Archive for the ‘breakfast’ Category

Awakening

April 27, 2009
Friends~

Once again I find myself apologizing that it has been far too long since my last post. I miss not just the food thoughts and pictures, but the writing, the outlet of expression that is mine alone. Reading dear Jenna’s post today about needing to write made me remember how much I need it, too. (For Jenna as well, my heart goes out to you and my thoughts are prayers are with you and your family).  

It seems as though spring is finally, finally here, renewing me with excitement over fresh produce that does not include potatoes or turnips or winter squash, but asparagus, berries, and other vibrantly colorful vegetation. And I want it all!!!! The riches of the first Spring harvests make me wonder how you could want to eat anything but fresh fruits and vegetables. I suppose I did make an exception for breakfast, though I stuck with the trend of light, fresh-tasting  and heavenly. Did it satisfy? Just look at the picture below.

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Based on  Spring 2009 Compliments magazine
serves 4 2

Crepe batter:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 T sugar

 In a medium bowl, whisk flour and milk until smooth. Add egg and milk and whisk again until smooth. Let stand while preparing filling. (Can do this part the night before and let the batter rest in the fridge overnight).

For the filling:
1 cup blueberries
2 T pure maple syrup
Cream cheese and additional maple syrup

In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the blueberries with the maple syrup. Bring to a boil and reduce until mixture is thick.

For the crepes:
Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Brush pan with a thin layer of melted buter or oil. Pour enough batter into pan to barely coat; swirl it around to evenly cover the bottom of the pan.

Cook until the edges start to curl up, about one minute. Use a spatula to gently flip crepe and cook on other side until lightly golden.

Turn out crepe onto a plate. Put a small pat of cream cheese in one quadrant, top with a small amount of maple syrup. Fold crepe in half and then in half again to get a small triangle. repeat with remaining batter. Top with the blueberry maple sauce and additional maple syrup or whipped cream, if desired. Strong coffee on the side optional, but highly recommended.

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles

February 2, 2009

Nothing says “weekend morning” like a hot, maple syrup-y waffle. Especially with all this snow outside, I am perfectly content to take my time fixing breakfast and relaxing with my omnipresent cup of strong coffee.

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And let me tell you, with a recipe like this you should be doing exactly the same right about now.

What I love about these waffles is that (honest!) they actually fill you up (and I even used white flour). The hearty oats provide some texture while the flax and cinnamon lend interest to each bite.

Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles
Original Recipe can be found at Everybody Likes Sandwiches

3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup yogurt
1/3 cup milk
1 tbsp applesauce
1 tbsp melted butter
oil, if needed, for waffle iron

Combine flour, salt, baking powder, oats, flax, cinnamon and brown sugar in a large bowl. In a seperate bowl mix all of the wet ingredients. Make a well in dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture until everything is just combined. Makes 3-4 waffles, depending on the size of your iron.

I found that my batter was quite thick- if you want something more spreadable, I would suggest increasing the amount of milk.

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With maple syrup and blueberry jelly this was a perfect breakfast.

Toasty

August 16, 2008

I was slightly more energized when I woke up this morning 🙂 I still think I’m going to hang out in bed and read a bit, but no more sleeping! I’ve got coffee with me right now to prove it haha.

Breakfast this morning was 2% plain yogurt, Nature’s Path Organic Smart Bran Psyllium cereal, 1/2 a banana, blueberries, and a white peach, all topped with toasted almond slivers. Delicious! I loved the crunch of the toasty almonds in there. My bowl was huge and should definitely hold me until lunch.

I want to get a walk in today or maybe some gym time before work…. We’ll see 🙂

Reunited With Oats

August 15, 2008

It’s been sooo long since I last had oats! They tasted especially delicious today 🙂 The mix was standard, with 40g of oats, a pinch of salt, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup water, 1/2 banana, raisins, lots of cinnamon, brown sugar, and an almond butter spoonful. The new addition today was a big spoonful of 1% cottage cheese for a little extra protein. It melted into the oats and gave great texture, though it added pretty much nothing to the taste.

Now that I’ve had breakfast though all I really want to do is go back to sleep! I don’t know why I’m so tired… Probably because I haven’t had my coffee yet 😉 I want to fit in a gym trip today and then I’m working at 4 but that’s about it, pretty boring day. At least August is coming to an end and some of my friends (and boyfriend!!!!!!!!!!!) will be coming back soon! I am so excited to move into my new apartment with the boy 🙂 Two more weeks until it happens!!!!!

Happy Friday! 🙂

Let’s Get This Show on the Road

August 7, 2008

I’m packing + blogging so my apologies if this gets a little disorganized- I’m not the best multitasker haha. I am soooo excited for Boston!!!! But first a little recap of the day’s eats: breakfast at 6:30 this morning was a change from the usual oats, with 2 slices of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread toasted and spread with 2 tbsp almond butter, half of an extremely ripe banana (I could hardly cut it, it was so soft!) and a drizzle of agave nectar.

Plus coffee with a little hot chocolate mix.

For lunch I packed the last ounce of my round of Camembert cheese (yes it was on sale, and yes I did a little dance when I found this), a whole wheat roll, organic vanilla yogurt, and a banana.

I was craving mango like mad for dinner! At my favourite grocery store they sometimes set out little packs of very ripe fruit at reduced prices so I scored this amazing juicy mango, pre-cut and all, for 99 cents 🙂 The regular packs of pre-cut fruit start at $3.99 so I was pretty happy with my bargain. I had another whole wheat roll on the side spread with a little butter and the rest of my Tex Mez salad from last night on the side. This all tasted so great together and filled me up perfectly.

