When it comes to breakfast, I used to rely on toast a lot! We had it just about every day. I didn’t like porridge or oatmeal that much and wasn’t a fan of muesli or cereal, either. It was the first meal I wanted to change and the hardest, as I found my energy lacking after a sleepless night with 2 young kids, and didn’t want to put much fuss into making anything big.
I tried some different things, omelettes (not good at them at all!!! Never get them fully flipped!) I tried pre-packaged (healthier versions) of muesli/porridge/oatmeal/cereals. Didn’t like the things I found in them and still didn’t stick to keeping them in my eating program.
I then went to look at other options, how to make your own oatmeal/porridge from scratch, or what else I could do with eggs without toast involved. I found a recipe for a sweet potato hash and added a few extra things and it is a HIT! It is one of my main brekkies. I stumbled across how to soak and prepare buckwheat kernels or steel cut oats the night before so that you only have a 5 min cook time in the morning. Another weekly favourite, and to make it better I can add whatever fruit I have around or if all else fails I have made a cacao version with honey. CHOCOLATE porridge! YUMS! The boys thought it was a very special day. Lol… And lastly I make pancakes from scratch. I use a simple ratio and add nuts/fruit/seeds in from there, which make them sweet enough to eat without syrup (which my kids still don’t know what it is ;-)) Those are my 3 go to breakfasts for the week.
Sweet Potato Hash-Adjust the recipe for the size of your family. I will use about a ½ a sweet potato, cut up in cubes, an apple (or 2 if they are small, any colour) some chopped up bacon, and a veggie (zucchini, spinach, carrots or tomatoes). Put the sweet potato in first to start cooking then add apple in next with the veggies (if they are a hard veggie, i.e. carrots, zucchini) then add in the bacon and lastly add light veggies tomatoes or spinach at the end. I cook these in butter, oil or ghee. I put a top on the pan while cooking the sweet potato to help it along and take it off mid-way to the end so it crunches up. Take the hash out when everything is cooked approximately 7 minutes. Cook eggs in the same pan however you like them. Plop the egg on the hash and enjoy.
My kids may not eat all the hash but I can guarantee they will eat ½ and that is a good start to the day. You can keep leftovers for a salad, lunch or a snack. I like the ability to vary what goes in here. I have used regular potatoes, and also added mushrooms. Play with it and keep it interesting for everyone.
I find during my morning routine of putting dishes away and prepping for the day, I can start it and let it cook while doing everything else. It’s easy and healthy enough for me to keep making it and not stress.
Hope you enjoy and let me know what combinations you try!