bored with breakfast
- luther Jan 4, 2005 11:01 AM
One of my resolutions this year was to wake up in time to eat breakfast at home before work. But I get bored easily with toast, bagels, and cereal.
I would love to hear some quick, easy, unique ideas for breakfast if you have them. Even something I can make the night before...
I love black beans, so I:
Heat black beans in a small pan until they're the consistency of re-fried beans. Canned or dried both works. Obviously canned is the easier way to go because it's cooked and seasoned, and you just need to add a few herbs/salt/pepper that you enjoy. Or a touch of cayenne for some kick.
Layer the paste onto your tortilla of choice, then cover with saran wrap, and repeat until you have a little stack. When you want to eat one, just peel it off and put it on a skillet/pan over low flame. I usually throw it on the pan before I brush my teeth, come back and throw some mozarella on it and then go put my clothes on, and throw the whole thing on a paper towel and eat it on my walk to work. It's warm, savory, not too crazy for breakfast, and filling.
A Chinese favorite is also rice with dried pork shreds in the middle. Spread leftover rice on saran wrap (only works with fairly sticky rice: jasmine, Japanese rose/botan, glutinous), sprinkle with dried pork shreds, and roll up. You could get creative with the fillings: buy some BBQ pork from a Chinese takeout place, put in vegetables...just remember it tastes pretty bad when it's fridge-cold. I'd warm it up a bit.
You could make Chinese porridge or congee ("jook" or "zhou" in Cantonese and Mandarin respectively). It's very easy. Just simmer cooked rice that you have leftover in chicken stock until it's falling apart (about 15 minutes depending on what kind of rice you have). Then top with salty or strong flavored things, like fried shallots, dried pork, fried fish, etc., or if you're going the healthy route - sliced green onions and cilantro and pickled bamboo shoots.
Quite filling, but mainly water, so you're hungry in time for lunch. :)
Perhaps not especially original but I've recently been enjoying the Beckett-ian minimalism of hard boiled eggs (easily done the night before) with espresso from my stovetop espresso maker. The tiny little cups of espresso and the compact little eggs are pretty satisfying and very tidy.
If you're curious about trying new kinds of salts you could do your own morning tasting. In some restaurants that do salt-tastings they use hard-boiled eggs as the salt-delivery-vehicle. You could get some obscure French salts and compare every morning.
I like good multigrain toast with peanut butter and jelly for breakfast. The PB helps it stick till lunch. Fruit smoothies are great in the summer months.
How about the previous night's leftovers. Who says breakfast has to be eggs and toast?
How about smoothies - yummmm
I have a recipe for a protien bar. It's quite good and better for you than store bought ones (you can pronounce all the ingredients!)
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup nut butter
1 cup sweetner of choice (sugar, splenda, E, etc)
1 1/3 cups (4 scoops) Whey Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Flax Meal
Up to 3 Tablespoons of liquid flavoring, if desired. (see below)
Melt the butter and nut butter together in the microwave (about 1 minute). Stir well. Mix in the splenda, flax meal and flavorings. Taste and adjust flavoring at this point... just remember you want it a little strong right now. Mix in the protein powder, scraping and stirring well. I pat it into a foil lined loaf pan, cover with plastic, and press it into an even layer with my hand. Refrigerate until solid. Cut into 8 bars.
For extracts, 1/2-1 1/2 teaspoons is usually plenty (depending on the flavor).
For Torani/DaVinci, go for 2-3 Tablespoons.
You can also use dry flavorings (like SF Kool Aid (1/2 teaspoon)).
You can stir in nuts/coconut/freeze dried berries.
You can just go with the flavor of the Protein Powder (no flavorings).
A casserole should last you a few days -
For 6 servings:
3 tbsp. butter, softened
12 slices bread
3 tbsp. mustard or cranberry sauce
6 oz. smoked chicken, turkey or ham
6 oz. cheddar or Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
1/8 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup water
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup onion, minced
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 dash Tabasco
Butter one side of each slice of bread, spread other side with mustard or cranberry sauce. On mustard/cranberry side of six slices, evenly divide chicken/turkey/ham, cheese and tomato. Cover with a slice of bread, buttered side out; cut sandwiches in half, diagonally. (Basically you're just making sandwiches and cutting them in half).
Arrange sandwiches, cut side down and overlapping, in greased 11 x 7 baking dish. Whisk together eggs, cream, water, pepper, onion, Worcestershire and Tabasco (leave out last three if you're using cranberry sauce), and pour over sandwiches. Cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until crisp and golden.
