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I don't like breakfast food.

QueenB Apr 18, 2007 07:46 AM

Here's my dilemma. I'm not a fan of traditional breakfast foods. I don't really care for oatmeal, eggs, pancakes and cereal. However, I need to eat in the morning. Currently, I force myself to eat stuff like oatmeal and yogurt because they fill my belly and are somewhat nutritious. I've also taken to eating Hot Pockets (the lunch-type ones), which are most likely not very good for me.

I'd like some recommendations for foods I can eat for breakfast and enjoy. Some things that aren't traditional breakfast foods. Preferably things I can make ahead of time, or the night before, because I leave way too early in the morning for work to want to cook before I go.

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    Hungry Celeste RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 07:56 AM

    What's wrong with a sandwich for breakfast? Turkey on wheat toast, a grilled cheese sandwich or cheese toast, or even a bacon sandwich. Egg salad is easily made ahead and will provide a good protein foundation for the day. Or try a quick cheese & salsa quesadilla. You can make most of these in the same amount of time it takes to warm up a hot pocket! My favorite breakfast these days is a big bowl of pho tai....if I could only find someone to deliver it at 6:30 AM.

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      QueenB RE: Hungry Celeste Apr 18, 2007 08:25 AM

      Can't do grilled cheese, anything toasted or quesadilla. All I've got here at work is a microwave.
      Turkey sandwich on bread sounds good though.

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        Hungry Celeste RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 09:24 AM

        The microwave is perfect for making quesadillas. Put cheese on tortilla, microwave for 15 seconds or until cheese melts.

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          LStaff RE: Hungry Celeste Apr 18, 2007 10:02 AM

          That can't be good.

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            Hungry Celeste RE: LStaff Apr 18, 2007 10:30 AM

            Depends on the quality of your tortilla, IMHO. Really good ones take kindly to a gentle spin in the 'wave. And melted cheese is melted cheese, whether you used a direct heat source like a skillet, toaster oven, or the microwave. I'm puzzled by your outright dismissal of microwave-melted cheese on flatbread. What on earth could be "bad" about it?

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              QueenB RE: Hungry Celeste Apr 18, 2007 10:35 AM

              Don't you miss the crispy exterior of the tortilla? Man, there is just something about that griddled outside that rocks.

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                Hungry Celeste RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 11:18 AM

                Well, I usually do 'em in the toaster oven, so the crispy exterior is definitely there. But I never met a form of melted cheese on bread that I didn't like, so I'd miss it, but eat it anyway.

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                  jturtle RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 01:07 PM

                  One of my favorite favorite snacks is tortilla & cheese (aka what you are calling a quesadilla). I don't call it a quesadilla as it is not cooked as a normal qeusadilla is prepared therefore it isn't the same thing and shouldn't be looked upon as a quesadilla. It is though tortilla & cheese melted together and it is delish!

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                    Hungry Celeste RE: jturtle Apr 19, 2007 01:10 PM

                    Okay, I guess my melted cheese on flatbread isn't a quesadilla, but then if we're enforcing ethnic standards, I think that 98% of the restaurants in the US need to stop serving "cajun" whatever.

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                      jturtle RE: Hungry Celeste Apr 19, 2007 01:38 PM

                      Sorry I wasn't criticizing (I think melted cheese on flatbread sounds tasty) I was just trying to explain to the OP that she shouldn't expect it to be like a traditional quesadilla but that it is something different but no less tasty.

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            Miss Needle RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 10:14 AM

            Have you thought about getting a crockpot? Like you, I don't like typical American breakfast foods. The night before, I throw the fixins for either a congee or a soup. I wake up the a nice, piping hot breakfast.

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          Veggie_Girl RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 08:02 AM

          Although I like some breakfast foods, I often prefer foods that are more "lunch-like" in the morning. One of my favorite things for breakfast is rice and veggies. A big batch of rice will keep for several days in the fridge. You can even portion it out into single-serve size containers. If you use fresh veggies (i.e. carrots, squash, zucchini, etc.), you can steam them the night before and reheat them right along with the rice. If you use frozen veggies, you can heat them in a separate container in the microwave, and combine them with the re-heated rice. Depending on my mood, I'll mix in some nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes, salt, and/or margarine. It's filling, satisfying, and certainly more nutritious a hot pocket.

          If you simply don't like breakfast foods, than why not just have a salad or a sandwich? Just because it's not "typical," doesn't mean that you can't have fresh veggies for breakfast. I'll take that over an omelette any day!

          1. Sam Fujisaka RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 08:06 AM

            Tried Japanese breakfast? Re-heated rice in the MW with hot green tea and vegetable pickles. Mmmmmm! and no grease or oil. Two minutes prep at the most. Slightly salty, slightly sweet crunchy veg pickles can be made on Sunday to last the week, or can be purchased in Asian food stores in the US.

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              tuxedo RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 18, 2007 10:39 AM

              what exactly is a "japanese breakfast"???

