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Ideas for breakfast that can be made at home and taken to/eaten at work

kimeats Apr 18, 2008 03:56 PM

Everyday I am tempted to go to our cafeteria at work and get a big greasy egg, bacon and cheese sandwich. In order to curb this, I would like some ideas of breakfasts that I can make at home and take to work. My work commute is about 8 minutes from door to door, so not too bad.

I would prefer that these ideas be nutritious and not junk/grease. Thanks so much!

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  1. sarah galvin RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 04:08 PM

    We get stuck on thinking breakfast has to be 'breakfast food'. I will often have a sandwich. Make an egg salad sandwich or ham and cheese. Use an English muffin if that makes it feel more like breakfast. Sliced fresh fruit, yogurt smoothie ( should last 8 minutes if you use frozen berries or fruit in it). Bagel-wich. Use whole grain bagel or muffin. Other question - why don't you eat breakfast at home?

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      kimeats RE: sarah galvin Apr 18, 2008 04:10 PM

      I guess I should have clarified that part, I carpool and usually do not wake up early enough to eat breakfast at home and make it to work on time. Thanks for your reply.

    2. SilverlakeGirl RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 04:11 PM

      For me the idea is to cook it at home and take it.

      I went through months of successful Atkins dieting by making breakfast for 4 days on Sunday night. In a small saute pan make 4 plain omelets. When each is done slide it out onto a small paper plate. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes to cool. Add a slice of good cheese ... pepper jack or sharp cheddar for me. Top with 2 slices of micro bacon.

      Pop the whole thing into a plastic bag. The quart size is great.

      Each morning grab one for the trip to work. I micro the bacon for 10 seconds and remove. Add the paper plate and micro the omelet with cheese. Eat.

      You can also add things like mushrooms, spinach, etc. Or vary the meat by taking sausage links or deli ham.

      Not on Atkins, I now take it and slip it between a split croissant, bagel or English muffin. And lunch is a snack as breakfast is my favorite meal.

      Not on Atkins

      1. ajs228 RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 04:13 PM

        On the days when I'm in a hurry to get out the door I'll either grab a yogurt or one of those instant oatmeal packets and heat it up at work. Don't forget a spoon.
        Or, you can toast a bagel, schmear some cream cheese on it, put the two halves back together and wrap it in a paper towel.

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          ScarletB RE: ajs228 Apr 19, 2008 07:44 PM

          I bring instant oatmeal to work a lot - I pour it into a microwavable tupperware and add a little bit of brown sugar, dried cranberries and a few nuts, then just add hot water when I get to work. I also bring pb&j to assemble and toast at work. I hate waking up early just to have time to eat at home, so I eat breakfast at work a lot! I also bring cereal in a tupperware and then those single-size juice box things of soy milk, and a banana. Great breakfast.

        2. soypower RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 04:14 PM

          i like making savory muffins for breakfast to go...some combos i like:

          sun dried tomato, parmesan, and basil
          bacon, cheddar, onion and chive
          ham, swiss, and roasted red peppers

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            Boccone Dolce RE: soypower Apr 19, 2008 04:31 AM

            I've done this before and it's great. Seems like a pain in the ass to make muffins for 1 person, but just do it. Then pack in individual zippy bags and freeze half or all. Toss one in the fridge the night before and it defrosts fine for the next morning. For ease, I would even add crumbled peppery bacon and shredded cheddar to Jiffy Corn muffin mix. Crack open and heat for a few seconds in the micro or in toaster oven until light brown. Tiny pat of butter if needed, and everyone is asking what smells so good.........
            Now I just grab leftovers or a Fage (if I can find one) and a squirt of honey plus some fruit. Or a protein shake (but that's another thread!)

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            anzu RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 04:15 PM

            I rotate between the following things for breakfast:
            -homemade granola (I make a bunch, then bring it along in small single-serving tupperware containers).
            -this week, I made bread. I freeze most of it and defrost 2 slices the night before. I usually eat it plain (the bread itself often has lots of things in it already), but I keep a vat of almond butter at work, in case I want something more.
            -yogurt (either home made or store bought)
            -steel cut oats

            All of these I make a bunch over the weekend, and then it typically lasts the rest of the week. Now if you're a family of a few breakfast eaters, then it might last you only a few days. . ..

