Veggies for Breakfast!
I once made a New Year's resolution to eat veggies with every meal. I think I made it a week. You know what did me in? Breakfast. Maybe I was too stuck on the traditional western notion of breakfast, or maybe it was my sweet tooth. But I wanted to try again -- so here are 6 days worth of quick "veggies for breakfast" ideas. Whatever it takes to start your day off right!
Day 1: Quick sauteed veggie-sausage and kale with roasted red peppers (from a jar), atop a warmed whole wheat tortilla. Liberally drizzle with oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. (Done in less than 10 minutes.)
Day 2: A no-time-to-fuss smoothie (and a fig bar). Just blend equal parts fresh spinach, frozen pineapple, and water.
Day 3: A quick veggie-filled version of "rava upma" -- a savory South Indian breakfast porridge. (Basically, cream of wheat cooked with chopped onion, spices, and frozen mixed veggies.) Get the detailed recipe in the cookbook or in this instagram post.
Day 4: Smashed microwaved sweet potato over raisin bread toast. Or "yam jam," as my son calls it. Topped with nuts, butter, and lots of honey. (Tip: sweet potatoes and yams are easy to microwave. Completely wrap one up in a soaking wet paper towel and microwave for 6 - 8 minutes, depending on size. No piercing needed.)
Day 5: Breakfast tacos! And that's not avocado in there. (Although that's totally an option.) You can make "green eggs" by blending 2 eggs with a big handful of spinach and a splash of milk. Then just cook the eggs as normal. Top the scrambled-egg-tacos off with diced peppers, tomatoes, cheese, and a drizzle of yogurt and taco sauce.
Day 6: Spinach-salad toast. Top toasted bread with spinach, veggie bacon, sliced strawberries, your choice of cheese, dijon, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. (I reduced a 1/4 cup of vinegar by just boiling it in a shallow pan for a few minutes until it was syrupy -- it added a little extra ooomph, and I got to say "balsamic reduction" all morning long).