I am a firm believer in breakfast. I will sacrifice valuable make-myself-presentable time before work to saute veggies for a sunny side-up hash or stir up cinnamon roll oats to accompany my coffee. I may not always sit down to eat it, but I WILL EAT IT goshdarnit. Honestly, I don’t understand those people who grab a granola bar and go or (gasp!) skip breakfast altogether. I completely understand the struggles of waking up and getting out the door on time, but without breakfast I will accept every pastry offered to me in the office—OK, maybe I still do that. But the point of this post is to say that I have been eating some delicious breakfasts lately. And now I will share some of them with you:
Yep, that red bowl of deliciousness topped off with toasted coconut, pecans and a drizzle of honey that you see up above. I got this recipe from elite marathoner and Olympian Shalane Flanagan’s new cookbook Run Fast. Eat Slow., which is full of healthy but filling recipes good for runners and non-runners alike. (If you’re looking for it, this recipe is called Swiss Muesli Bowl in the book.) I’ve never really bought into the overnight oats trend, but these sold me. I love the addition of grated Granny Smith apple.
Another recipe from Shalane’s book that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. If you haven’t baked your own granola, you really should. It’s so much cheaper than buying at the store, plus once you buy fixings like raisins and seeds, you’re set with salad and yogurt toppers for anytime. This granola recipe is sweetened with honey and blackstrap molasses instead of the unnatural added sugars you’ll find in store-bought packages, too. And it will make your entire kitchen smell like heaven.
Go-To Asparagus & Egg
We all have those veggies that we buy at the store on the fly when there’s no meal planning list involved. For me those are asparagus, spinach and bell peppers. For breakfast I’m a big fan of sautéed asparagus and spinach because they cook quickly. Just add a runny egg and some feta and nom. I also sprinkled some chipotle hemp hearts on this for a little spicy kick.
But also… PASTRIES!
When I’m not trying to be healthy in my own kitchen, you can bet I’m tasting local pastries. My mom recently came to visit me in Pennsylvania, and we walked to my small town bakery and bought a sampling of goodies, including a giant, fluffy doughnut, a bear claw and the most amazing peanut butter bun I’ve ever experienced (that’s the thing with the giant whollop of frosting). We also checked out a vegan bakery in Bethlehem that’s creatively called Vegan Treats. Snark aside, this place knows how to deliver a sugar fix. We split a sticky bun that will forever hold a special place in my heart.
YOUR TURN: Where’s your favorite bakery, and what’s the best pastry there? What are your favorite weekday breakfasts to make?