The original recipe had crushed cornflakes mixed with melted butter on top.
I know you're sick of eggs - but this one is quick (if you want to cook ahead of time)
Scrambled Eggs to Go
1 dozen eggs
1 lb. sausage (we like spicy)
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
Brown and crumble sausage. Let cool, and add eggs and cheese... mix well. Pour into 18 greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
These are quick & easy, keep well in the fridge, and reheat wonderfully (1 1/2 minutes in the microwave). We have 2 or 3 for a serving (3 muffins = 2 eggs).
Finally - this is one of my favorites during the colder months. I mix the dry ingredients together and store in fridge. Simply scoop out what you need and voila! A hot, filling breakfast.
Doggy's Dream of Wheat
3/4 cup serving:
3 T whey protein powder
3 T flaxmeal (or 1.5 T seeds, ground)
1.5 T unprocessed wheat bran
1 T erythritol (or your choice of sweetener)
1 T Splenda or flavored syrup (coconut's my favorite)
salt to taste
1 cup water
I make it over the stove. Much better. Put all the dry ingredients in, making sure there are no clumps. Add water slowly, stirring. Turn the stove on and stir frequently once it starts to boil. It'll get thick fairly quickly (like Cream of Wheat). Put in a bowl, add 1 T coconut milk or cream or butter. Add other stuff, if you wish.
To make chocolate, add a T (or less, actually) of cocoa.
I like to do eggs with leftover tender meat from the night before. Or eggs with leftover veggies and some cheese. Really anything with a nice sauce works.
I also sometimes put enchilada (sp?) sauce in the pan and let it get hot and then cook a few eggs, sunny side up. When they are cooked, I throw them on a warm tortilla.
Don't forget a hot cup of coffee or tea. For whatever reason I am much more satisfied than with a cold drink.
Make some homemade chunky applesauce "al dente" and spiced to your liking. Then, in the morning before your shower:
Preheat oven (toaster oven is okay, I guess) to 350 degrees.
Spray oil a small souffle pan (or deep, single serving, oven-proof dish)
2/3 Cup of ricotta cheese
tablespoon of sugar (or sweetener to taste)
pumpkin spice (or just cinnamon - whatever)
dash of salt
Put chunky applesauce in the oiled dish
Pour ricotta mixture over it
Put it in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes.
Take your shower and whatever.
Eat the aroma, then eat the "Apples and Ricotta Pie"
Note: You may have to let it sit for a little while while it cools. And, it's also good cold or room temperature.
Total Prep Time for Apples and Ricotta Pie is less than five minutes after you make the applesauce.
This morning just after breakfast, I read a letter from a friend that was printed on apple pie-spiced paper. I noticed the scent and wondered how cooking my eggs and buttery potatoes did that. Then I read in her letter about the paper she used. The envelope wasn't even marked "open right after eating breakfast." It was appreciated.
fresh bread with pate and cheese
grilled cheese (with apples)
Try the breakfast oatmeal clafoutis from Chocolate & Zucchini. It's good hot, but since it takes an hour to cook it's best made ahead if you want it for a workday breakfast. You can heat it, but I like it cold, esp. in summer.
I halve the recipe with no problems.
1. soft fresh tofu/"tofu fa" it comes in quart(?) sized tall round containers in Asian markets cold case. Make a simpe syrup with a flavouring of your choice. Ginger is typical in Asian markets. I like the green pandan flavour myself (you can buy it in liquidy paste form). In little Saigon in LA all the Asian markets carry fresh tofu(many times still hot from the merchant), often with tapioca and coconut milk and a simple syrup.
It's an "easy to eat" protein in the morning, just slurp it down and you can adjust the amount of syrup you'd like. Or mix and match with something else that sounds good to you....TJ's peach sauce?
2. The Trader Joe's peach sauce is great on top of cottage cheese by the way! Another easy way to get some protein.
3. I usually soak my McCanns(?) steel cut oat meal in a small sauce pan with the proper amount of water with a pinch of salt and leave it on the stove with a lid the night before so in the morning I only have to cook it for about 10 minutes. Again, it's great with the peach sauce and a dribble of half-half.
4. Breakfast burrito? Tortilla, scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage(the brown and serve is less messy than the raw meat kind), hash brown patty in the toaster oven, cheese, Tapatio.....roll it all up together and you've got something you can eat on the run.
