I love breakfast foods. Bacon = pretty much favorite of most any food, any time of the day. I love pancakes, french toast, cinnamon rolls, quiche, fried or scrambled eggs, fried potatoes… and on and on. But first thing in the morning, everything feels like too much work. Even cutting up fruit to go with some Greek yogurt with honey seems like a chore.
I choose not to buy breakfast bars and pastries (except for the occasional bagels from Western Bagel, which is our favorite place outside of New York’s H&H Bagels, which I just found out you can order online!!!). If we’re having sandwiches for lunch (our monthly menu has breakfast, lunch and dinner planned) I try to avoid bread at breakfast to keep things interesting. Who wants sandwich bread 2 out of 3 meals a day? Not me. This leaves me with but a few options: cereal (usually with raw almonds, to add some protein), toast with peanut butter and honey, oatmeal (getting to be “too much” work because I have to cook it), yogurt and fruit. Ideally, I would always have a few other options too: homemade granola, cheddar biscuits (great with scrambled eggs and if it’s an extra yummy morning: bacon!), bananas (makes fuit and yogurt an easy option), leftover oatmeal (east to re-heat), leftover pancakes (easy to re-heat).
What are your solutions for breakfast? Are you a cereal junkie? Do you love french toast? Do you eat oatmeal every morning? Do you have any tips to share?
I know breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. It’s relatively quick to prepare. But I still dislike making it the most, especially when I haven’t planned ahead.
Here are a few recipes I enjoy: Granola, Buttermilk Pancakes, Greek Yogurt with Granola, Fruit and Honey (mix 1/2 to 1 C Greek yogurt with 1 t to 1T honey with a whisk, then add chopped fruit and homemade granola); Cheddar Biscuits (they’re called Green Onion Drop Biscuits, but I usually add cheddar and occasionally add bacon add the onions if I feel like it), Shutterbean’s Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls (oh my gosh amazing!!!).
Here’s my variation on granola.
- 5 1/2 C oats
- 1 T honey
- 1/2 C raw or granulated sugar
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1/4 C maple syrup
- 1/2 C hot water
- 1/2 C whole wheat flour
- 1/2 t salt
- 3/4 C canola oil
- Dissolve sugars in water. Whisk in oil.
- Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients. Stir.
- Spread over 2 cookie sheets*.
- Bake at 200 F for 2-3 hours, stirring every 30 – 60 minutes.
- Cool then store.
- *Sometimes I grease the cookie sheets, sometimes I don’t. Do what works best for you.
I love granola. I especially love it when it’s homemade. The above recipe is my version of Sheila‘s granola. Enjoy!
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