Good morning, Breakfast! Never Boring

14 Apr 2012

Posted by karen
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Do you look forward to your breakfast?

-- if it's a choice (or combination) of supermarket-storage eggs, plastic bread, and crinkled cereals - breakfast will be beyond boring and worthless calories.

-- or if you face a groaning board of variety like Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel: "… eggs, ham, hot biscuits, fried apples seething in their gummed syrup, honey, golden butter, fried steaks, fragrant brown sausages, a bowl of wet cherries, fat juicy bacon, stacked batter-cakes…" breakfast could be the makings for a perfect nutritional melt-down.
Thankfully, there's a stack of nutritious, delicious options between these two food book-ends.
Taste-test and tweak the following recipes to suit your taste buds and energy needs.

Sunflower Seed Omelet

4 eggs, beaten very light 
1/2 cup sunflower seed meal (a coffee grinder does a fine job grinding seeds)
1/2 tsp. minced dulce flakes
1 tsp. minced chives (more would be better, this is all I could steal from the early offerings of my spring garden chives)
Heat a heavy skillet. Blend ingredients. Add to the hot skillet (I used a medium-med/high heat) a bit of coconut oil or olive oil. Pour in the mixture; let brown on the bottom, tipping the pan as needed so the runny mixture gets to the hot part of the pan. Cut in quarters; flip over and brown on the other side. serves 2-3
note: The sunflower meal may seem an odd addition but it adds healthy polyunsaturated fats; minerals: manganese, magnesium, selenium; and vitamins B1 and E. This omelet would travel well too, in a sandwich or pita pocket with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, cucumber and sprouts.

Nutty Apples with Yogurt

2 apples, washed, unpeeled
1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 - 2 tsp. raw honey
1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup cashew halves
1 tsp. ground flaxseed
(additional options: other nuts, dried fruits, banana chunks, etc.)
Core apples and shred. Blend in everything else, folding in the yogurt last. This is one of those breakfast meals that doubles as a dessert or a salad. Makes 2 generous servings. (This is becoming my favourite "anything" meal!)

Instant Breakfast with Attitude

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup sesame seeds
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger powder (or more, to taste)
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup of milk of choice (dairy,soy,almond,rice,hemp) - if so desired
options - fresh fruit and more crunchy nuts
Pulse ingredients (except for liquid) in a food processor or coffee grinder - a small Bullet blender works well if you pulse half a recipe at a time.
To serve:
Mix 4 Tbsp. of the mix with 1/2 cup very hot water.
Let sit and thicken for about 7-8 minutes.
Add milk and other options:  chunky nuts, fresh fruit.
Store leftover mix in a glass container in the refrigerator. Recipe makes enough for 7-8 servings.
This recipe also works well for taking along:
- to work
- out camping
- on a touring bike ride
- on a day hike
.......wherever you can heat water (or transport it) and take along your choice of milk, if desired.
(recipe credits to the "domesticdiva" )

Breakfast Pudding - with Rice or Oat Flakes

In blender, mix together until crumbly but not gummed together:
- 5 - 6 pitted medjool dates* (or 7-8 other whole dates)
- 1/3 cup cashews*
- 1/3 cup unsweetened large coconut flakes*
*if not using high-powered blender {e.g. Vitamix} - pulse blender often until ingredients are pulverized
Bring to boil in saucepan:
- 3 1/2 cups of your choice of milk (dairy, almond, soy, etc.) or use half milk and half water (I use equal amounts of water and soy)
- 3/4 cup rice flakes OR oat flakes - along with the blended mixture of dates, cashews and coconut
- 1/3 cup currants or raisins
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- dash of sea salt
Stirring often, cook for about 8-10 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
Serve while still hot - (the rice variety has a tendency to thicken up quickly).
Adding more milk is optional - I like to eat it as is.
Sprinkle with toasted pecans and cinnamon.
Makes 3 good-sized servings of "dessert for breakfast".
(Thanks to my son-in-law, Damien, for this recipe.) 
What do you eat to"break-your-fast"?
Blog P.S. How could I have forgotten this one? I dressed this dish up nice and pretty for my Dad's 90th birthday brunch. The recipe is on this previous post. One tweaking: I'd leave the peel on the apples and add a splash of lemon juice. 


Sue's picture

I used the "instant breakfast with attitude" on a recent trip. In my carry-on bag on the plane I took a portion on the breakfast mix. I asked the flight attendant for a cup of hot water (instead of the offered sugar-juice) and had a great breakfast on my flight. Delicious! 

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I've been trying different combinations with this recipe - adding chopped nuts, some blueberries or banana and yogurt  after it's soaked in the hot water. Tweaking it now for energy requirements for friends doing a month-long cycling trip - something convenient for tenting/camping. Any ideas welcome! 

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This is one of the healthiest breakfast recipe i found, great and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Glad you like it - enjoy and be in good health!

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