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                Sam Fujisaka RE: tuxedo Apr 18, 2007 10:50 AM

                "Exactly"? No idea what everyone eats.

                But maybe something like what we eat, like...re-heated rice in the MW with hot green tea and vegetable pickles. It was a suggestion for QueenBee and not a cultural-culinary statement.

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                  QueenB RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 18, 2007 12:27 PM

                  Sam, do you pour the tea into the rice? Or are you saying green tea as a drink?

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                    Sam Fujisaka RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 12:45 PM

                    Tea as a separate drink.

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                      QueenB RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 18, 2007 03:38 PM

                      Ahhhhh. Well then, I'm glad I didn't try and make it the way I thought you were suggesting!

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                        Sam Fujisaka RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 03:44 PM

                        Oh, but the older folks all do that--pour the tea over the rice.

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                          ricepad RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 19, 2007 12:29 PM

                          I am NOT old, but I pour tea over my rice ALL the time!

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                            Sam Fujisaka RE: ricepad Apr 19, 2007 12:32 PM


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                              ricepad RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 19, 2007 12:50 PM

                              'sokay. It's one of a few things I picked up from my ojiichan. Another is finishing off a meal with a bowl of rice topped with some fukujinzuke and little bit of mayonnaise....which makes a great breakfast, too!

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                chef chicklet RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 18, 2007 10:54 AM

                Pickled vegetables? Do you mind sharing your version please? I love rice for breakfast.

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                  Sam Fujisaka RE: chef chicklet Apr 18, 2007 11:11 AM

                  1. Cucumber: zebra peel cukes, cut in half both ways, get rid of seeds and pulp, further slice quarters in long slices. Put in zip-lock. Toss in maybe a shot-glass of soy sauce and another of lime juice per one or two cukes. The marinade will draw out the cuke juices, giving you a crunchy, limey, slightly salty pickle.

                  2. Eggplant: slice Japanese aggplant into rounds, layer and salt in a large bowl, weight down with an upside down plate and rock (or plastic jug of water). After an hour or so, squeeze out salty water (but don't rinse) and add vinegar-sugar solution to taste. I add chili powder or sauce to these.

                  3. Thin sliced or grated carrots and diakon: just peel, slice, soak in vinegar-sugar solution to taste.

                  4. Also often have cold lightly blanched young green beans on hand to be served with a bit of miso mixed with lime juice.

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                    QueenB RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 18, 2007 12:28 PM

                    How long will these pickles last? Store in the fridge?

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                      Sam Fujisaka RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 12:45 PM

                      Stored in the fridge, they last the week. Make on Sunday, easily last through Friday's breakfast.

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                        chef chicklet RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 19, 2007 12:52 PM

                        Thank you Sam F!

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                          prunefeet RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 19, 2007 02:24 PM

                          Yes, thanks, this sounds really good and easy as well. I am not mad about typical american bkfst foods either.

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                        amyzan RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 19, 2007 08:43 PM

                        Breakfast or salad radishes also make good pickles (provided you like radishes.) Slice them top to bottom in quarters and salt them like Sam directed for the eggplant, using about 1/2 tsp. for a bunch (probably 10-12.) After half an hour, squeeze them a bit and wipe off any undissolved salt. On the stovetop, mix 1 tbsp. superfine sugar in 1/3 c. rice vinegar and warm until it dissolves. Place a small piece of kelp in the bottom of a glass jar big enough to hold the radishes. Add the radishes and pour the sugar and vinegar mixture over all. Lid it and place in the frig, where they will last indefinitely.

                        These are a good substitute for beni shoga, even though they aren't ginger, because the color is beautiful and they have bite. I can't find beni shoga made without red food coloring.

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                    lasiciliana RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 08:39 AM

                    I don't care much for traditional breakfast foods myself..ususally eat sandwiches for breakfast...

                    today I had two slices of whole wheat bread, spread on some laughing cow cheese, piled up some sliced tomato, cucumbers and shredded carrots. I also had an apple and cup of coffee.

                    how about peanut butter and jelly sandwich? or peanut butter and banana? any coldcuts will do as well.

                    who said you HAVE to eat eggs for breakfast? you're an adult...you can have anything you WANT! :o)

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                      Veggie_Girl RE: lasiciliana Apr 18, 2007 08:51 AM

                      The laughing cow and veggie sandwich sounds wonderful! I think I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow!

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                        QueenB RE: Veggie_Girl Apr 18, 2007 09:23 AM

                        It does sound good (although, I confess to not knowing what laughing cow cheese is). I may have to try sandwiches like that.

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                          lintygmom RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 09:29 AM

                          Laughing cow is La Vache Qui Rit, a very mild slightly nutty cow's milk cheese that comes from France and is found in attractive circular containers in the refrigerated sections of many food stores. It is one of the cheeses in the category of Gruyeres.

                          It comes in wedges or tasty little squares, making a veggie/fruit/cracker/and cheese meal really easy.

