Giada’s Egg, Kale, and Tomato Breakfast wraps with Hummus

My mother is a wonderful cook, so for Christmas I bought her a new cookbook. I decided to give her Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets by Giada De Laurentiis. The book felt good in my hands and the recipes made my mouth water (don’t shop for cookbooks while you’re hungry) so it wasn’t hard to walk on up to the register and purchase it.

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So today brunch consisted of mimosas and Egg, Kale, and Tomato Breakfast wraps with Hummus. I could go on and on, but I won’t. I’ll just say this: D-e-l-i-s-h

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Makes: 4  servings Prep 25 mins Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 5 large kale leaves, tough stems removed
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 4 (10-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1/4 cup store-bought hummus
  • 4 large eggs, poached or scrambled

Directions

1. Coarsely chop the kale. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, shallot, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Saute until the tomatoes and shallot soften, about 4 min. Add the kale, sprinkle with the salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, until it wilts but is still bright green, about 2 min. Stir in the basil. Remove mixture from heat; reserve.

2. Toast tortillas under broiler until they begin to blacken in spots, about 15 sec per side. Spread each tortilla with 1 tbsp hummus. Divide the kale mixture and prepared eggs among the tortillas; fold into wraps and serve.

*I recommend adding hot sauce if you’re a fan of spice — my mum also added pine nuts to the veggies.

Note

  • Recipes reprinted from Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets. Copyright © 2013 by GDL Foods Inc.
  • GIADA DE LAURENTIIS is the Emmy award-winning star of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, and Giada in Paradise; a judge on Food Network Star; a contributing correspondent for NBC’s Today show; and the author of six New York Times bestselling books. She attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and worked at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant before starting her own catering company, GDL Foods. Born in Rome, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now lives with her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Jade.

photo 3 (4)All three of us food loving ladies were big fans of this meal. It’s healthy, full of flavor, and filling. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

All my love,

Bailey Mikell

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Reality Check & Staying Humble

I watched the bill on the register add up “$5…$10…$13…$18.59..” I politely stopped the woman at the cashier who I’ve known for years. I was at Reams, our neighborhood grocery store I went to with my mom growing up.

Can you please remove the most expensive items in order to drop the price to $17.00?” A year ago this would have made my heart stop & my eyes possibly well up with tears from embarrassment. There were at least 4 people in line behind me. Instead, I gave them a warm smile & apologized for the delay.

I’m two days from pay day & this is normal. I’ve planned for groceries & gas until then. I watch my budget carefully each month & I only purchase the things that I need. Let’s just say there aren’t any random shopping splurges or moments that lack gratitude in my life. At first this was an adjustment for me. But now I remember that living on my own is a luxury, and that this is my reality.

When I was younger I imagined that I would feel some sort of shame and embarrassment in this situation. Thankfully my life has dramatically changed and I have been exposed to the real world and the strict rules my independence casts. And I’m more than okay with it, because my struggles are blessings in others eyes.

As I grabbed my bags of groceries and walked out of the store I did not feel anything negative. In fact I felt proud that I had remembered my limit, made a plan, and stuck to it. The man directly behind me smiled and gave a little chuckle with a nod. It gave me comfort knowing that he understood. It was an overall humbling experience, and it certainly won’t be the last.

I live a very fortunate life. I have a job I love, a roof over my head, warm clothes, a meal on the table, clean water… a family that helps me when they can. I could go on. I swear my prayers turn into rambles because of this exact reason.. I am so thankful.

So many people live paycheck to paycheck (or on food stamps) with children, illnesses, and unstable living situations. And they accept that with grace. I look up to those who make it work, find creative ways to make do, and walk out of the store with their head held high knowing that it doesn’t reflect on them. It’s just life.

When I wake up in the morning and my eyeballs are swollen shut from sleeping so hard I just lay there and think “Wow, this is mine.” And that is what motivates me to work hard everyday and accept these reality checks when they happen (and they happen often) These are the things that keep me grounded.

