It’s a tough working full-time and trying to keep the blog active. I don’t know how some people manage it, if you’re one of them, hat tip to you (and please share your secret). Anyway, I’m back (again) and nothing has significantly changed in my life since my last post, so you guys are spared of listening to me irrelevantly rant about anything, for now. I do have something useful to share and that is just what I am going to do today.
If you know me anything at all, you know I am all about ‘quick and easy meals’. I think it’s a trait that has been passed on to me by my mother dearest. I save the elaborate, requiring too many ingredients or effort meals for the weekend/holidays. You will also know that I LOVE big breakfasts and I just cannot lie. It’s my favorite meal of the day.
These are things we keep going back to. By we, I mean my son and I. My husband is the picky eater at home – won’t eat oats, won’t eat anything sweet for breakfast, won’t eats fruits (unless forced down his throat) and blah, blah, blah. So, presenting to you, some of my favourite go-to breakfast recipes that get ready in a jiffy, are filling and also quite healthy.
Overnight chia pudding
If you know me at all, you know this is ‘bae’ for me. This however requires a little bit of planning ahead. I thoroughly mix ~1/3 cup of chia seeds in about 1.5 cups of almond/soy milk and mix well until everything is incorporated and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Any milk or yogurt works for this.
It’s very important to get the proportion right and mix this well. Otherwise you are just going to end up with a not-very-great-looking clumpy mass of chia seeds or just a jar of milk with chia seeds stuck to the bottom. The quantity I’ve mentioned makes enough pudding for two people. In the mornings, I add more milk (if needed), stir it well and add sweetener, fresh fruits of choice, nut butter etc.
Toasted sammiches are my jam. My morning breakfast sammich can be anything from one stuffed with leftovers to something fancy that I especially prep for.
Pesto, grilled halloumi or any cheese sandwich, omelette, smashed avocado and sammiches with nut butter and bananas are our favourites. It also helps to have dips, sauces or spreads handy for making quick sandwiches. If nothing works, there is always buttered toast to the rescue. I almost always have some wholemeal bread at home as it’s a life savour (also because of the aforementioned picky husband that I have).
If you have time to chop an onion and some green chillies, there’s no breakfast like poha. Wash poha and let it sit for a few minutes. In the meantime, heat oil in a pan, chop an onion and a couple of green chillies. Once the oil is hot, splutter mustard seeds, curry leaves and add some peanuts and hing and sauté for a minute or two. Add the onion and chillies to this and cook until onions soften. Add turmeric powder and salt. Add the poha and mix well. Top with chopped fresh coriander and freshly grated coconut (optional). Use any kind of poha you fancy and they’ll all be delicious.
Not everyone likes oatmeal but this is an EASY breakfast option for when you are really pressed for time. Add 2-3 tablespoons of quick cooking oats to ½-1 cup milk of choice and simmer it on the stove for 3-4 minutes and you have a meal ready. Use sweetener of choice and add toppings and you can have it warm or pack it for later, whatever works. Add some unsweetened cocoa powder while cooking for a chocolate-y version.
If you are the kind of person that plans ahead, you can mix oats+milk and store a jar or three in the refrigerator for use over the next few days. If you only like savoury stuff in the morning, cook the oats in water with masala/spice powders of choice or add a tadka of cumin/mustard seeds with chillies and onions to this. You can even mix in some whipped yogurt or buttermilk once it cools down a bit. Or stir in some pesto or hummus and season with salt and pepper. Mmhmm, delicious.
If you plan ahead, you can make overnight oats too, just like the overnight chia pudding.
If you have a solid pancake recipe with minimal ingredients like I do, then nothing can stop you from making some pancakes or waffles (even better) for breakfast. Check here for my pancake/waffle batter recipe. This recipe is very forgiving and you can add/modify ingredients depending on what you have in hand. Again, if you want something savory, feel free to play with what you add in to the batter and make a savory one. Rava doffles (dosai-waffles, please feel free to unfollow/block) with leftover dosai batter and roasted, rava, jeera, ginger, black pepper etc. added to it is a favorite of mine.
I personally prefer waffles over pancakes because I can just pour the batter into the waffle maker and go on about doing my work for the next 7-8 minutes without a worry and that is a LOT of time on busy mornings.
I save these for the extreme lazy Suzy days when I really don’t want to put much effort. I ALWAYS have a pack of store-bought whole wheat parota/paratha (love ID whole-wheat parotas) or tortillas in the refrigerator. Make an omelette, warm up your tortilla, spread any sauce of choice, put the omelette on top, roll and eat away. So easy and simple. Even leftover sabjis, beans, etc. work.
Our breakfasts are always accompanied by a portion (or three) of fruits (even my husband HAS to eat them once a day, or he probably just passes it on to his colleagues, who knows?!), chocolate milk (which is actually dates syrup mixed with milk) for the little, green tea for me and coffee/chai for my husband.
Other frequently made breakfasts in our household are dosai, upma, sevai (Concord Instant Sevai is the bomb!) to name a few. What are your favorite breakfasts?
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