a taste of france

Mold scares me.

I was a little more then concerned when I looked into my water bottle, only to see mold growing all over the sides and bottom.  It was a jungle.  An intensely dark, mold-infested jungle.  Thankfully, I’m still alive to tell the tale. 😉  But still.  Mold is scary and shouldn’t be fooled aorund with.  So, in celebration of the fact that I’m still alive (kidding…kind of), I’m sharing with you this warning to please check your water bottle.

Moving on…

Thankfully, there was nothing scary about breakfast.  Just the standard ol’ bowl of “un”overnight oats.  With coconut and a spoonful of almond butter.

These days, I’m enjoying my morning coffee with only a minimal amount of soy for color and froth.  Sweet breakfasts and bitter coffee go so well together.

AM snack: orange and almonds

If you’ve meandered your way around blog land, you have probably seen people eating salads topped with fried eggs.  At first I thought this was a completely odd idea.  I thought to myself, “fried eggs and greens do not belong together.”  And then I read a book on France, and discovered that eating a bed of greens with an egg on top is a pretty common dish after all.  One of France’s traditional dishes, the Salad Lyonnaise, is simply a bed of frisee lettuce, bacon, croutons and a poached egg on top.  I can’t decide if it was the fact that I was absolutely craving eggs today or if it was due to the fact that I have a not-so-secret obsession with France, but suddenly I wanted an egg on my salad.

I did, however, end up straying from tradition, and opted for a fried egg instead of poached. 

Greens, bell peppers, avocado, bottled beets, tomato, garbanzos, and the fried egg (1 whole egg + 1 egg white).  With a final drizzle of EVOO. 

Amazing.  I’ve officially been converted.


Afternoon Snack: yogurt with flax and granola


I literally spent the better part of my day doing homework.  I was researching various therapeutic diets for patients in the hospital setting, only to discover that I was starving by the time that dinner rolled around.  It was super nice having pasta salad in the fridge (made earlier in the morning), just waiting to be served with the roasted broccoli (2 tsp EVOO + sea salt…425 degree oven, 20 minutes, flip half way through).  So, so nice.  It was also nice being able to eat outdoors in 72 degree weather. 

Mmm…life is good.

This is one of my favorite pasta salad recipes because it’s brimming with crunchy veggies, tangy-sweet dressing, and protein-packed beans.  The flavor is right on the mark, it’s quick to throw together, and it makes enough to serve at least 8 people (probably more.)  Great for packed lunches too.

Pasta Salad Plus–Taste of Home’s Light and Tasty

  • 12 oz. whole wheat spiral pasta: cooked, drained and rinsed with cold water
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 can (16oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 c. sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 can (6oz) pitted ripe olives, drained and sliced


  • 1/2 c. cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  1. Mix pasta with next eight ingredients up to olives. 
  2. In a bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together.  Pour over salad and toss to coat.
  3. ENJOY!!!! 😀


Question: Are you a routine coffee drinker?


35 thoughts on “a taste of france

  1. Wow that salad does look good 😉

    I def enjoy a good cup of coffee, and I usually take it black or with just a splash of soy as well, but oddly enough I almost never drink it. Hmmmmm….

    • Haha…I guess it depends on the size of the cup. 😉 I always say that I have “one cup” in the morning, but really, this actually means closer to 1.5 cups due to my bottomless mug. 😉

  2. That happened to me! Mold in my water bottle! One day I wiped it clean with a paper towel inside and I was grossed out by the green I found. Once I was finished I thought, oh wow my bottle looks really clear now! Gross. Routine bottle wipe downs from now on!

  3. Mold scres me too. WHat are ‘un’ overnight oats, jw ;D
    I dont drink coffee, Im alright hyped up enough as it is, that pasta salad is soo colourful and welcome to the egg salad side ;D deeeeeeeelish, x

    • “Un”overnight oats use the same ingredients as overnight oats, without the overnight soaking time (just to confuse tihngs a little…haha.) I prefer the “un”overnight version, because I love how chewy it gets.

      I have a recipe posted in my “recipe” section if you want to give it a go sometime. 😀

  4. Your dinner looks so yummy! I love coffee, but it has to be sweet. Starbucks tall iced cafe mocha with nonfat milk and no whipped cream = perfection. 😉

  5. Coffee lover here;) (2-3 cups a day)

    Lovely dinner! Eggs on a salad are great. Have you tried a poached egg on top of a (ceasar or nicoise) salad? Delicious!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  6. I actually like to drink my coffee first, and then have a tall gladd of water with my oatmeal 🙂 For some reason, I think a nice mug of bitter coffee is best enjoyed all on it’s own!

    I’ve been eating fried eggs on my salads and savory oats almost every day for quite some time now… I am addicted! They are especially great over wilted spinach 🙂

    ❤ Tat

  7. I am definitely a routine coffee drinker, though am cutting back (mostly) to a cup in the morning. I’ve noticed I start to feel jittery not long after having a cup in the afternoon, and I think coffee is the culprit. (unfortunately!)
    I looove fried eggs over greens! I love hardboiled eggs, too – so to me it wasn’t even that odd 😛 Except, I can’t stand a runny yolk so the whole idea of the yolk is the dressing didn’t work out for me, haha.
    Oh, and as for the water bottle thing – I am awful about letting mine get gross. Not moldy…just sort of…residue, I guess? I never notice until my mom takes it and cleans it. I’m gross :X

  8. I need to make that pasta salad! And I absolutely love coffee, but I usually drink it once a week, if that. I’m one of those people who prefer to pick a cup up from Dunkies or Starbucks, so it’d be expensive if I drank it more often. 🙂

  9. My morning cup of coffee is something I look forward to. Prepped every night so all I have to do is turn on the coffee pot in the morning. mmmmm….

  10. Hey there! New reader here – I found your blog from a comment on KERF. You are getting added to my list 🙂

    I absolutely adore coffee but I hate being too dependent on it, so I’ve been avoiding it whenever it feels like I need it. If that makes any sense.

  11. All of your eats look delicious, and I definitely LOVE having a runny egg overtop a bountiful, vibrant salad! Yum! Have a great day, Sarah!

  12. I drink coffee very rarely — I am more apt to drink coffee at a friend’s house than to make it for myself in the morning.

    I first saw the egg on a salad on Top Chef a few years ago. For some reason it turned me off too — even thought I love love love egg yolk. I have yet to try it. Yours look delicious!

  13. No, I’m not really a coffee drinker, though I do love a good latte or cappuccino, usually when I’m traveling. It’s funny though – yesterday I had a major craving for iced coffee, which I usually dislike, but I may have to make or buy one today.

    I noticed some mold growing on one of my water bottles too, and need to figure out the best way to get rid of it. Gross.

  14. Hey girl…ur salads look soooo awesome..I’ve been craving a tasty salad but I can’t seem to make a good one lately!! Those black beach croq. look amazing too !!

  15. I love coffee. Black. Every morning 🙂 It supercharges my workouts and tastes good.

    I’m glad you’re a fried-egg-on-top-of-greens convert. It’s hard to deny good food like that! 😀

  16. I was in my 30’s before I took up coffee as an alternative to sodas. Now I drink 2-4 cups a day. I try to limit myself to a teaspoon per cup, but it’s tough.

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