            It's not as good, but sometimes, I even bring leftover waffles/pancakes, etc. and heat them in the toaster oven.

            I'll usually supplement that with a piece of fruit.

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              link_930 RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 05:59 PM

              Those breakfast sandwiches are frighteningly good. You can make them at home yourself. I get Thomas' English muffins, ham and cheese, and fry up half a dozen eggs. These freeze really well, and it only takes a short zap in the microwave for a nice hot sandwich. Don't know what your preference for breakfast foods are, but since I can eat anything at any time of day, leftovers also do the trick. Other ideas that have worked well: hard boiled egg with those tiny salt packets; peanut butter sandwich with honey and bananas, and any other bread + condiment such as a biscuit with jam or croissant with ham and cheese; yogurt, nuts, fruit; quiche; granola and a separate cup of milk; cut up fruit with cider and nuts; rice/congee with pickled vegetables; steel cut oats with whatever you like on top; coffee and a cigarette...

              The trick is to get some of those one cup reusable plastic containers and fill them at the beginning of the week, or night before, so all you'd have to do is grab one from the fridge. Admittedly, it's also kind of cool to open your fridge and see 14 cups all lined up ready to go.

              1. chowser RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 06:04 PM

                Baked oatmeal. I make it ahead of time and reheat a slice for breakfast.

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                  modthyrth RE: chowser Apr 18, 2008 10:07 PM

                  I was going to suggest baked oatmeal, too. The flavor possibilities are endless--pumpkin spice, caramel apple, mixed berries are a few of my favorites--and it's insanely healthy, fast, and portable. I like mine cold straight out of the fridge, and don't even bother heating it up.

                  I don't even like regular oatmeal (was forced to eat it for too many years every school day as a kid), but baked oatmeal is a different thing entirely.

                  3 c oats
                  1 c ff milk
                  2 eggs (or eggbeaters)
                  1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
                  1 t baking powder (though it seems to work equally well when I've forgotten this)
                  sweetener of your choice to taste (I often play with sugar free monin syrups here. also good with brown sugar, splenda, stevia, regular sugar.)
                  throw in any fruits you might want.
                  spices to your liking--I like cardamom and cinnamon usually.

                  Mix it up, bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
                  For those on Weight watchers, it's 3 points for 1/6 of an 8x8 pan. Also CORE if you use splenda or another core sweetener. It's incredibly filling and will keep you satisfied for hours.

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                    karykat RE: modthyrth Apr 19, 2008 09:18 AM

                    Do you just cut this stuff into slices and eat it that way?

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                      modthyrth RE: karykat Apr 19, 2008 12:19 PM

                      Yep, I just cut it in rectangles. When it's warm, I put it on a plate and eat it with a fork. When it's cold, it's sturdy enough to lift out, wrap in a paper towel or throw in a ziplock baggie and eat straight from your hand as you're on the go.

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                      chowser RE: modthyrth Apr 19, 2008 11:24 AM

                      Yours is far healthier than mine... This is along the lines of what I do but I mix it up and let it sit overnight, bake in the morning (usually on weekend). If I want to be extra decadent, I pour in cream about 10 minutes before it done.

                      http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Oa...

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                        kpzoo RE: modthyrth Apr 21, 2008 04:01 PM

                        Interesting, I don't like regular oatmeal either, so I'm gonna try this! What kind of oats do you use, quick-cooking (3-min type) or large-flake (aka old-fashioned, long-cooking)? Thanks!

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                          modthyrth RE: kpzoo Apr 21, 2008 07:07 PM

                          I typically use the regular rolled oats, but the quick stuff works in a pinch, too. I just don't like the texture quite as much.

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                          anzu RE: modthyrth Apr 26, 2008 08:28 PM

                          I just tried making this-- the recipe below says to make it in a 13x9 inch pan and calls for 1C sugar. I ended up making it in a 9 inch pie pan (so about half the size?) and only added 2 or 3 tbsp of sugar. The top is crispy (almost oatmeal-cookie like) but the middle is just very dense. Is this the consistency it's supposed to be?

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                            modthyrth RE: anzu Apr 26, 2008 09:48 PM

                            Mine is definitely very dense. That's part of what makes it stick with you so well!