I’m bringing a container of my absolute favourite plain yogurt as a travel snack. This organic kind is so freaking expensive but I decided to treat myself tonight. Can you believe there are 10g of protein in this thing?! Awesome 🙂 Since I am such a yogurt lover you can bet that I am pumped for my first FAGE encounter!!! I’m also intrigued by Chobani. And I want to sample the coconut milk based non-dairy yogurts! I may just be eating yogurt for the next 4 days……


HK I will be emailing you!

I don’t think I’ll be blogging until I get back but I’m sure I will have a ton to talk about then 🙂 Have a great weekend everyone!

Back With Bananas

August 6, 2008

In my oats, that is 🙂 I’ve missed blogging!! In my 5am oats this morning were 40g of the oats, a pinch of salt, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup water, half of a banana, lots of cinnamon, raisins, brown sugar and an almond butter spoonful. Coffee is also most definitely on the agenda for today. I mixed some hot chocolate powder into my morning cup and now it’s all mocha-like and delicious. I can see why Jenn loves her cocoa coffee 🙂

I found an apartment! I was really stressed about this because I’m going out of town soon and definitely wanted one before I left, so I am very very happy about this. I can’t wait until September 1st!!!!

Time to move so I’m not late for work. Happy Humpday!

Seeing Double

August 1, 2008

You might as well look at yesterday’s post for today’s breakfast and lunch because, well, they’re identical. I had to use up leftovers though which is why it’s a veggie burrito again today (yay!) and I’m working a long shift again with no clue when I’ll be able to break for lunch so I really need to go with a sure thing like oats, which I know will keep me going for a while. 40g oats with 1/3 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup water, pinch of salt, half a very ripe banana, lots of cinnamon, raisins, brown sugar and a tablespoon of almond butter. Perfection in a bowl 🙂

No surprise here for lunch: veggie burrito mix with a kamut flour tortilla, blueberries, and cantaloupe (I had apricots yesterday, so I guess I am switching it up a bit, haha).

I have a craaaazy day, working 8-4 then going to see two apartments on opposite sides of town then working 7-1 ahhhh! But I’m going to BOSTON next Thursday so I’m going to work hard for the next week and then thoroughly enjoy my vacation. Happy Friday!

Morning Dose of Oats

July 31, 2008


Up at 6 today with Ol’ Faithful pictured above 🙂 and another perfectly creamy bowl of oats! Same as yesterday’s with 40g oats, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup water, pinch of salt, 1/2 banana, lots of cinamon, raisins, brown sugar and an almond butter spoonful.

I packed a quick lunch to take to work today, which consisted of a kamut tortilla (my new love, seriously these are awesome), about a cup of the burrito mixture for a make-as-I-eat burrito, along with 2 fresh apricots and a good handful of blueberries.

I’m working tons of hours over the next few days AND I reallllly need to find an apartment so I apologize for what may be a series of boring posts. I’ll be getting around to all of your blogs as soon as I can! Have a great day and see you for dinner!

Craving = Satisfied!

July 30, 2008

I was up at 5am this morning with the perfect bowl of oats- a little over 1/3 cup (40g) of oats, 1/2 of a ripe banana, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup water, a pinch of salt, lots of cinnamon and raisins. All topped off with brown sugar and an almond butter spoonful. They were sooo creamy this morning! I’m not sure if I did anything different from the usual but these tasted even better than they normally do. I think I want oats again tomorrow morning 🙂

Coffee too! And at 5am, I needed it 🙂

Packed lunch to bring to work- the final serving of my pear and grains yogurt, some cantaloupe with blueberries (best fruit combo ever, try it if you haven’t already!), a slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread with some blueberry jam, and baggies of carrots, yellow cherry tomatoes, and celery.

After seeing Erica’s massive and delicious looking burrito yesterday I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner tonight! My craving was definitely satisfied with the amazing filling I cooked up- I sauteed a diced red bell pepper with a couple of baby carrots and some celery in a bit of olive oil, then I stirred in 2 big spoonfuls of Old El Paso Burrito seasoning mix (all my spices are in storage or else I would have made my own blend). I added in a few tablespoons of salsa and let it all cook together for a bit. I then chopped up a sweet potato that I microwaved for a bit to jump-start the cooking process, then added that in too along with some broccoli and mushrooms. Near the end I threw in some black beans and a couple of sliced black olives. All I can say is, wow! What fantastic flavour! The veggies were still slightly crispy and the sweet potato was soft yet also a little crispy- haha I can’t describe it, it was just awesome.

I wish I had thought to pick up an avocado! Some guac on top would have totally made this. Next time I might stir in a can of fat-free refried beans too just to up the creamy/crispy factor. I knew this baby would not stay rolled so I didn’t even try it eat it out of hand, instead I melted a little camembert on top and used a knife and fork. I am so happy with this veggie burrito mix! It came out so tasty and I have lots of leftovers now 🙂

I used Kamut flour tortillas and loved them. They kind of remind me of the tortilla used in the Amy’s frozen burritos. Soft but with a good chew and texture.

And for dessert, a nice little bowl of frozen grapes 🙂

So I am still homeless for September… No apartment yet, I think it’s time to intensify the search. I’m working again all day tomorrow so expect to see more of the same 🙂 Have a good night!

Is There Anything More Perfect Than Fresh Fruit?!

July 29, 2008

This morning for breakfast I decided to have the cherries I picked up at the fruit shop with Conor along with some perfectly ripe cantaloupe. The combination of the two together with my favourite 2% plain yogurt and vanilla almond granola tasted just divine!

I’m working today but before then trying to squeeze in a trip to the bus station to buy my tickets to BOSTON (yaaaayyyyy!!!!!) and also trying to schedule an appointment to view an apartment. I’ll probably be posting lunch and dinner later on tonight when I’m back from work 🙂 Happy Tuesday!