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                            Loren3 RE: lintygmom Apr 18, 2007 10:53 AM

                            If you read the ingredients and nutrition information, you'll see that laughing cow is closer to velveeta than it is gruyere. Gives me the huhs. My chowspouse loves it for some sinister and twisted reason. Then again, I like string cheese, so there you have it.

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                              prunefeet RE: Loren3 Apr 19, 2007 02:26 PM

                              I loved it as a child, but can't stomach it now either. To each his own.

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                            MarkhamDee RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 09:37 AM

                            Laughing Cow is a brand of cheese, originally from France (called "La Vache Qui Rit" there)... You can check out http://www.thelaughingcow.com for more details.

                            It sounds like it would work well for you, not only because it's not typical breakfast food, but it comes in easily-portable preportioned wedges, and has some nice flavor options.

                      2. Sarah P RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 08:42 AM

                        What about an egg salad sandwich? Keeping the breakfast theme with the eggs but you can upstyle the eggs and make them into a salad with crisp lettuce and tomatoes. That way you wouldn't have to worry about heating anything up in the microwave and this should fill you up for a while?????

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                          QueenB RE: Sarah P Apr 18, 2007 09:21 AM

                          Not a big fan of eggs in general.
                          The Easter Bunny has a hit out on me. ;-)

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                          soupkitten RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 09:04 AM

                          make a breakfast smoothie with yogurt, frozen fruit and a banana. you can optionally put in powdered dietary supplements, but even if you don't it's very healthy, lo-cal/fat & gives you energy for the morning. it's as fast as making toast, which you can do at the same time if you don't think the smoothie will fill you up. it's also kinda fun, i think. drink on your way to work.

                          a tip: when you've poured your smoothie out of the blender, slosh some hot water and a drop of dish soap, turn on the blender for 5 secs, dump & rinse. then you won't come home to a crusty blender and you'll be ready to go the next day & your kitchen stays clean.

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                            Sharuf RE: soupkitten Apr 19, 2007 02:46 AM

                            A family tradition has been egg nogs for breakfast when the mood strikes. Milk, raw egg, vanilla, a little bit of sugar, nutmeg, and some banana if you have it. Into the blender and blast away. Cinnamon toast is particularly good with this.

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                              soupkitten RE: Sharuf Apr 19, 2007 11:04 AM

                              oo yum. didn't think of that, but i do like smoothies for breakfast because they're of infinite variety: whatever fruit & spices you feel like, cocoa, the banana that's getting a little brown, can of mandarin oranges, whatever. i made a smoothie out of leftover cucumber raita once that i thought was really refreshing, i should figure out a recipe from fresh cukes maybe. & i always seem to have 8 open jam & jelly containers in the fridge, plus apple butter, 2 kinds pb, etc so can mix & match smoothie with toast.
                              dang now i want pb toast with honey.

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                                lintygmom RE: soupkitten Apr 19, 2007 07:54 PM

                                I keep frozen berries and pineapple from TJ's in the freezer--buttermilk (better than yogurt and easier to pour) + banana +cinnamon +berries = great smoothie. I'd love a candied yam one but my husband gags at the thought.

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                                  soupkitten RE: lintygmom Apr 20, 2007 09:17 AM

                                  maybe he'd try one of my faves, pumpkin/cocoa-- you can use canned pumpkin

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                                    Emme RE: lintygmom Apr 20, 2007 09:56 PM

                                    Yam in smoothies +/- dates... yum.

                            2. Bob Dobalina RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 09:09 AM

                              I think you can eat whatever you like for breakfast - there are no rules.

                              What are the things that you do enjoy eating? (if not eggs, breads, grains or yogurt)

                              Personally, in the summer, I eat lots of fresh fruit, some cheese, some cold meats (sliced roast chicken) or even a sliced fresh tomato from the garden with some olive oil and cheese.

                              Cold pizza or leftover chinese food always works too! ;)

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                                QueenB RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 18, 2007 09:22 AM

                                Goodness, I like so much other stuff.
                                I never thought of even bringing dinner leftovers to work for breakfast, but I'm thinking that might just work!

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                                  Aromatherapy RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 12:40 PM

                                  Leftovers are great by me. Also sandwiches. Fortunately I don't have the cooking limitations.

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                                    maria lorraine RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 01:08 PM

                                    Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Eat dinner leftovers for breakfast, or anything that
                                    appeals to you and is nutritious. Don't let the time of day get in the way.

                                2. alanstotle RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 10:12 AM

                                  Heck...I love breakfast food and _still_ I sometimes like to eat lunch and dinner foods for breakfast. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning, the thought of eating leftover Chinese food--something spicy with some meat in it--gets me so excited that I don't even need coffee to get my blood flowing! This is, of course, all to the great amusement of my wife.

                                  Although I've never baked a pizza for breakfast, I could see that working out well. I suspect that a casserole would also work well; you could assemble it the night before, then pop it in the oven before you get in the shower and have a hot "breakfast" ready by the time you're all dressed.

                                  In fact, I'd guess that just about any single-dish comfort food would be a good breakfast.

