We have been so conditioned to think of breakfast as cereal, toast, potatoes and pancakes, but there are many other delicious, satisfying options! In fact, low-carb “breakfast” foods are great any time of the day. I am not a recipe person so you won’t find many measurements here, just broad instructions. You can find many actual recipes on the web or in books if you’re so inclined. See also my post with actual recipe and nutritional values for my beloved cauliflower bread/pizza crust.
Of course basic eggs and bacon, sausage, or ham are perfect, but what else is there?
Here are some other fantastic breakfast options:
Mix eggs with heavy cream, melt butter in pan, sauté at low heat until about ¾ cooked, add one or more of the following ingredients, stir occasionally until eggs are almost done. Then top with cheese and cover until nicely melted. Try it with a little sour cream… and hot sauce!
- Chopped onions
- Green beans – any leftover low-carb vegetable
All of these ingredients are better when sautéed to golden before adding to the eggs, if you have the time. You can cook up a bunch and keep them in the fridge ready to throw on the eggs any morning.
This is an outstanding option if you’re going out to breakfast, just skip the muffin. When you’re making it at home just add some extra Canadian Bacon under your poached eggs. Hollandaise is really a treat and it can be delicious on any meat or vegetables. I like the Betty Crocker recipe for Hollandaise, just butter, lemon, and an egg. Follow the recipe and don’t walk away…keep stirring!
Fairly thick sliced roast beef or ham or turkey spread with cream cheese and garlic salt, Italian spices, and shredded parmesan – roll ‘em up alone or with a big lettuce leaf.
As an alternative, roll with American, provolone, or any other cheese and add what sounds good – like jalapenos, sautéed mushrooms, hot sauce, or mayo instead of the cream cheese. Fast and satisfying for breakfast or anytime.
Big lettuce leaves really are a great thing to hold a hamburger (it’s a bit drippy but who cares?) or with any sandwich fillers. They give you that hand-to-mouth feeling, which is just a nice and normal feeling. How about a BLT? Use plenty of bacon –keep it in the fridge already cooked. Just put it in the microwave for a few seconds and add some tomato and mayo on a big lettuce leaf (surprisingly gratifying).
Egg salad (with or without meat)
Make up a bunch and it’s ready for several days. It’s easy to just eat a few spoonsful out of the fridge for fast healthy snacks. Very satisfying and simple; eggs are a good base for a variety of options.
Just add mayo and/or mustard to chopped boiled eggs. Consider adding green olives, shrimp, tuna, chicken, onions, celery, or zucchini. Cheddar cheese is a particularly good addition.
In a basic quiche recipe, the liquid base consists of a ratio of 6 eggs per cup of heavy cream; add meats and low-carb vegetables of any kind (make in pie plate or muffin tins). Make these ahead and freeze them; you can microwave them for a few seconds for a quick meal or snack. I make a big batch in my mini-muffin tins every week; they are even great cold and an immediate tasty snack when the hungries strike.
Leftovers from dinner
Why not? They’re quick and easy, nobody says you can’t have dinner for breakfast!