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Breakfast for One

Having raised four children over the last 34 years, I have made more than my share of breakfasts. In my opinion breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I have droned on about this with my children from the very first time they would consider skipping breakfast and dashing off for school.


Making breakfast over the years for my family has shifted from me being the sole provider of food, to my husband who loves to make breakfast, then onto the kids with us teaching them how to make their own breakfasts of homemade oatmeal, pancakes and waffles from scratch, along with the various ways to cook eggs.


I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point a few years ago, when the teen years were in full swing, the kids stopped waking up early in the morning.This allowed me to start my days more quietly and to begin an early morning coffee & cranberry toast ritual with my husband.



While the remaining children who still lived at home slept, we could “talk and not talk” (Best in Show reference) while drinking coffee and having toast. When the kids woke up, we would go our separate ways. He would move on to make breakfast for the kids, and sometimes if I am ready to eat, he makes me breakfast too. It is a lovely treat.


Even now with only one kiddo left in the house our coffee & toast ritual is still intact. Though now in the early mornings, when it is just right, we drink our coffee by the light of the full moon. While moonlight streams in we enjoy the quiet putting down pens, journals, books, and cell phones.



Mornings in the house are different now and I am grateful that I have a pace that allows me to journal in the mornings before I start work. When I am done journaling and everyone has gone to school and work, I am ready for breakfast. What do I want? Usually something simple, yummy, and quick!


Which brings me to one of nature’s perfect foods the egg. Not just any egg, but an organic egg. Sometimes if the stars align, I even have access to farm fresh eggs! Eggs are packed with high quality protein, vitamins B2, D, B6, B12, zinc, iron and copper. In addition to all of that they are delicious and can be prepared so many different ways.


If you think about it, making a delicious breakfast for yourself is an act of self love and self care and a great way to start your day. Finishing off breakfast with a cup of white rose tea and some blackberries completes my meal as I begin shifting into work from home mode, or heading out to work with clients.


Today I am sharing one of my favorite morning meals “Breakfast for One”

Soft boiled eggs. My Grandmother was an expert at making soft boiled eggs, however when I tried they never worked out. This prevented me from making them and even as I would crave them, I was afraid of failing at it. That is until I found the perfect soft cooked egg recipe: How to make a soft boiled egg by Emma Christensen.

What I love about the soft boiled egg recipe is that it has not failed me since I started using it.

Breakfast for One:

1-2 eggs

1 slice of good bread: sourdough, multigrain or other favorite

1t butter

1t dijon mustard

2t olive oil

2T - ¼ cup chopped yellow, red onion, leeks or shallots!

¼-½ cup arugula or other greens

Salt & pepper to taste

2T shredded Gruyere cheese or whatever you have on hand


Directions:

  • Follow the directions for making soft boiled eggs

  • While eggs are cooking heat up a skillet with olive oil

  • Add onions and cook until transparent

  • When onions are done add the arugula or other greens to the pan, sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on the greens and onions and stir until the greens are wilted and remove from heat

  • Place bread in the toaster

  • While bread is in toaster, peel your soft boiled eggs

  • Put toast on plate and spread with butter and a teaspoon (or more) of dijon mustard

  • Sprinkle with the cheese

  • Place the onions and greens on top of the cheese

  • Slice the eggs horizontally and place yolk side up on top of the toast

  • Top off eggs with pinch of paprika (optional), salt and pepper

Suggestions:

  • Serve with fresh seasonal fruit on the side

  • Top off the egg with a tiny pinch of paprika

  • Check your fridge and heat up and add any leftover veggies or other nummyness that you feel would be a good addition to this

  • Sauteed mushrooms from the night before make this heavenly

  • Meat Lovers: Bacon! Nothing else to say

  • Gluten Free: Try with a well made gluten free bread

  • Vegans: Use avocado instead of egg and add some tomato, skip the cheese

  • This can be made and enjoyed at anytime of the day. Make this for dinner and enjoy a glass of champagne or white wine with it and make a toast to you!

  • You can also make this easily as a dinner for two or 4.

"Take time to nourish your mind, nurture your body and feed your soul."

Deana~


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