It does not take all that much to make me happy in the food department these days: a thick slice of homemade honey-sweetened bread topped with fat spears of oil-doused, roasted asparagus and a perfectly-poached egg definitely does it.

Poached Egg, Asparagus, Toast  from Healthy Green Kitchen

I recently wrote about wanting more cake in my life. Same goes for bread.

You are probably wondering what’s going on. Am I on a carb binge or something? No… not at all, but I AM eating more carbs (and more food in general) these days. Since I started doing a lot of weight training a few months ago, I have found that I simply need to eat more that I was eating previously (plus I really do believe there is room for both bread AND cake in a healthy, balanced diet).

Good bread is tasty, and it’s a damn convenient food to have in the house. When I have time, I bake my own. It’s something I have always loved to do, but I will be honest with you: for years, I felt like I was doing something “wrong” when I baked bread since I’d convinced myself bread was “bad” for me based on everything I’ve read that demonizes wheat and gluten. Well, I am done with that way of thinking. I am done with categorizing foods as “bad” or “good”. It’s all just food after all: I choose to eat more of some things and less of others, and that’s that (no one in my family has problems with wheat or gluten so there is simply no reason for us to completely avoid them).

If you want to read a little more about where I am at with all of this right now, here you go: My Open Letter To Everyone Who Eats.

The recipe for the honey wheat bread and this dish both come from a new book called Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun by Daphne Oz. I don’t spend much time in front of the tv (unless you count the re-runs of The Nanny and Full House that I watch with my daughter), so I had honestly never heard of the author before this book landed in my mailbox (thanks to the publisher, who sent me a review copy). That said, Daphne is apparently the cohost of a show called The Chew; she is also Dr Mehmet Oz’s daughter.

I’ve only perused the book so far and really can’t speak to much of the content, but I will say that the recipes are pretty lovely, and the photography is really stunning. Also, the book just has a happy “vibe” to it so I do plan to sit down and actually read it soon.

I had this dish for lunch yesterday, but I think it would make the perfect Mother’s Day meal if you are looking for something to that effect. Have a happy weekend, everyone!

Poached Egg and Asparagus on Toast from Healthy Green Kitchen

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Mothers Day Breakfast from Healthy Green Kitchen


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    Betty Ann @Mango_Queen — May 12, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    I was intrigued by your post and also love honey on anything. I also love making bread so I shall go look up your Honey Wheat loaf recipe. Thanks for sharing this delightful brunch treat. Thanks for the blog visit and the kind comments. What a wonderful gift for Mother’s day when friends say the nicest things. Have yourself a great Mom’s day, too, Winnie :-)

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    Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir — May 12, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Definitely one of my favorite springtime meals! And I have been eating SO many carbs lately while traveling Europe… The French really do like their bread.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — May 12, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

    Agreed! Bring on the bread and cake (or, in my case, cookies)! I’ve been doing toast with eggs almost every day this week and it’s been glorious. Loving this honey wheat toast. It looks so wonderfully rustic!

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    The Wimpy Vegetarian — May 14, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    I love meals like this. In fact, I like a poached egg on just about anything it seems. I’m eating more carbs too, I admit, since I too started a weight training program at the gym a couple of months ago. Totally understand !

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    Karla — May 21, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Wheat-based bread fueled the Roman conquest of Europe. It can’t be that bad.