What’s for Breakfast?

By Jodee Weiland

How many times have we all heard the phrase, “What’s for Breakfast?” Breakfast is the most important meal of day according to many health conscious advocates. It’s important not only to eat, but what you eat is important as well. Many believe that breakfast should be high in fiber to sustain you throughout the day and keep you from binge eating due to hunger between meals. This is as important as eating regular meals. What I have here in my “What’s for Breakfast?” options are some healthy, filling, and satisfying meals for breakfast. For those options that may be lower in fiber, serving them with multigrain toast and/or fresh fruit as a great way to increase fiber. You will love these great options!

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Delicious Baked Oatmeal with Peaches

Delicious Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Frittata

Egg White Spinach Mushroom Omelet with Mozzarella

Eight Awesome Smoothies

Garden Omelet for Two…With Kale, Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese

Ham, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Old Fashioned Banana Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

On the Go Bagel Sandwich with Egg Whites, Spinach, and Cheese

Scrambled Egg Whites with Ham, Vegetables, and Mozzarella

Spinach and Prosciutto Italian Frittata with Mozzarella, Mushrooms, and Black Olives!

Tossed Omelet with Escarole, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes!

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of your day, so instead of saying, “What’s for Breakfast?” be ready to say, “I have a great idea for breakfast, and you’re going to love it!” Your family will appreciate it, and you will know you helped them get their day off to a great start! Keep in mind that many of these options may also be done the day before and reheated. Another benefit of the above options is any of them may also be used for other meals. Remember, too, that smoothies are great for before or after workouts. But if you choose any of these options for starting your day, you will start your day with a great breakfast, so enjoy!

On the Go Bagel Sandwich with Egg Whites, Spinach, and Cheese

By Jodee Weiland

Lately, it seems we are always on the go early in the morning, so I decided to make a bagel sandwich that can be made ahead and reheated for about twenty to thirty seconds in the microwave. It was important to me that this bagel sandwich not only tasted good, but was healthy as well. Just because you are in a hurry, that doesn’t mean you can’t choose a healthy homemade bagel sandwich over a fast food version. My On the Go Bagel Sandwich with Egg Whites, Spinach, and Cheese is delicious, easy to do, and healthy!

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Buying bakery fresh bagels are always my first choice. I like to know I’m getting bagels with all natural ingredients whenever I can. I also buy sliced low fat cheese for a recipe like this. Why add extra calories to your bagel sandwich unnecessarily? You always have the option of adding a round slice of Canadian bacon/ham if you would like, but I made mine without the ham for us. If you are watching your salt intake, ham is not really necessary to a good bagel sandwich. For the eggs, I always use egg whites and in this case, added fresh cut up spinach, fresh chives, and sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. You can add vegetables you choose, but I like spinach or kale.

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On the Go Bagel Sandwich with Egg Whites, Spinach, and Cheese

  • 2 honey wheat or multigrain bagels
  • 2 slices low fat cheese of your choice (I used provolone)
  • 2 slices round Canadian bacon/ham (optional)
  • 6 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup fresh leaf spinach cut up
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives cut up
  • 1/4 teaspoon unsalted whipped butter
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

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Slice the two bagels and toast. Mix together in a bowl the egg whites, spinach, chives, sea salt, and ground black pepper. Spray or coat with olive oil two small microwaveable containers. I used some clear plastic 1.25 cup containers with lids that I have from Rubbermaid. These containers worked well because I could loosely cover them with the lids laid offset on the top. Divide the egg mixture into the two containers, cover loosely with a lid or saran wrap and place in the microwave.

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Microwave for 50 seconds or for two eggs, stopping halfway through to slide a knife around the sides and add half the butter to the center of each lightly stirring in with the knife. Cover again and finish microwaving for the remainder of the first 50 seconds. Then microwave for 50 seconds or for two eggs again, still with a loose cover over the container.

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Remove from the containers from the microwave and let sit for one minute or more. The eggs will finish cooking. In the meantime, put a slice of cheese on one half of each bagel.  When ready and still hot, run the knife around the sides the egg container again, and with a spatula, remove each one carefully from the containers and place on the bagel half with the slice of cheese. This will melt the cheese. If using Canadian bacon/ham, add it now. Close the bagel sandwich by placing the other bagel half on top, and you are ready to eat or wrap in aluminum foil your bagel sandwich to go! You can make this the night before and refrigerate. Simply unwrap your sandwich in the morning, reheat it for 20 to 30 seconds, re-wrap in the foil, and go!

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My On the Go Bagel Sandwich with Egg Whites, Spinach, and Cheese is a great way to eat a delicious and healthy bagel sandwich when you are in a hurry! If you’re driving alone, re-heat and eat your bagel sandwich when you arrive at work, so you can drive safely! Or eat before you leave for work. You will save time in the morning making your morning rush easier. If you are sharing the drive on a longer trip, take turns driving, so each of you can enjoy your bagel sandwich. However you do this, be safe, have a great breakfast, and enjoy!

Delicious Baked Oatmeal with Peaches

By Jodee Weiland

Family members having been asking for a fast breakfast idea lately and although baked oatmeal is not fast, it can be done ahead and reheated later when you’re ready to eat. Just reheat a square of baked oatmeal in a matter of seconds in the microwave in the morning. Add some fresh fruit to go along with that and baked oatmeal makes a great way to start your day with very little effort. My Delicious Baked Oatmeal with Peaches is healthy as well as a great tasting way to start your day!

http://learnfromyesterday.comIn order to keep my recipe as healthy as possible, I used Old Fashioned Quaker Oats and added fresh peaches, almond milk, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, egg whites, and organic honey. To this I added some baking powder and a small amount of sea salt. Once baked, these ingredients created a baked oatmeal that tasted just sweet enough and allowed the sweetness of the peaches in the recipe to give this dish its unique flavor. If more sweetness is desired, serving the baked oatmeal with fresh sliced peaches on the side will add still more natural sweetness.

