Dice summer squash into small pieces and fry with a small amount of olive oil or butter. When they are golden brown add a couple of scrambled eggs. Yummy! My Dad loved his eggs this way. Also a glass of V-8 is a good choice.
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6/28/12 6:10 A
Green smoothies! Some yogurt and/or kefir, apple and/or banana, greens (spinach, kale, swiss chard, etc.), ground flaxseed, wheatgrass and I'm off and running! I also like poached eggs with spinach and now that they're ripe - fresh tomatoe slices!
I'm sure some of these have already been suggested, but:
1) frittatas - you can make for dinner the night before, and have left overs for breakfast! 2) quiches - same as above; 3) scrambles with tons of veggies; 4) zucchini pancakes, waffles, etc.; 5) zucchini/sweet potato muffins; 6) morning bruschetta - toasted bread with mozzarella, tomato and basil; or a homemade blend of mushrooms, garlic, onion, olives (homemade tapenade); 7) zucchini cottage cheese pancakes: 1 cup oats ¾ c. low-fat cottage cheese ¾ c. liquid egg whites 1 cup grated zucchini, squeezed dry ½ tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. nutmeg Optional: 1 scoop protein powder
Coat a griddle or skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat. Ladle pancake batter onto heated griddle and cook 4-5 minutes minutes per side, until golden brown. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 servings – 2 pancakes each 8) Breakfast burritos with veggies (similar to a fajita)
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6/28/12 2:17 A
That sounds realy good. How long does it take to cook?
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6/28/12 2:15 A
i like sweet potaoes in my oatmeal
6/28/12 1:52 A
I like the idea of zucchini pancakes. mmm technically rhubarb is a vegetable and great with warm oatmeal!! or muffins or pancakes - mmm homemade rhubarb jelly on pancakes or waffles instead of butter. i also like wraps with egg whites or turkey sausage and LOTS of veggies, and more on the side.
I'm going to set out a whole other way of looking at breakfast. I mostly eat "upside down". Since my work schedule is swing shift (3PM to 11:30PM) I can do that with ease. I eat what we would call dinner first thing, my major meal is in the morning, with my vegetables, starch, protein, and sweet. I understand this routine isn't for somebody trying to get out of the house within two hours of getting up chasing children, and I couldn't have done it back when I was working "9-5" either. But when I was in college, I arranged my classes in the afternoon, and experimented with this lifestyle. Now I do it as full-time as I can. Evening meal is very light, mostly a snack like yogurt or cereal.
6/28/12 12:41 A
Someone might have posted this already, but: pureed squash or sweet potatoes mixed into pancake batter. Mix up a regular batch of pancake batter (Bisquick, or from scratch, or whatever), and add the same amount of pureed sweet potatoes as batter. If the mix feels too thick, add some water. And then make like regular pancakes! When I make these they taste like a cross between pancakes and sort of carrot-cakey muffins, and they're REALLY filling, and can be used in all kinds of ways -- they're hearty enough to substitute for a waffle, you could spread peanut butter on them, or cream cheese...I've even put them in the toaster.
6/27/12 11:43 P
scramble tomatoes, onions, mushrooms with eggs.
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6/27/12 11:42 P
Green peppers, onions, tomatoes in eggs.
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6/27/12 11:39 P
Small tortilla with blackbean spread and bell pepper/onions/jalepeño/tomato. Another non-traditional breakfast, but super yummy.
Wow!!! I posted this question this morning and was wondering if anyone would reply. Thanks for all the great ideas. I especially liked the idea of the veggie quiche and Lazar2's ideas about a mediterranean style of diet with the hummus and boiled egg. Keep the ideas coming.
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4,618 6/27/12 10:27 P
If you like eggs, the easiest way is scrambled with whatever veggies you like. I'm picky, but I love mushrooms and spinach. I scramble them with the mushrooms, line a tortilla with cheese and spinach, and voila! My hubby like onions and peppers added to his. Delish, low fat, low cal, and very filling.
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54 6/27/12 10:22 P
Try copying the cultures that eat veggies for breakfast. In some Middle East/Mediterranean countries the following are served:
Slices of fresh cucumber and tomatoes (freshness is key) Pair these veggies with a hard boiled egg, hummus, or a little greek yogurt with a drizzle of virgin olive oil (diet permitting). If you do carbs, you could eat a mini pita with it (make it whole wheat).
It sounds weird and simple, but is surprisingly delicious.