5. Smoothie. Any combo of the following, frozen mango, frozen wild blueberries, frozen strawberries, frozen pineapple, canned peaches, (all from TJ's, best prices), a cup of yogurt(plain or flavoured), a scoop of protein powder, orange juice(or whatever you have on hand) and blitz. There you go. (Make sure you have a big sturdy straw because the smoothie can be thick, I use the blue straws I gank from Jack in the Box.
6. Easy egg muffin sammiche. English muffin toasted(I like Orowheat Health Nut). Small glass/ceramic bowl, sprayed with oil spray, crack one egg, break the yolk, sprinkle salt + pepper, plastic wrap on top, zap for just about a minute in the microwave. Place hot egg on top of muffin, a slice of muenster, (bacon or sausage if you want to take the extra step) and eat. I sometimes use leftover brie, basil, bruschetta, ham, whatever to place on top of egg.
The above is also very good with a eggplant parmesan "disk" that Trader Joe's sells frozen. Just zap it in the microwave on top of the raw egg.
Bacon, by the way can be done in the microwave very easily. Just a bottom & top layer of paper towels at one minute intervals until done to your liking.
Cottage cheese mixed with cooked white or brown rice, cinnamon, sugar/sweetener, and vanilla warmed in the microwave.
1. Melted cheese on toast
2. Baked eggs. I used to put the eggs on and go get dressed while they cooked.
I make endless variations on the breakfast burrito. The base incredients are: soft-cooked egg, hot sauce and flour tortilla. In the last few weeks I've added, mostly separately: leftover crab legs, avocados, cheese, leftover rice (great with the aforementioned avos and cheese), takeout tikka masala sauce (highly recommended), anchovies (also h.r.), thinly-sliced steak, lox, prosciutto, chopped leftover veggies. The variety keeps it fresh, it's quick and easy to prepare and a good way to use up your leftovers.
I'm big into steel-cut oatmeal these days, I just love the texture and it's really filling. You can cook it the night before or even a bigger portion early in the week and reheat. Add any of the following: plain or fruit yoghurt, creme fraiche, toasted coconut flakes, dried cranberries/cherries, fresh berries, banana, maple syrup, brown sugar, toasted pumpkin seeds, granola, roasted pears/apples.
You can also make fresh muesli by soaking rolled oats in apple juice overnight. In the morning, add plain yoghurt, grated apple, cinammon, some seasonal fresh fruit and drizzle with honey. Yum.
Also tuna/salmon and melted cheese on toast or rice/corn cakes with fresh tomato and onion slices. Or avocado mashed with onion, coriander and spicy feta, sometimes mixed with a soft-boiled egg, on toast or on its own. Sounds weird but it's good.
I surprised myself a couple of weeks ago by having a craving for a fried egg sandwich. Or better yet a toad in the hole (cut a circle out of a piece of bread, fry the bread in butter with an egg in the well). Weird because I don't eat eggs or butter much and haven't had anything like this since I was a kid. It was fun to make and quite satisfying. Although I must admit that the satisfaction may have largely been nostalgia-driven.
Waffle sandwiches, filled with peanut or soy butter or cream cheese with sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey
I really like fish for breakfast. When I broil sole or grouper, I always make extra for the morning.
If you have a rice cooker with a "porridge" setting it's good for making hot cereal. Use the same measures as you do for rice.
I put in the oats and water the night before, set the timer it to be ready at 7:00am. Set the cooker for "porridge". First thing in the morning, I open the rice cooker, pour in some milk, add some dried fruit. I leave the cooker on warm. After I'm showered and dressed, the dried fruit has softened and the cereal is delicious.
This works with rolled oats and steel-cut oats.
I just got some Kamut grain flakes - a relative of wheat. It's supposed to be higher in protein than oats or regular wheat. It has a nice flavor and slightly chewy texture. I'm curious to try other flaked grains like spelt and barley.
Pasta cheech. Saute some very thinly sliced garlic in olive oil lightly. Add a can of chopped tomatoes and half a can of water. Add a drained and rinsed can of garbanzo beans. Salt to taste. Heat through. Add cooked ditalini and top with fresh chopped italian parsley. You can make the night before, heat on the stove or in the microwave and just add the parsley in the morning. Filling and delicious.
My other suggestions would be soups and bread and cheese.