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Le Pichet oeufs, jambon et fromage

Simple elegance from Le Pichet... Simple elegance from Le Pichet in Seattle, WA
We had perfect weather this weekend in Seattle. The sunny skies and changing trees were breathtaking. I went to Le Pichet on Sunday morning and enjoyed a lovely French breakfast. Oeufs, jambon et fromage translates to eggs, ham and cheese. I was served a broiled-to-perfection slice of ham topped with two eggs and gruyere cheese, salt, and pepper. Baguettes are complimentary so I dipped the fresh bread into my egg yolks. So good! The coffee we ordered came from a local roastery called Caffe Vita, which was a good dark roast. My chef friend describes Le Pichet as "simple elegance," which definitely described our breakfast experience.

After breakfast I walked down to Seattle's famous Pike Place Market: browsing the variety of shops and colors on a picture perfect day is a treat in and of itself. We bought honey-covered pecans from Chukar Cherries as a holiday treat for my family back home. I also picked up some fresh salsa verde and spices from Market Spice and World Spice for my burrito bowls this week. Breakfast at Le Pichet inspired me to find a baguette to take home and I've enjoyed baguettes from Le Panier and Three Girls Bakery at Pike Place before. However, since it was so nice out, I went ahead and made a trip to one of my favorite bakeries in Seattle, Columbia City Bakery, for a sourdough baguette. The baguette elevated the soup I made for lunch and my egg breakfast this morning! I love Seattle because it has such high-quality foods and ingredients.
#tayloreats #lepichet #ham #eggs #gruyere #cheese #french #breakfast #PikePlace #Seattle #ColumbiaCity #WA #bakery #baguette #chuckarcherries

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Homemade McGriddle

A perfect combo of sweet and... A perfect combo of sweet and savory flavors.
I must admit my love for American fast food. Wendy's, Five Guy's, Culver's, Burger King, and McDonald's all have some tasty food options. One of my guilty pleasures is a sausage, egg and cheese McGriddle from McDonald's. The sandwich isn't a totally awful nutrition or calorie bomb and it tastes so good I would get one when I wanted. However, I was spending too much money on eating out and I had all the ingredients to make one at home. So, I gave it a shot! The result is so good I'm not sure I will be able to justify going out for a McDonald's McGriddle anytime soon. My nutritional profile is much better and I can take creative liberty to season each ingredient to taste.

Nutrition Info

Taylor's McGriddle McDonald's McGriddle
Calories 450 550
Protein 37 g 20 g
Fat 19 g 32 g
Carbs 35 g 45 g
Fiber 5 g 2 g
Sugar 12 g 15 g
Sodium 800 mg 1280 mg


"Sausage" patty

3 oz (85 g) lean ground turkey
Salt and pepper to taste

Pancake buns

39 g Kodiak Cake pancake mix (3/4 one serving)
1 tsp (4 g) cinnamon
.5 tsp (2 g) vanilla extract
1/3 cup almond-cashew milk
2 g butter – used to prevent sticking to my metal ring mold
8 g maple sugar – used to make maple crystals

Mix dry and wet ingredients separately before combining. To get the little pockets of maple syrup like a McDonald's McGriddle, take maple sugar and add a few drops of water to help you form tiny lumps of sugar. I pushed maple sugar chunks into the pancake batter after I poured it on my skillet. If you don't have maple sugar then you can pour maple syrup over the finished pancakes/sandwich or set it to the side for dipping.


1 large egg, beaten to mix yolk and whites
1 g butter – used to prevent sticking to my metal ring mold
Salt and pepper to taste


1 Laughing Cow cheese wedge
#taylorcooks #mcgriddle #breakfast #McDonalds #egg #cheese

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Tomato Basil Breakfast Sandwich

One neatly folded breakfast sa... One neatly folded breakfast sandwich
Since I had leftover roasted tomatoes and avocado from my salmon tacos this week I decided to remix my morning breakfast with them. To make this sandwich, beat one egg with salt or other seasonings and then cook the egg like you're making a crepe. You want a thin layer of egg because you add sliced tomato in the center when the egg is done and fold the egg up to keep the tomato from spilling out, similar to this. The trick is trying to keep the egg from tearing in the pan or getting too thick to fold. Toast the bun and spread one laughing cow cheese wedge onto the top bun and sprinkle with dried basil. I spread the avocado on after spreading the cheese and basil. The result is a savory and filling sandwich for less calories than most options. Since the sandwich is so low calorie I like to pair it with "chocolate milk" which is a mix of one half-scoop of chocolate protein powder blended with PB2, half a banana, and almond-cashew milk (an additional 16g protein and only 185 calories). I'm stuffed until mid-morning and full until lunch time.