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Delicious Baked Oatmeal with Peaches

4 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups almond milk
1 and 1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla
4 egg whites
4 tablespoons organic honey
3 large peaches peeled, pit removed, and diced

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Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Use olive oil to coat and prepare a 13” x 9” baking dish. Mix together the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt. In another bowl, mix together with a whisk the almond milk, vanilla, egg whites, and organic honey. Blend this mixture into the dry ingredients. Then add in the peaches to this mixture and stir them in carefully. Once done, pour and spread the oatmeal mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish. Place the baking dish on a rack that is centered in the oven and puts the baking dish in the upper half of the oven. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. When done, allow the baking dish to sit for about 10 minutes before cutting the baked oats in squares to serve or simply spoon out a serving.

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My Delicious Baked Oatmeal with Peaches tastes wonderful and when served with freshly sliced peaches, it is beyond delicious! This breakfast recipe is so good, and best of all, you can bake it ahead, cover it, refrigerate it, and then later reheat it. It’s healthy while being delicious tasting, so you may want it for more than just breakfast. Topped with vanilla ice cream and freshly sliced peaches, this would make a great dessert as well. However you decide to eat this baked oatmeal, you will love it, so enjoy!

 

 

Delicious Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Frittata

By Jodee Weiland

Lately, when I have leftovers and extra vegetables available, I immediately think of a frittata. It may just be that I’m on a kick lately when it comes to frittatas, but if so, it has worked out well for my family and me. This time I had some leftover Italian chicken sausage that we had grilled the night before and some fresh broccoli I needed to use, so of course, it was time for what came to be known as my Delicious Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Frittata!

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Originally, frittata was an Italian term used for cooking eggs in a skillet. A frittata is basically just an Italian version of an open-faced omelet that is started on the stove top and then finally baked in the oven.  Some people will cook a frittata completely on the stove top, while others will vary between how much is done on the stove top and how much is done in the oven. For my frittata, I used the oven this time. When you cook a frittata in the oven, be sure to use an oven proof skillet or baking dish.

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My Delicious Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Frittata came together because I had the leftover Italian chicken sausage and some fresh broccoli I wanted to use. To this I added all natural egg whites, reduced fat shredded mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, and garlic. Any time you put broccoli together with garlic, you have a winning combination of flavor. Add the rest of the ingredients here, and you have a winning frittata that is healthy and full of delicious flavor!

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Delicious Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Frittata

1 and 3/4 to 2 cups all natural egg whites
2 cups fresh broccoli florets cut up into small pieces
2 cooked Italian chicken sausages diced into small pieces
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon sun dried tomatoes chopped
1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella

Extra virgin olive oil as needed
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste when served

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare the baking dish with olive oil as needed. My dish is about 8 x 11 inches, so my frittata is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep. Cut up and prepare the various ingredients as needed. When ready, mix together the all natural egg whites, broccoli, chicken sausage, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl. Finally, add in the mozzarella cheese and stir some more.

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When the mixture is ready, pour it into the prepared baking dish. Place the dish in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. When done, put a toothpick in the center and pull it out. If the toothpick comes out clean, then your frittata is cooked and ready to cut and serve.

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My Delicious Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Frittata is both healthy and delicious! Serve with crusty multigrain bread toasted and some fresh fruit. This dish is not only delicious, but satisfying as well. The recipe, when cut into four squares makes four servings that are about 325 calories per serving. You can easily have it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Whatever you decide, I know you are going to love this frittata, so enjoy!

Scrambled Egg Whites with Ham, Vegetables, and Mozzarella

By Jodee Weiland

Breakfast was for dinner tonight with Scrambled Egg Whites with Ham, Vegetables, and Mozzarella. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast anymore because more and more families will have eggs, pancakes, or waffles for dinner these days, especially if they’re busy or have leftovers they want to use up creatively. When families bake ham for dinner, they usually have plenty of leftover ham to use in various dishes or soups. They will sometimes freeze some of it as well. We did this, and tonight, we decided to use the smaller leftover pieces in scrambled egg whites for dinner.

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Normally, baked hams are cut in slices, but when slicing the ham, especially a ham on the bone, there will always be some chunky smaller pieces. These are the pieces that are great for chopping into small pieces to use in egg dishes or soups. With a little less than a cup of ham left now, I decided to just use it in scrambled egg whites. I added red onion, halved grape tomatoes, garlic, and mozzarella, and the results were both full of flavor and delicious!

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6 egg whites beaten
3/4 cup ham cut into small pieces
1/3 cup grape tomatoes halved
1/2 cup red onion sliced
4 garlic cloves chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella reduced fat

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Sauté onions and garlic in the olive oil until slightly tender. Add the ham next and stir in gently continuing to sauté this mixture. Finally, add the tomatoes to the mixture and sauté for a minute or two more. Now take the beaten egg whites and pour them over the sautéed mixture. Let it cook a little then add the mozzarella cheese over all of it. Now stir the whole thing together creating your scrambled egg whites with ham, vegetables, and cheese. When done, you will be ready to serve. It’s that easy.

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Scrambled Egg Whites with Ham, Vegetables, and Mozzarella are so easy to make and turn using leftovers into a delicious and healthy meal. Serve this dish with some fresh fruit and a crusty loaf of multigrain bread. Toast the bread slices for your meal if you desire to do so. Using egg whites makes this meal a healthier option, but it can be done with whole eggs as well. Either way, this meal is easy to make and full of flavor. You won’t be disappointed, so enjoy!