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Need breakfast ideas with a few restrictions (okay, maybe a lot)

Hi. Due to certain circumstances, DH needs breakfast ideas that are:

1. Can be served at room temperature or cold
2. Easy to eat and not too messy -- will probably have to eat it quickly at his desk
3. Preferably gluten-free (not a celiac, but feels better when he avoids gluten)
4. Is not yogurt or cereal (he hates the stuff)

He refuses to eat breakfast at home because he doesn't want to wake up earlier than he absolutely has to. I'm really trying to rack my brain coming up with ideas. It would definitely be easier if gluten wasn't an issue. So far, I've got:

Tortilla Espanol
Fruit, fruit salad
Fried rice
Onigiri (stuffed rice balls wrapped with seaweed)
Maki rolls
Almond milk banana flax seed shakes or other smoothies (btw, do these things transport well -- he's got over a 1.5 hour commute taking commuter train and then driving)

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  1. How about baked oatmeal? You can improvise endless flavor variations, it's great cold straight from the fridge or heated up, and it's healthy and filling. When eaten cold, it's very portable.

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    1. re: modthyrth

      What's baked oatmeal? Is it different in consistency as stovetop oatmeal? He sniffed at my steelcut oats with kabocha squash, honey and cinnamon I was eating this morning.

      1. re: Miss Needle

        Oh, that reminds me. He's also not a fan of squash, legumes and sweet potatoes. I grew up eating steamed kabocha squash and sweet potatoes for breakfast as teenager. And I think there are probably some interesting things you can do with legumes that can be eaten cold such as bean salads.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          I can't stand regular oatmeal (was forced to eat far too many bowls as a child and will never willingly eat another bowl of the standard stovetop stuff again in my life), but I really like baked oatmeal.

          I made this a lot when I was on the Weight Watchers CORE program (pregnant now), because it was so healthy and filling. Feel free to use sugar or agave syrup instead of the Splenda, and go crazy with the flavorings. My favorite variation is to throw in about a half cup of sugar-free Monin brand caramel syrup and some fresh or frozen fruit (mixed berries and apples are great). Add some cinnamon or cardamom or whatever spices you like. It's easy to adapt the recipe to your favorite tastes.

          Baked Oatmeal

          Dry Ingredients:
          3 cups Old Fashion Oatmeal
          2 t. baking powder (I've accidentally left this out and actually liked the texture better)
          1/2 t. salt
          1/2 t. cinnamon
          2 T Splenda or similar sweetener (possibly more or less to taste)

          Wet Ingredients:
          1 t. vanilla
          1 cup FF milk
          1/2 cup applesauce
          2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg beaters)

          Optional (but highly suggested)
          1 smashed very ripe banana
          1 cup frozen strawberries
          1/2 cup frozen blueberries

          Preheat to 350 F. Mix together all ingredients and bake for 35 minutes in a 9x9 pan. Can be eaten warm or cold.

          1. re: modthyrth

            I love baked oatmeal, though my version is much higher in fat and calories than yours. I soak mine overnight to let the oatmeal absorb it all first.

            1. re: modthyrth

              Baked oatmeal is delicious- I usually add in some chopped up dried fruit or fresh berries. Instead of baking in a large pan, I bake in muffin tins or ramekins so that each piece is a serving. I think the recipe is from BHG or LHJ

        2. In addition to tortilla espaƱol, any kind of frittata would work, as they are tasty at room temp. That means endless variety in terms of veggies, cheeses, and herbs.

          1. It's possible that I either missed something, or misunderstood, but I'd say a frittata...With the right ingredients, can work very well cold. Green onion, bacon, and cheddar? Works for me!

            1. I make something that I call a "guiltless quiche" for lack of a better name. It's simple to prepare, filling, quite nutritious and yummy, if I must say so myself! You'll need about 1 1/2 - 2 cups of shredded potatoes (I use app. 1/2 bag of "Simply Potatoes" hashbrown shred) 6 egg whites plus 3 whole eggs, about 1/4 of milk, plus whatever fillings you like. I use vegetables such as broccoli, diced red bell pepper and onions. You can add cubed ham and and cheese if you don't want or need to keep it light/veggie.

              Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9" pie pan with non-stick spray and press the shredded potatoes in the bottom and up the sides making your "crust" and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven for app. 15 -20 minutes. While the potatoes bake, lightly steam broccoli and sautee other vegetables (onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc.) Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper .

              When potatoes have baked for 15-20 minutes, remove from oven. Pour egg mixture on top. Add fillings - vegetables, ham cheese, the sky is the limit here. Bake another 15 - 20 minutes, until eggs are set.

              This wraps up and is very easily transported. It reheats well but can be eaten at room temp. and makes a great snack as well. Hope you enjoy!!

