An easy way to change up your breakfast! Stir some puréed sweet potatoes into your oats or polenta, add raisins and pumpkin pie spice
Once upon a time Bill and I were junk food vegans. We sought out the best in vegan junk food throughout the country when we would travel. One of the things we encountered along the way was a breakfast called The Nebulous Potato Thing. We think it is probably one of the coolest names ever for a breakfast. It was delightfully filled with potatoes, peppers, beans, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese and – it was fried with lots of oil on the grill. Now it sounds pretty gross to me, but at the time…I remember eating until I felt gross.
Those days are gone now and I can eat until I am comfortably full without feeling gross. Today I set out to recreate a healthy version of the Nebulous breakfast, which I am dubbing:
The Urban Cowboy
You will need:
a bag of frozen Ore Ida hashbrowns (or 6 large russet potatoes diced)
4 sweet peppers
1 hot pepper (or sub another sweet pepper if you don’t like heat)
1/2 bag of frozen corn
1-2 packages of extra firm tofu diced (you can sub any bean if you like)
Cayenne Pepper, Smoked Paprika & Fiesta Lime Seasoning – to taste
1 jar/package Frontera Guacamole mix
1/2 cup or so of shredded purple cabbage
6 green onions diced
a handful of diced cilantro
salsa for topping if you’d like
Makes 4 large servings
Add hash browns to a hot non-stick pan along with the peppers that you have sliced into rings and the corn. Add NO water or broth to the pan…just be patient, heating the potatoes on medium, leave them sit long enough to start to brown – in other words…leave them alone for a bit, you can check them with a spatula, but you don’t need to constantly stir them. The potatoes will begin to brown. As seen here…
In another pan… coat the bottom of the pan with a mix of these spices, use as little or as much heat ast you’d like with the cayenne. Skip it entirely if you don’t like spicy.
It should look like this…
Meanwhile back at the ranch…
keep tossing the potatoes every 3 minutes or so as they continue to brown. When they are browned to your liking…Then add in your jar of Guacamole mix. I use this because it is relatively low in sodium per serving compared to most salsas and I like the flavor.
toss it all together and lower the heat to low.
In your other pan of tofu(or beans)… you want to heat them thoroughly or brown your tofu.
now, toss in your diced cabbage to the potato mixture and then turn off the heat, let sit for 5 minutes. You want it to be al dente, not soggy. So it only takes a few minutes.
It should you look like this:
now assemble your plate:
potato mixture first, then add on your tofu or beans, top with cilantro and green onions, salsa if you’d like and serve with half a plate of greens. Garnish with lime slices – squeeze over the whole plate
perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Wrapped in a collard wrap, or a Engine 2 tortilla.
My wonderful husband made this for us!
sauteed kale, purple cabbage, crimini mushrooms, garlic with grape tomatoes – potatoes with red peppers, black beans with green onions and garlic and orange slices.
Pairing oats with anything other than blueberries or bananas may seem odd to a lot of folks. My husband in particular said: leave MY oatmeal alone! This after I told him what I was doing this morning. I made his standard breakfast, his favorite, then set out to make mine.
Simply stir in to your regular oatmeal:
- 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast to make them cheezy
- 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash’s table blend
- top with the toppings of your choice. Today I used:
- cubed butternut squash
You can add broccoli, diced peppers or any other veggie you like. Use your imagination! We love ‘farmer bowl’ type breakfasts that are loaded with things like hash browns and veggies – so the variation on the morning oatmeal is done with those bowls in mind. We once had an amazing breakfast bowl at St Francis Fountain in San Francisco. It was called the Nebulous Potato Thing. We make a really healthy variation of it now as well. It’s great for dinner or breakfast.
The base for our healthy version of the Nebulous Potato Thing is shredded potatoes, mixed veggies, red peppers, and kidney beans. We then top it with green onions, salsa, cilantro and now and then avocado.
So use your imagination when it comes to breakfast – think outside the cereal box and get unconventional!
These hearty vegan buckwheat based pancakes are the perfect foil for a chilly winter morning. The batter is thick and needs to be spread out in the pan, not poured.
2 cups Hodgson Mill Buckwheat Pancake Mix
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 can (15oz.) pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 cup pecan pieces (optional)
Spread batter in a hot non-stick skillet, flip and enjoy.
Recipe makes approximately 10 – 5 inch pancakes
Spending a wonderful weekend at home in Minnesota, chilly morning, hot cranberry compote oatmeal = great way to wake up and warm up!
Cook a cup of fresh cranberries, a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries, two apples sliced, 1 cup water, 1 cup applesauce, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon sweetener of your choice, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, simmer on low until thickened and the cranberries pop, about 15 minutes.
Serve over oatmeal.
There is a breakfast joint back home that makes lemon ricotta pancakes. They are fantastic, but no longer part of my life since they have dairy. I wanted to recreate them, this morning. I put on my recipe scientist apron and started rooting through the pantry. My normal go-to ingredient to replace the ricotta cheese would be cannellini beans….and of course…the one morning when I really want to play scientist…I am out. Drat! So recipe scientist…what now?
I came up with a rich, dense, lemony pancake that was perfect for topping with with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey. This one will be repeated in my kitchen in the weekends to come!
In a food processor blend until smooth:
3 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup oat flour (or rice flour/ or GF flour)
zest of one lemon
juice of three lemons
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 teaspoons of maple syrup or honey
Your batter will be thicker, like muffin batter. Spread a ladle full in a hot skillet, flip and enjoy! Top with fresh or frozen berries and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
Makes 4-6 pancakes
Add cinnamon, raisins and diced and steamed butternut squash to old fashioned oats with a drizzle of honey for a fantastic fall breakfast! You can also add a tablespoon of chopped pecans for a buttery addition if you’d like.
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup red quinoa
3/4 cup coarse cornmeal
1 apple diced
1/2 cup cranberries dried or fresh
1/2 tsp almond extract
Chopped almonds – optional
Sprinkle with cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup
Bring liquid to a boil, add quinoa, reduce heat, 5 minutes later add cornmeal, simmer on low until thickened and the tails come out of the quinoa. Add almond extract.
Top with fruit and nuts
Another cool morning in KCMO. Before my plant-strong days, I had a homemade jar of jam from Wisconsin that was blueberry habanero. It was spectacular! I recreated it this morning.
1 cup frozen berries
1 teaspoon agave or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less to taste)
Toss together and microwave for 1 minute.
Serve over oatmeal – enjoy!
Looking for something a little different than oatmeal for breakfast? Try this hearty breakfast bowl!
In a saucepan, bring to a boil:
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup of black rice
reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 25 minutes
(the black rice turns the water a deep shade of cocoa – don’t be alarmed
1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Hot Cereal
1/4 cup Bulgar Wheat Cereal
simmer for 10 minutes.
Your porridge should look like this:
Top with apples, raisins, chopped pecans, cinnamon. (You can top with any fruit you’d like though – higher calorie density things like raisins and pecans can be swapped out)
This is great to make in a bigger batch and reheat another day. This recipe makes 2 generous servings or 3 smaller servings.