This one goes out to all the granola bar people and their pop tart friends. Time to graduate to real breakfast. It's not as hard as it seems, even if you are a repeat offender with the snooze button.
Here are two delightful (and speedy) options for beginning the day. The components of the first recipe can be prepared over the weekend to have on hand for quickfire mornings, the next requires little more than frying an egg while making toast. The first meal of the day breaks your nighttime fast, break it well.
*1 cup cooked oats (steel cut or rolled)
*1/4 cup cooked tricolor quinoa
*1 tablespoon nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew or sunbutter)
*1 tablespoon full fat plain yogurt (I use Cabot 10% Greek yogurt)
*1/2 ripe banana, mashed
Prepare a batch of oats over the weekend by presoaking overnight in slightly acidic water (add a splash of white vinegar or lemon juice) to help maximize flavor and digestibility. Drain soaked oats and rinse well before cooking. Use 1 to 1 1/2 cups water per 1 cup soaked oats. Simmer covered until liquid is absorbed. Add a tablespoon of butter to cooking liquid. Store in fridge to use for the week.
Cook quinoa in advance also using 2 cups cooking liquid for each cup of quinoa.
Place precooked oats in a saucepan over med low heat with a splash of water until heated through. Stir in remaining ingredients. Enjoy hot.
*Add fresh or dried fruit and your favorite nuts and seeds and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Open Face Summer Fried Egg Sandwich:
*1 slice thick cut sourdough or favorite bread
*1 fresh egg
*4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
*2 tablespoons feta cheese
*3 basil leaves, chopped
Place bread in toaster while setting a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Coat with butter. Crack egg into pan, flip once and turn off heat. Remove egg before yolk sets. Butter toast, place on a plate and top with the fried egg. Sprinkle with tomatoes, feta and basil.
*No time for heating up the pan? Slather some really good bread or toast with half an avocado, sprinkle with goat cheese or feta and off you go. Just please, do yourself a favor and leave the Cheerios where they are.