                      2. Jennalynn RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 06:14 PM

                        I make these in muffin tins... you can eat them cold, or reheat in the office micro.

                        You can also vary the veggies and add meat if you like.

                        1 lb ricotta cheese
                        1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (I like jack and/or mozzarella)
                        1 pkg frozen chopped frozen spinach thawed and squeeeeeeeeezed dry
                        4 eggs, beaten
                        1 small onion diced
                        salt/pepper to taste
                        (optional: diced peppers, ham, bacon, shredded zucchini, mushrooms, sausage etc).

                        Mix all the ingredients together.

                        Pour into greased muffin tin.

                        Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.

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                          karykat RE: Jennalynn Apr 18, 2008 06:30 PM

                          Jennalynn -- These sound kind of good. What is the texture like? Is it more eggy or more cheesy or what?

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                            Jennalynn RE: karykat Apr 18, 2008 08:08 PM

                            Not eggy... more like the center of spanikopita, but creamier... and could even taste more like that if you use feta.

                            I make this all the time for meatless guests in a quiche pan. The ricotta is the key. It helps bind without it becoming too omelet like. I use full fat, but part skim works too. I'd avoid the fat free... it's like plastic.

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                              karykat RE: Jennalynn Apr 19, 2008 09:20 AM

                              Thanks. This is ingenious. I imagine you could freeze them too and rewarm,

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                                danhole RE: Jennalynn Apr 19, 2008 09:33 AM

                                Is that recipe for 6 muffins?

                                I used to make breakfast burritos on Sunday nights, and wrap them in wax paper. Then at work pop into microwave for just a bit.

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                                  Jennalynn RE: danhole Apr 19, 2008 01:56 PM

                                  Depends on how big you want to make them.

                                  I've used both the normal and the texas sized tins. They don't rise a lot so fill them almost to the top.

                                  The recipe makes a 9 inch quiche... and about 6 - 8 muffins

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                                    danhole RE: Jennalynn Apr 20, 2008 08:15 AM

                                    Thanks Jennalynn. I could make a 9 in quiche and slice it up for breakfast. That would last a week.

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                              Janet from Richmond RE: Jennalynn Apr 23, 2008 07:08 AM

                              This is a great idea Jennalynn!! Thanks! I'm trying to eat less bread for breakfast and this fits the bill perfectly.

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                                lexpatti RE: Janet from Richmond Apr 23, 2008 07:51 AM

                                Janet, I just made mini quiches (or mini frattata) with Egg Beaters. I got the cheddar and chive version, added brocolli and chopped turkey keilbasa - awesome!!! I've figured with Weight Watchers plan - it's about 1 point each (one carton of egg beater made 12 muffins). I didn't use much keilbasa. They are delish and low low low in Cal/fat. Next time I'll use Thin n Trim ham.

                            3. dockhl RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 06:42 PM

                              I like the Trader Joe's Greek Cheese style yogurt (thick, like sour cream, and mild) and Costco's Frozen Tropical Fruit (pineapple, mango, strawberry and papaya) . Yogurt in a cup, throw on frozen fruit....and by the time you get to work the fruit has defrosted enough to be edible. Drizzle with honey, maybe ?

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                                NYchowcook RE: dockhl Apr 22, 2008 05:40 PM

                                I do something similar. Put (regular) plain yogurt in container, sprinkle on frozen fruit and maple syrup. Pack muesle separately and mix together at work.

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                                caviar_and_chitlins RE: kimeats Apr 18, 2008 07:05 PM

                                On a weekend day, I'll make a big batch of breakfast burritos. Small ones in the little corn tortillas, larger ones in the flour ones.

                                The good thing, is you can make them as healthy or not as you like. Filling options- hash browns, black beans, eggs, cheese, chorizo, soy-rizo, corn, sauteed squash, salsa.... or any combination. Or, other stuff I haven't considered.

                                I usually make a big batch, then freeze them individually and nuke then at work. I'm one of those "just can't eat first thing in the morning" people, so I'll pop one in the microwave around 10.