I found a fantastic new food blog called Budget Bytes. I was so excited when I found it because each recipe is not only delicious but there is a price on all the items it calls for. Tonight I made Garlic Parmesan Kale angel hair pasta. It was guilt-free love, and is now a new favorite recipe of mine. Quick, easy, healthy, and inexpensive ($4, as a matter of fact)

Whether you’re on a tight budget or not I recommend visiting Budget Bytes. And don’t forget to welcome moments like this with love and strength, because we all need a reminder to stay humble :)

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Spicy Lettuce Wraps

I recently made the decision to become a vegetarian, but this dish has been a favorite of mine long before I adjusted my diet. It’s simple, I like my food spicy. There is always a bottle of hot sauce at my desk at work for those foodie emergencies (aka “this shit doesn’t have any flavor” moments) so I’m always prepared to add a lil’ kick to whatever is on my plate.

What you’ll need:

  • One package of tofu (I prefer firm)
  • 1 bag of Classic Coleslaw
  • Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
  • Thai Peanut Sauce
  • Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • *Glass of vino & good music is optional 

Cook time: 20 minutes

Tofu sauces

The tofu I buy comes in a container with 4 individual blocks but I typically only use two for this recipe. It makes enough for dinner and leftovers the next day.

Step 1: Slice the tofu into small blocks, each about half an inch thick. Put the tofu into a bowl and add as much Sriracha as your spicy self pleases. Tofu truly takes on whatever flavor you add to it, so I usually do this 24 hours prior to cooking the tofu so that it has time to mingle n’ marinate. Keep in mind: the longer it sits, the spicier it gets. I recommend adding the Sriracha and cooking it immediately for your first time if you’re nervous about it being too hot for your taste.

Step 2: Put the tofu in a pan with a teaspoon of peanut oil. Cook the tofu on medium heat and occasionally flip the “blocks” so that it cooks evenly for about 12-15 minutes.

Step 3: In a separate pan add your coleslaw and cook it on low heat for 5 minutes. I don’t add any oil to this because it tends to get soggy if you do, and the fresh crunch without it is to die for. *Once this is done you should allow the slaw to cool to avoid wilting your lettuce

Step 4: When everything is cooked I place equal amounts of tofu and slaw into individual Fresh Living Butter Lettuce pieces. Then I add the peanut sauce and sweet chili sauce. These two sauces are key to this recipe and truly balance out the flavors for the perfect bite. *Don’t even pretend like you’re modest when it comes to the peanut sauce, be real with yourself and add as much as you’d like — it is divine. 

And voila! You have a healthy vegetarian meal that you can indulge in guilt free. Spicy food is apparently supposed to speed up your metabolism as well, which is always a bonus. You can also add brown or white rice to this as a side dish, or just lay the tofu on top of a bed of rice without any lettuce. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe as much as me. Stay spicy, my loves.

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A delicious day + a recipe to tag along

My morning has been close to perfect. I have decided that the only person who has the power to shape the way my day goes is me. I am the only one that can set the tone in my life. Plus I have a commitment to all of you: Provide inspiration, not soppy shit. So when I woke up early to make a quick trip to Salt Lake for an appointment but had to cancel (bad weather) I kept calm & called my docta. After that I educated myself about KONY2012, ordered my action pack, paid the bills & did some budgeting. I also talked to Jani on twitter because she always makes me happy. Here are some ways (click the text) to take control of your day that I think are fantastic.

Then Roman and I danced around the kitchen while I made brunch. Alright, Roman actually rolled around in the sun, but that’s helping in my world. I love seeing him so happy in his new home. I am doing my best to not post ridiculous amounts of photos of him because I know that EVERYBODY isn’t a cat whisperer like me… BUT I am teaching him to play fetch and had to post a video on youtube. Personally I think it’s hilarious because he drags his feather back to me while I blog (multi-tasking at its finest). If you want to watch it feel free by going here.

I’m fully aware that I’m a crazy cat woman & getting worse by the minute, no need to point out the obvious to me:)

While our brunch was divine (turkey bacon rocks my world), this one takes the cake… Shaved Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Pizza with Goat Cheese on whole wheat crust. I want to make this for dinner soon because it’s fairly healthy but packed with flavor. Click the photo to get the recipe.

I am off to bask in the sun while I enroll some high school dropouts. Thank you universe, for providing me with such a gorgeous day, I needed this. Now please go make everybody else’s day just as delicious. You deserve it, my loves. Smooches & squeezes, Bee