I don't know about you, but sometimes I just get tired of the same old breakfast foods. Eggs, oatmeal, pancakes...they're all great, of course. I like to change it up every now and then though by taking one typical aspect of breakfast and doing something less common with it.
Easily one of my favorite parts of my first meal of the day is toast. A good, grainy, satisfying piece of toast. The best part about toast? The possibilities of what you use as spreads or toppings are endless! In this recipe I use the bright, refreshing flavors of lemon and apple to wake me up and get my day started on a delicious note!
Happy 2015! I've been really getting into oatmeal lately (somewhat of a New Years Resolution of mine to eat more healthy grains). This is a first for me, as I never really was into oats like, ever. Perhaps because growing up I only ever had the single packet kind that cooked to mush and was loaded with sugar. That stuff actually made me gag eating it! But I can't deny that true oats have great nutritional value and I wanted to give them a shot. Now I am so glad that I did! The real deal is delicious.
I like sweet sometimes, but I am much more of a savory girl. Oats are perfect for that savory flavor! I love that they are appropriate for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Ah, yes. The week of Christmas is finally here! Which means being with family and...cooking in slightly unfamiliar kitchens. Sure - I grew up in this house! But unlike the awesome kids on, say, Masterchef Junior, I was not cooking as a 12 year old and therefore my parents' kitchen is slightly foreign to me. The food in the fridge, however, is not foreign. In fact, it is comforting to see the foods I have come to expect to be in their fridge.
My mom has always been a fan of Mexican flavors - salsa, sour cream, cilantro, red peppers, and so on. These 4 items are practically a guarantee to be in that fridge. It may not sound very festive, but think about it! You have the red of the salsa and peppers, the green of the cilantro, the white of the sour cream...the colors of Christmas! Throw a couple eggs into the mix and you have one festively colored, absolutely delicious way to start the day!
When I was younger, my Mom would always make eggs in purgatory for my brothers and I - a fried egg sandwiched between a mashed potato cake and tomato sauce - the idea being the potato cake is the clouds of heaven and the tomato sauce is the fires of hell, with the egg stuck in the middle like purgatory.
Whether or not you enjoy the fun name of the dish, there is no denying it is a unique take on breakfast and certainly a perfect dish for brunch. It's savory, hearty, and satisfying for the whole family!
Breakfast. For me it's usually an on-the-go meal. A granola bar. Some yogurt. A bacon egg and cheese from the deli. Don't get me wrong - I love all those things! - but it's nice to have a nutritious home-cooked breakfast once in a while.
A poached egg is a must. 9 times out of 10 I plan my meal around that (the other time it's a fried egg). Now add some dark leafy baby greens, white miso, and tomato and you got yourself a delicious, nutritious breakfast!
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