Online school sucks. Or it doesn't. Maybe you like the studying in bed but hate the 7 assignments due everyday. Maybe you don't mind the workload but just want to get out of the house again.
Either way, COVID has changed the way we go to school entirely. Whether you're still taking school online or are back to going to school physically, breakfast needs to be a key component in your daily routine.
And I'm here to decrease the "making" and increase the "breakfast" when it comes to "Making Breakfast."
A protein-rich breakfast is recommended for a healthy, high-energy start for your day, but skipping that every once in a while is ok. Your tastebuds deserve the treat!
- Heat a girdle on medium heat for 1-2 minutes with a generous slice of butter. (About 2/3 tsp.)
- Beat two eggs in a bowl (salt and pepper optional but recommended) with a fork.
- Pour eggs onto the girdle and leave for 2ish minutes, or until the bottom is cooked.
- Place 1 tortilla (or toast) on the egg, then carefully flip.
- Leave for a minute.
- Add stuffing on the now-top egg side; it can be cheese, diced bell pepper, bacon, sliced avocado, or all of the above!
- Cover with the other bread.
- Turn off the heat, flip again, and done!
Bread is very versatile, and so bread (or rice cake) topped with anything can serve as a delicious breakfast!
• peanut butter (with jelly or honey)
• labneh (with olives, cucumber, or honey)
• cream cheese (with honey or avocado and boiled egg slices)
• white cheese with olives and olive oil
• grilled cheese sandwich
... or any other topping you feel works!
Granola is a healthy substitute for cereal, and is pretty easy to make. (If you want to eat cereal though go for it, I recommend either Weetabix or Fitness with fresh diced fruit.) You can follow the granola recipe below or click here for another delicious recipe!
- In a bowl, mix oats, seeds (sunflower, flax, chia, etc.), and peanut butter OR honey OR maple syrup. The ratio of oats to seeds to "paste" is 2:1:1.
- Mix them all together, then roast in the oven in an open tray at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
- Flip and mix the granola mixture before putting it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Turn off oven and leave it to cool inside for 10 minutes, then let it air-cool until completely room-temperature. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month. Serve with yoghurt, greek yoghurt, or milk.
This recipe is quick and delicious and easy to make in the morning when you're tired and not in the mood for much, but this recipe showcases the fluffiest pancakes you'll ever eat - excluding Japanese pancakes, of course.
5. French Toast
This breakfast food is also a quick and delicious recipe, customizable to your taste with cream cheese, whipped cream, fruits, chocolate chips, or just honey!
6. Three-Way Eggs
Eggs are full of proteins and are a great way to start your day full of energy (and they make you feel full pretty well.) It's recommended to eat 2 eggs for people 13 years and older.
• Hardboiled: on medium-high heat, submerge the egg(s) in water. Leave for 20 minutes, turn off heat and leave until it cools. Peel and slice.
• Sunny-Side Up: on a buttered and heated girdle, crack egg(s) and cover the pan with cover for 5-8 minutes. Remove and serve.
• Scrambled: easiest! Beat egg(s) with a fork and a pinch of salt, pour into heated and buttered girdle, mix eggs with spatula until it's cooked (3-4 minutes).
For all the eggs, you can add salt and pepper, parsley, or cheese *after* transferring to the serving plate.
And that's it! I rotate between these foods every two weeks, to keep variety while also getting the boost I need at the beginning of the day.
If you like to have tea/coffee I recommend having it after the meal; it's unhealthy to drink it on an empty stomach. I'm not the biggest fan of coffee, but occasionally I like a caramel latte or a chai latte with my cream cheese avocado rice cake.
What's your favorite breakfast food? Mine's probably a tie between french toast and breakfast burrito ... depends whether I'm in the mood for sweet or savory.
And ... bel'afiyah! (bon appetit in Arabic! :))