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Help Me Break Out of My Breakfast Rut!

I'm one of those CHs who thinks constantly about what I'll be eating the next day. Lately, however, bfast has been a real challenge. I am tired of the usual egg/bacon/bfast burrito/pizza/pb & j sandwich type of thing. Since I usually make my own bfast, can anyone suggest something different to make? Something that won't consume too much cooking time? I know I reached the bottom when this morning, I had...nothing (except for coffee)! Thanks.

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  1. Including both the healthy & the oh-so-unhealthy:
    --Yogurt, toasted walnuts & homemade granola w/maple syrup
    --Homemade biscuits & your favorite preserves (bake a whole batch of biscuits when you have time & reheat on subsequent days)
    --fruit salad (cut up the night before if you're pressed for time)
    --cheese grits

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      Cheese grits are great. Cheese grits with jalapenos are greater still and deserve pork chops and soft-scrambled eggs on the side. You can make everything except the eggs the night before, the only problem being that the pork chops and grits wouldn't make it to the next morning in my house.

    2. Scramble up Garden Vegetable egg beaters with a bit of hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Satisfying and fast.

      1. couscous with raisins or dried apricots, nuts, and honey or maple syrup, with a spoonful or two of yogurt on top. Takes about 6 minutes. Put the nuts and raisins into the water for hydrating the couscous. You can also use milk in place of some of the water. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, anything else.

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        1. re: ghbrooklyn

          Wow, this sounds incredible, and I like couscous!

          1. re: gloriousfood

            My brother introduced me to it. It is very satisfying in cold weather and pretty filling, and you can play around with flavoring based upon what you like. My favorite at the moment is raisins, almonds, pinenuts, honey, with 1/3 of the water replaced with milk.

        2. How about steel cut oats made with milk? They do take a little bit of time, but if you wanted you could make 'em the night before and just reheat. Top with fruit (I like banana), nuts, granola, etc.

          It's quite hearty, too.

          1. Greek yogurt (or do as I do and strain regular low-fat plain yogurt in the fridge, then pack it back into the container so it's thick and creamy) Add any fruit and or nuts you have around and sprinkle with brown sugar. The brown sugar really makes it and you don't need much.

            Or dish up some of the yogurt and add applesauce, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Really delicious and so quick.

            1. Pita with za'atar or za'atar and cheese, warmed up. Yum!

              Crepes with lemon and sugar (or butter and sugar)Make the batter the night before, then you can just fry up a few at a time.

              Buckwheat pancakes with frozen berries and yoghurt on top (or maple syrup)

              -Hannah

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              1. re: rogersh

                you can also make the crepes ahead of time and put them in the fridge or freezer. They hold up pretty well.

              2. Baked oatmeal is really good. Or you could do a breakfast strata. Both can be reheated easily in the microwave. And, there's always leftover pizza from the night before...;-)

                1. Frittata with whatever you like in it? Veggies, breakfast meats, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cheese, etc. I like certain combos with salsa on top. I also like that I can make a frittata and eat it 2 or 3 days running.

                  1. Cinnamon toast-- just buttered toast with cinnamon sugar. Maybe too sweet for some, but a great combo. We usually make bread with our breadmaker during the week (handmade bread is for the weekend)then have thick, buttery, cinnamony-sugary slabs of toast all week. Yum.

                    Also love the oeuf en cocotte-- takes a little longer though (20 min).

                    1. I am a big cream of wheat fan... It takes 2 1/2 minutes to cook, once the water boils, and you can add just about anything to it.

                      I am a traditionalist and do not get bored with my usuals, bananas or raisins. You could add nuts, any type of fruit or preserves, cinnamon, etc. So warming and filling, without being too much.

                      1. Twice in my life I have made my own (improved) version of the McGriddle. Wouldn't do this too often unless you have a metabolism of steel, but here goes:

                        - two buttered, toasted english crumpets, soaked in good amount of bitter honey or maple syrup
                        - slab of good, sharp cheddar
                        - crispy bacon rashers
                        - scrambled eggs

                        Combine all to form sandwich. Broil slightly until everything is gooey. Best served with hot, strong, milky tea.

                        1. Make a cooked dried fruit compote. There are all sorts of combinations you can make and season with cinnamon and ground ginger. Keep it in the fridge and top oatmeal with it. A good scoop of ice cream on oatmeal is wonderful too. Please don't got the instant oatmeal route. Quick cooking is okay and if you put steel cut oats to saok the night before they cook up quickly in the microwave the next AM or stove top.

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                          1. re: Candy

                            I use stewed prunes and apricots (cooked with some lemon peel) over my granola (Can stand Only Cafe Fanny - outrageously high-priced but really good). I love this, my husband hates it.