                                  And I'm also a big advocate of eating dessert for breakfast--especially pie.

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                                    Ruth Lafler RE: alanstotle Apr 18, 2007 10:34 AM

                                    Isn't leftover pizza the traditional "morning after" breakfast for college students?

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                                      Will Owen RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 18, 2007 01:29 PM

                                      Yes, and at least one 60-something retiree, too... ;-)

                                      This was an extremely long thread, I believe back in the pre-CNET days.

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                                        alanstotle RE: Ruth Lafler Apr 18, 2007 04:03 PM

                                        And at least one 40-something (myself) as I have been known to imbibe in cold pizza (and enjoy it) on occasion.

                                        Though what I was suggesting in my post was not cold pizza but an actual baked pizza. I don't suppose too many people are going to find many pizza places open at 8:00am, but a frozen pizza baked in the oven (if frozen pizza is your cup of tea) or a homemade,. pizza baked in the oven, with a cold glass of milk or orange juice, could be pretty yummy. (Perhaps we should draw the line at having beer with that breakfast pizza.)

                                        Heck, a ham and cheese pizza is halfway to a ham and cheese omelet.

                                    2. ipsedixit RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 10:16 AM

                                      When I'm in a hurry, I often eat an energy bar and a piece of fruit.

                                      Clif Bar + Banana
                                      Lara Bar + Fuji Apple

                                      (Oh, and always Diet Coke ...)

                                      You get the idea. Nutritious, filling and easy to assemble and eat.

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                                        chef chicklet RE: ipsedixit Apr 18, 2007 10:57 AM

                                        I love cottage cheese with salsa, cucumbers, cilantro, celery. and also homemade pico de gallo for breakfast. Ice cold sliced tomatoes, are also breakfast for me. I had to quit my favorite, hashed browns, and corned beef with Pico Pica - too fattening, darn it!
                                        I was going to suggest egg foo yung made with egg white, shrimp bean sprouts and veggies and a nice seasoning sauce. That is a beatimus breakfast to me!

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                                          Sophia. RE: chef chicklet Apr 19, 2007 02:15 PM

                                          cottage cheese with salsa is amazing! I'm going to try it your way adding more veggies....

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                                        Loren3 RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 10:55 AM

                                        Possibly a quiche unless that's too eggy for you.

                                        Something Mexican, like chilquiles? They wave as well as a quesadilla does.

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                                          QueenB RE: Loren3 Apr 18, 2007 12:31 PM

                                          Not fond of quiche.
                                          What is a chilquile?

                                        2. andytee RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 12:14 PM

                                          My first suggestion would be to stop eating breakfast out of the microwave at work. Not much tastes good that way.

                                          Second, I'd encourage experimentation within the idiom - have you tried oats cooked different ways, steel cut oats, other grains, like cream of wheat, polenta, rice? How many different ways have you cooked eggs? There are hundreds of ways to cook and egg. Or go simple - toast and jam, or fresh fruit and yogurt, or cottage cheese, or..

                                          And of course you can eat anything you want. I love fried rice dishes, or a bowl of some sort of beans, like red lentil dal, or mung beans with coconut milk, or a simple lentil soup for breakfast sometimes. Think about what kind of food you like, and eat it in the morning. Voila - Breakfast!

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                                            QueenB RE: andytee Apr 18, 2007 12:30 PM

                                            It's either microwave something or eat it cold.
                                            I don't care for oats or cream of wheat. I've tried all different kinds. The texture is just not for me.
                                            I also don't like eggs any way their cooked. I've been trying to eat them for 33 years and they just don't appeal to me. It's my personal taste.
                                            I can't do toast here at work. I've done yogurt, looking for a change to that.
                                            Fried rice is a good idea, as are your other suggestions.

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                                              foodseek RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 12:44 PM

                                              What about a BLT? The bacon in those ready to microwave packets arent half bad, slice up some tomato,lettuce and I think that would be a tasty breakfast.

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                                                aurora50 RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 12:49 PM

                                                Yeah, personally I love breakfast. But the "pizza for breakfast" idea rocks.

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                                                  andytee RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 07:05 PM

                                                  "It's either microwave something or eat it cold."

                                                  I guess my question is why you have to eat at work, and if you have to eat at work why you can't have a toaster / toaster oven / hot plate / crock pot there.

                                                  I'd also love to hear a little more about what you do like. What food are you into that convert well to breakfast? What do you eat most days?

                                                  With the egg thing - would you eat quiche? Spanish torta?

                                                  Another idea for breakfasts based on rice and beans is an Indian dish, kitcharee (sometimes spelled kedgeree, etc) - simple rice and mung beans with spices and a few veggies. You can make it at home and its easy to pack and nuke.

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                                                    QueenB RE: andytee Apr 18, 2007 07:29 PM

                                                    I work in a lab. Company rules prohibit things such as hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens and coffee pots in our offices. We're allowed a microwave, that's it. So, my lab mates and I share one.