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                                  oakjoan RE: caviar_and_chitlins Apr 22, 2008 10:21 PM

                                  We eat Paula Wolfert's Biblical Breakfast Burritos. They're really tasty and also very healthy. You make a salad of tomatoes, bell peppers, green onions, feta cheese, and mint. Sprinkle some chili flakes over and mix in. Add some olive oil, stir and eat right away in pita halves or leave in fridge overnight and take to work in the morning. If you heat up the pita in the microwave for a short spell, it's even better. This is great stuff. We got so addicted we ate it every morning for months. You can also add cukes, radishes, whatever.

                                2. AnnVL RE: kimeats Apr 19, 2008 06:27 AM

                                  Have you ever tried a Clafoutis??? Oh my!! It is seriously delicious. It is a French version of a pancake - and baked in a tart pan. It's a beautiful dish and it tastes wonderful. I actually have pics and a recipe on my blog - and I'm not trying to point you there - but if you want to see pics, it'd give you an idea. I also know that Ina Garten has a recipe as well, but I haven't personally tried it.

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                                    danhole RE: AnnVL Apr 19, 2008 09:35 AM

                                    What is it? Can you make it ahead of time? Please give us a link to your recipe.

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                                      AnnVL RE: danhole Apr 19, 2008 10:42 AM

                                      I apologize for not having it in a word doc - but here is a link: http://velvetlava.blogspot.com/2008/0...

                                      I hope that links correctly...you could make it in the morning, then perhaps wrap in aluminum foil. It's best warm, but can be room temp as well. Perhaps if it cools too much, you could micro it quick at work, is that an option?

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                                        danhole RE: AnnVL Apr 20, 2008 08:13 AM

                                        Thanks Ann. Looks good! It reminds me, sort of, of this Saxon Pie my grandma used to make. It was the size of a small pizza with a sour cream mixture, cover with whatever fruits were available. Oh, so good, hot or cold.

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                                    jhopp217 RE: kimeats Apr 19, 2008 12:36 PM

                                    I could say what I say to my girlfriend every day, but it might be insulting. She skips breakfast every day,because she hits snooze 3 times. If she woke up 15 minutes earlier, she could make an english muffin or have a bowl of cereal.

                                    I don't know the setup of your job and don't know if microwaving is feasible, so I'm going to asusme it's not, plus all this talk of microwaving eggs that were precooked is making me sick. What about individual cereal boxes or make your own servings? I know it's not low carb, but if you're going to go carbs have an apple, grapefruit, orange and/or banana for breakfast. Maybe bring yogurt or cottage cheese with you. And some people like fruit and cottage cheese.

                                    Not sure how much you like baking, but what about muffins - I know people mentioned this, and it's a great idea. Although after a day or two, you might want to give up on muffins. If you have a toaster oven, what about salad pizza. Heat it up enough where the crust gets a little crusty. I love salad pizza the next day.

                                    Honestly, If I have about a 5 minute commute to work, so I wake up at 7:30, throw on some coffee and a bagel or english muffin, byt the time I'm out, I am having breakfast and checking my e-mail. I'm dressed and ready to go by 7:50, at work by 8:00. Your best bet to eat healthy is to wake up 10 minutes earlier. Just ask my girlfriend, haa

                                    1. AnnVL RE: kimeats Apr 19, 2008 12:54 PM

                                      Ya know - I'm so sorry - I think when I originally responded, I was combining 2 different questions (posts) in my head - I thought you were looking for dish to SERVE at work, my apologies.

                                      Here is what I eat every morning, and I love it: vanilla yogurt, mixed with Peanut Butter powder (PB2) - then I toss in a cup of Kashi GoLean. I swear, it almost tastes like dessert - but not too sweet - just super healthy, and super yummy. :)

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                                        rmperry RE: AnnVL Apr 19, 2008 06:38 PM

                                        What is peanut butter powder and where do you get it?

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                                          modthyrth RE: rmperry Apr 19, 2008 06:52 PM

                                          PB2 is awesome. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. You can make an incredible chocolate peanut butter smoothie that's healthy, filling, and makes you think you died and went to Dairy Queen. For quite a while it was only available directly from the manufacturer at www.bellplantation.com , but I think they're starting to distribute to some stores now.

                                          I made peanut butter cake cupcakes yesterday using PB2, with peanut butter filling and raw honey buttercream. SO good.