                            Also, apples over cereal are really good. For some reason it took me all these years to try it.

                          2. A thick piece of bread leftover from supper with hard salami & cheese. That's it. sandwich in one hand, coffee in the other, you're out the door.

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                            1. re: ellaj

                              are you german? nothing like broetchen for breakfast

                              1. re: kare_raisu

                                Yes, part German. Your post made me look up broetchen, sounds good and just right for a meat & cheese sandwich breakfast. Now to find a recipe or bakery.....will probably have better luck with the recipe. Not enough variety where I live, sadly.

                            2. The Outlaw Cook keeps a savoury breakfast diary (he doesn't like the sweet stuff in the morning, apparently).

                              Check it out here: http://www.outlawcook.com/bdiarfrm.html

                              This should give you tons of ideas.

                              1. You are all fantastic and rejuvenated my interest in bfast. I will definitely be trying out many of the suggestions here. Makes my mouth water just reading them...thanks much. And keep them coming!

                                1. We like to spread greek yogurt on toasted Health Nut English Muffins. We drizzle a little honey on the yogurt and sprinkle it with freshly ground black pepper.

                                  1. steel cut oatmeal - my suggestion as well. I make a cup of it in the crockpot, which leaves enough for an entire week. I then reheat it in a pot, adding a bunch more water, until its warm and soupy. Then I add a big dollop of vanilla yogurt and another spoonful or so of blueberry jam or something else yummy like that. You get the hot/cool and sweet/savory thing going all at the same time.

                                    Another thing I like at breakfast are regular sandwiches (ham and cheese, etc...), with the addition of a fried egg. Has to have lettuce and mayo though.....

                                    Other ideas are smoothies/shakes. I've been toying with the idea of adding in some oatmeal to these as well, but haven't gotten there yet.

                                    1. My favorite breakfasts are my own versions of the ones that I was served when I lived in Israel
                                      =tomatos&cucumbers cubed with some lemon, s&p
                                      -various cheeses-a white cheddarlike cheese & a farmer's cheese
                                      -some olives
                                      -pita (with z'atar as above as well)
                                      -sometimes hummus
                                      -sometimes eggs

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                                      1. re: RaleighRocker

                                        Along these lines is Paula Wolfert's Biblical Breakfast Burrito (from Syria, Lebanon, Israel, etc.) She had it first in, I think, Syria, where it was only a roasted onion inside pita. She expanded to include tomatoes, mint, parsley, feta, sweet peppers, pepper flakes and olive oil in pita.

                                        I expanded further with whatever I have on hand - cukes, cilantro, green onions, broc or caulfl.

                                        We ate this every week day for about 9 months until I couldn't stand the sight of it. Now months have passed and we started eating it again. Too bad tomato season is ended.

                                        Recently, I also made some falafel for breakfast - with cukes, onion, peppers, shredded greens and tomatoes and topped with Fage Greek yoghurt. Found that you can cook at home and take to work and it's pretty great cold, even tho it's a bit tough.

                                      2. fresh fruit salads are a great way to start the day
                                        baked apples made the night before, microwave warm for bkfast
                                        toast waffles drizzled with honey and fruit (I like pineapple)
                                        ...theme here...I like fresh fruit in the morning :)

                                        1. Some alternative breakfasts I like:

                                          Baked apple stuffed with granola and/or peanut butter
                                          Tchakchouka (eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce)
                                          Chinese baked buns - I like the veggie version, but whatever floats your boat
                                          Healthy trifle (toasted angel food cake layered with yogurt and fruit)
                                          Baked beans - preferably with broiled tomatoes and mushrooms
                                          Spanakopita

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                                            1. re: kare_raisu

                                              nope. i buy them in chinatown, then freeze them.

                                            2. re: piccola

                                              ooooh spanikopita for breakfast! What a grand idea!!!!! Thank you a mil.

                                            3. Hello,

                                              Things I have often:

                                              Breakfast pizza (I know you mentioned this but here is mine)...cinnamon raisin pita break pita toasted and topped with a little crea cheese and sauteed or grilled apple slices.

                                              Carrot butter (homemade similar to apple butter)on orange zest spiked rye bread.

                                              Yogurt with kiwi or any other granola or trail mix.

                                              Homemade oatmeal with nuts, dried fruit, maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom/apricots...not all together but any combination of these is great.

                                              Sweet congee...like rice pudding but a heathier version.

                                              Jenna

                                              1. Soup. Any leftover soup is good - you can beef it up w/ noodles or rice or pierogies - whatever you feel like.

                                                I love gazpacho or vichsoisse for breakfast in the summer. Am I the only one who likes soup for breakfast?

