I consider myself to be a morning person (in theory at least). I enjoy hearing the first early bird sing and drinking coffee before the sun has risen.
Then I married a true morning person. As in, rises anywhere between 4:30 to 6:30 in the morning (and 6:30 a.m. is a late start for him!). The amazing thing is that Dalton always wakes up cheery and ready for the new day; he putzes around before turning on his current audio book or show. He’s simply ready to start his day.
By the time my eyelids start to flutter he has been awake for 2+ hours and is starving. Our normal morning would involve him snuggling me awake with sweet pillow talk and a desperate, “I’m hungry!” Now, I could be a grouch and tell him to feed himself but we don’t live that way. He aims to joyfully and faithfully fulfills his responsibilities and I aim to do the same.
I will admit, however, that there are days I can barely manage to shuffle my way to the coffee pot let alone begin cooking. I need a few minutes to myself. I need to warm up.
Thus, we’ve found a delicious answer to both our problems, his need for sustenance before driving to his 10 hour shift and my need for a slow morning routine. Healthy meals that will last the week and are easy prepare and heat up.
There are so many things to love about baked oatmeal. It’s a dish that be made ahead of time and reheated, it’s delicious fresh from the oven, and it’s even tasty eaten cold. There are a variety of ways to eat it — some like to enjoy baked oatmeal like they would a piece of coffee cake. Other’s like to have it topped with butter, maple syrup, fruit, or yogurt. And then there’s me who enjoy’s it in a bowl covered with milk. Yum!
I love Sarah’s recipe from As Lilies Sewing. It’s a simple, tasty recipe you can mix up in minutes. I often make this dish when I have company over and need something delicious and healthy to go with coffee. Or, I make a pan and Dalton and I pair it with eggs for several days.
Truly, egg muffins are a delight for all. I like Meriana’s recipe (from It Can Be Done, People). She presents a clean, delicious recipe full of eggs, milk, cheese, and veggies. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes and you’ve got a dozen delicious little finger foods you can’t wait to get your hands on.
Dear, sweet, filling granola. I am so fond of you. The best thing about granola is that it resembles cereal only is better (for you) and more filling. There are a trillion ways to go about granola; some of my favorites involve peanut butter, coconut, and sunflower seeds.
My favorite recipe is from Tawra who spends her time on Living on a Dime. Her recipe is versatile, easy to follow, and delicious. If I can avoid eating all 5 cups in one day I store the granola in mason jars and enjoy in the mornings.
To sum up my thoughts on breakfast (and how important it is) let’s end with a darling word from Pooh and Piglet. But before we go, tell me in the comments below what your favorite breakfast recipe is? Are you a morning person or do you require a bit of time to warm up? What sort of routine have you come up to make the most of your morning? I’d love to know!
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” ― A.A. Milne
Love, blessings, and coffee,