It is my pleasure to introduce you to your new best morning friend — Quinoa Breakfast Cereal! I began replacing my morning oatmeal with quinoa because I need lots of protein to stay energized and feeling good throughout the workday, but I don't like eating eggs every single morning! Quinoa has tons of protein, is low in fat, and gluten free. What's not to love?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of breakfast posts.
The biggest problem with breakfast is that it happens in the morning, where my top priority is getting every last second of snoozing in a warm-bed time, and condensing the necessary elements of morning routine into about 15 minutes from bed to out the door to work. My answer to THAT problem, for pretty much my entire working life, has been children's cereal. I felt like it was time for a change, to grow up and have a food I could eat without shame in front of others. Which brings me to… Microwave Oatmeal Choc-Banana Mugcake!
I saw this recipe on Pinterest, and knew I had to try it. We're big bacon and egg eaters, but I hate being stuck in the kitchen, watching both. This is a great way to get a breakfast/brunch going, for lots of people, or when you're up early and want to make something awesome. I like this because I can make a few for just the two of us, or two dozen for a family get together.
Okay, I don't like my eggs sunnyside-up. And we all may remember how much I failed at my attempt to make one during the cooking challenge. But if perhaps I had this Sunnyside Silicon Egg Shaper at my disposal, there would have been fewer tears (and curse words) shed over my eggs.
In fact, look how happy this thing can make your breakfast plates…
I LOOOVE eating muffins for breakfast! However, I am the first to admit that my mother was right when she warned me that muffins are really cookies in disguise. So, I have been on a quest to find healthy muffin recipes ever since. What I've found is that most muffin recipes only have one or two factors that make them "unhealthy," like too much sugar or too much butter. FORTUNATELY, there are easy fixes for most of these problems that allow me to make the muffins healthier, while still enjoying this tasty treat.
The morning of New Year's Day, while we weren't feeling entirely seedy, we were craving something greasy and delicious. I didn't have enough eggs in the fridge to do a stock standard bacon and eggs breakfast, but I also needed to use the bacon pretty soon. Then the lightbulb came on: bacon pancakes.
Baked oatmeal is one of the many dishes I had never heard of before moving to South Central Pennsylvania. It's oatmeal made casserole-style, so that it's gooey on the inside and crunchy like granola on top. It's an awesome and versatile fall or winter breakfast dish, and since it's casserole-style, you can eat it all week!
Back in my wild-partying days, I used to do this thing for myself: before I went out, I'd get my bedroom all set up to be the perfect come-down/hangover den. I'd make the bed and fold back the blanket. I'd leave the twinkly lights on. I'd set a glass of water on the bedside with a couple Advil, right next to the stereo remote. Basically, I got really good at anticipating my compromised mental/emotional state, and pre-creating a space to make it a little easier.
In my kitchen now, I've used the same idea to create the perfect caffeine altar.