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                                                1. re: bryan

                                                  Definately. I like a thinned down lentil soup in the winter. Works in a travel mug if the opening is big enuf. The Trader Joes's roasted red pepper & tomato thinned down with some stock, a dash a balsamic or hot sauce, and a string cheese stick alongside is great on a lighter note. Of course given the time on a weekend I enjoy pho which is traditionally I believe a way to start the day in Vietnam.

                                                2. Popovers. Very easy to make; you just need the time.
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                                                  Strained yogurt or good ricotta cheese with honey, toasted pine nuts, and peaches/ figs/ berries.

                                                  1. Whole Wheat Toast spread with Avocado and a sprinkling of Spike, simple but delicious!

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                                                    1. re: megsluvsfood

                                                      What is Spike?

                                                      I do avocado and bacon spread with a little mayo for special occasions! I say special occasions due to the artery clogging nature of a bacon mayo and avocado sammy.

                                                      This is by far the best best best sandwich in the world! And not just for breakfast but what an excelent way to start the day!

                                                      Jenna

                                                      1. re: j2brady

                                                        Avocado is wonderful with sardines, too. I think it has an affinity for salty meats.

                                                      2. re: megsluvsfood

                                                        I like the WW toast & avocado combo too, with a slice of tomato, a fried egg, and sometimes a slice of cheese. I'm weirdly particular about putting it together too. I like the avocado slices smashed onto the toast, sprinkled with a bit of salt, then the tomato, also sprinkled with a tiny bit of salt, and then the egg placed on top. If I add cheese I typically do it when the egg is in the pan. This arrangement makes it easier to eat in the car on the way to work (hey, at least I'm not putting on mascara!)

                                                      3. Baked beans and brown bread. Some grilled kielbasa along side is a nice addition once in a while.

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                                                        1. re: KnittingShaker

                                                          Sounds good, but I have to admit, as a Kiwi, baked beans on toast brings back some scary memories!

                                                          1. re: kiwijen

                                                            Sounds like a relative of mashed potato sandwiches to me.

                                                        2. Different, but - I like a little protien in the morning and toast half a (good) bagel and then top it with boneless, skinless sardines packed in olive oil (mild, really, and full of vitamin D) and then dot it liberally with capers. Just brush your teeth well before leaving the house.

                                                          And if fish for breakfast floats your boat, also consider kippered snacks (also in a can), on bagel or other substantial toast, toasted with a sharp cheddar on top.

                                                          1. I love ice cream for breakfast. Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, NY Chocolate Fudge Chunk, just plain chocolate, mint chocolate chip . . . Why not? At least you are getting some dairy, and it's a great pleasure to wake up to!

                                                            1. Try an asian breakfast--miso soup, some leftover shrimp fried rice or steamed dumplings.

                                                              1. My cousin likes vegetable soup for breakfast. Regular vegetable soup.

                                                                My father is partial to polenta, or fried mush as he calls it. Make the polenta the night before, pour into a loaf pan to harden then slice in the morning and fry with butter. Can go sweet or salty.

                                                                In Chinatown I've had jook which is rice porridge, with shrimp, duck, or bbq pork sliced on top. Green onions & slivered fresh ginger and you're good to go. You can make a batch ahead of time and warm it up. Nice & filling on a cold day.

                                                                Huevos rancheros--eggs baked or poached in salsa with tortillas and beans. Or huevos divorciados, same thing but one egg in green salsa, the other in red.

                                                                I sympathize with outlaw cook, I don't do sweets in the a.m., and all the coffee shop seems to have is cupcakes.

                                                                1. i love me eggs. v. fast, good protein. my favorite version is to fry 2 eggs in a small pan in some butter + o.oil with goat cheese or feta (just about any cheese works) spinkled on top. put a lid on the frying pan so the cheese melts and the top of the yolk turns white. serve over toast with chopped scallion or chive on top.
                                                                  my mom introduced me to coddled eggs. you can find some pretty & cheap egg coddling cups online, add all sorts of wee savory bits (cheeses, herbs, plain yogurt, lemon zest, chopped nuts, crumbled bacon) on top of the eggs in the cups. when done cooking, scoop onto good toast.
                                                                  and of course there's the old childhood favorite: toad-in-the-hole (remove the middle from a fat slice of bread, put the slice in a well-buttered frying pan, crack an egg into the middle, flip all when appropriate.

                                                                  1. When you are in a real hurry and dont have time for anything but toast and coffee, there are 3 things that will add some excitement:
                                                                    *NUTELLA : classic italian chocolate and hazelnut spread...YUM
                                                                    * Almond butter with apple butter: different take on PB & J, and its a nutritious and delicious alternative