I do like sweet stuff for breakfast every now and again but mostly I prefer a savory breakfast. I also like my breakfast to be delicious. Obviously. Or maybe it isn’t so obvious. When I eat something that is satisfying and delicious for breakfast I find that I’m satiated for way longer than if I had something boring or not so tasty. It’s not JUST about the calories for me. I mean, those are important too but if it’s also a great experience, it stays with me for longer. It also sets the tone for my day. I’m way less likely to put crap in my mouth if I started off the day with something homemade and fabulous. It sort of raises the bar higher for me. So even if I’m going out, I tend to make better choices.
All About Bowls
I have a few standard formulas for quick breakfast bowls that I love. It doesn’t have to be complicated! In fact, the easier the better because usually I’m running around like a maniac in the morning so I’m not trying to get all Rene Redzepi with this. I try to find the balance between it being fulfilling and being quick. My general formula is a starch, a veggie and a protein of some sort. That protein usually comes in the form of an egg but it does vary, sometimes it’s nuts or dairy.
One of my favorite starches to use in breakfast is polenta. Polenta is a lot like grits and because I grew up in the South I have a special place in my heart for grits. Good grits are a little bit harder to find here in California but most of the local mills have lovely polenta so that’s what I use. It really is basically the same damn thing. The other starches I rotate between are rice and oatmeal. That’s right, oatmeal can be savory too. It’s actually really freaking good. I tried it recently and was blown away with how good it is in a savory dish. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Occasionally I just run out of time in the morning to actually sit down and eat, which is another thing I love about these bowls. They are also delicious packed up in a container like this one and taken with me to work or wherever I’m racing off to. It’s always better than the alternative of going hungry or spending my hard earned coins on something far less nourishing and delicious.