              1. Does he like cottage cheese? Mixed with gluten free granola and bananas and a little bit of cinnamon--yum!

                1. Thanks for your responses, guys! Keep em coming if you know of any more things.

                  The baked oatmeal sounds really yummy. I'll definitely be trying that in the future. And frittatas are excellent ideas! I would probably mix in some egg whites with whole eggs to make it a bit healthier. Guiltless quiche sounds great as well. Speaking of potatoes, I guess I could make samosas with rice paper, and some rice noodle dishes.

                  And, no, unfortunately he's not a big fan of cottage cheese. Ha! I didn't realize how picky he could be. He eats all sorts of things like hearts, kidneys and liver. But give him some milk-like substance, beans, or items high in beta-carotene, he turns into a wuss. : )

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                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    in terms of eggs/frittatas, you can also make them for him in muffin tins, so they'll be easily transportable, and you can even vary the fillings within the same batch.

                    quinoa is great at room temp - you could do a pilaf with his favorite fruit, nuts & spices.

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Oh, that's a good idea about the frittatas and the quinoa. He (and I) both love quinoa.

                      1. re: Miss Needle

                        Here's one of my favorite quinoa dishes, a curried quinoa and mango salad:


                        It's also excellent with some diced chicken mixed in. Great cold, warm, or inbetween.

                  2. Okay...hold onto yourself...could he/would he eat smoked kippers for breakfast? Very healthy if you find a lower-sodium brand, though the aroma may offend co-workers seated nearby...I love the darned things! But usually have to skulk off to the kitchen to eat them, breakfast OR lunch.

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                    1. re: Val

                      You know, I don't think he's ever had smoked kippers (and neither have I). Yeah, if it's going to stink, that may be a problem.

                    2. I'm doing breakfast smoothies at the moment. I have my blender at work and I just wizz one up in the morning, but prior to that I made them at home and drank them in the car. I just used an insulated travel mug.

                      My current fave is cos/romaine and watermelon!

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                      1. re: purple goddess

                        Good to know that smoothies keep for a bit.

                      2. Personally, I'm of the yesterday's leftovers for breakfast persuasion. I can eat cold soup out of the fridge, but I don't necessarily recommend that for everyone. What about getting a wide-mouth thermos, and then you could fill with any number of things -- soupy, noodly, eggy -- that would stay warm and give you more options for the winter months. Of course, come spring and summer, smoothies and fruit bowls sound more appealing.

                        Rich chicken broth with scallions and a few rice cakes on the side, creamed hard boiled eggs with home-made corn tortilla chips, greens and potatoes cooked with a ham hock.

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                        1. re: nemo

                          Duh! I can't believe I forgot about the thermos. Oh, that makes me dilemma a bit easier. Thanks for that tip.

                        2. It seems he likes savoury breakfasts, so how about fried rice? Bean soft tacos (light on the wet fillings, to keep it neat)? Pierogies? Tofu scramble?

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                          1. re: piccola

                            Do you know if there are gluten-free pierogies around?

                            1. re: Miss Needle

                              there's a GF bakery out here in Jersey whose pierogies got rave reviews from the Celiac Chicks.


                              there's also brand called Conte's that makes a dedicated GF line of pierogies, ravioli & pastas. i have no idea if they're any good, but you can buy them online (either from Amazon or one of the celiac specialty sites), or call the company to find out if any stores in the city carry them.


                              and finally, you *could* attempt to make them yourself...


                              there are more on the web, but those seemed like a good place to start.

                          2. i was going to suggest quiche, frittata or strata. I've also seen a couple baked french toast recipes floating around.
                            i used to get gluten free baking mixes, but can't find the company any longer. whole foods does carry some GF breads tho, and they could be used in a strata or french toast.

                            1. i make a brown rice au gratin- like a crustless quiche, w/ wheat germ and sunflower seeds, gruyere, onion.
                              dense, easy to transport. room temp or nuked it works. if that appeals i can get recipe to you.

                              1. Core an apple or a pear and stuff the hole with a mix peanut butter & raisins. Celery stuffed with hummus is eaten by my friends who are veggie-avoiders. Arepas (south american corn griddle cakes), slit open and stuffed with whatever --ham & cheese, avocado chicken salad, black beans & chipotle cream cheese.

                                1. Thank you guys so much for all the inspiration and ideas! You have been so helpful and my husband will be eating very well!

                                  1. If you have the ingredients, you can make fan tuan but leave out the cruller. I love the rice, dried pork, salty vegetable combo. You can roll them in plastic wrap and it is easy to grab and eat.


                                    1. We have shakes for breakfast over here. I mix GreensFirst with Dream Protein and simply shake it up with water. Mid-morning I'll have a boiled egg and an apple or something of that nature.

                                      Sometimes we have oatmeal - I'll fix a big batch, then you simply reheat your portion and sprinkle on some fresh walnuts and raisins.

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                                      1. re: kaaris

                                        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, cilantro, whatever...well, not chocolate, I guess.