No question about it: breakfast if my favorite meal of the day. There are so many different choices. Sweet or savory? Hot or cold? On a plate, or in a bowl (or maybe even a glass, if we get really crazy)?
But even though I am aware of these options, I usually find myself in a breakfast rut. My brain just can’t think of new dishes at 8:00am, and I find myself reaching for the same old oatmeal, cereal, or jam on toast.
So I decided to look for some ways to change up my breakfast routine. Here are my top 5 picks – all of which use non-traditional ingredients to serve up healthy and satisfying breakfasts, for any palate.
This recipe for Garlic-Chive Goat Cheese & Rosemary Pancakes puts a diner-like twist on a traditional breakfast preparation. She tops them with fresh peas – a great idea to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. The goat-cheese spread could be whipped up the night before and used on pasta or just eaten plain with crusty bread. This breakfast wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes, start to finish.
With all the hype quinoa has been getting lately, it was just a matter of time before you were eating it with every meal. In this recipe for Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa, the grain is simply cooked in milk and water, then mixed with toasted pecans, blueberries, and cinnamon. Use a natural sweetener – like honey or agave nectar – to adjust to your liking. If you don’t want to stray too far from your oatmeal routine, then this recipe is for you!
I couldn’t take my eyes off this Coconut Coffee Shake. I know, I know – coconut with coffee?!?!? But stick with me here. In an attempt to make the cold coffee concoctions that we all love a little healthier, coconut and rice milk have taken the place of whole-fat milk and sugar, without sacrificing the creamy texture. This recipe could not be easier: it’s your perfect one-handed breakfast on the go that is, surprisingly, healthy. An added plus? This shake is vegan.
So maybe I can’t get you to change your cereal habit. But perhaps I can convince you to change your side of fruit. This Broiled Grapefruit will enliven your breakfast routine. In the time it takes for you to butter your toast or prep your morning coffee, this grapefruit becomes warm and soft under the broiler, with a nice caramelized top. No better way to jumpstart your day.
If you are ready to ditch your breakfast routine completely then this recipe for Pesto and Egg-Stuffed Tomatoes is for you. While it’s admittedly a bit more work than your average breakfast, this recipe is sure to impress. For a splendid brunch, whip up the pesto the night before and serve the tomatoes with fresh fruit and a hearty bread to scoop up all the leftover juice and egg-yolk goodness on the plate.
Alexis ZK studies French and Food Studies at New York University. She loves travel, dinner parties, digging in the dirt, ballroom dancing, foodie adventures and creating tasting menus in the shower. She recently ran away to Paris on a mission to discover France through food.