In search of a toddler-friendly breakfast option for busy mornings that’s not too crumbly or sugary, I went to good old Pinterest for inspiration.
Unfortunately a lot of the easy recipe options called for honey or other sweeteners. So I took a cue from the deliciously simple, classic combo of oats and smashed bananas.
(Plus peanut butter, but any nut or seed butter will work just fine.)
I hand mixed the following ingredients and then baked it in a muffin tin at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
You can also cut down on dishes by folding the ingredients together over parchment paper in a baking dish and then cut it into bars afterwards.
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter
A sudden craving for French toast paired with a leftover baguette led to a new approach to eggs cups this morning.
In each cup of a muffin tin, crack one egg and add a splash of almond milk (vanilla works great for a French toast flavor, or unsweetened for a savory option).
Next take a slice of a French or sourdough baguette (previously buttered is a bonus) and submerge one in each muffin cup. Flip it over with a fork to get the bread nice and soaked.
Bake at 350 degrees until cooked through.
They’re tasty with maple syrup for a sweet French toast inspired breakfast…
Or savory with ketchup. Cheese would be good too!
Somehow I hit the jackpot this morning by successfully experimenting with eggs and meatballs in a muffin pan. They were David and Emmett approved, to the point that the latter cleaned the scraps off my plate by the eager fistful.
I’ve tried similar recipes from Pinterest before, like this partially successful bread loaf bake, and had mixed results. Today I did a quick search and didn’t find any examples of using meatballs or scaling it back to such a basic and speedy combination.
With a roll of the dice, it was literally as simple as dropping one meatball and cracking one egg in each of the muffin cups, then baking at 400 degrees until the whites were solid.
I sprinkled salt and pepper at the end, but ideally you’d do this before baking. (When you’re rushing to clean raw egg off your hands while your toddler is fussing from the other room, you choose your battles.)
The best part is that a full belly led to nap time so I could write this post!
To mix up the monotony of scrambled eggs (over-easy, oh how I miss thee), we seasoned the pan by first adding leftover seasoned ground turkey from Thursday night’s taco salad.
Scramble eggs as usual, and top with your choice of taco-friendly ingredients. In my case, that was avocado, tomatoes and goat milk yogurt.
David loves bacon, I love broccoli (really I do, it’s a texture thing). Scrambled eggs can get boring after a while, so I decided to kick things up a notch using the best part of bacon: the fat.
1. Cook bacon (3 slices was enough for the two of us)
2. Remove bacon and use same pan with bacon fat to cook chopped, frozen broccoli
3. Remove broccoli and use same pan to cook eggs
4. When eggs are set, add chopped bacon and broccoli.
Optional: if you’re feeling extra indulgent, top with shredded cheese
In my quest to eat less processed or refined foods, and more nutrient-rich foods in their original forms (or close to it), I’ve stumbled my way through some baking disasters. Fortunately, this morning I made my first successful batch of almond flour waffles.
Thanks to The Daily Dietribe for testing out the right ratios of flour to starch – a key make-or-break factor in baking with nut flours and root starches. I found that adding one egg was necessary to keep the waffles from splitting in half when opening the waffle iron.
Almond Flour Waffles (Adapted from The Daily Dietribe)
1 – 1/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup almond milk
Mix dry ingredients separately from wet ingredients. Combine and whisk in egg. Make sure your waffle iron is greased. You may need to play around with settings and open the iron slowly to make sure waffle is thoroughly cooked.
This morning, my excitement and plans to remake last weekend’s delicious breakfast casserole were thrown a curve ball when I discovered only 3 eggs left in the fridge. But not to worry! Adding more veggies and shredded cheese does the trick.
First, saute frozen breakfast sausages (I like Applegate) until thawed on low; then fill the pan with frozen broccoli and continue cooking and stirring until thawed. Slice sausages into pieces.
Next, combine 3 (or more if you have ’em) whisked eggs, 1/4 cup of almond milk, 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (adjust based on your heat tolerance), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 minced garlic clove and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese in a bowl.
In a 9×13 greased pan (or smaller for thicker slices), pour the broccoli and sausage, along with a handful of spinach or kale (I used the latter). Then pour the egg batter in and stir to combine. Sprinkle a little extra cheese over the top.
Bake at 375 degrees, covered, until golden brown on the edges. (It took about 45 minutes in my oven, but keep an eye on it.)
I believe the the red pepper flakes are the secret to this recipe’s success (and David’s ringing endorsement); and for a girl that is a major wimp about anything spicy, I’ll be the first to admit it.
4+ frozen breakfast sausages
1/2 bag frozen broccoli
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded cheese, plus extra for topping
Kale or spinach, optional
You can have your hash, and eat it too – without messing up the kitchen. Simply microwave a frozen meal compromised of veggies, grains and/or beans in a bowl, and then top it with a fried egg or two. I used Amy’s Organic Quinoa & Black Beans with Butternut Squash & Chard.
In no time you’ll be singing “Let it go!” to anyone who bad mouths TV dinners. (Just make sure to find one that uses all natural, wholesome ingredients.)
Ever have one of those mornings where protein is the only thing that will satisfy your hunger? Here’s a healthy way to tame the beast:
Warm a thin layer of pre-cooked (cold leftovers works great) quinoa with a bit of melted butter in a skillet (cast iron will prevent burning). Crack eggs over the top, season with salt, cover and reduce heat to low.
Once they’re close to set, remove from heat to finish cooking through, and serve immediately with avocado.
Leftover Mexican food provides a deceivingly complex base for sunny side up eggs!
Simply cook the leftovers (in this case, refried beans and half an enchilada) on low and then crack eggs over the top and cook covered until set. All the flavors of the original dish are enhanced by the runny eggs. Tastes fancy, but it’s fuss-free.