Calories: 296
1x Ozery bun: 100 kcal
1x Large egg: 80 kcal
Roasted tomatoes: 15 kcal
Avocado, 22g: 37 kcal
Butter, 4g: 29 kcal
1x Laughing Cow cheese wedge: 35 kcal

Nutrition Info:
Protein: 14g
Fat: 15g
Carbs: 26g
Sugar: 5g
Fiber: 4g
#taylorcooks #eggs #sandwich #breakfast #avocado #cheese #tomato #basil

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Egg and Cheese Muffin

A lite and fluffy breakfast A lite and fluffy breakfast
This egg and cheese muffin is flexible, fluffy, and lightly filling. It can be prepared warm or cold. When time is short the ingredients are easy to grab from the fridge and prep at work. This snack-size meal is also easy to scale: add another egg and cheese wedge with fruit on the side for a complete breakfast.

Preparation is simple: toast an english muffin while you mash one boiled egg and one wedge of Laughing Cow cheese together with a fork. Season with salt and pepper or your preferred blend of spices and top the toasted muffin halves. I bet this would taste amazing with chives mixed in!

Nutrition Info:
Protein: 14g
Fat: 8g
Carbs: 26g
Fiber: 8g
Sugar: 2g

Calories: 205
1 large egg, boiled: 70 kcal
Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss Cheese, 1 wedge: 35 kcal
Thomas' Light Multigrain English Muffin: 100 kcal
#taylorcooks #egg #muffin #laughingcow #cheese

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Taco Tuesday

Today is Taco Tuesday! Here... Today is Taco Tuesday! Here are some tasty ground turkey tacos.
I've never intentionally celebrated this weekly tradition, but today is Tuesday and I did make tacos. I enjoyed all 3 tacos for just 500 calories.

In an effort to improve my cooking skills and save money, I've been challenging myself to prepare most of my meals from basic ingredients instead of purchasing canned or pre-packaged foods.

I made the corn tortillas with Maseca corn flour, Jacobsen's onion salt, and fresh garlic that I shaved with a microplane and added to the dough. The salsa was created with fresh farmer's market tomatoes, peppers, and onions that I roasted, peeled, and then blended with Jacobsen garlic salt and freshly squeezed lime juice. Each taco is filled with ground turkey seasoned with Jacobsen's garlic salt and freshly squeezed lime juice. Lastly, the cheese is Seattle's famous Beecher's Flagship cheese that I grated myself.

The end result is an explosion of flavor thanks to seasoning with garlic, lime, and salt at every stage: I added garlic and salt to the tortillas, salsa, and turkey, plus I squeezed fresh lime juice into the salsa and ground turkey to create a complementary flavor profile. The garlic and lime work with the tomato, turkey, pepper, and corn flavors without overpowering.

I'd say that the hard work is definitely worth it for delicious tacos! Food doesn't get any better than being fresh, nutritious, and flavorful.

Nutrition Info:
Calories: 500
Protein: 36g
Fat: 19g
Carbs: 46g
Fiber: 5g
Sugar: 5g


  • 3 homemade corn tortillas: 180 kcal

  • 4 oz (112g) lean ground turkey: 160 kcal

  • 1 oz (28g) Beecher's flagship cheese: 120 kcal

  • 70g homemade salsa: 35 kcal

  • Freshly squeezed juice from 1/2 a lime: 5 kcal

#turkey #taco #tacotuesday #beechers #cheese #cheddar #salsa #homemade #tortillas #garlic #taylor #cooking #recipe #taylorcooks

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