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                                            AnnVL RE: modthyrth Apr 20, 2008 05:10 AM

                                            TALK to me! LOVE PB2! I've been eating it for a long time now. And, I'm telling you, folks, mix it w/ some fat free Vanilla yogurt - and throw in some cereal OR throw some apples in, or both - it's just a 'lil bit of heaven!

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                                              rmperry RE: AnnVL Apr 20, 2008 11:42 AM

                                              ok, you convinced me! I just ordered some PB2 from the bellplantation website. Thanks for the info.

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                                                lexpatti RE: rmperry Apr 22, 2008 06:45 AM

                                                I just discovered PB2 as well - LOVE it, it's awesome mixed in cottage cheese (sounds weird but fantastic).

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                                              jvozoff RE: modthyrth Apr 22, 2008 01:27 PM

                                              This sounds incredible! Didn't know it existed. I just ordered some, too. THANKS for bringing this to our attention!

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                                                Jennalynn RE: modthyrth Apr 22, 2008 03:31 PM

                                                I went to their website but it doesn't list the ingredients anywhere.

                                                Can you look at the jar and let us know?

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                                                  modthyrth RE: Jennalynn Apr 22, 2008 04:44 PM

                                                  Ingredients: Peanuts, sugar, salt.

                                                  Nothing funny, just the yumminess of peanut butter without a lot of the fat and calories.

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                                            jjones21 RE: kimeats Apr 20, 2008 12:51 AM

                                            You can approach this from a different angle and just keep your breakfast foods at work. An old boss of mine kept a box of cereal in a filing cabinet, and I followed his example and brought in a container of homemade muesli. We ripped off milk from the office's coffee set-up, although I sometimes brought my own soymilk instead. I went through another phase where I kept single servings of instant hot cereal in my desk drawer. Fruit (fresh or dried), nuts, and granola bars can all be kept at your desk. If your office has a fridge, you can bring in yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
                                            For me, this is a better solution than trying to put together a breakfast (even a quick one) before leaving home.

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                                              modthyrth RE: kimeats Apr 20, 2008 11:45 AM

                                              Here's another good one. These have long been my favorite pancakes to make on a weekend morning. They taste incredible straight from the fridge for snacks, too, so I typically make a double batch so I have plenty of leftovers. There's some serious bran in here--my four year old daughter calls these "magic poo poo pancakes" for a reason. So be forewarned if you're sensitive to high fiber/bran content. But they're delicious, and only 1 point each if you're on Weight Watchers.

                                              Bran Pancakes

                                              Mix and set aside to get mushy:
                                              1/2 c all-bran
                                              1/2 c bran flakes (also delicious with all all-bran. It'll be slightly higher in calories, but also higher in fiber, still 1 point per pancake)

                                              Combine:
                                              3/4 c flour
                                              2 T splenda
                                              2 1/2 t Baking Powder
                                              3/4 t salt

                                              Add to the wet:
                                              1/2 c applesauce
                                              1 T healthy oil (I usually use canola)
                                              1 egg (I usually use eggbeaters)

                                              Combine wet and dry. 1/4 c batter on the griddle/pancake.

                                              65 calories/1.6g fat/1.45g fiber per pancake. 1 ww point. 3 pancakes = 1 healthy oil.

                                              I like them best just sprayed lightly with ICBINB when they're hot, and completely plain when they're cold. But they're also wonderful with syrup, fruit compotes, all of the normal stuff that's yummy on pancakes.

                                              They're great hot, but they really are portable. Throw the leftovers in the fridge, and just grab and go during the week. They taste incredible cold.

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                                                lexpatti RE: modthyrth Apr 22, 2008 06:49 AM

                                                awesome! Love that recipe Mod - thanks. Hubby loves pancakes but I don't, making these ahead for him will make him smile.

                                                I recently used fiber one cerial as my breadcrumbs in a salmon pie - it was great and put the dish at 6 points for 1/4 of the whole frigin pie.

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                                                  AMFM RE: modthyrth Apr 26, 2008 10:06 PM

                                                  okay - these look really interesting but sorry for the ignorance. what is ICBINB? thanks.

