Enliven Everyday Breakfasts
Create a breakfast worth getting up for by making it both healthy and delicious. No more plain toast, unadorned oats or simple salt and peppered eggs. With organic spices and herbs from suppliers such as Frontier Natural Products Co-op, you can turn standard morning fare into breakfast that gets everyone off on the right foot!
Ways to enliven everyday breakfasts:
- Add nuts, raisins and other dried or fresh fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla to your hot cereal.
- Whether you scramble your eggs or delicately French-fold them, try a sprinkling of tarragon, basil, marjoram, oregano, dill, parsley, saffron, and/or rosemary, or — if you prefer a more robust breakfast — some curry, cilantro, cayenne, cumin, garlic, and/or chives.
- Make muffins, sweet rolls, or quick breads over the weekend for a healthful breakfast on-the-go all week. Try apple oat muffins with walnuts and ginger; blueberry with lemon and cardamom; banana with dates, nutmeg and cinnamon; corn with cheese and cumin.
- When making French toast, add drop or two of vanilla or almond extract and some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mace, allspice, cardamom, orange peel or lemon peel to the batter to greatly enhance the flavor. These same spices do a great job boosting your batter when you’re whipping up a batch of homemade or box-mix pancakes or waffles, too.
Recipe: Cardamom Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Indulge in something both sweet and healthful. These delicate, tasty pancakes make a great special-occasion breakfast or brunch dish.
1 cup cottage cheese
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup flour
8 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seed powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder
3 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar powder
- Heat lightly oiled griddle or skillet.
- Mix together cottage cheese, egg yolks, flour, honey, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and the cream of tartar until stiff (but not dry). Gently fold the egg whites into the cheese mixture.
- Drop batter onto griddle or skillet and cook until lightly browned on both sides. Turn just once, so they stay light and fluffy.
Serve with plain yogurt, sour cream, maple syrup or cinnamon applesauce.