Friday, May 4, 2012

What I had (Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal) vs What I wanted (Breakfast Pizza)

I've been away for a bit. I found myself so consumed with day to day life and all the while, I was really wanting to write entries concerning my road trip to Ohio, my great thrift store finds and some food reviews.   I was so overwhelmed that I found myself not doing anything because I just couldn't find the time or energy so I have decided to start back on a smaller scale and eventually get to the entries about Ohio and thrift store finds later.

I went to make breakfast yesterday morning and saw some leftover quinoa in the fridge which reminded me of some baby food that I had just purchased from Target and I decided to make a version for myself.  That is the, "what I had" of this entry.  What I WANTED was a breakfast pizza that I made for my hubby to go along with a very yummy smoothie.  It looked delish and according to him, it was "very good."  I didn't enjoy one along with him because after a Dr's appointment, I got a gentle reminder that I really need to let go of this "baby" weight.  How much longer can I say, "I just had a baby" before the jig is up?  So here they are, I hope you try them and I hope you enjoy them.  Oh and I added a nifty sandwich at the end because I didn't want the meatball subs that I made for dinner so I made a "fancy" ham sandwich.  Here goes.....

Blueberry Quinoa Oatmeal
Old fashioned Oats
Organic Tri-Color quinoa
Organic Vanilla Sugar
Organic Agave Nectar
Frozen Blueberries

Make oatmeal according to directions or to your liking.  Add leftover cooked quinoa, as little or as much as you like according to how much oatmeal. I used approximately a 2:1 ratio.  Add in a teaspoon of the sugar and 1 teaspoon or cinnamon or to taste.  Top with blueberries and a drizzle of the the agave nectar, stir and enjoy.  This recipe is a good base but you can dress it up however you like. I may try strawberries and bananas next time.

The inspiration for the oatmeal.

Yellow Eggs and Ham Breakfast Pizza with a Dash of Green
1 Seven Inch flat bread aka pocketless Pita
2 beaten eggs with a dash of black pepper
3 Tbsp of Tomato Sauce
3 Tbsps of Salsa
1 Slice American Cheese
1/4 cup of Shredded Mozzarella
3 slices of deli ham
Green onions for garnish (and taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scramble eggs but keep them slightly runny so they will finish cooking in the oven.  Mix the tomato sauce (I used leftover pizza sauce I made the day before) and salsa and spread on bread. Cut up the American cheese and put on top of sauce followed by the scrambled eggs and then the ham. I just tore the ham into smaller pieces because I didn't have time to do otherwise.  Sprinkle with the mozzarella and place in your preheated oven until bread is slightly brown around the edges and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes (at least in my oven).  Remove from oven when done and top with chopped green onions and eat!!

The variations on this are endless and I plan to experiment with different combinations.  For hubby of course, not me. :)

One Pinkie in the Air Ham Sandwich
Take and Bake Mini Baguette
Whole Grain Mustard
Bread and Butter Pickles
Onion Confit
New Zealand Grass Fed Cheddar Cheese(the cow was grass fed not the cheese)
Deli Ham

Bake the bread according to instructions. Split open your bread and spread the bottom with 1 teaspoon of the mustard and the top half with the onion confit.  If you can't find onion confit you can use caramelized onions. My hubby bought me some when he was in Paris so I'm not sure if you can find it in a fancy food shop or I guess you can find a recipe and make it yourself.  Add ham, slices of your cheese and toast in oven at 350 until cheese is melted.  Add your pickles, slice and eat.  Simple and Delicious.

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