                                                    Why do I have to eat at work? Because I get up very early. I don't get hungry until a couple hours after I awake. I honestly have no appetite until I've been up for about three hours. If I eat before that time, I don't feel well. I don't feel like waking up at 2AM, just so I can eat breakfast at home.

                                                    I don't care for quiche or torta or strata. Anything that has a base of cooked eggs does not appeal to me.

                                                    I do like most other foods that are not related to breakfast, or eggs. The hardest part for me is finding something that is nutritious, filling and easily packed up and reheated. Something that I can remember to make the night before.

                                                    Right now I've been eating cereal bars, yogurt, hot pockets and fruit. I force myself to eat oatmeal on occasion as well.

                                                    There are a lot of good ideas here, and I'll put them to good use for sure. I was struggling coming up with some ideas on my own.

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                                                      Sam Fujisaka RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 08:39 PM

                                                      QueenB, my wife and I work at the same research institute. Although work supposedly starts at 730am, we get up at 530, leave at 600 and get there at 630. If we leave a minute later than 600, traffic gets so bad that the trip takes much more than hour. What has evolved is that I cook lunch in our unit's kitchen that has a two burner electric. Breakfast of rice, tea, and pickles works in the meantime.

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                                                        QueenB RE: Sam Fujisaka Apr 19, 2007 04:58 AM

                                                        I really like that idea Sam. I just have to make some pickles.

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                                                        Hungry Celeste RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 08:05 AM

                                                        Wow--your post made me very appreciative of my workplace this AM! I scarfed leftovers from a catered breakfast meeting that finished at 9....bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, half a chocolate croissant, some cut up pineapple & cantaloupe (so I'm a pig). Which reminds me to go thank the person who ordered the breakfast...

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                                                          QueenB RE: Hungry Celeste Apr 19, 2007 09:54 AM

                                                          I am totally jealous!

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                                                          andytee RE: QueenB Apr 20, 2007 08:34 AM

                                                          I can never understand why a business will trust someone, an adult, to get to work on time and handle major projects but not trust them to handle a toaster properly. It just strikes me as insane. And no coffee pot? How do you guys get any work done!?

                                                          Anyways, It's up to the restless natives if they want to start grumbling, but I would guess than any company that values it's talent and also expects that talent to be at work early would see the benefit of making a few concessions to keep the employees fed properly.

                                                          Given the situation as it is, you are probably best off re-heating home cooked meals in the microwave, rather than store bought stuff like Hot Pockets. You could invest in some good containers and cook to fill them on the weekend, freeze them and use through the week.

                                                          Lots of great asian ideas - noodles, jook, rice with pickles, fried rice, miso soup, etc. I don't think I saw dumplings mentioned yet. This could be a great breakfast, esp. dumplings in broth. Steamed buns could be good, if you could make them work in the microwave.

                                                          Indian or Thai food could work here too - I would gladly eat red curry with tofu or saag paneer for breakfast, and both are fine in the microwave. Also, getting away from the asian theme, (and away from healthy), what about blintzes, or perogis?

                                                          Getting into doing a little baking might be good too - things like banana or zucchini bread, muffins, etc can make a great breakfast with a little yogurt and fruit. Making your own will get you something much healthier than the butter and sugar laden concoctions you can buy. And its cheaper too.

                                                          If you like nut butters, you might find something to work with there - almond butter with bananas and honey on bread (or toast, if you guys revolt) is great.

                                                          Bagels and bread with spreads can be great too - you could make at home a bagel with cream cheese other good stuff, smoked salmon, capers, veggies, etc, or make the same on some good rye bread. Take with and eat when you are hungry.

                                                          If you are eating out of a microwave every day, I encourage you to bring something (a plate and/or bowl) to work with you to avoid nuking your food in plastic. Lots of research has shown that hot foods and plastic shouldn't mix. You can bring the food to work in plastic, transfer to a bowl, and heat.

                                                          Good luck!

                                                          1. re: andytee
                                                            QueenB RE: andytee Apr 20, 2007 08:48 AM

                                                            We have a coffee pot in the common room, so we can at least get caffeine that way. There's a microwave in there as well.

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                                                              andytee RE: QueenB Apr 20, 2007 08:51 AM

                                                              Use your leverage to get a toaster oven in that common room and you can start eating warm baguettes with sliced apples and melted brie!

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                                                      Sam Fujisaka RE: andytee Apr 18, 2007 12:48 PM

                                                      I use a microwave for a lot of things. Many if not most things re-heated in a MW taste just fine.

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                                                      kobetobiko RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 12:53 PM

                                                      You can also try chicken noodle soup or chicken rice soup or basically any kind of soup! It will give you protein and carbohydrates and is easy to swallow. won't leave you feeling stuffy for the morning.

                                                      I actually kind of like ice-cream in the hot summer morning. Wake me up instantly!

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                                                        cimui RE: kobetobiko Apr 18, 2007 01:07 PM

                                                        Good call. Soup is my favorite brekkie of all time. I love leftovers. And I like wrapping tuna in nori seaweed like a handroll, but very likely that appeals to no one but me. =)

                                                        I save my cereal for snacking.

