Wake Up To New Flavors With These Healthy And Easy New Year’s Breakfast Ideas | Where NOLA eats
The New Year is a good time to resume healthy habits. Among the healthiest: a good breakfast.
This does not mean time consuming or complicated. I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs breakfast to be easy – something to prepare before the coffee kicks off all the brain cells.
Oatmeal overnight does the trick. It couldn’t be simpler. Combine oatmeal (old-fashioned AKA) with milk of any type (or even water) and let soak in the refrigerator for two hours or overnight. Wake up to soft, ready-to-eat oats.
The basic recipe is ½ cup of oatmeal for ½ cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy) plus 1 tbsp of chia seeds, if applicable, and 1 tbsp of honey or syrup maple. From there, there are billions of variations. You can add ½ teaspoon of vanilla and / or cinnamon, half a mashed banana or a grated apple or diced pear (or any fruit), a tablespoon of nuts or mini chocolate chips or coconut, a tablespoon of nut butter plus 2 tablespoons of jam, etc.
The recipe I chose was based on the idea of a coconut latte. As promised, it was like a bowl of oatmeal and a latte. Sort. It can be served cold, or a little microwaved.
Another pre-made recipe, one that my carb-avoiding husband really liked: ham egg cups. Line muffin cups with a slice of ham, add grated cheese, garnish with an egg. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. That’s it.
These keep well in the refrigerator for up to four days. Cook for a longer or shorter time depending on whether you like a boiled or firmer yolk.
Even with new ideas, breakfast will always include, at least some of the time, my multi-year treat with cottage cheese on toast with seeds. It’s high enough in protein that I won’t be hungry anytime soon. It’s delicious garnished with fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries. The savory version is generously sprinkled with “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning on cottage cheese, topped with cherry tomatoes. It looks vaguely, yes, like a bagel.
Ham and egg cups
Makes 6 servings. A recipe from amycaseycooks.com has been halved for this version. Use standard-thickness ham, not thin slices. The slices can be cut to fit the cups. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet in the oven to catch any drips.
6 slices of ham (not thinly sliced)
About ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
6 large eggs
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Chopped parsley (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Liberally spray the pans of a six-muffin pan with non-stick spray.
2. Line each cup with a slice of ham. Cut if necessary. Add about 1 tablespoon of cheese to each cup.
3. Crack an egg into each cup. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Bake, 12 to 15 minutes, until the eggs are at least filmed and the yolks are as firm as you want. Eggs cooked for 12 minutes will have a runny yolk; at 15 minutes it is firmer. Shake the pan a bit to see how secure they are.
5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley, if using. Use a large spoon to remove the egg cups from the pan and serve hot.
6. Make Ahead: Cool egg cups completely and store tightly in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat 40 to 60 seconds at 60% microwave power.
Coconut Latte Oatmeal
Makes 1-2 servings. This version spiced up with overnight oatmeal, fitfoodiefinds.com, nothing’s easier.
1 cup oatmeal (old-fashioned)
¼ cup of brewed or cold brewed coffee
¾ cup of light coconut milk
2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup (or skip this and add when ready to serve)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1. Place all ingredients in a medium sized lidded container or 1 quart mason jar and mix.
2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
3. If desired, top with more coconut milk, grated toasted coconut and cinnamon.
4. If desired, microwave 1 minute on high power, stirring after 30 seconds.
Cottage cheese toast
Makes 1 serving. With this breakfast, I got addicted to Dave’s 21 Whole Grain Thin Sliced Bread and Seeds. With 2 percent low-fat cottage cheese, this meal contains around 9 grams of protein. Try it with fruit or tomatoes.
1 slice of bread
About ¼ cup low fat cottage cheese
Sweet version: handful of blueberries or 2-3 sliced strawberries
Savory version: “Everything except the bagel” seasoning, 6 or 7 cherry tomatoes cut in half
1. Toast bread. While hot, spread with cottage cheese.
2. Top with fruit or sprinkle with Everything But Bagel seasoning and top with cherry tomatoes.