3.07.2014

The Cooking Cure: Day 3 & 4



Day 3 of the Cooking Cure!

Assignment: Find 5 new recipes for breakfast.

Days 1 and 2 were all about taking the time to reflect and figure out what I've been doing with my breakfast and what I want to do with my breakfast. Today, we are getting into some action!

After reading this assignment, I felt like this is a no brainer, especially with Pinterest these days. I already have a board for breakfast, but when I looked back at my goals and my pinning activity, my dreamy board of pancakes and waffles weren't really jiving with my goals. So I came home from work Wednesday, grabbed a glass of wine, and cozied up to my favorite cookbooks and blogs and got to searching.

Oaty, carby filled breakfasts always catch my eye first, but I decided to try and put my focus on other items since oats are my average breakfast. But, one of my goals was to shake up my oats a bit, so I didn't not look away from those recipes. I guess I just couldn't help myself.

Any way, after a good amount of perusing, here's what I came up with:

1. Dukkah Hard Cooked Eggs from Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Everyday
Super Natural Everyday is hands down, my favorite cookbook. I've read it cover to cover and nearly everything in this book inspires me to cook healthy, fresh foods. So far, everything I've made from this book is amazing, and this happened to be the book I grabbed to find a recipe for this assignment. This recipe is simple hard cooked eggs, topped with a little dukkah and olive oil. Simple, but with a twist. Can't wait.

2. Chia Seed Pudding from Giada's Feel Good Food
I've always wanted to try chia pudding, so this might be a great excuse. Not like I need an excuse. Any way, The recipe in Giada's book includes Greek yogurt and almond milk which makes me think it will help keep me full longer than the typical chia pudding recipe's I've read about. I think most only have milk and seeds.

3. Tahini Breakfast Polenta from Noms for the Poor
It's not oatmeal! And I am so in love with tahini. Sounds really interesting and yummy to me.

4. Banana Date Muffins from Gwyneth Paltrow's It' All Good
I got this book for a lovely birthday gift and adore it. It has some great, different takes on whole foods and I have a ton of recipes on my "to try" list. I figured these muffins would be something good to make ahead of time and grab on the way to work. Maybe with a side of yogurt.

5. Mini Frittatas
My dear friend Jaye read my post the other day and sent me the idea to make little frittatas in muffin tins. I love this idea so I can get more eggs into my life. There are endless combinations already running through my mind. Kale and goat cheese, asparagus, spinach, red peppers. I want them allll. nomnomnom.

Day 3, done and done.

Day 4: Stock Up

Assignment: Pick 1 new recipe and shop for ingredients.

I actually have most, if not all of the ingredients for each of the recipes I picked. The only thing I don't have is tahini because I just ran out on Monday. The hard part of this assignment was to actually pick which recipe I wanted to try first.

It was a toss up between the chia pudding, hard cooked eggs, and the polenta, but since I am limited on time tonight, the eggs seem like the easiest right now. I might make the pudding too. Just so I don't feel like I am taking the easy way out.

Part of Day 5's assignment is to make the breakfast recipe you picked, but I have some leftovers to eat from a batch of granola I made Sunday, so I am sticking with that. I am going to push my making until this weekend. Stay tuned!

Happy Breakfasting!

Erica

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