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Friday, July 13, 2012

In the Kitchen—Hot Summer, Cold Breakfast

As I write this, it is 9 AM and 82 degrees. It has been HOT in Idaho, and all over the country I hear. I like to make nice breakfasts, especially on the weekends, waffles and french toast and potatoes. The last time I made potatoes and eggs with a slice of berry pie for my gentleman friend he asked if we could start having cold breakfasts. Even early in the morning turning the stove on is too much heat. We joked we'd start eating potato chips and iced tea for breakfast. But I got to thinking, so here are some ideas for breakfasts when you want something more exciting than a bowl of cereal on a hot morning. And they don't require any more cooking than a toaster.

Overnight oatmeal, a green smoothie, and a hard-boiled egg. Overnight oatmeal, you may remember, is adding 1 part steel-cut oats to 1.5 parts milk or dairy alternative, plus whatever spices, nuts or seeds you like, and letting it sit in the fridge overnight. You can boil the eggs whenever you have a spare minute, and keep them in the fridge to supplement breakfast the rest of the week.

Smoked salmon and avocado or cream cheese on an English muffin or bagel, a green smoothie. To make it a healthy breakfast, be sure to read the ingredients on your bread products. Check the whole-grain content, and how much sugar or corn syrup is in there.

Avocado, tomato, sprouts, spinach, green onion, and hard-boiled egg on a bagel, with a side of fruit and yogurt. Don't eat eggs? Marinated and baked tofu can be substituted. As for the yogurt, I always get plain soy yogurt, and occasionally add a little honey or stir in some all-fruit jam.

Half a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon, half a bagel with avocado and assorted veggies, fruit, yogurt.

What do you like to eat for brekkers in the summer?

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