What’s for breakfast?


Avocado on toast. Photo from TheKitchn

Okay, so if you’re all done pretending to be Irish for a day, erin go bragh-ing everybody at the bar with your green beer, let’s talk about food. You will notice the picture in the post is predominantly green, so no pinching.

According to health and nutrition experts, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If we skip any meal, they tell us, make sure it isn’t breakfast. And, apparently people are listening. Drive past the local doughnut shop on any morning and you’ll see dozens of people waiting in line, eager to start their day out right with a hearty, nutritious “breakfast.”

Luckily, my breakfasts don’t include doughnuts, although there are plenty of vegan doughnut recipes around. It’s just that making doughnuts breaks my rule of simple and quick.  My staples consist of oatmeal; peanut butter and banana on toast; avocado on toast (recipe below); Kashi GoLean Cereal with added fruit; or yogurt, banana and cashews, all easily prepared, ready and cleaned up in less than 8 minutes.

I should branch out, try something new. And to remind me to do that I’ve collected a few ideas below. Even some of these recipes require more time and effort than I’m willing to expend in the morning. You, however, might be one of those those people who just loves, loves, loves to putter around the kitchen, all cheery and talking up a storm, in your robe, clanging pots and pans, at some ungodly hour of the morning.

You will note there are no quinoa recipes included because, I believe the expression is blech.

Avocado on Toast


  • 1 large, ripe avocado
  • 2 pieces of any hearty bread thick enough to hold up the avocado mix. The every day bread I buy is Rudi’s Whole Wheat. It’ll do fine. French bread is good, too.
  • Olive oil
  • Hot sauce (I use Frank’s.)
  • Onion* (optional), chopped to preference, about a tablespoon or more
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Salt
  • Golden flaxseed (optional and for no other reason than it’s good for you)



Rough mash the avocado and mix with the onion. I like the taste of onion and avocado together, so that’s why I add it. It is not necessary to the recipe, though.  Sprinkle lemon or lime juice and hot sauce to taste, add salt and mix.


Drizzle olive oil on the bread (I use two pieces).  Broil in the oven (don’t put this in a toaster) on both sides until brown

Spread the avocado mix on the toast, sprinkle flaxseed on top

* Speaking of onion, I found this this tip for keeping an avocado fresh. (Uneaten portions of avocado don’t usually stay around me long enough to try this.)

And for the Irish in all of us…


5 comments for “What’s for breakfast?

  1. roadreads
    March 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    The avocado thing looks good. Not sure if I’d be ready for it before 9:00 am, though–awfully bright.

    I don’t know if this would work with vegan yogurt, but one of my favorite combos (recommended by a tour guide in Turkey) is yogurt with a spoonful of tahini and a spoonful of cherry preserves. And maybe some granola.

    Breakfast is my favorite meal. I could eat that stuff any time of day.

  2. March 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Oh that sounds good! I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with vegan yogurt. WholeSoy is coming back on line and has the best yogurt. There are also almond yogurts, so that might be good. Great tip, thanks!

  3. March 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I JUST ate a huge bowl of lentil and pea soup for breakfast, and now I’m starving again after reading this.

    Some great ideas!

    • March 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Hmm, lentil and pea soup for breakfast. Why not! I like that combo anytime. Try the avocado on toast. So good with your cheater chai latte.

      Thanks UE!

  4. April 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for including me in your breakfast line-up! Avocado toast is welcome anytime of day as far as I’m concerned, especially when hot sauce is involved.

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