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                                                    KellBell RE: AMFM Apr 26, 2008 10:25 PM

                                                    I Can't Believe Its Not Butter...I believe

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                                                      AMFM RE: KellBell Apr 26, 2008 10:27 PM

                                                      aaaaaaahhhhhhhh... makes sense with the spray too. thanks.

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                                                        modthyrth RE: AMFM Apr 27, 2008 12:51 AM

                                                        Heh, yeah, sorry. I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Spray. Of course real butter is even better, but the ICBINB is passable when I'm counting calories.

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                                                    AMFM RE: modthyrth Apr 27, 2008 08:17 PM

                                                    modthyrth - what do you mix the cereal with to get mushy? thanks.

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                                                    rweater RE: kimeats Apr 21, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                    As someone else said, smoothies are great and if you use frozen berries they're wonderfully refreshing in the summer months.

                                                    I like to do a muslei style thing--yogurt, granola or cereal (I like SmartStart), assorted fruit and/or nuts.

                                                    1. AnneInMpls RE: kimeats Apr 21, 2008 07:26 PM

                                                      I *love* leftover pancakes for breakfast. They're great plain or spread with PB and jelly. Cold is fine, and warmed in a toaster is even better.

                                                      My current favorite is these oatmeal-buttermilk pancakes - I make a double batch on weekends, then freeze the leftovers. Just before I run out the door, I pop two frozen pancakes in the toaster until they're hot, then wrap them in a paper towel for me to munch on the drive in.

                                                      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                                                      My other favorite portable breakfasts:
                                                      - A hard-boiled egg and a can of tomato juice.
                                                      - Whole-wheat toast with peanut butter (I fold the bread in half for easy transport).
                                                      - Yogurt topped with walnuts and honey (I love those tiny jars of honey in gift stores).
                                                      - A banana and a baggie of my favorite cereal (usually cheerios) - I eat it dry, but you could bring in some milk and a spoon.
                                                      - Muffins (any kind I have time to make) and a piece of fruit or cheese.

                                                      The baked oatmeal looks great - thanks for the recipe, modthyrth! I'm going to try this next.

                                                      Anne

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                                                        zainab13 RE: kimeats Apr 21, 2008 08:43 PM

                                                        Does your work kitchen have a toaster and a fridge? I keep a container of margarine and a jar of jam in my work fridge and sometimes bring in two slices of bread. Quick and easy breakfast. As long as you've got a knife and a paper towel, you're good to go.

                                                        No one's mentioned banana or zucchini bread - also good options which can be frozen. I like to make banana muffins and keep them in my freezer.

                                                        A handful of nuts (you can keep a tin at work) will keep you feeling satisfied for awhile. Smoked almonds are my favourite.

                                                        Another fave - an old standy - leftover pizza!

                                                        Lastly, if you're a milk person...a glass of milk goes a long way. I bought some tall tumblers from Tupperware which I fill with milk just before I leave for work. Squirt in some chocolate syrup, snap the lid on and throw the tumbler in my purse (yes, my purse! This is why I swear by Tupperware - they are still completely leak-proof after 6 years of constant use). Just before drinking, I give it a good shake. Yum! Frothy chocolate milk. And if you dip some graham crackers in it, so much the better :)

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                                                          lexpatti RE: kimeats Apr 22, 2008 06:55 AM

                                                          I'm a cottage cheese freak lately and love adding things to jazz it up: cocktail sauce, salsa, chili sauce.

                                                          someone mentioned similar but mini frattata's - Giada has a nice recipe:
                                                          http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

                                                          and heres a little healthier version:
                                                          http://www.medicinenet.com/script/mai...

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                                                            danhole RE: lexpatti Apr 22, 2008 03:06 PM

                                                            Do you think the Giada recipe could be made and then re-heated for breakfast? I get so lazy that if it isn't already cooked I just don't eat breakfast. I don't mind re-heating though. Oh, and cottage cheese is one of my favorites, also! You can add herbs, fruits, whatever, and it hits the spot.

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                                                              lexpatti RE: danhole Apr 22, 2008 06:05 PM

                                                              It reheats very nicely, just don't nuk it on high (it pops and busts).

