Breakfast – (Literally breaking a fast ). It is the meal eaten after a long period of sleep. Eaten mostly in the morning, it is the most important meal of the day. Without breakfast you simply will not run as smoothly. Lack of energy, poor concentration, overeating later in the day, weight gain, irritability etc.. are associated with not eating breakfast. What you eat for breakfast sets the tone for the rest
of your day.
6 Cups Rolled oats
1/3 Cup brown sesame seeds
1/2 Cup almonds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup of puffed organic grain cereal
a pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup of good quality vegetable oil
1/3 cup rice syrup or maple syrup
1/2 cup of raisins
6 dried unsulfured apricots sliced thin
Heat oven to 350′
Stir together the oats,sesame seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds and the sea salt. Mix in the wet ingredients and pour onto a cookie sheet(may take two sheets) Bake in the oven until browned , stirring every five minutes. Pour into an large airtight container and mix in the raisins and apricots. Enjoy !
I like to jazz this breakfast up with lots of fun ingredients. For instance adding a shitake mushroom, slice of ginger ,daikon or a small piece of kombu to the cooking water adds a nice flavor. When serving it can be really yummy to add a little dijon mustard to the bread, a miso-tahini spread, pesto etc.. Also some fresh greens, or onions. Below is the basic recipe.
2 Cups water
2 Tsp shoyu
1/2 lb tofu, cut into 4 slices
Bring water to a boil, add shoyu and tofu. Cook for 2-3 min. Drain tofu and serve as is or on toast.
Apricot rice cereal
1Cup cooked brown rice
1cup soy/rice milk ( we like Eden rice and soy)
2 cups water
5 dried unsulfured apricots, diced
Place all ingredients into a pot, place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cover pot with a lid and place and turn heat to low. Simmer for 25-30 min or until the rice is soft and creamy.
There are many versions of this amazing soup. this one is a favorite with my kids.
4 Cups water
1 small onion cut into quarter moons
2 cups green peas
1/4 cup thinly sliced daikon
1-2 inch piece of wakame , soaked and diced
1 1/2 tbsp of barley miso
1/2 lb tofu , cut into tiny cubes (optional)
Bring water , wakame and onions to a boil, turn down heat and simmer for 20 min. Dilute miso in a small amount of hot broth and add to soup along with the peas(and tofu) and simmer until peas turn bright green. Serve
Other breakfast suggestions
-Whole grain pancakes/waffles