Monday, May 18, 2015

Building a Better Breakfast

I've always been a huge fan of breakfast.  In fact, I believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  It's a chance to stoke the fire that is your metabolism, allowing you to wake up, tackle the day ahead, and most importantly, not overeat when lunchtime rolls around.

That said, many of us could never dream of waking up to prepare and anything besides a quick granola bar or bowl of cereal.  I'm here to tell you there's a better way.  The next time you are thinking about skipping breakfast, eating something out of a box, or racing through the drive thru, give these quick and satisfying recipes a try. 

I'm a realist - breakfast is all about convenience.  That's why I rely on an array of products from Cobblestone Bread Co. to serve as the base to some of my favorite recipes.  Their premium-quality bread products create the perfect starting point for me to whip up some tasty creations.

Better Breakfast Sandwich - why pay $3 bucks at the drive thru for a sandwich you can whip up at home in no time?  This is my go-to breakfast nearly every day of the week, with the perfect mix of healthy carbs, lean proteins, and satisfying flavor.  You can even wrap this up in some foil if you need to take breakfast on the road.  (Prep 5 mins, Cook 5 mins, Serves 1)

1 Cobblestone Bread Co. whole wheat English muffin
Non-stick spray
1 large egg
Kosher Salt
Fresh cracked pepper
Mustard, if desired
2 oz. smoked ham
1 slice pepper jack cheese

1.  Slice and toast muffins.

2.  Spray a non-stick pan and over medium-high heat.  Crack the egg into the pan, season with salt and pepper, and cook for a minute or two on both sides for an over easy consistency.

3.  Spread mustard on cut side of muffins, top with ham and cheese.

4.  Top muffin with egg and serve.

Bacon + Chive Cream Cheese 'Schmear' + Bagels - okay, so bagels and cream cheese get a whole new lift with this creation.  I absolutely love whipping up this 'schmear' to spread on hot toasted bagels in the morning, or even to serve as a great dip/appetizer for brunch or dinner.  You can make this several days in advance, keeping it in the fridge for whenever hunger strikes!

1 8oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon
1/2 cup sliced chives
1 dash Worcestershire
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. fresh-cracked pepper
6 pre-sliced Cobblestone Bread. Co Original bagels

1.  Mix together the first 8 ingredients until thoroughly combined.

2.  Toast bagels, schmear with cream cheese mixture, serve.

Compensation for this post was provided by Cobblestone Bread Co. via AOL media.  The onions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cobblestone Bread Co. or AOL.

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