Capsule breakfasts, fall/winter edition
If you haven’t had enough of my fall ramblings, fear not. We’re just getting started!
The temperatures where I am just took a deep plunge, so I’m scrambling to adjust. That includes my cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cold! But I can’t handle a smoothie when it’s below freezing outside.
After a week of toast and eggs, I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to do something. What I did was come up with a few handy breakfast ideas, so that I would always be ready in the face of morning hunger and cold.
This is my most versatile breakfast strategy, because I am not a morning person. I have to have my cup of coffee and I need at least a half hour before I can actually begin to be a person. So breakfasts like these are perfect for me, because I don’t have to do much at all! I essentially make a variety of faux quiches, which can be easily combined or eaten alone for a healthy and convenient breakfast. My latest iteration included the following:
Chicken breakfast sausage
I defrost the veggies and squeeze out any liquid (because who wants soggy eggs!). Then I sauté the chicken sausage quickly, but this isn’t strictly necessary if yours are precooked. Mine are, but I just don’t like them straight out of the package. Then I mixed all of this with about 2 cups of liquid egg whites and the sun-dried tomatoes, then threw it in the oven in a 9×9 glass baking dish that I had sprayed with a small bit of oil. That’s it 🙂 This is so versatile, because you can put anything from frozen vegetables to leftovers in it. You can use whole eggs or add cream, cheese or herbs. The sky’s the limit! When it’s done, I cut it up and put it in the fridge. It’s a perfect breakfast, or you can even eat it for lunch. Pair it with a salad, mash it up and put it in a wrap or on a roll, and you have a yummy meal.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with some delicious oats with a bit of maple syrup or banana mixed in.
But… I’ve recently read some amazing oatmeal ideas.
I was searching for some new takes on oatmeal and I’ve discovered so many fantastic new oatmeal creations floating around. And, what’s more, is that many of them are SAVORY! I saw this one about a month ago, and I was inspired to make a lazy version of it. I add the miso and I also add a bit of tahini, which makes it perfect for me. I eat it with just a simple egg on top.
This might not float everyone’s boat, but a few months ago someone recommended a certain nutritionist to me. I briefly researched him, and what struck me was his recommendation to eat a savory soup for breakfast. I can’t say I’ll always do it, but I whipped up a batch of my favorite asparagus soup, and it made an excellent breakfast!
(Almost) Healthy Hot Chocolate
If you’re not that keen on breakfast, or are just looking for something light, I’ve seen a lot of people add chocolate protein powder to hot milk for a somewhat healthy snack. I’ve done it a few times, and it really does hit the spot for an afternoon pick-me-up! I’ve always used a thick almond milk, which makes it feel indulgent.