Breakfast, lunch and dinner; three meals all of us eat every day. Some foods are described as being strictly “breakfast foods” or “dinner foods”, but do we have to follow such rules if we reinvent what we’re eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Take breakfast, for example. As many studies have proven, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the meal that breaks our long fast during sleep and it refuels our body for the day ahead. There are different styles of breakfast around the world, but most of the required proteins, carbohydrates and minerals are present in most of them. Some breakfasts are as simple as a bowl of cereal or a buttered piece of toast, but your breakfast doesn’t have to be boring!
You can reinvent these morning regulars to be fun and more nutritious, and they might even be suitable for brunch, lunch or dinner. Below are six simple but delicious recipes using cereal, toast and bagels.
1. Chewy Granola Bars
1 cup of crispy rice cereal
1 cup of slightly crushed bran flakes
1 cup of slightly crushed plain shredded wheat
1 cup of old fashioned oats
1 cup of almond milk
½ cup of steel cut oats
½ cup of honey
¾ cup of peanut butter or almond butter
Mix peanut butter/almond butter and almond milk in a large bowl.
Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir.
Shape the mixture into a large square on a lightly greased pan.
Freeze the mixture for an hour.
Cut into bars and enjoy.
2. Brown Rice Porridge
1 cup of cooked brown rice
1 cup of 2% low fat milk
1 tablespoon of honey
2 tablespoons of dried or frozen blueberries
1 dash of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter
Combine the milk, brown rice, blueberries, honey and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Beat the egg in a small bowl.
Whisk in some of the hot brown rice with the egg to temper it. Add 1 tablespoon at at time until you have used 6 tablespoons.
Stir the egg into the rice with the butter and vanilla and continue cooking it over low heat for another 2 minutes to make it thick.
3. Berry & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
8 ounces of cream cheese
4 slices of 2 inch-thick french bread
¼ cup berry jam or syrup
¼ cup of milk
3 large eggs
Cut an incision on each slice of bread, but do not slice it all the way through to the bottom.
Combine the berry syrup and cream cheese in a medium sized bowl.
Stuff the cream cheese mixture evenly into the middle of each piece of bread
Preheat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Spray it with nonstick spray.
Combine the eggs and milk in a large bowl.
Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture and soak it for a few seconds. Do this on both sides of the bread.
Place the bread into the pre-heated pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
Once cooked, serve hot with powdered sugar and fresh berries.
4. Stuffed French Banana Bread Toast
8 slices of 1 inch-thick banana bread
2 cups of ricotta cheese
¼ cup sugar
½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
3 whole eggs
1 cup of milk
2 cups of mixed berries
Preheat the oven to 350C.
Grease an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray.
Combine the ricotta cheese, ground cinnamon and sugar. Mix the ingredients well.
Spread the ricotta mixture on each slice of bread.
Place about 4 slices of bread on the baking tray, cheese side up and then cover them with the remaining slices cheese-side down.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla until they are well blended.
Pour mixture over the bread and then bake for about 40-45 minutes until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
Let the bread cool for 10 minutes.
Top each bread with berries and serve.
5. Home-Made Bagels
For the bagel:
3 cups of lukewarm water
6 ¼ cups of bread flour
1 ½ teaspoon of yeast
1 ½ tbsp of salt
1 ½ tbsp sugar
Sesame or poppy seeds
For the boiling pot:
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup of sugar
8 liters of water
Combine the bagel ingredients in a large bowl and mix them well.
Cover the dough with a tea towel and let rise for 2 hours in a warm place. Once the dough rises, you can store it in the fridge. Or you can go ahead and make yourself a batch of bagels.
Place a baking stone in the oven and pre-heat to 230 degrees C. Dust the dough’s surface with flour and break off plum-sized chunks. Work the dough into balls and let rest for 20 minutes.
Prepare the boiling water.
Make holes in your bagels and put them into the boiling water for 2 minutes for each side. It’s not a good idea to put two bagels in at a time, otherwise they might stick to each other.
Once boiled, remove the bagels from the water. Dust the bagels with flour and then sprinkle them with your preferred toppings.
Dust your pre-heated stone with flour or cornmeal. Place the bagels on the stone and place a baking dish with water on the rack below the stone.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bagels turn golden brown.
You can eat hot or at room temperature with your favorite spreads.
6. Cheesy Chicken Bagel Pizzas
2 plain bagels, sliced in half
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of shredded rotisserie chicken breast
Preheat the oven or broiler to 350F
Place the bagels on a baking sheet and broil for 2 minutes
Spread 2 tablespoon of marinara sauce on each side of the halved bagel. Top it it with ¼ chicken and then sprinkle with ¼ mozzarella cheese.
Broil the bagel halves until the mozzarella cheese melts.
Serve hot and enjoy.
Enjoy these for breakfast, lunch or dinner!