One of the challenges I have during Lent, is figuring out what to do about breakfast. When I’m not fasting, breakfast is generally one of two things for me – a scrambled egg with toast and cream cheese or butter, fruit and coffee, or what I call a Syrian breakfast, generally, labne (yogurt cheese), olives, and za’atar, with Syrian bread to eat it with. Sometimes I add an egg, or put out some batinjan makdous (little eggplants stuffed with garlic, walnuts and hot chili and preserved in oil) or fruit preserves. In the summer I will often cut up some tomato and cucumber. When I have a “Syrian breakfast,” I drink my coffee first, all by itself, then, have tea with my breakfast. Once in a while, I’ll have a smoothie or a bowl of granola with yogurt and fruit (mostly in the summer, when I come in from the garden in the morning with fresh berries). Ah, I just envisioned myself a couple of months from now, coming in from the garden in the morning, with bare feet, in a skirt and tank top, with a bowl of strawberries, blueberries, currants and raspberries in my hand. YES, YES, summer is coming!!!!!!!
Anyway, no eggs, cheese or yogurt seriously alters my breakfast routine. I will eat oatmeal, but generally speaking, I prefer oatmeal, granola or other cereals in the afternoon as a snack. I find that they don’t really tide me over until lunch when I eat them in the morning. Also, for some reason, peanut butter and jelly don’t satisfy my hunger either, definitely more of a snack than a meal for me. So here’s what I ate this morning – whole grain toast with the mashed potato/corn pancake I made yesterday for the tacos, mixed with some sun dried tomatoes. It was yummy, and almost like toast with cream cheese.
Here are some other savory choices:
- miso soup with tofu and greens
- rice and bean burrito
- hummous on toast
- Syrian breakfast with za’atar, batinjan makdous, and preserved figs with bread
- potato hash with chopped veggies (beets, cauliflower and zucchini are all good).
- buraghal – bulgar wheat with garbanzo beans (this is usually a dinner, but I like it for breakfast)
- imjudra (rice with lentils, also usually for dinner, but hey, so what?)
That’s all I can think of for now. I’ll let you know if I come up with anything else. The main thing in my house is that no one but me likes leftovers. I, on the other hand, rely on leftovers for breakfast and lunch everyday, so what I eat depends on what’s in the fridge. I like my “standard” breakfasts, because I always have the ingredients on hand and it takes no real thought to figure it out. During Lent, I have to think about it a little bit more, but hey, I’ve never starved yet!