Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Who really cares? The foods we typically think of as breakfast foods are delicious, satisfying, and inexpensive. More importantly, they are actually super easy to replicate at home. Let’s take advantage of limited prepackaged foods and make our own breakfast (or breakfast-for-dinner) – sans preservatives!
Homemade Yogurt Parfaits
Air Fryers and Instant Pots – which have become pretty common kitchen tools – both make excellent yogurt. All you need is milk and a bit of yogurt. Yes, it sounds strange to use yogurt to make yogurt, but trust the process (go Sixers!). You might ALSO be thinking that milk is a grocery item that is limited at your local grocer, but this is not true. Assuming this is due to the rising popularity of dairy substitutes, i.e. nut milk. (By the way, if you don’t have an air fryer or instant pot, you can improvise the right environment with a HEATING PAD!! Alton Brown is a genius.)
Do you like to add a little crunch to your yogurt? Replicate your favorite granola mix with rolled oats, lil’ bit of honey for sweetness and stickiness, and your favorite mix ins for flavor and nutrients – flax seeds, shaved almonds, puffed rice, etc.
Do you like a bit of freshness with your parfait? Fresh produce still exists and is even more available than frozen right now! Just be flexible.
The Breakfast Trinity: Flour, Milk, and Eggs
Pancakes from scratch are easier than you think. You know you have at least half a bottle of syrup sticking to the shelf in your pantry, so why not use it?
Yorkshire pudding (or popover depending on where you are from) a great dinner table ‘roll’ that make great ‘to go’ pancakes in the morning
Crepes – air travel is banned but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a trip to France by whipping up crepes for dinner. Savory is the French way but put whatever you want in it. It’s quarantine time, there are no rules.
French toast – afraid you’re not going to get to that bread loaf or those buns quick enough? Turn those babies into french toast with a couple eggs and a splash of milk. Just dredge the bread in the scrambled-egg-and-milk mixture and fry in a pan with some butter. Crush those diner cravings and start your day off with a sweet smile.
Dinner for Breakfast
Our chilaquiles recipe may not be authentic, but it’s easy, delicious, and makes use of all those crushed, broken chips in the bottom of the bag!! Just mixed them with enough salsa to coat, crack a couple of eggs on top, and broil the whole thing just until the eggs set – about 3 minutes. Top with cheese, avocado, and anything else you would put on a taco. SOOO YUM!
If you have leftovers, you can make hash. Epicurious has a great article about how to do it.
We hope you are inspired to get in the kitchen and try your hand at some great breakfast food. If you need to do some shopping, remember that there are great services in place to support local and small businesses for your grocery needs:
And if you are able, consider supporting Philabundance. This incredible organization has been working since 1984 to provide nourishment to Philadelphians facing food insecurity. Today, their work is more essential than ever.
Good luck in that kitchen, and stay tuned for our next cookbook installment, when we’ll tackle some takeout favorites!