Building a Better Breakfast Routine

 

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Who has time to sit down and enjoy breakfast before the workday instead of rushing out the door with yogurt and a to-go mug? Before my exposure to the ‘slow food’ lifestyle at my home-stay in Italy, I’d say NOT me. But Florence transformed my morning coffee into a treat that I was encouraged to savor while sitting down every day, a habit that lent itself nicely (once back in the States) to making eggs every morning and reading the news while my mug cooled to the perfect temperature.

Four years later, I’ve turned this calming breakfast ritual into a website and Instagram full of egg recipes, called Meag’s Eggs, now accompanied by a brand new Yolk Lover’s Guide with egg tips, featured breakfasts by followers, and recipe suggestions.

My goal with this ~side hustle~ is to help others insert a more enjoyable breakfast into their understandably busy morning routines. So I’ve developed some shortcuts and tricks that I want you to try, including the tips outlined below. For ongoing tricks and ideas, be sure to sign up for the Yolk Lover’s Guide here!

Fry eggs without the hassle of flipping

Throwing fried eggs on some toast or English muffins is one of the quickest breakfasts you can make. But what if I suck at flipping the eggs, you ask? What if the yolk breaks every time I try? Happens to all of us. While mastering the flip is definitely possible with some practice, I gave up on the unnecessary anxiety of egg gymnastics and opt for the lid method instead: Crack the egg into the pan, let cook for about a minute, then cover for the last 45-60 seconds. Wiggle the pan to make sure the egg whites cook over, but the yolk stays soft and jiggly, then remove from heat immediately. It takes less than 3 minutes per egg and will leave you feeling accomplished as you begin your day.

Repurpose dinner leftovers to create something gourmet

If you follow my Meag’s Eggs Instagram, you know that one of my favorite ways to eat eggs is when they’re cooked in pasta. Am I preparing pasta and a sauce in the morning before work? Of course not – I’m making pasta for dinner the night before with enough leftovers that can be used to make with eggs. Eggs in Hell (spicy pasta), eggs in mac and cheese, eggs in drunken Thai noodles, an egg fried onto a piece of leftover pizza – the possibilities for repurposing your dinner into a gourmet (or as my friends and I say, Gor-MET) breakfast are endless. See here for ideas and recipes.

Put your meal prep skills to work for breakfast, too

Meal prep is not just for your desk lunch! It can provide you with breakfast all week, as well. One of the most useful #adulting purchases I’ve made is my muffin tin (that I bought at a local grocery store…don’t judge) – because you can make so many things with eggs in it! My favorite example are these baked prosciutto egg cups that I ate for breakfast for days, but there are so many egg/muffin tin breakfast prep recipes out there you can try. I have a couple recipes for you here that keep in the fridge well, like pull-apart crostini and eggs baked into bell peppers.

Let an egg cooker make your eggs for you

Lastly, get yourself a gadget that will do much of the breakfast thinking for you. I received this amazing egg cooker as a Secret Santa gift last year, and it is honestly the only reason I am able to soft-boil eggs successfully. Tools like this will poach for you, hard-boil for you, soft-boil, and even help you create an omelet, all in minutes. Plus, it looks super cute, like a little spaceship for your eggs, so how could you not want it?

Are you ready to build out your breakfast routine yet? Subscribe to the Yolk Lover’s Guide to give yourself some inspo – and happy breakfasting!

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Savory, Veggie Waffles: Meet the Startup Changing the Breakfast Game

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Meeting SWAP founder Rebecca Peress at Union Kitchen!

After mutual Instagram-stalking seemingly brought us together by fate, I recently had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Peress from SWAP, a D.C. startup that makes AMAZING savory waffles, called swapples.

swapples swap the junk out of frozen waffles (like chemicals and articifial coloring) for vegetables, flavorful spices, and heart healthy oils. They come in flavors like sun-dried tomato (SO GOOD), spicy spinach, everything bagel, and sweet potato curry, and are vegan, gluten free, and paleo-friendly – but they don’t sacrifice taste.

I don’t have these dietary restrictions, but I’m a savory breakfast food-lover, so these waffles are right up my alley. Importantly for my pre-work breakfast creations, they’re as easy to prepare as Eggo waffles, but so much better for you.

Read my interview with Rebecca to learn how the idea of these breakfast game-changers came to be:

The market for paleo-friendly, vegan, veggie-based foods has exploded over the last few years. How does SWAP fit into that trend, and how does it stand out?

Quite frankly, the large majority of people are just sick and tired of eating crap. We now care where our food is coming from. We want to know it contributes to our health, prolongs our lives, improves our function and energy. SWAP fits into this trend because we’re taking what were once considered junk foods and ”swapping” the ingredients with little to no nutritional value for vegetables, giving you something that actually does good for your body.  Veggies in, junk out!

What inspired you to create Swapples?

An affinity for cooking, a need for convenience, a love for yuca (one of the main ingredients in swapples that replaces grain), and a long history of autoimmune disorders that required I remove all processed foods and sugars from my diet. The waffle part… that’s the fun in it. It’s probably because I was a mini Eggo addict as a youngin’.

What inspired you to start your own business?

That’s easy: I wanted to do what I love. When you get to work hard at something that you both enjoy and puts a smile on people’s faces…. it’s the most rewarding work there is.

Do you have plans to make any foods beyond waffles?

MANY. We’ve got quite the list of veggie-loaded products in the pipeline for the future – but hush hush for now 😉

What’s next for swapples? How can people find them?

swapples are growing fast throughout the DMV region, and will be invading dozens of more stores over the next few months (store locator can be found on our site). We’re also (drumroll please) starting online sales for large orders towards the end of this month/the beginning of May.


Note (2/18/2017): swapples are no longer available online. Click here for a list of store locations!