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                                                          Linda RE: cimui Apr 18, 2007 01:16 PM

                                                          sort of along the lines of the "japanese breakfast" and chinese congee, there's a korean dish called "jook" that is also a good breakfast. it's a hot rice porridge but the ingredients can vary, which make this very understated dish very delicious. typically, it's made with some sort of chicken or abalone. there's a place here in queens that specializes in making jook specifically - you can find ones with various meats and vegetables in it. i believe you can find an instant version at korean/asian supermarkets to heat up in a pot or microwave.

                                                          in chinese bakeries, there are many treats to have for breakfast, ranging from your sweet pastries to savory ones (like a meat filled patty - sorta like a jamaican patty but not as greasy and big). if there's one near you, i'm sure you can find something to fill your breakfast needs.

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                                                            cimui RE: Linda Apr 18, 2007 01:37 PM

                                                            Linda, do you know how jook and congee are different? Hopefully this isn't an ignorant question--esp. since I grew up eating congee!

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                                                              NicoleFriedman RE: cimui Apr 18, 2007 05:04 PM

                                                              I buy ready made jook at Woor Jip on 32nd off broadway- unlike congee (which to my knowledge is just rice boiled in water to which you later add condiments), korean jook already has the condiments cooked in. I've had pumpkin (only slightly sweet), sesame (insanely good) and have seen pine nut and abalone versions. It makes for a filling breakfast or a not-too-sweet dessert. At woor-jip they also sell korean rice cakes but although they are very pretty (some come in rainbow colors) I've found them to be very very dry. (Unlike Chinese or Japanese rice cakes- fluffy balls of goodness- perfect breakfast food!)

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                                                                cimui RE: NicoleFriedman Apr 18, 2007 07:59 PM

                                                                Thanks for the response, Nicole. My mom made congee with broth and leftover meat dishes simmered in, topped with scallions and sesame oil. We call it xi fan (I'm terrible at romanization, so my pronunciation: shee fan). She said it's poor people food in Taiwan, where she grew up, but my sister and I both love(d) it.

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                                                                  grocerytrekker RE: cimui Apr 18, 2007 11:37 PM

                                                                  cimui, nicole, linda,
                                                                  you might find this thread interesting.

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                                                                    cimui RE: grocerytrekker Apr 19, 2007 06:35 AM

                                                                    Great thread, grocerytrekker! Thanks for pointing that out.

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                                                                justagthing RE: cimui Apr 19, 2007 08:02 PM

                                                                jook is also what we call it in chinese. conjee is the english way to say it. they are the same. depending on if you are having a cantonese version of jook or a taiwanese style determines how it is cooked and what you add or put in it.

                                                        2. orangewasabi RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 02:29 PM

                                                          I love cold striploin in the morning . . . make extra at dinner, cut it into 1/2 cm thick thick slices and toss in a ziplock bag. Zippie goes in purse and can be munched anytime, getting no more than 2 fingers dirty in the process. It's great room temp or cold.

                                                          One of the best things about being a big girl now, is eating whatever I want for breakfast.
                                                          Cold pizza, fruitcake, lean cuisines, lasagna, depodded edamame, canned baby corn cobs, all breakfast food in my book.

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                                                            RGR RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 03:01 PM

                                                            I like fruit and cottage cheese for breakfast. In the winter, chunks of apples or pears + some walnuts or pecans. In the summer, blueberries and/or peaches to which I also add a little sour cream.

                                                            Other non-traditional breakfasts I like:

                                                            "Spring" salad. Chopped cucumber, radish, green and red peppers, and scallions or red onions, mixed with cottage cheese and sour cream.

                                                            Peanut butter spread on apple slices. Or peanut butter on oat bread and the apple slices alongside.

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                                                              piccola RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 06:01 PM

                                                              I second the soup rec. Stews (including chili and baked beans) are great too.

                                                              Some other things I've had:
                                                              stuffed baked potatoes (regular or sweet)
                                                              leftover rice (fried, risotto, pilaf, etc.) or pasta (Asian noodles, mac 'n cheese, etc.)
                                                              fresh mozzarella with fruit or veggies
                                                              hummus! (my fave) and/or falafel
                                                              stuffed grape leaves

                                                              1. starlady RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 09:38 PM

                                                                I love the Organic instant Miso soups for brekky in the morn. I am one of those who don't like to do much before I get something hot in me for brekky. SO boiling water is just about my speed :) And then i put it in a huge mug and go sit at my computer. Perfect.
                                                                On weekends it's usually what ever I had for dinner the night before. I make "breakfast" for dinner.

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                                                                  david t. RE: starlady Apr 18, 2007 10:05 PM

                                                                  I'm sort of the same way. I LOVE breakfast food, just not for breakfast. The idea of eating breakfast kind of disgusts me.

                                                                  Usually, I eat something light, nothing too hearty. Yogart, hot tea, fruit, soup, whatever coats my stomach. Warm milk, coffee or hot chocolate can also do the trick.

