



Orange-Cranberry-Pecan Bread

It’s a thing of beauty: homemade bread! Pictured above is the finished product once it rose out of the bread machine hot and aromatic.
Slice your homemade bread into 1/2″ or 3/4 inch slices. Dredge each slice in egg “batter” to make French Toast and set onto skillet to fry.

Sliced homemade bread

For the topping, I made a cranberry sauce using leftover cranberries from the winter holidays and threw in some blackberries as well. Mix in grade B maple syrup, and you have one divine French Toast!

cranberry sauce maple syrup

Serve this special toast with sunny-side eggs, turkey bacon, and sautéed greens and you’ve got a brunch reminiscent of Thanksgiving. Yum!
The toast alone is high in sugars (bread & syrup), so balance it out with organic-quality proteins and dark leafy greens sautéed in coconut oil. Unsweetened green tea flavored with fresh lemon will boost the nutrient content of this breakfast. Sprinkle the syrup with a pinch of cinnamon to help regulate blood-sugar uptake.
Bon Appetit!
post for January 14, 2012.

Heavy protein meal to start the day today: 2 sunny side eggs, 2 Al Fresco breakfast sausages, side of sautéed greens, and homemade hot chocolate. Yum!

Eggsellent breakfast!

my FAVORITE brand!

To make the hot chocolate yourself, pour about 2 cups of purified water into a small pot, boil the water then add about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, turn down heat to simmer, once sugar is dissolved add about 1 tablespoon of powdered baking cocoa, stir until dissolved, then add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon powder and one drop of peppermint extract. Pour into a mug about 2/3 full, then fill with almond milk or coconut milk from a carton or from a can. Drink.

Enjoy the day today!

Today is a day about fresh starts; of making new decisions and breaking out of old, stale patterns and bad habits. To that end, today is about cleansing. For brunch today I ate an entire pomegranate. It took me an hour to eat the whole thing seed by seed. My chosen beverage is about 10 ounces of green tea with a dissolved packet of Emergen-C. Dosing up on the vitamin C is very cleansing. Not only is vitamin C necessary for connective tissue growth and repair (strength!), but it’s a fabulous vitamin to support healthy skin (beauty!). We all desire cleanliness, strength and beauty, don’t we? I will continue my fast today with only cleansing and supportive foods. To learn more about Eating for Health, Like me on facebook: Food Pixie. I am your personal diet coach to help you thrive and to sustain a fruitful and vibrant new year!


Juicy red ripe pomegranate!

A couple of other ideas you may want to do today: change all of the filters in your water purification systems, change your toothbrush or toothbrush head, put all new batteries in your electronic devices especially smoke detectors and clocks, set doctor appointments for exams you’ve been putting off, clear out your food pantry, fridge and freezer of harmful foods, clear out your home closets and desk drawers, write a plan to become more organized, commit to spending quality time with your family, friends and pets (yes, your pets too!) – mark these times on your calendar right now. These are not resolutions, these are things that you are putting into motion right this instant. I am. Join me.


MMMmmmmmm! This stuff is da bomb! Is da shiznit! Four different kinds of cheese, maple venison bulk sausage, homemade calzone dough, a few diced veggies to complement the sausage perfectly… I’m in heaven!!! Who says that calzone is reserved for dinner… not I. Check out the picture below. Wow! Since everything is made fresh from scratch it is quite nutritious, has zero preservatives, but high in fat and calories because of the heavy cheese and bread content. Keep that in mind – for all you allergic or sensitive to wheat and dairy, there is bread and cheese in this recipe, so it does contain large amounts of gluten and casein.

The back story – a friend of mine handed me a pound of frozen ground maple-flavored bulk venison sausage, and since I didn’t want to just cook it like it was beef, I searched for a fabulous recipe that would highlight the venison flavor. What I found was a flatbread recipe that I ultimately adapted to make my own. I tweaked and designed and experimented with the ingredients until I was certain it would work. Oh boy! Work it did!

My recommendation for this winter’s hunting season is to send me your maple venison bulk sausage and I’ll make this calzone for you… for small shipping fee of course, LOL.

Venison Calzone

This is a vegetarian/vegan cafe, but there are plenty of menu choices to accommodate everyone’s tastes. As you can see from the picture below, there is enough tasty food on a plate to fill you up. Yes, there is a lot of tofu in this cafe, but it IS possible to eat an entirely tofu-free meal AND have an animal protein and still feel good about yourself and the planet. I ordered the frittata (front bottom plate in pic) which included eggs and seasonal veggies in the frittata itself, and a green salad with rye toast. This meal is completely balanced: 1/4 protein, 1/4 grain, 1/2 veggie. The frittata has a dense mouthfeel which gives the sensation at first bite that you are satisfied, the green salad adds more digestive goodness and the toast is the grain. I highly recommend this dish, but there are others, as you can see from the picture below. My suggestion for the less colorful plates, order a side of fruit or greens to really round out your meal. Each plate priced the same at under $13, with free-flowing coffee or tea. Fun, accommodating wait staff. Street parking.

