You know how as you get older, you realize that some of the things that work well for you?
One of mine has been realizing that it’s much better for me to eat a savory breakfast than a sweet breakfast.
If I eat something sweet for breakfast (cold cereal, my beloved yogurt and granola, etc), I feel like my sweet tooth is kicked off for the day. Plus, I’m usually hungry within an hour or two.
Whereas if I have a savory breakfast, then I stay full and I’m not very tempted by sugar for at least the first half of the day.
(Then I eat cold cereal or yogurt and granola for lunch. . . ).
So almost every morning for the last two years aside from the occasional weekend or holiday, I’ve eaten some variation of this same breakfast:
My Daily Savory Breakfast
- Sautéed vegetables. Always onions and peppers and sometimes mushrooms and zucchini. If I have roasted sweet potatoes or some other leftover vegetable, I’ll toss those in too.
- Meat. I almost always do chicken sausage and try to get ones without nitrates since I’m eating it every day. If we have leftover chicken or some other meat, I’ll add that instead.
- Eggs. I usually do one egg unless I’m feeling especially hungry and then I’ll 2.
- Cheese. Feta is my first choice, but I also love goat cheese. Cheddar works in a pinch.
- Extras. Sometimes I add fresh spinach or if we have leftover quinoa, I love that stirred in too.
- Toppings. I always squirt a little sriracha sauce on top and in the last few weeks I’ve discovered that I love a scoop of hummus with it.
I toss the vegetables in a frying pan with a little drizzle of olive oil and let those sauté while I unload the dishwasher or help the girls get their breakfast, then I add in the meat for 2-3 minutes and once it’s warm, I crack in my eggs and scramble them.
(I did a fried egg in these photos because frankly, scrambled eggs with all those vegetables looks somewhat like a plate of barf).
As soon as the eggs are cooked, I put the whole mixture on a plate, add some spinach if I’m so inclined, sprinkle on the cheese so it can melt, add a scoop of hummus and drizzle on the sriracha sauce.
I never get tired of – it’s SO delicious every day and keeps me going until lunchtime.
I love not having to think about breakfast because I have the same thing 99% of the time.
The other good thing is that none of my children have any interest in it, so I don’t have to share.
Yum! Also, your hair looks amazing in that last photo!
I really LOVE this idea! Thanks for posting, it's going to make lunches this week much healthier and probably just as easy as my usual sandwiches (after I shop and prep today).
Paige Flamm says
I'm totally the worst when it comes to lunch… And I feel like there are 50 more pressing issues I need to work on before I even get to this one (like putting away laundry more than once every six months), but should I ever get on the ball with lunch, I'm totally making this, it looks amazing!
I feel the same about lunch. Thanks for the ideas! Also, "juicy eggs" is so cute! They're delicious for sure.
Julia Manfredi-Hobbs says
This is a great idea! I sometimes make a huge pot of soup on Sundays and keep it for all my lunches throughout the week. Or make a little extra food at supper so that I can have left overs for lunches. But this idea is also something I could prepare on Sundays and then mix and match to pack my lunches every week night to take to work the next day.
Feisty Harriet says
I almost always have at least two meals of leftovers in the fridge, usually it's at least pieces from the night before that I can easily warm up for lunch. This is a huge departure for me, pre-Arizona I was going out to lunch 3 or 4 days a week with coworkers or friends and never EVER thought about lunch in the morning or the night before. I think I like this new eat-at-home situation, although I also miss someone else making and cleaning up lunch for me. Sigh. Hashtag: first world problems
I eat the same breakfast 99% of the time as well but mine is oatmeal with raisins and blueberries. I started eating it 5 years ago with my Irish granddaughter. Porridge was her first breakfast and I realized it kept me feeling more full than a bowl of cold cereal. And the best thing is now she and her little sister share porridge with me 4 mornings a week when I babysit them since they no longer live “across the pond” but 4 blocks away!
Janssen Bradshaw says
Oh, I LOVE this!