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                                                                  markethej RE: QueenB Apr 18, 2007 11:31 PM

                                                                  You had several Japanese recomendations, but most breakfasts I was served in Asia were more what we would consider lunch or dinner. Go to a Korean market and invesitgate their instant noodle selection. There's a lot more out there than college ramen (which is deep fried by the way). Many contain fresh noodles and taste incredible and being instant are very conventient for breakfast.

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                                                                    Sharuf RE: markethej Apr 19, 2007 03:00 AM

                                                                    My local little Asian grocery has a large variety of instant noodle thingies in individual packets. Sort of a thinking person's ramen. I would buy a supply and keep them in my drawer at work, and fix a bowl full when the need arose.

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                                                                    SeaGal RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 03:01 AM

                                                                    Lots of good suggestions, but I'm surprised no one has mentioned mac and cheese. It's one of my favorite breakfast foods. Make a big batch on the weekend and you can nuke it for several days. It also freezes well. Another option is cold cuts with cheese and bread. This is a very common breakfast in many European countries.

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                                                                      bigjimbray RE: SeaGal Apr 19, 2007 03:15 AM

                                                                      how about some good hot biscuits and tuna gravy. with a bowl of fresh fruit and
                                                                      cup of hot coffee/cocoa.

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                                                                      Kagey RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 03:31 AM

                                                                      One of my favorite breakfast foods is a cheeseburger.

                                                                      What about bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese? Or hot bacon sandwiches with or without lettuce and tomato? Fruit salads or smoothies?

                                                                      Otherwise, eat whatever sounds good to you. For goodness' sake, don't force yourself to eat breakfast foods you hate!

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                                                                        Barbarella RE: Kagey Apr 19, 2007 11:32 AM

                                                                        My favorite breakfast food is also cheesburger. When we go to my favorite restaurant on friday nights, I get half of the berger to go and cannot wait to microwave it and dive in!!!

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                                                                        valerie RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 11:48 AM

                                                                        How about some peanut butter on whole wheat bread, with or without jelly? (I think someone else's suggested it too.)

                                                                        Or what about some kind of muffins. They don't necessarily have to be a sweet type of muffin, they can be more of a savory variety like this Bacon, Gruyere and Scallion one.


                                                                        Or Chive-Corn muffins for something a little healthier.


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                                                                          RGR RE: valerie Apr 19, 2007 02:08 PM

                                                                          That would be me who suggested p.b. on oat bread, which I prefer to wheat. But here's a different twist. I baked a banana bread yesterday, and this morning, I spread the p.b. on a slice. Accompanied by some strawberries and a little sour cream. Yum! Yum!

                                                                        2. orangewasabi RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 12:34 PM

                                                                          soupkitten's mention of Raita reminded me that Indian curry makes great breakfast too, even cold. But certainly, a quick nuke makes it yummy. Nuttin' like some capsicum to get you going in the AM.

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                                                                            chef chicklet RE: orangewasabi Apr 19, 2007 12:59 PM

                                                                            Thai kitchens makes a great dried soup mix package for one, with several flavors.
                                                                            I would have the Curry or the Spring Onion almost every single morning. Got everyone else hooked on it too. It was good and quick, satisying and tieing me over until 1 since I always ate late. I too can't eat right away, my breakfast is usually 9:30 or so and I prefer a soup or mashed potatoes! (Instant in a cup)

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                                                                            NancyC RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 01:54 PM

                                                                            Well, this thread is HUGE and you certainly don't need an additional reply, but here it is.

                                                                            I love ramen for breakfast, it's pretty typical for Taiwanese people but I assume also for Korean/Japanese. My personal favorite of the pre-packaged types is the Korean brand Nong Shim, the extra spicy flavor. Easy to just add water and stick in the microwave.

                                                                            I also like potstickers for breakfast! I just use frozen dumplings from my favorite market in Chinatown, but there are various types of frozen dumplings available in many groceries. If, like you, I weren't able to have them freshly off out of the pan with crispy bottoms in the morning, I would probably only boil them for a more even microwaved texture.

                                                                            I agree that congee/jook is a great breakfast food and easily microwaveable.

                                                                            I've been on a smoothie kick lately. Sure, they would be better if I used fresh fruits but with the wide variety of frozen fruits available I can always whip up a batch anytime the night before.You could maybe put smoothies in a thermos to bring to work?

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                                                                              chef chicklet RE: NancyC Apr 19, 2007 02:59 PM

                                                                              Hey there nancyc, you're a gal after my own heart, I had potstickers (packaged) this morning. Wonderful with the vinegar, soy and chili paste! I put in a little steamer lined with paper, then fry in a little veg oil. I have boiled them too but sometimes they get mushy.

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                                                                              lintygmom RE: QueenB Apr 19, 2007 07:56 PM

                                                                              My grandmother was Romanian and used to make cornmeal mush very dense like polenta (it was called mamaligia in Romanian) and we used to eat it hot with sour cream and sugar on top. It was yummy. I recently had cornmeal mush with maple syrup and dried fruit. Yum.