5 brunches at Quiet Storm Cafe



5430 Penn Ave., East End, Pittsburgh,  412-661-9355

Here is your ingredients list for a healthy Holiday:

1. Water, water, water – stay hydrated! What celebrity doesn’t have a bottle of Evian Velcroed to his/her hand? Drink lots of water. Water keeps your skin soft, smooth and supple. Water keeps your blood volume at proper levels. Water bathes your joints. Water helps regulate healthy digestion. Water flushes out toxins, like metabolites, waste and alcohol, and those ever-present cold-flu germs. Start by substituting a glass of water for a sugary drink that you normally would have, then over time, cut out all sugary drinks.

2. Exercise. Yeah, I know, boring. But, with some brick movement every day your bod will look fab in those Holiday outfits. You wanna look sexy this winter and also get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions? You wanna flaunt your assets when all others are hiding theirs? Then you gotta put the time in at the gym. Refuse to shell out for a club membership? No problem, get your butt in gear at home where you can get your groove thing on and sweat to the Wii. Strength training is important for everyone because it builds muscles, bone and a strong heart. So, go ahead and throw some weight around, just do it carefully, please. Sweat for 30 minutes everyday if possible pumping out those push ups, crunches, and lunges plus cardio exercise to whittle your middle.

3. Food right! Exercise and food are married. You have to fuel your body with pure premium energy, not the junk stuff with all the sediment and sludge. You already know what to do, now simply follow through. If you need help, consult a nutrition educator. Choose healthier options that still taste good to you but are not weighed down with excessive sugar, salt and fat – and that includes the fake stuff too. Opt for food grown from Mother Earth, not from a laboratory. Flavor your food with real herbs and spices, not preservatives or chemicals. Aim for 9 servings of fruits and veggies every day.

4. SLEEP! Oh my goodness – how important is sleep? Ask anyone who doesn’t get enough sleep how important it is. It’s mega important! And if you don’t get enough you will look old and tired before your time. Look perky at those parties and outshine your friends and office mates who didn’t follow these tips. Getting enough sleep also keeps your bleed pressure in check, and rejuvenates your skin and liver, which is a sure way to keep you looking younger. Adults need around 8 hours every night so don’t skimp on sleep time; it doesn’t do any good.

5. Don’t worry! Control stress. Does the thought of attending work parties work you into a nervous frenzy? Does the prospect of spending too much “quality time” with family drive you bonkers? Are there deadlines after deadlines quickly approaching? Do the roadways seem more congested this time of year? The first thing you need to do is acknowledge the various stressors in your life, then you need to act upon them. Can you change them? If yes, then do so. If you cannot change them, then you need to change your reaction to them. Easier said than done, perhaps, but learn to recognize your emotions and learn to control them. Take a yoga, tai chi or meditation class. Get a relaxing massage. Take guided imagery. Journal. Breathe deeply. Give yourself a reward for reaching your stress goals, but do NOT use food or alcohol as rewards. A reward can be as simple as lighting a scented candle.

6. Be Happy. Stay positive! You look incredibly sexy when you are confident. Don’t mistake confidence for cockiness. A self-assured but humble being that is passionate about life has a purpose, a positive out-look, and lives longer. These folks attract attention from others. You wanna look hot? Flaunt that positive attitude – say just enough to make other people feel good about themselves, then shut up and smile. Use good-natured humor to brighten the room. Be genuinely interested in other people and find something nice to say about them, but be sincere. Just like with cockiness, flattery will get you nowhere. If you can’t find anything nice to say, just stand with perfect posture and smile. People who practice a genuine smile and good posture automatically look confident.

Follow these tips and you are sure to look better in four weeks.

MauraMori boasts more space than a classic diner with a bright, inviting atmosphere and tasty typical American Fare; a nice local eatery. Various Pittsburgh art paintings are for sale, displayed on the sunny walls. You can get in and out with quick, friendly service and the food is filling for a great price. Our cute and friendly waitress permitted us to take pictures of our plates. I didn’t really see any vegan dishes on the menu, but if you eat eggs you can get vegetarian. I ordered a veggie omelet that came with home fries and toast which the kitchen butters for you while the bread is still hot, using real butter. The veggies seemed fresh and cooked to perfection which maximizes both flavor and nutrient content. My friend ordered “Steve’s Special” which is the classic American breakfast of eggs, sausage, home fries, toast and pancakes, with coffee and orange juice. As a nutrition professional, to make a complete meal I’d recommend a serving of veggies on the plate, or some whole fruit on the side. There is an overwhelming amount of carbohydrates on this menu; try to find a menu item that contains more veggies and less carbs. Parking is on the street but we had no trouble finding a spot right in front of the building. Seating is open – c’mon in and sit down! I have to mention the bathroom – there is only one, which is unisex, but it’s very clean and spacious. The one issue I have with it is that it opens directly to the eating area. One suggestion I would make for the owners, place a decorative room screen in front of the door. It’s kind of a funky experience walking out of the bathroom and have everyone stare at me. Bottom line: food filling & tasty, you can find an open table, bathroom clean, parking on street, with a price point that you can’t complain about. Eat here.

MauraMori Cafe’s veggie omelet

MauraMori Cafe "Steve's Special"


Hours of Operation: Mon-7-3:00pm, Tues-7-3:00pm, Wedns-7-3:00pm Thurs-7-3:00pm, Fri-7-3:00pm, Sat-8-2:00pm, Sun-8-2:00pm

Address: 5202 Butler St, Pittsburgh, PA,   (412) 408-3160