I’m not one of those people who really enjoys getting out of bed in the morning, and can normally be found stumbling around bleary eyed at 6.45am, trying to get my contact lenses in and wishing I could go back to sleep for another hour (or two). Thankfully, though, I like eating almost as much as I like sleeping, and the prospect of enjoying a hearty breakfast always spurs me on to get moving, even on the darkest of winter days.
Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day, mainly because I find it’s the often the easiest to prepare, and regularly the tastiest. It’s also my most important meal, as it’s usually required to get me through the school run, a long walk with the dog and some work on the laptop before any sign of an annoying rumbly tummy. I love breakfast so much that when GB’s not around, I can often be found eating my staple breakfast meals at dinner time. And taking photographs of them.
I’ve been posting a few of my food pics over on Instagram lately and I thought I’d share my favourite two breakfast recipes here, in case anyone is in need of some new season morning inspiration. Both are tasty, healthy, and guaranteed* to keep you going until lunch.
*(or at least very very likely)
- Rye Bread, Avocado and Eggs
Rye bread, avocado and eggs is my go-to breakfast probably at least 4 days of the week. I love avocados, and they seem to fit with eggs like linked pieces of a jigsaw (that’s one I gleaned from my seven year old earlier this week). To make this breakfast, all I do is spoon half an avocado onto a piece of rye bread, boil an egg and spoon it out on top, mash it all up together and then sprinkle with crushed chillies, black pepper and a splash of apple cider vinegar for that little bit of extra kick. That’s it, less of a recipe than an assembly instruction. And not only does it taste fantastic but it looks quite appealing too. N.B this would work just as well – perhaps better – with a poached egg. The only reason I use a boiled egg is because (despite Delia’s How To Cook Book One), I have always been an utter failure in the art of poaching. Unless when related to my seven year old.
- Overnight Oats and Berries
For a long time, I ate porridge every morning. However once school run responsibilities started I found making the time to prepare it didn’t always fit with the inevitable distractions of lost socks, the dog running off with school shoes and generally getting out of the door with some hope of arriving before the bell rang. Then I discovered overnight oats and they’ve since become a firm favourite at least two or three times a week. They take less than five minutes to prepare in the evening and mean breakfast is basically sitting ready in the fridge when you wake up. All you need to do to make them is combine a cup of oats, a cup of milk, a small pot of plain yoghurt, a couple of spoons of chia seeds, and a dash of maple syrup. Stick the whole lot in a jar in the fridge overnight and in the morning, voila, breakfast is served. I also pop a small bowl of frozen berries into the fridge beside the oats at night and by the time I wake up they’ve defrosted to a lovely juicy topping. A perfect little breakfast (which I also find doubles as a very tasty dessert!)
I hope this post has given you some inspiration for new breakfast ideas. I’d love to hear about your favourite wake up meals!