Everyone has that certain something special that makes their mornings more enjoyable.
Johnny loves his coffee and oatmeal… and I know most everyone in my office cannot function until after their second cup of coffee. I can respect that, being that I don’t usually even talk to anyone until I finish my tea. Whether that’s really “enjoyment” or not …ehh…
My most favorite mornings are my weekend mornings. I guess that’s kind of a no brainer, but ya never know, some people may really love drowning in office coffee and desk breakfasts. Hats off to you folks.
Me? Not so much.
I absolutely love those times when it’s just me and my little family and my three most favorite things:
1. A tasty breakfast.
2. A steaming cup of English Breakfast Tea with some honey and skim milk.
3. A good read.
Lately, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy my most favorite three indulgences almost EVERY weekend.
(Editor’s Note: For all of you other word nerds out there, you’ll notice my choice of literature in some of my photos. I recently finished the Harry Potter series, as well as the Sookie Stackhouse series. I’m currently reading some silly novels I checked out of the library, and Slaughterhouse Five. Any book suggestions would be welcome, I’m always looking for something new to read!)
I know it’s been a while since I’ve shared a new recipes, but to make up for it I have not one, not two, but THREE recipes to share with you!! All of which are some of my favorite more recent breakfast creations.
(Editor’s Note: I know I’ve expressed how I feel about excuses a gagillion times, but this time around I’ve been getting ready for school. That is, MY CULINARY CLASSES!!!!! SOOOOOO EFFING EXCITED!!!! Here’s me, excited, in my new uniform 😀
For the record, I do have hands and feet. My jacket is an extra small and is still HUGEEE on me. heh. And now back to your regularly scheduled blog post.)
All of these recipes are enough for just a single serving (being that Johnny isn’t much of a breakfast guy, I usually just make enough for me), but you could easily multiply any of them to feed 2, 4, or a whole crowd!
*This one is fantastic! It’s made kind of like a Dutch Baby, that is, it starts on the stove top and finishes in the oven and gets all melty and puffy. If you decided to use peanut butter instead of syrup, which I highly recommend, spread it on as fast as you can and it gets perfectly melty and gooey on top!*
- 1/4 baking mix
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup nonfat milk
- 1 egg white
- 1 small banana, sliced
- 2 teaspoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Optional: 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter of your choice (PB&CO Mighty Maple is my go to for this recipe, but use whatever ya fancy!), 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, Pancake Syrup
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the baking mix and the oats. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the milk and egg white.
Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Spray a small, oven safe skillet with nonstick spray.
Add the batter and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until the bottom is brown and crusty. (The top will still be raw.)
Place banana slices on top of your pancake and sprinkle on the chocolate chips.
Place the skillet in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the pancake is cooked through.
To serve, carefully flip pancake out onto a plate, spread with peanut butter and sprinkle on the cocoa powder!
(Or use syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream, or whatever you have on hand!)
This One Has No Name, but it’s Noms aka Garlic Toast, Steamed Asparagus & Hard Boiled Eggs
*This one would be equally delicious with over easy eggs or anything with a runny yolk! To be honest, I was aiming for soft boiled eggs, but I wound up with hard boiled. C’est la vie. It was tasty, regardless!*
- 1 whole wheat ciabatta roll, slice in half
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 large garlic clove, sliced
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 8 spears asparagus
- 2 eggs
For eggs, place the eggs in a pot of cold water and bring the pot to a boil. Let it boil for five minutes then remove the eggs and place them in a bowl of ice water.
For asparagus, place in a steamer basket in a pot of boiling water (you could easily steam the asparagus in the same pot while the eggs are boiling) Cover for 5 minutes. Remove asparagus and place in a bowl of ice water. When you remove them, blot them dry with paper towels.
For the garlic toast, heat olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant. Add the roll, cut side down, and let cook for about 3 minutes or until toasted. Remove from skillet.
Top garlic toast with asparagus, and sliced eggs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
*Seriously, this one doesn’t need syrup or anything. The chocolate chips and cream cheese melt together and and the strawberries sweeten it up perfectly. This one you may want to use to impress some guests, because it seems so fancy but is SO easy to make!*
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 2 tablespoons low fat cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
- 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
- 2 teaspoons semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup nonfat milk
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Optional: 1/4 cup cinnamon cereal, crushed ( I used Special K’s Cinnamon Pecan Crunch), Syrup, Honey
Place the cream cheese and 1 teaspoon of vanilla in a microwave safe dish and microwave for 15 seconds, or until cream cheese is soft.
Mix well, and add the sliced strawberries and chocolate chips. Set aside
In a small, wide bowl (I actually like to use a pie dish) add the milk, egg white, cinnamon and remaining vanilla and whisk to combine.
To construct, spread cream cheese mixture on one slice of bread. Top with second slice. Dip sandwich into the egg mixture on both sides to saturate.
If using, dip into the crushed cereal, pressing down firmly so the cereal sticks.
Cook in a nonstick skillet (or one sprayed with nonstick spray) over medium high heat until crunchy and golden, about 6 minutes per side.
Serve topped with syrup, or a drizzle of honey!
So there you have it!!! THREE deliciously fantastical new breakfast recipes for you to share and enjoy. I’d love to hear from you if you decided to make them for yourself!!