Coffee & Quinoa | Simple, delicious, and (mostly) healthy cooking

Hi, I’m Erica! It’s nice to meet you through this crazy little blog.

A bit about me: I’m a lover of everything food, although I’m mostly vegetarian these days. I like eating healthy meals, but I love eating chocolate. This blog is a place where I try to balance the two.

Coffee & Quinoa

The name Coffee & Quinoa comes from two of my favorite breakfast foods. Yes, I like quinoa for breakfast! I’m a morning person, and the best part of my day is often sitting in the kitchen sipping my mug of French press coffee and eating breakfast.

Outside of the kitchen, I work full-time in marketing. I spend the rest of my free time running, doing yoga, and traveling when I can.

Some more of my favorites: novels, The Bachelor, everything German, red wine, hoppy beer, peanut butter, sunbathing, and my hometown of Boston. I live in Salt Lake City with my fiance Nate, who is in medical school here. He’s my favorite, too.

coffee & quinoa

I started this blog as a way to share what I was cooking with my family and friends when I moved across the country. It’s grown since then, and gotten even more fun! I still have lots to learn about cooking, photography, and running a website. Good thing I’m loving sharing it all as I go along!

Coffee & Quinoa

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  • Mom October 19, 2012, 7:09 am

    Erica! You’ve done such a great job on your blog! It perfectly shows your passion for creating delicious and healthy recipes that create a warm, fun mealtime atmosphere without intimidating the cook! Can’t wait til you come home for Christmas and we can cook together!
    Love you!!!!!

    • Erica October 19, 2012, 7:49 am

      Thanks Mom :)

  • Marissa November 2, 2012, 1:19 pm

    Love it, Erica!!! Good work and can’t wait to try some recipes!

    • Erica November 2, 2012, 2:12 pm

      Thanks Marissa!

  • Penny November 15, 2012, 2:08 pm

    I come to you via Jane, who thought I might appreciate your blog. She was right (as grandmothers usually are) and I do! Being a novice cook of some 45 or so years, I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! They look so fresh and healthy, Erica, as is your delightful writing style. Have fun with your blogging. I think you find it an enlightening process. Enjoy!

    • Erica November 15, 2012, 3:05 pm

      Thank you, Penny! I’m glad my grandma is doing such good PR for me. Isn’t she wonderful?

      • Penny November 16, 2012, 2:57 pm

        Indeed, she is; one of my favorites and I have learned a great deal from her.

  • Becky Bachelder December 17, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Hi Erica,
    So happy to have found your blog! You are a great writer, and I am going to try some of your recipes, probably the white chocolate leaves first. Its great that you are taking your mother’s passion for cooking with your own twist. I look forward to reading your posts.

    • Erica December 17, 2012, 4:47 pm

      Thanks Becky!

  • Robin January 7, 2013, 7:36 am

    Hi Erica — I found your blog through Caitlin…..Ben is my nephew! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes…..I think the first one I will try is the lemon pepper hummus…

    • Erica January 7, 2013, 8:05 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Robin! Your nephew is a great guy :) Enjoy the hummus!

  • Lillian January 11, 2013, 8:24 am

    Yay for Utah food blogs!

  • Mary Beth Margolis January 12, 2013, 4:41 pm

    Hi Erica! Your Mom & Dad told us about your cooking blog when we were out at Becky B’s bday bowling bash! ( the extent of my creativity today!) I kind of forgot the name sorry) but your Dad joined Pinterest and pinned it today so I was able to take a look- wow- I’m impressed! Alana has been vegetarian forever and we have another good friend whose daughter is now vegan so I’m going to repin this for all the Boston gang. Hopefully they’ll try out a few of those yummy looking recipes and bring them over to me. Although I just may have to try that lemon rosemary cake myself- a combination of two of my fav flavors! Thanks for the posts and keep cooking!

    • Erica January 12, 2013, 5:03 pm

      Thanks Mary Beth! Good to hear from you, and glad my dad has finally joined Pinterest :)

  • Liv @ Life as Life January 22, 2013, 2:45 pm

    The fact that your mom was the first person to comment makes me like you 100,000,000 more. :) My mom’s my best friend and I always am a big fan of mama support. :)

  • Rebecca Mooney January 23, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Hi Erica,
    I met you briefly after the Christmas Eve service at the Melrose UU Church. Your mom told me about your blog so of course I had to check it out… I love it!!! I’m a big hummus fan so will try your method of making it ;-)
    P.S. Your family is the best!!!

    • Erica January 23, 2013, 5:23 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca! I agree about my family, of course :)

  • Liza January 23, 2013, 10:37 pm

    Your recipes look so delicious! I will be trying some ASAP. Also, Salt Lake City is one of my favorite cities of all time! I spent four years in Park City/Deer Valley during high school as my brother was a professional skier so my family moved there for a couple years before he turned 17. I miss it so so much!

    • Erica January 24, 2013, 10:50 am

      Thanks Liza! That’s awesome that you spent time in Park City. It’s such a beautiful place!

  • dixya @ food, pleasure, and health January 25, 2013, 4:40 pm

    nice to meet with you! Came through Arpanas blog and will be following more of your posts :)

    • Erica January 26, 2013, 12:37 am

      Thanks Dixya!

  • Ann Adams February 5, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Hi Erica! I found your blog because your Dad highlighted it on Facebook. I grew up two doors down from your Dad in Elmhurst and loved spending time with the Foulsers. Your Grandparents give Elmhurst a special flavor and my family missed them terribly when we moved to California. I now live on a 37-foot boat having sailed from Mexico to New Zealand. Luckily my guy loves to cook and we are hooked on your recipes! We especially like sweet potatoes so are trying them all! Your photography is wonderful too. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the yummy work.

