Odd Breakfasts

I think we all have different ideas about what constitutes a “good” breakfast. These days especially when so many are trying to eat healthfully there are many recipes for breakfasts that, while unusual, are delicious and good for you. The Crankee Yankee and I have developed a variety of different breakfast meals, such as fruit smoothies, egg dishes, high-fiber cereals with fruit, *oatmeal bowls, etc.

When I was growing up, summer time meant several trips to the town bakery for hot-off-the-rack homemade glazed doughnuts. I would pick up four of them, and Mom and I would eat them together while sitting in bed. Coffee for Mom and milk for me. My father thought it was hilarious.

I now have the framed magazine clipping that my mother had hung in the hallway that reads:

“To a foreigner, a Yankee is an American.

To an American, a Yankee is a northerner.

To a northerner, a Yankee is a New Englander.

To a New Englander, a Yankee is a Vermonter.

To a Vermonter, a Yankee is a person who eats pie for breakfast.

I guess Mom and I were true Yankees then. We often ate cake, pie, or cookies for breakfast in the summertime. When I went back to school in the fall, all that summer breakfast hedonism went away. As I didn’t care for a “regular” breakfast, and Mom didn’t like to make breakfast, I drank a glass of coffee-flavored Carnation’s Instant Breakfast each morning. which worked out fine for both of us.

The Crankee Yankee and I often enjoy dinner leftovers for breakfast. It isn’t unusual for us to have leftover pizza, spaghetti and meat balls, baked salmon, half a gyro, hotdogs and beans, raviolis, clam chowder, or onion rings and fried shrimp for breakfast.

Here are some of the breakfasts I’ve either eaten or heard about that are a bit unusual:

  • cottage cheese with pineapple chunks or sliced canteloupe
  • homemade breakfast burritos (meaning ‘anything goes in it’)
  • ham and pickle sandwiches
  • scrambled eggs with chopped leftover bacon, peppers, onions and shredded cheese with hot sauce
  • leftover steak and baked potato
  • leftover fried chicken with BBQ sauce
  • leftover Chinese food (including fortune cookies)

Breakfast is what you make it; if it fills you up and has at least some healthy ingredient, go for it. As breakfast is the most important meal of the day, make it a good one!

*Oatmeal bowls” These are GREAT in the cold weather. Here’s how to make them:


1/2 c. oatmeal

Berries as much as you like

Sweetner (your choice)

1/2 c. milk or yohurt


In a smallish container, put in the oatmeal, add the milk or yoghurt on top, then add the berries and a splash of sweetner. Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, zap in the microwave and add milk or juice and enjoy!

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