So many adults fail to eat breakfast, myself included. When you wake up, you already have a million things on your mental to-do list. Eating breakfast before you hit the road is the last thing on your mind.
Most people are not “morning people.” I think it’s because most of us wish we could have time to sit down, eat some comforting foods, watch some Mike and Mike in the Morning or the Today Show and have time to really center ourselves. But, alas, our fast-paced lives and go-go-go attitudes do not allow us this luxury.
Speaking for myself, when I do eat breakfast, it is never at the right time, or even during the work week. Most often, it’s at noon, when I finally wake up with a splitting headache, and at a Greek diner with a group of friends, recapping our night out.
When I was younger, my dad would sing some annoying wake up song and rip the covers off of me so I would wake up. Harsh, I know, but after a while I kind of became immune to his morning antics. Then I would head downstairs half-awake and my mom would have some sort of breakfast ready for me and my brothers. Sigh…. a welcomed relief from my father’s morning dictatorship which existed upstairs.
The old favorites were strawberry toaster strudel, cereal with bananas, or pop tarts. We would sit peacefully and enjoy an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures orDuck Tales (A-woo-oo!) then run out the door and across the street to catch the bus.
Clearly the simpler days of childhood, in which somebody would make breakfast for you, are long past. So, this week, I am taking some of my favorite breakfast/brunch recipes and making them for dinner!
Ingredients for Citrus Waffles
1 1/3 Cup Bisquick Gluten Free Mix
1 ¼ Cup Skim Milk
3 TBSP Vegetable Oil
Zest of 1 Lime
Zest of 1 Lemon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix ingredients until smooth.
Spray waffle maker griddle with non-stick cooking spray. Add a ladle full of batter to each side of the griddle. Close and cook for five minutes.
Ingredients for Chicken
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 Cups of Bran Flakes, crushed
1 Cup of Flour
2 Eggs, beaten
1 TBSP Salt
1 TBSP Pepper
½ TSP Garlic Powder
In a large bowl, add the salt, pepper, and garlic to the flour and mix. Individually coat the chicken breasts in the flour, then the beaten eggs, and then the bran flakes.
Let the coated chicken sit a minute or two to allow the egg and flour mix to soak into the bran flakes.
Good Girl Cooking Method: Bake on a wire rack pan or non-stick sheet for 35-40 minutes at 400 degrees, until chicken is a crisp dark brown.
Bad Girl Cooking Method: In a large skillet heat an inch or two of oil to 245 degrees. Fry the chicken breasts for about 7 minutes on each side until golden and crisp. Let drain and cool for about 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
Chipotle Honey Topping
3 TBSP Honey
½ TSP Apple Cider Vinegar
¼ TSP Chipotle Paste
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add more honey if you want a thicker consistency.
Place your fresh citrus waffles on a plate. Cut the chicken breast in half, length-wise. Put the chicken on the citrus waffles and then drizzle chipotle honey on top.
The citrus and honey really brighten up a normally heavy recipe. And the fact that you can save some calories with the gluten free mix and the bran flakes really make this dish not so much of a guilty pleasure anymore!
So, get into some comfy PJs, grab yourself a plate, and turn on your favorite childhood cartoon (there are too many that come to mind for me to list here) and remember what it felt like to actually enjoy breakfast……..Until you have to wake up and do the whole morning rush all over tomorrow!