5 Recipes That Are Making Me Excited About Breakfast Again

Liveblogging The Cooking Cure Spring 2014

Day 3: Find 5 new recipes for breakfast.

After abandoning peanut butter and vowing to eat more fruit and make-ahead meals at breakfast, we come to the fun part: picking recipes! As I've said before, I have an Evernote folder full of recipes, many from my friends here at The Kitchn. This morning I went through all the recipes tagged "breakfast" and "brunch" and found five that are making me think breakfast is about to become the best meal of the day again:

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1. Kale, Bacon, and Egg Whole Wheat Breakfast Sandwich (also shown in top photo)

Although I didn't actually specify it in my three goals, I'd like to eat more eggs, yogurt, and protein for breakfast. Anjali's breakfast sandwich completely fits that bill: she describes it as a meal where "egg yolk oozes over garlicky kale, crispy bacon and a toasty bun, pooling on the plate for extra dipping as you eat." Um, yes. That pretty much sounds like breakfast heaven to me.

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2. How To Make Creamy Steel-Cut Oatmeal (The Make-Ahead Method)

Oatmeal might be old news for some of you, but I got out of the habit awhile ago. I think I didn't want to take the time to cook it in the morning. Faith's make-ahead version —which basically requires bringing the oats to a boil and then letting them soak overnight — has rekindled my interest. Topped with chopped nuts, maple syrup, a little cream, and some fresh fruit, I'm looking forward to having a bowl of this soon. (Another make-ahead oatmeal option? This Baked Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oatmeal or this Slow Cooker Spiced Porridge.)

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3. Sweet Potato Hash with Sausage and Eggs

Anything made with sweet potatoes immediately catches my eye, which is why it's ridiculous I have never made Faith's Sweet Potato Hash. It's apparently super easy and make-ahead. All you do in the morning is crack a few eggs on top and reheat the whole thing in the oven. You can also skip the sausage or add a vegetarian-friendly substitution if you want. It looks delicious, and I can't wait to try it (finally!).

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4. Green Smoothie with Spinach, Pear, and Ginger

Smoothies are the easiest way to up my fruit intake every morning, and Emily's green smoothie is a nice change from the standard berries + yogurt + banana version. Her recipe includes spinach and ginger which, along with mint, I've found I love to incorporate into smoothies.

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5. Weekend Breakfast Recipe: The Apple Pancake

It says it all right there in the title: this is a recipe to make when you have a little more time, which dovetails nicely with my goal to cook something special on the weekend. This recipe has the "caramelized apples of a tarte Tatin crossed with the eggy puff of a Dutch baby," and I imagine it makes the whole kitchen smell amazing —just what you'd want your loved ones to wake up to on a cold Saturday morning.

What breakfast recipes have inspired you this week?

(Image credits: Anjali Prasertong; Faith Durand; Emily Han)