                                                                              1. Emme RE: QueenB Apr 20, 2007 09:59 PM

                                                                                Not really needing more replies, but here goes... There ain't nothing like cold Chicken Lo Mein and Kung Pao Chicken for breakfast, or even just slightly nuked so not ice cold for the Kung Pao, but lo mein is best just right out of the fridge. I have a friend who when doing take-out for Chinese gets an extra container of both of these for himself for the next morning. I like spending the night at his place...

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                                                                                  QueenB RE: Emme Apr 21, 2007 06:02 AM

                                                                                  I love cold lo mein. I'm just like your friend, and get myself an extra order for the next day.

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                                                                                    chef chicklet RE: Emme Apr 21, 2007 09:52 AM

                                                                                    Kung Pao Chicken really hits the spot in the morning as does most Asian dishes. Cold Chicken Chowmein is one of my very favorites as a left-over breakfast, but heatet over it is good too. My kids will devour the leftover mein the next morining, so make a big pot of it!

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                                                                                      prunefeet RE: Emme Apr 23, 2007 10:40 AM

                                                                                      I also agree on cold lo mein. LOVE it, and for some reason it IS really good for breakfast. Any kind of lo mein though.

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                                                                                      misterbrucie RE: QueenB Apr 21, 2007 11:24 AM

                                                                                      CHEESECAKE. Seriously.
                                                                                      It's filling and has tons of protein, and if you make it yourself, you can control how much sugar, fat, and fake/crappy ingredients it has. (Low-fat works, non-fat doesn't.) I find one slice keeps me going for much of the day.
                                                                                      Also it's transportable, thanks to the miracle of plastics.

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                                                                                        piccola RE: misterbrucie Apr 22, 2007 05:13 PM

                                                                                        You can make savoury ones too. Once your brain gets over the "it looks like cake but it isn't" factor, they're pretty awesome.

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                                                                                        PhoebeB RE: QueenB Apr 22, 2007 05:31 PM

                                                                                        I love all traditional breakfast stuff--crisp bacon, blueberry pancakes, eggs scrambled w/onions/peppers/cheese, but when I'm in a hurry I make a sandwich on moist, dense wholegrain buttered bread with good peanut butter like Smuckers' Natural and thin-sliced GOOD tomatoes like home-grown or Ugli Ripe.

                                                                                        If you want to make it really memorable, add a thin slice of cheese. (Sargento's Chipotle Cheddar is to die for.)

                                                                                        Anyone who's never tried p'nut butter with tomatoes doesn't know what they're missing. When I have time, of course, I either skillet-toast my bread or broil the slices w/cheese and peanut butter til they bubble & slap them together w/the tomato, but untoasted is good too, as long as the bread is fresh and moist.

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                                                                                          Querencia RE: QueenB Apr 22, 2007 05:32 PM

                                                                                          1) Quiche. One slice per day will get you through the week on one quiche.
                                                                                          2) Hearty soup is a natural. Why not?
                                                                                          3) My son used to eat a baked sweet potato and two glasses of milk for breakfast. Then he discovered leftover chili and decided it wasn't worthwhile eating anything else when there was chili in the house. So eat anything you like.

                                                                                          1. anonymoose RE: QueenB Apr 23, 2007 10:55 AM

                                                                                            If you have access to a Chinese bakery you could pick up some bbq pork buns (or chicken, or curry, etc.) on the weekend and pop them in the mircowave briefly. Just be warned that the dough is usually made with lard, so they're not the most heart healthy choice around. :)

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                                                                                              PhoebeB RE: anonymoose Apr 23, 2007 02:26 PM

                                                                                              Uhn-uh. http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/l...

                                                                                              Lard is being called "the new health food".

                                                                                            2. fershore RE: QueenB Apr 23, 2007 02:40 PM

                                                                                              I have the same tastes as you. How about all-natural peanut butter on Ezekiel bread or on some form of rice cake (I liked the spelt cakes). I also went through a phase where I'd make yogurt smoothies with Stonyfield Farm plain or vanilla yogurt, a banana, some fresh berries, and a shot of ginseng. I'd drink it in the car on my way to work.

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                                                                                                Feed Me RE: QueenB Apr 23, 2007 02:42 PM

                                                                                                I buy Trader Joes or Indian brand packs of ready-made dishes such as pav bhaji (Vegetable stew) palak paneer (Spinach and soft cheese) and heat it up with rice for breakfast --- yummy

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                                                                                                  NicoleFriedman RE: Feed Me Apr 23, 2007 04:42 PM

                                                                                                  Recently I found an amazing home-made hummus- you can tell the difference between great hummus and store-bought (which still is good but not amazing). Find some thick pita (not the average pita- try an Eastern European or Jewish bodega for the thick kind or get some from a Mid Eastern take out place- they keep great in the freezer)- Filling quick breakfast- nothing beats good bread and hummus!

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