You have heard over and over again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But as a normal human being you also know that the morning is the most hectic time of the day, when people are just trying to get their engine running. That includes their bodies.
So rather than giving you a laundry list of ingredients, preparation times, and detailed instructions, this blog will give you 5 recipes that are simple to make, can be eaten on the go, and require virtually zero prep time.
Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bar
The breakfast bar has become one of the biggest replacements for a cup of coffee and a donut for the morning meal. The grocery store brands are often chocked with unspeakable ingredients.The simple recipe here is to choose your favorite nuts (pecans, peanuts, and cashews are among the favorites) and mix with chocolate chips in an oatmeal base. Add peanut butter to the mix and this combination of ingredients will definitely keep you from getting hunger pangs until lunchtime rolls around. They can be prepared the day before, wrapping them in wax paper so your hands are free to do other things. By the way, this does sound tasty, no?
Some people prefer a lighter breakfast, which is where muesli comes in. For newcomers to the world of organic food, think of muesli as a granola bar without all the frightening ingredients. You can pick and choose between your favorite cereal grains, dried fruit, or even seeds! The simple way to prepare this is to take a scoop or two of muesli, your favorite plain yogurt (though you can experiment with flavored yogurt if you are so inclined) and a bit of honey into a container. Stir a bit and then get moving. Oh, you’ll need a spoon as well.
Rise to Shine Breakfast Burritos
Forget about the fast food, drive through offerings. Breakfast burritos are becoming more and more popular, replacing the breakfast bar and you can make you own simply by getting your favorite burrito wrap and stuffing it with your choice of veggies and whole grains. The key to making this easy and fast to prepare is to use aluminum foil to wrap each burrito, then store them in the freezer! That’s right. They will keep fresh for as long as a month, so all you have to do is remove the foil and drop one in the microwave. It doesn’t get much easier or healthier than that.
Breakfast Muffins with Quinoa, Mushrooms, and Leeks
This requires some preparation time on your part, so it is best done when things are calmer. Use your favorite muffin batch ingredients to create the batter, then add the quinoa, mushrooms, and leeks for a tasty breakfast that you can either pullout of the refrigerator or defrost from the freezer. And you’re out the door.
Coconut Mango Oatmeal Tasty Treat
There is already an oatmeal based recipe on the list, but this is true for a reason. Oatmeal is healthy and a great filler upper. This particular one is a favorite because it has enough sweetness to make it tasty, but not so much that it will make your eyes water. Use rolled oats for the healthiest result. You can mix it the night before and have it ready to go in the morning.
For those who have been through the “conversion” experience from unhealthy food to organic food, one of the first things you need to learn is what are the essential tools for preparing your meals. Opening a can and pouring the contents into a pot doesn’t require many tools. So to help you start off your organic kitchen toolkit, we have put together a short list of the most essential tools for healthy cooking that you are not likely to have from your earlier days of meal preparation.
The Chef’s Knife
When you are slicing, dicing, and generally chopping your organic foods, you will find a chef’s knife indispensable. Not only is it versatile, but when you go shopping for one look for the stainless steel type which will save you a lot of potential problems with rust.
A Sauté Pan
You may have a skillet, but the sauté pan is easily identified by its straight sides. Healthy diets generally include a number of leafy green vegetables, and the sauté pan is perfect for cooking them. When cooking sauces, those straighter and higher sides will prevent you spilling while stirring.
Quality Food Storage Containers
You may have food storage units that you got on sale, but when it comes to eating healthy and organic you want to move up. The brand name plastic containers are not always good for storing sauces, as they stain easily or are difficult to completely clean. Glass is much preferred, not only for keeping your leftovers fresh but for saving you money replacing containers made of other materials. Hint: If you get containers that have the lids attached you are much more likely to hang on to them without spending time or money searching for them.
For those new to organic cooking, this is a tool that you may not have heard of before. They basically blend while you are cooking. When preparing soups or mashed potatoes, they are an amazing alternative to pre-blending your foods, especially those that can come out lumpy.
This may seem an odd choice, but there are many people who simply do not have the space for an outdoor grill. Then there are those where the winter weather prevents a grilling masterpiece from being cooked. Being able to grill indoors is a huge advantage, and there are some foods such as shrimp or asparagus that easily fall between the grates on a traditional grill. These features make the grill pan versatile and practical throughout the year.
A Food Processor
Many people see the food processor as a one trick pony – good only for chopping vegetables. But in the world of healthy eating, the food processor can be used to puree soups, grind nuts, or even make bread crumbs. It’s an essential tool that allows you to create new ways for using it in your kitchen.
The specific tools you choose for your kitchen toolkit will depend on the foods you prepare and those that you are likely to use most often. Remember that quality tools are required for quality results. The highest quality tools should be the ones you use the most often.