Adventures in Breakfasting

by Sarah on May 2, 2013 · 15 comments

The last time I spoke about the ups and downs of ending calorie counting, I mentioned that one of my big goals was switching things up in the meal department, and trying not to rely so much on the same old, same old.

unadulterated oatmeal w. apples, pears, bananas, raisings, pecans, and loose granola

While I’ve still been loving oatmeal–there is just something so comforting about it–

cinnamon blizzard. the only kind of blizzard i can appreciate.

–I’ve been exploring some new toppings. Like yogurt.

grapefruit, strawberries, slivered almonds, blueberry yogurt

I continue to try to believe I do not have lactose issues, and eat ‘regular’ (non-strained) yogurt–especially when it is offered for free at a staff luncheon or breakfast and instead of eating it at school I take it home in my lunchbox. This does not always make for the most comfortable mornings.

shockingly, grapefruit is not a new-to-me oatmeal topper. citrus on oats...try it.

For the most part, though, I’ve been eating something different every single morning.

please note they are using bacon to climb up a wall of toast.

[And yes, I spend WAY too long preparing breakfast before work. But it makes me happy.  And I haven't been late yet.]

at least countless wasted hours watching top chef have taught me the joy of pretty plating

I have switched up my morning grains, taking a brown rice obsession to breakfast, with impromptu brown rice and bulgur breakfast puddings.

cinnamon vanilla sweetness, with a side of papaya and kabocha squash

Creaminess provided by almond milk, and perhaps a bit of low-lactose kefir.

rice pudding isn't rice pudding without cinnamon. and raisins.

A side of squash for breakfast? It has happened more than once twice three times.

most of this squash might have been eaten before i got to the rest of breakfast.

That whole lactose question hasn’t prevented me from concocting some pretty protein pudding parfaits. When I’m feeling sort of snacky in the mornings, these make me feel like I get to eat little bits at a time, for a long time

cinnamon vanilla tofu, Greek yogurt, and protein pudding w. nuts, rice cakes, apples, oranges

…or put it all together, if I choose to.*

lemon nunaturals-sweetened chia, kefir, almond milk protein 'pudding'

*I don’t usually choose to. Most of the toppings get eaten separately on my way to school before I can actually assemble. Meaning they aren’t really parfaits are they? More like…collections of potential parfait ingredients.

lemon chia kefir protein pudding, side of cereal, strawberries, apples, nuts, chocolate, dates

Giant pancakes made with a combination of oats, coconut flour, and buckwheat–and sometimes pumped up with protein powder–

chocolate protein coc-oat-nut pancake w. bananas, strawberries, and peanut flour 'syrup'

–have become an incredibly quick-to-prepare and surprisingly (to me) satiating staple.

nunaturals sweetened Mexican chocolate pancake w. dollop of orange ginger siggis strained yogurt and some bananas

And pancakes aren’t just good sweet.

herb-seasoned. with homemade TVP sausage crumbles.

In fact, I sometimes prefer them to be sinfully, succulently, savory.

who needs a sausage biscuit when you can have a (TVP) sausage pancake?

Since I started eating eggs againalthough I stick with one at a time as I continue to test my tolerance--I often feel like I’ve become a yolk pornographer.

bet your (perfectly browned) bottom dollar i have been practicing my fry technique

It is almost required that you not only photograph a beautifully cooked egg, but also the oozy runniness that is the mark of unlike-anything-elseflavor that will soon be covering everything on your plate.

a not particularly pornographic egg, with purple sweets and fruit salad

Sometimes I can restrain myself from the XXX-rated.

seasoned mushrooms, carrots, and kale topped with an egg

Like when there is toast and [Bull FROG--blueberry, fig, raspberry, orange, ginger] jam* involved.

*She likes bread and butter…I like toast and jam.

for someone who always claimed she wasn't a bread person, i certainly love toast lately

Or when there aren’t actually eggs involved.

vegan tofu scramble with summer squash and previously frozen peppers

But sometimes, I can’t hold back.

sitting pretty.

There’s no need for syrup on a seasoned savory pancake…

when you have egg yolk and ketchup.