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6/27/12 6:46 P
TruckerWife2: I second your motion, and vote for V-8 Juice. I buy the V-8 Hot & Spicy when it goes on bogo sale, and pretend I'm having a bloody mary and eating breakfast in style. I compared nutritional values between V-8 and my local store brand, because I try to save $ whenever I can. Since I'm trying to stay within my sodium limit, V-8 wins, despite the price differential--much lower in sodium. Now, I haven't picked up a can/bottle of plain tomato juice yet, but that may have possibilities (if I add my own Tabasco sauce).
V-8's having promotion after promotion for its new Fusion line. I tried it; didn't like it as much as the Hot & Spicy vegetable juice.
I always seem to be low on my protein intake. I don't like eggs--too "heavy" for my stomach. I end up getting nauseated if I try to eat them. I've been told that oatmeal is basically carbs, as is considered milk. So, where is my protein? Any ideas? :(
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370 6/27/12 6:13 P
I love this thread. I have a hard time eating veggies for breakfast, too--it just seems weird. I know it doesn't really matter, and in some cultures there's not even such a thing as "breakfast foods." I'm going to try a lot of these ideas! Thanks!
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12 6/27/12 3:33 P
Just to clarify - I just used a freezer bag, I never actually froze the contents. The freezer bags just have a better seal and tend to handle the heat of the boiling water better. Usually I would throw everything in the bag the night before when I was making dinner and then just toss it in the boiling water in the morning.
6/27/12 3:30 P
That's great advice! I should throw mushrooms in there, too! I use this, even my mom will eat it and she HATES green veggies. If you don't want all the salt and calories from store bought salsa, just slice up some sweet peppers, chillis, and tomatoes yourself. :)
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54 6/27/12 3:26 P
Thanks for the tip about making an omelet, freezing and boiling it. I never would have thought of that. I'm going to have to try it.
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12 6/27/12 3:10 P
I make a crustless veggie quiche and usually throw in some canadian bacon for additional flavor. I love this because I can make it on the weekend and have breakfast or a nice AM snack ready to go. A gaspacho would probably be nice too. You can always saute your favoirte veggies and throw them into an omlette if you have time. I used to put all the stuff I wanted in my omlette in a quart size freezer bag - including the beaten eggs - and drop the sealed bag into a pot of bowling water. I could get dressed and do other things while my omlette cooked in the bag and then sit down to a hot breakfast I didn't have to babysit - plus you don't use any oil or fat in it that way. It works really well for days that I really need food but dont' have a lot of time.
Greek plain yogurt with dill mixed in and veggies is my favorite go- to snack.
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6/27/12 2:53 P
Try an omelet with different peppers, broccoli bits, spinach leaves, and mushrooms. It's really good!
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54 6/27/12 2:53 P
I don't like to cook in the morning, so cereal or any microwave meal suits me. I don't worry too much about veggies in the morning as I eat them mostly for dinner. You can add any veggie to an omelet or burrito (breakfast burrito with egg, cheese, bacon and whatever fresh veggie you have on hand. Complete meal). For kids who hate veggies, just puree them and you can add them to anything without their knowledge.
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59 6/27/12 2:52 P
Most mornings I do not have time to cook breakfast, so I do a lot of no-cook options. When I am in a veggie mood for breakfast, I like cottage cheese with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, avocado, really any veggie I am in the mood for that morning). I put flax seeds and/or pumpkin seeds on top for a little crunch.
I like the recipe I saw for zucchini muffins--I think I am going to make them this weekend and have them for breakfasts next week.
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6/27/12 2:47 P
Slice a fresh tomato , and add it to your breakfast. It goes well with eggs and toast.
lot's of yummy ideas. I am going to try hash browns with cauliflower and broccoli. For work days, I make crustless quiche in muffin tins with whatever veggies I have on hand, usually spinach, mushrooms, zucchini and tomato.
6/27/12 2:30 P
Breakfast doesn't have to mean "Breakfast Food". Why not a bowl of soup, hot or cold. Most any vegetable makes a great "creamed" soup - cook the veg, put in a blender with fat free milk and your favorite spices and blend till the right consistency - what's nice is you can make a big batch in the beginning of the week and it's ready to grab in the morning.
So, I am not a big "breakfast food girl" and I hate eggs. If you like eggs, adding produce to them is easy. I agree on sliced tomatoes and cucumbers as a "side" for breakfast. I'm not above eating a subway 6 inch with lots of veggies at breakfast either.
Another idea is a bean burrito with tomatoes, olives, scallions, cilantro and salsa.
Spicy V8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously staves off hunger.