                                                          2. AnnVL RE: kimeats Apr 22, 2008 03:00 PM

                                                            You are SO very welcome for the PB2 discovery! I'm so glad to bring it to you. It really can be substituted for any Peanut Butter dealio. It's probably not fail proof - but I'm telling you, it's a well worn bookmark on my computer! :)

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                                                              cleopatra999 RE: AnnVL Apr 22, 2008 08:01 PM

                                                              I am a smoothie breakfast girl. It is amazing how you can power pack these suckers. here is what I put in mine.....
                                                              berries, juice, flax meal, 2 raw eggs, hemp protein, spinach, udo's oil blend.
                                                              very well balanced meal of protein, carbs, fibre & fat, keeps me full for the morning without a problem. dairy could easily be added, however I don't eat dairy right now.

                                                              another quick breaky is one that I make the night before when I am eating dairy. it is basically a cold make ahead muesli
                                                              1/3 cup quick oats
                                                              3/4 cup to 1 cup plain yogurt (the more you use the more liquidy)
                                                              honey or chosen sweetner to taste
                                                              berries or other fruit
                                                              mix all ingredients and leave in container in fridge overnight, consistency will vary according to taste.
                                                              nuts or other seeds added in morning.

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                                                                kimeats RE: AnnVL Apr 23, 2008 06:55 AM

                                                                I don't really understand how PB2 (a powder) can be substituted for Peanut Butter, which is more smooth and not a powder. Do you mix it with something first?

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                                                                  AnnVL RE: kimeats Apr 23, 2008 07:30 AM

                                                                  Yes, you mix it just w/ water to bring it to normal PB consistency. :)

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                                                                    lexpatti RE: kimeats Apr 23, 2008 07:52 AM

                                                                    It's very smooth, it's real peanut butter with the fat drawn out. It's fantastic, someone at Weight Watchers brought it in and we tested with crackers. We bought it right away. I've been wanting to do a satay peanut sauce with it.

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                                                                      modthyrth RE: lexpatti Apr 23, 2008 09:25 AM

                                                                      I did a satay sauce with the PB2 and it was wonderful. My second favorite application for the product, behind chocolate PB smoothies.

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                                                                        AnnVL RE: modthyrth Apr 23, 2008 10:21 AM

                                                                        One of my fave ways to use it is w/ soy, water, chopped ginger, PB2 - heat up until smooth(ish) - toss in shredded spaghetti squash until warm. Top w/ chopped scallion. Then, GASP. :)

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                                                                          lexpatti RE: modthyrth Apr 24, 2008 12:07 PM

                                                                          yum yum and more yum - thanks Mod and Ann

                                                                  2. Emme RE: kimeats Apr 23, 2008 01:35 AM

                                                                    If you've got a toaster or microwave at work...
                                                                    Whole Wheat Quesadilla w/ low fat cheese
                                                                    Beans and Rice w/ a little low fat cheese
                                                                    Hummus and Pita
                                                                    Apple and Peanut Butter
                                                                    Protein Shake (takes 30 sec to blend) - frozen fruit, protein powder, yogurt, ice (optional), flaxseed, greens
                                                                    Blintzes made over the weekend and frozen, then pop in the fridge the night before to defrost
                                                                    Total yogurt mixed w/ fiber cereal
                                                                    Scooped bagel filled w/ a little low fat cheese, toasted and filled with salsa
                                                                    Smart Start Chili

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                                                                      Pappardelle RE: Emme Apr 23, 2008 07:11 AM

                                                                      frittata-style omelette sandwiches are great for people who love eggs in the morning but want to make it ahead of time. they keep better than omelettes in freezer. they are also great for lunch.
                                                                      - Preheat oven to a high heat or broiler.
                                                                      - sautee an onion in some olive oil. add veggie of choice to mixture and cook.
                                                                      - separately mix eggs, maybe some milk for fluff effect, and parmigiano, black pepper and salt.
                                                                      - mix the mixture and the veggies in the bowl.
                                                                      - re-heat the pan you cooked veggies in with some olive oil.
                                                                      - put in the egg/veggie mixture and wait until the bottom has clearly been cooked (use a spatula)
                                                                      - then stick in the oven to cook the top.
                                                                      - eat with bread, salad, or tators.

