Hello and happy New Year dear readers!
The first post of 2018 is going to be a little different for me, but I just felt so inspired to do some foodie posts. So I’m kicking it off, naturally, with my most hated meal of the day!
I honestly really don’t like breakfast. The thought of waking up and instantly eating just doesn’t appeal to me, and to tell you the truth, most days I’ll either just not eat breakfast or grab the most convenient thing possible to eat as I leave the house. I personally value my sleep more so I’d rather stay in bed an extra twenty minutes than get up to make time to eat, that’s just my preference! I am really trying to get myself into the habit of eating breakfast and so either super quick things or even meals that can be prepared the night before are my go-to.
Having said all of that though, I do love breakfast food and often choose to have it for brunch instead, which suits me fine when I have a day off or am not working til later in the day. In this post then, are ideas for four different breakfast or brunch meals, but they don’t necessarily need to be confined to those categories of course! They are also interestingly, mostly vegan or vegetarian which is quite unlike me but I’m also really pleased that I’m enjoying a more plant-based diet!
So, let’s start with the first recipe which is particularly good if you’re doing a certain diet that isn’t Weight Watchers…. (I won’t say their name just incase the copyright police come to get me!). It’s basically what I lived on when I was trying to lose weight with this diet because most egg-based things were on-plan.
Crustless Breakfast Quiche
This is a lovely filling and easy breakfast that you can make the night before for ultimate quickness! I’ve played around with this recipe A LOT and I personally love the way it turns out now because there’s some pasta in there for added carbs and egg for protein, as well as typical breakfast foods like cherry tomatoes, bacon and mushrooms! You could easily make this veggie by just leaving out the meat or even replacing it with some Quorn ham!
To make this you’ll need:
- 1 small (around 250-300g) tub of Quark
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Packet of Bachelors Pasta’n’sauce (I like the chicken and mushroom flavour best) made up with water and no milk
- 4 Rashers of Smoked Bacon
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Rocket leaf salad
This is super easy to whip up and requires minimal effort. Just whisk up your eggs and quark so that they are well combined. Then add in everything else except the cherry tomatoes which can go on the top sliced. Put it in a square baking tin lined with baking parchment and in the oven on 180 degrees for around about thirty minutes (sometimes it can take slightly longer).
Next, we have a recipe that must be made the night before and I’m definitely not complaining about that!
I first tried a chia seed pudding for breakfast in London last year and I remember absolutely loving it and thinking how I should try and make it myself. Well it took me a really long time to get round to it, but I finally made a Mango and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding that tastes ALMOST exactly like the one I had for breakfast in London. Here is the recipe:
Mango and Coconut Chia Seed Puddings
I often don’t want something super sweet for breakfast but this, though not being overly sweet, really is delicious for breakfast and could even be a healthy option for dessert at dinner time. Its super creamy with added sweetness from the mango and I personally love the texture of chia seeds when they’re left overnight like this. My recipe makes enough for two pots and they can last up to five days in the fridge!
You will need:
- 1/2 can of Low Fat Coconut Milk (it must be the lighter kind because it’s runnier and also generally better for you!)
- 1 cup of diced Mango
- 2 tsp Sweetner (I like Truvia which is made from Stevia Leaf)
- 2 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- Toasted Coconut Flakes to garnish (they are soo yummy and really finish it off!)
So, to make these pots of joy up, you just need to blend your coconut milk, most of the mango and sugar together in a blender. Then add the remaining mango pieces into two of your chosen vessels. Put 1 tbsp of the chia seeds in each of the containers and then evenly distribute your mango and coconut liquid. Once this is done, you have to make sure you stir your pots extremely well so that all the chia seeds are evenly suspended in the liquid because they are going to swell over night! Sprinkle on your toasted coconut in the morning just before you’re ready to eat!
The next isn’t really a recipe because it’s a few simple foods thrown together to make something delicious. I know that I’m being super hipster with this next one and I don’t even care because, if it wasn’t for the fat content of Avocados, I’d genuinely eat this every day.
Avocado on Sourdough Toast
You will need:
- Sourdough Bread
- A Ripe Avocado
- Rapeseed Oil
- Pinch of salt
- An assortment of seeds (I like to use the brand “Munchy Seeds” because they are toasted and then coated in a little soy to make them taste really yummy!)
All you need to do with this is get your slices of sourdough toasting. Then scoop out the flesh of your avocado into a bowl. Squeeze some lime juice in, put a modest pinch of salt in as well and smash it all up with a fork. Pop your smashed avocado onto your toast, drizzle with a little oil and finish by sprinkling with the seeds (I like a lot of seeds but you don’t have to have as much!)
Finally, the pièce de résistance of the bunch is an açaí bowl which is seriously good stuff!! Again, much like the story of the chia pudding, I had one of these for brekkie in London and just loved it. The thing that put me off making it myself was the cost of the açaí powder! That really is the downside to this one; you must must must do your research to source the açaí powder cheaper. Amazon is pretty reasonable and I managed to get mine on offer in Sainsbury’s this time around. Whatever you do, don’t buy it in Holland and Barrett- it’s extortionate in there!
If any of my readers don’t know what this is, it’s basically like a frozen smoothie bowl full of fruit and of course açaí (which is extremely rich in antioxidants). They’ve become super duper trendy and I must say I really enjoyed making mine look all fancy with toppings. This is one hell of a portion for breakfast time, so if you have a good appetite then you’re in luck! If not, you could always make this more of a brunch option or even have it as dessert because it seriously does taste that good! The only downside to this is a bit of advanced preparation, you need to ensure you’ve got certain fruits frozen before you can make it. After that it really is just a case of chucking it all in the blender.
For this you will need:
- 2 tsp Açaí Powder
- 3 Ice Cubes
- 1 frozen Banana
- A Handful of frozen berries
- 3 Tbsp Oats
- 2 Cups of Soya Milk
- 1 tsp Maple Syrup (or honey if you aren’t vegan!)
For the top:
- Apple slices
- Almond Butter (trust me it works so well!)
- Fresh fruit- I went with raspberries
- Breakfast Sprinkle (seeds, nuts, dried fruit etc.)
So to do this you literally put all the smoothie bowl ingredients into a blender and blend it up really well until the mixture is smooth. I’ve had a few problems in the past with it being a bit on the runny side so always go easy with the liquids and also make sure that all the fruit you’re adding is well frozen. Then pour your ice-creamy mixture into a bowl. You’ve now reached the fun part and can literally decorate to your heart’s content! I’ve seen people put all kinds of things on theirs and the possibilities are endless.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I have to say that it took a bit of preparation and was a challenging one! I enjoyed some really yummy food at the end of it though.
If you make any of these (especially The açaí bowl) please please let me know on here or through any of my social media platforms because I’d love to see pictures of how they turned out and discuss tips and tricks!
See you next time folks!
Lots of love,
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