And now, I know what you are thinking:

“Sarah, didn’t you say you felt like a yolk pornographer? Where are all of the the drippy, dippy egg yolks?

“And wait. Can you please just finally tell us how you make those pancakes?

Yeah. No.

After all, isn’t an entire yolk porn expose much more enticing?

And how about a post entitled ‘Pancake Parade’?

Since I don’t have an eligible bachelors around to tease, I have to get my kicks where I can. ;)

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Maria May 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I really really want some eggs right now. And toast with jam.

My lunch salad will not satisfy this craving.

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calee May 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

seriously wanted eggs for brekkie this morning but time was not in my favor. love your old school movie poster mashup. :)

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Tricia @ Saving room for dessert May 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I am guilty of the same-old same-old breakfast daily. Love me some Kefir! Wish I like oatmeal in it’s mushy state – I much prefer it dry mixed with something else. Weird I know.

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Danica @ It's Progression May 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

This was a rough post to eat while hungry…your food all looks so delicious, I can’t decide what I want to make now!
I’m glad to hear that your experimenting with different breakfasts foods is going well!

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Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen May 2, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Oatmeal is so good for breakfast. I get on kicks where I have the same thing for weeks and then switch it up. Whatever works!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies May 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

You are so creative – I’m always running late in the morning, so simple protein shakes are where I have been sticking. Want to come make breakfast for me?

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Ashley @ Freckles & Spice May 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I did cut out oatmeal for a good week, not forcing myself but because I was eating too much of it and it wasn’t giving me that good hit the spot feeling anymore. I sense that changing soon though.

One of the fav breakfasts when I was a kid was left over rice that my mom warmed up with milk and a little sugar. Your new rice kick reminds me of that.

Buckwheat has become my go to lately. Dehydrated buckwheat cold cereals and ground buckwheat for hot cereal.

I’m loving the papaya and squash combo. And I was about to ask for pancake recipe, but alas I will not. haha I died when I saw that comment at the end.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Breakfast is my favorite meal because I feel it has the most potential to be strange. and squash for breakfast? Hell. Yes.

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance May 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Kabocha at breakfast…..genius! boy, how I love that squash, I’m not sure if I should add it to another meal. It already makes appearances in my dinners and lunches. love it.

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! May 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Looks like some great breakfasts! When will we be getting those broccoli slaw crust pizza recipes?!

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Nicole @ FruitnFitness May 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

I like the idea of using brown rice as a breakfast base. Do you have a recipe for the breakfast puddings? I would like to try them.

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Meghan@Clean Eats Fast Feets May 3, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Thank god I follow you on Instagram or else I’d have to call you a tease showing me all those yolks, without the rivers of delicious that run from it. I can’t wait for the total expose.
Kudos to you for hopping on the bread and egg bandwagon. It’s a great place to be. :)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables May 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Okay so I’m really tired… I totally thought you titled this post adventures in breast feeding. Oh heavens…
Anyway, yes… I want that pancake recipe already. And I want to know how you are making your rice porridge in the mornings. I could totally do that!

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli May 6, 2013 at 1:06 am

Seriously?! After professing my love of biscuits the other day (especially when sausage is involved) you are going to taunt me with that pancake!?! Your killin’ me woman!! And now, I just want you to know that you have me craving biscuits and sausage, eggs, and rice pudding! And I’m at work with access to NONE of those things! Grrr!

I will give it to ya though…you’ve gotten pretty “experienced” in the yolkporn department! ;)

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Melissa @ Treats With a Twist May 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I’m so giving you major props! Every morning I wake up and tell my self that I HAVE to make something different. Not oats and egg whites (for the 5th month in a row)…and I stand at the counter, panicked and unable to make my brain want something different or function in a manner that would produce a different breakfast item in my bowl. It’s not working. And I want it to, because I still need to step outside of that comfort zone I’ve created in breakfast. Comfort of KNOWING still…you know…that last ounce of control? Everything else, the whole day and evening, all different, but breakfast is still there, comfortingly unchanging. You’re getting my brain ticking…I need to make something different. Or start using toppings galore!

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