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                                                                      lgss RE: kimeats Apr 23, 2008 08:54 AM

                                                                      Muffins: banana nut, apple peanut butter, blueberry, etc. Make a dozen, take 2 per day, freeze some if you like.

                                                                      1. Katie Nell RE: kimeats Apr 23, 2008 10:28 AM

                                                                        I'm glad to know that I'm not the only morning-challenged person out there. If I hear one more person give me a lecture on not eating breakfast, because it's the most important meal of the day... oy! ;-) I saw these toaster tarts in a King Arthur e-mail the other day and thought they looked like a fun and tasty idea: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/r... A homemade pop tart, if you will!

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                                                                          oakjoan RE: Katie Nell Apr 23, 2008 12:41 PM

                                                                          They look great Katie....but the recipe calls for a CUP of butter. Gulp. I guess if the butter is spread out over 12 tarts it's not that much. Didn't notice how large or small the tarts were. I checked and they're 3" x 5"...my problem would be trying to eat only one...or even two.

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                                                                            Katie Nell RE: oakjoan Apr 23, 2008 01:10 PM

                                                                            I bet you could cut back on the butter. What I liked about it, is that you could pretty much do whatever you wanted with the filling.

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                                                                            chowser RE: Katie Nell Apr 23, 2008 12:46 PM

                                                                            This looks great! I've been looking for a home made pop tart and didn't find one that didn't use a lot of processed foods. Thanks for posting it. I might check out the KA WW cookbook to see if they have a ww version.

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                                                                            foiegras RE: kimeats Apr 23, 2008 03:33 PM

                                                                            I like to make fruit crisp in the winter for breakfast. I use frozen fruit--blackberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches--toss with raw sugar & cinnamon, topping of rolled oats, a bit of flour, more raw sugar & cinnamon, and butter. I eat it hot the morning I make it, and eat the leftovers cold (with a glass of milk).

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                                                                              kalidaemon RE: kimeats Apr 24, 2008 12:48 PM

                                                                              Corn or Blueberry muffins are my favorite portable breakfast food. The Joy of Cooking has a good section on muffins. Another alternative is put some cereal (shredded wheat, chex, cherrios, etc) and fruit in a tupperware container and eat it at your desk when you get in.

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                                                                                millygirl RE: kalidaemon Apr 24, 2008 12:59 PM

                                                                                Cottage cheese muffins. Fast and easy to make and good for you at the same time. I put them in the freezer and take one or two out each morning. By the time I get to work they are defrosted and ready to eat. Yum!

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                                                                                  lexpatti RE: millygirl Apr 24, 2008 02:37 PM

                                                                                  Ok, got me. Been loving Cottage cheese - do you have a recipe for the muffins

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                                                                                    danhole RE: millygirl Apr 24, 2008 02:46 PM

                                                                                    Do you have a recipe for those cottage cheese muffins you could share, or direct me to?

                                                                                    Thanks

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                                                                                      millygirl RE: danhole Apr 24, 2008 03:53 PM

                                                                                      Sure, here is the recipe danhole and lexpatti. So quick and dead easy.

                                                                                      2 eggs
                                                                                      1 container (500 gr.) 2% cottage cheese
                                                                                      1/4 pd. butter, melted
                                                                                      3 tbsp. sugar
                                                                                      1 cup flour
                                                                                      2 tsp. baking powder

                                                                                      Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon mixture in to paper lined muffin tin. Bake in preheated 325 oven for approx. 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top. This recipe makes 1 dozen small muffins.
                                                                                      Hope you like them as much as I do. Cheers

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                                                                                        lexpatti RE: millygirl Apr 24, 2008 05:30 PM

                                                                                        Thank you, can't wait to try these.

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                                                                                          cleopatra999 RE: millygirl Apr 25, 2008 07:45 AM

                                                                                          do these work to put fruit in?

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                                                                                            millygirl RE: cleopatra999 Apr 25, 2008 08:15 AM

                                                                                            You know I've tried them that way but I can't see why not. Might have to add a little extra flour because they are quite wet when baked. Just thinking the fruit might make them even wetter? Let me know if you decide to try it.

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                                                                                    lgss RE: kimeats Apr 27, 2008 04:45 PM

                                                                                    PBJ, banana, and oj.

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