The kids are finally back at school and parents all over the country are rejoicing – the summer was long (too long in many cases) and needed to end :). Though we are all now back to the routine of rushed breakfasts and the speedy packing of school lunches every morning.
Breakfast is the easiest meal to get stuck in a rut with – milk and toast or cereal everyday? Plus, having grown up outside the US, I do not even really consider “cereal” to be real food. 🙂
For the sake of a good breakfast and hence a healthy start to each day, it is almost worth waking up 10-15 minutes earlier. You can also use the additional time to talk about the upcoming day and everyone’s hopes and aspirations for it. Everyone seems to emphasize the dinner table conversation, but the breakfast table conversation may be just as important.
A hearty and tasty breakfast does not just have to be weekend treat – with some planning and advance preparation, you can make it happen almost everyday. In this post and the upcoming posts, we are going to share some breakfast recipes with some new/different ideas with an international twist. We recently shared some of these ideas in an article in the San Jose Mercury.
Before you reach for that cereal box every morning, keep some of the guiding principles below in mind:
- Premade and Store-Bought: Pancakes do not have to be just a weekend thing, make the batter ahead of time and use a little bit of it for a few days of the week. Try different variations of the pancake and experiment with different kinds of pancakes (think a mango coconut pancake for a tropical treat). You can also pre-make a frittata or Spanish tortilla ahead and enjoy it during the week.
- Think Outside the Box: Get some inspiration from US regional foods or international breakfast ideas. In Asia, rice is eaten for breakfast as well, so consider replacing your usual toast/bread with rice.
- Keep it Simple (but unique): Something as simple as dulce de leche (an Argentine caramel spread) or Nutella on your toast, can be treat or break from the usual stuff. An Indian mango lassi is easy to make and neat/lighter variation on a typical breakfast smoothie
- Mix it Up: Just to break the routine, get dressed early and quickly, and head out to your favorite baker for breakfast before school drop off or work. Or buy half price breakfast pastries the night before from your local bakery and enjoy the next day!
Broiled Fruit With Honey Butter
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or brown sugar
- Seasonal fruit cut into thick slices (quarter figs or halve grapes)
- Pinch sea salt
- Pinch of ground ginger, cinnamon or cardamom, optional
1. Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.
2. Melt butter in a pan on the stovetop or in the microwave. Mix with honey and set aside.
3. Place sliced fruit on prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Brush with honey butter. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and spices, if using.
4. Place baking sheet in broiler so the fruit is 6 to 8 inches from the heat source; broil 5 minutes. Turn pan and baste fruit with juices. Broil for an additional 4 to 5 minutes or until top begins to caramelize.