This past weekend I made a light and simple breakfast, based on a brunch that a friend of mine prepared once upon a time for me. The main filler is bagel (I do love my breads). I usually get my begals at places that make them fresh daily, like Old School Bagel Cafe or Panera Bread. I honestly think that Old School Bagel Cafe has the best selection and the best quality in the area I'm in, however, the ones I got this time were from Panera because it was closer to where I was at the time. Either place is good though.
Ok, so I got blueberry, cinnamon-raisin swirl, and sesame seed. They will generally ask you at the shop if you would like them sliced, I always say yes, but not toasted. If I'm making this breakfast for more than just myself, I also like to cut the bagels in half vertically when I get them home, that way everyone can have different flavors without filling up too much one the same thing- it adds an option for variety.
I then take a block of cream cheese, softened, and add 1 Tbls. of sugar and 1 Tbls. of vanilla extract (remember: not the imitation crap). Beat it all together on med-high until the ingredients are mixed and the mixture is a light whipped texture - about 20 seconds or so. I use this to spread on the bagels, it's simple and yet jazzes up the plain cream cheese a little. Now you can get creative here, depending on what you like and what flavors of bagels you have. For instance, you can add cinnamon, honey, nuts, fruit, etc.
Then I usually get either whatever fruit is in season, or if I just feel like something not in season, I'll get that. This time I got some pineapple and organic blueberries and mixed them together. I usually like to cut up a garden veggie like cucumber with this breakfast, but I didn't have any available at the time. And then, just to add another element of zing, I usually slice up some Vermont sharp white cheddar on the side! This goes better with the cucumber as a combo flavor, but even that didn't matter today because I just used what I had on hand, which was Colby...good enough! Sometimes adding some scrabbled eggs is a tasty bonus for me as well. As I said, it depends of my mood that day.
- Bagels, sliced both horizontally and vertically - variety is the key
- Cream cheese + sugar + vanilla = awesome
- Fruit bowl
- Sliced cucumber (not pictured) and cheese
- Scramble up some eggs for a bit of protein (optional)
As far as drinks go, I always brew a pot of coffee, and I like to mix lemonade and orange juice together (you can also mix O.J., pomegranate juice, and champagne together too, if you wanna get fancy).
So that's it kids, a nice and filling breakfast without the crappy feeling of morning in your belly! Be creative and enjoy.