    • Erica February 5, 2013, 4:55 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Ann! Wow, I can’t believe you sailed from Mexico to New Zealand – crazy! Enjoy the sweet potato recipes on board your sailboat!

  • Barbara Crystal February 8, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Hello, neighbor! Was at a small family reunion and vegan cooking came up. Of course I remembered about your blog and am passing it along to my cousins. I love it! And I don’t for one second think you are a “novice”. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

    • Erica February 8, 2013, 6:07 pm

      Thanks Barbara! You’re sweet to pass my blog along :)

  • Hannah February 12, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Just like to say.

    I am an Aussie vegan who just decided to google some vegan soup recipes to beat my summer cold. It’s too hot to be cuddling under a blanket to deal with my cold so I hit the blogs to find a high ginger/chilli/garlic recipe and came across this blog. I made your soup (Asian noodle soup to cure a cold) and I freaking loved it.

    Definitely bookmarking this blog from now on.

    • Erica February 12, 2013, 8:47 pm

      Thanks Hannah, so glad to hear you liked the soup! Feel better!

  • Andy February 24, 2013, 7:50 pm

    Thanks for all the inspiration. You’re becoming a go-to resource. Keep it up!

    • Erica February 24, 2013, 8:13 pm

      Thanks Andy!

  • Alaine @ My GF DF Living March 3, 2013, 6:04 pm

    Very happy to have found your blog! I love the title and these recipes are great!

    • Erica March 4, 2013, 7:57 am

      Thanks for reading, Alaine!

  • Betsy @ A Dancer In The Kitchen March 7, 2013, 8:33 am

    Hi! I just came across your blog through Daily Garnish! I just moved from SLC to CA! Coffee and Quinoa are some of my favorites!

  • DessertForTwo April 10, 2013, 6:12 am

    I found you through Dishing up the Dirt, and I’m so glad I did!

    • Erica April 10, 2013, 7:37 am

      Yay! Love her :)

  • Daphne @ Veggiestyle with Daphne April 23, 2013, 11:36 am

    Found your site through a comment you left on Oh She Glows. Love your blog! How did your blog expand since last September? Curious to find out since I recently started my own. Anyway, you have a new follower ;-) Greetz from Holland, Daphne

  • christina May 23, 2013, 9:35 pm

    Hi Erica,

    I was making some box cupcakes, and they were boring, so I added a box of banana pudding mix. Then, I had this epic moment of thought, where I realized my cupcakes needed frosting! Yay search engines because it led me to you!!! I made the banana buttercreame frosting….oh mmmmmm…goes perfect – i have some lucky 8th graders who will be enjoying these special treats, pending a double block of being on task…..2 days til summer break! Yay and way to celebrate with fancy frosted cupcakes!! Thanks!

  • paula June 10, 2013, 5:32 pm

    just found your website and super excited! I am physician living in Atlanta,.. living a plant based diet, at 53 training for my first marathon and always looking for ways to help my patients make healthier choices, and live with a more plant based diet.. Thank you so much.eager to explore… I love love finding new recipes…
    maybe we could collaborate sometime

  • Sara July 13, 2013, 5:32 am

    Dear Erica!

    I’m so happy I found your blog! I live in Germany (if you’re ever visiting, make sure to stop by ;-) and I just found quinoa here and now I’m always looking for delicious recipes! Say hi to your boyfriend, I’m also in medical school :-) Thanks for sharing your recipes!


    • Erica July 13, 2013, 10:28 am

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Sara!

  • Maureen Nadeau July 17, 2013, 5:07 pm

    Hi Erica from the Nadeaus, now in Tucson!

    Elizabeth (or EB as you used to call her) steered me to your blog recently.
    You have forever ruined me for any other brownie, having made the salted pretzel brownie recipe last night! On the other hand, since I will no longer need or want to ingest any other brownie, I am forever saved from that tragic moment of disappointment when one bites into an insipid cocoa-y cakelike brownie.

    Love the blog. Looks like you are doing great. If you make it to the Southwest, feel free to let us know. Great hiking out here, but not in July.
    I am calling this my cultural exchange, as I do feel that I am in another country.


  • Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens September 14, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Hi Erica! So happy I found your blog! Your site is gorgeous – I’m loving what I’m reading so far! SO many fun recipes!
    I love (love!!) that your mom was your first commenter on here! That is just the sweetest thing!!
    Can’t wait to keep reading! :) Great job!!

    • Erica September 16, 2013, 9:15 am

      Thanks so much Gretchen! Glad you found this blog too :)

  • nitin October 4, 2013, 6:00 am

    Hi ERICA . I was delighted to go thorough your blog by chance & It has helped me a lot in trying things .But being INDIAN some of the things V dont get here but i managed it with substitutes Thanks

  • Shanna Ward October 9, 2013, 11:13 am

    I just found your blog – Love your healthy recipes and fantastic photos!

    • Erica October 9, 2013, 11:36 am

      Thank you Shanna! Glad you found it :)

  • Lila February 22, 2014, 7:39 am

    Hi Erica,

    I stumbled upon your blog when I was searching for…borscht! I love Boston and am originally from Western Mass (Pioneer Valley; the beautiful Berkshires…), but made it down to Northeast Louisiana in 2001.

    The area we live in is called Sportsman’s Paradise & although I love the climate and our much slower-paced life, but I sure do miss the variety of culture and great food. Long story short…I really appreciate what you are doing here!

    In my spare time I blog about world class spa and wellness products, as well as tips and inspiration for healthy living on my Facebook page, Sahana Wellness and I will be sure to mention “Coffee and Quinoa” to my followers. If you have a moment, please check my page and let me know what you think.

    Take care & thanks for sharing!



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