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1,888 6/27/12 1:57 P
Anything goes in an omelet or frittata! Shread and perhaps cook a little to reduce the liquid amount before adding to the eggs.
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6/27/12 1:55 P
I agree with everyone..eggs plus any veggie always hits the spot..plus juicing or even smoothies are always delicious!...chicken soft tacos with peppers,,onions..broccoli ..salsa...and eggs yummy...anytime of the day
Fritattas! Eggs plus any veggie you want...baked in the oven like a quiche (minus the crust)! I also make mini ones in muffin tins and freeze them for breakfast on the go.
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643 6/27/12 1:03 P
When I wasn't vegan, it was always frittata's for breakfast. I would add a few cups of various veggies to those. Now that I'm vegan, it's tofu scramble. So tofu substituting for egg and tons of veggies.
And someone else mentioned this too, but spinach in your fruit smoothies. I also use pumpkin in the fall for pumpkin pie smoothies. If you have a juicer, you can juice carrots for your smoothie too.
On days when I don't want typical breakfast food (eggs, cereal/oatmeal, pastries), I'll make a sandwich layered with avocado/guacamole, baby spinach leaves, sliced veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, and cracked black pepper. Yum. Usually I'll just use what veggies I have on hand.
My favorite way is to have a chicken sausage, or some beef chorizo, then I make "hashbrowns" with shredded cauliflower, or sometimes I buy a bag of broccoli slaw and cook it with cumin, spicy pepper, salt and pepper, and a bit of coconut oil or butter and serve it with overeasy eggs or sausage (not a fan of omelets). Yum!!!
Another great way is zucchini pancakes if you want something sweeter. 1 egg, 1/2 cup shredded zucchini, 1 tbsp flax meal, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, dropper of stevia (or 1 tbsp honey). Mix it together, then cook it in an omelet pan and top with nut butter. YUMS.
One of my favorite breakfasts is an egg white omelet filled with a mixture of sauteed onion, zucchini and mushtrooms. Anothe is an eggwhite omelet filled with a little bit of reduced fat cheese and some black beans, topped with a generous amount of salsa and then drizzled with olive oil.
You could add spinach to a smoothie. You could make a veggie wrap (with eggs, if you wanted). Try different types of veggies in your omlets. You could also cook up a veggie laden quiche or egg casserole and dole out portions for breakfast each day. I've been trying a mor savory route (well, sort of) with my oatmeal by adding sausage (I do still put in apples and syrup, though), and it's pretty good. What about adding some veggies and more savory seasonings and maybe some cheese to oatmeal or grits?
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6/27/12 11:48 A
I always have carrot juice with my breakfast. Other than that, I don't really eat typical "breakfast" food for breakfast... it would look more like a lunch. Then I'm not too hungry around lunch and just have a snack.
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9,705 6/27/12 10:44 A
Break out of the breakfast rut!
Breakfast doesn't have to include "breakfast food" cooked in "breakfast ways." If you can have it for lunch, have it for breakfast!
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100 6/27/12 10:39 A
I added a cucumber salad to my breakfast sandwich today and a few baby carrots. Not a typical breakfast but it hit the spot.
6/27/12 10:29 A
A few ideas:
a small veggie wrap with hummus
healthy zuchinni bread/muffins with flax!
savory pancake(s) with veggies
sneak some into a smoothie
hash- vegetarian or with lean protein and tons of veggies
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6/27/12 10:28 A
I like making scrambled egg and then chopping up some tomatoes and mushrooms in.
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6/27/12 10:25 A
I use ot think that veggies for breakfast was weird...I guess I always associated oranges, grapefruit and bananas with my breakfast! However you should try and get more servings of veggies than fruit, if you can. Omelets are a great way to incorporate a good protein source with a veggie. Also, just fresh carrots or celery with hummus is good. Think outside the traditional menu...you can eat whatever you want for breakfast. There are also some awesome shakes that you can make with spinach, carrots, etc. I like PB, spinach, banana shakes with some whey protein...great tasting and good for you. also don't be afraid to think seasonal...cucumbers with crackers or cheese. Load whatever veggies with eggs or with hummus or something. Yummy!
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6/27/12 10:01 A
Anyone for a V-8? I don't drink juice much but I do have an occational V-8 small can. I agree having veggies in omlets is the best way or even having something like asperagus on the side of an omlet is good. Also veggie pizza thin crust.
6/27/12 9:54 A
Omelets can have just about anything in them, including spinach, zucchini, and onions.
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