Breakfast

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Egg Sandwiches

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Egg Sandwiches  |  Lemon & Mocha

Friends, we have another epic sandwich on our hands and I’m having trouble containing myself yet again. This little breakfast sandwich is savory, creamy, tangy and a whole lot of deliciousness.

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Egg Sandwiches  |  Lemon & Mocha

My inspiration for this sandwich came from a little weekday date Matt and I had. There is a cafe near Matt’s office and a couple months ago we had lunch there together. I got this crazy delicious egg sandwich with spinach, pesto, goat cheese and pickled red onions on a buttery roll. I’ve been craving it ever since so I decided to re-create my own.

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Egg Sandwiches  |  Lemon & Mocha

Instead of keeping all the components separate I made the pesto with spinach and goat cheese. I’ve made spinach pesto before, but I’ve never used goat cheese in my pesto. Oh my goat cheese heavens! It made the pesto so creamy and gave it the consistency of almost a pesto spread. Which could not be more perfect since it gets spread right onto these toasted kaiser rolls. These are the same rolls from the Barbecue Meatloaf Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and I used the same egg wash method with everything but the bagel seasoning since I’m channeling breakfast. You really could eat this sandwich for any meal, but I wanted to include some of those breakfast flavors since we’re working with eggs.

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Egg Sandwiches  |  Lemon & Mocha

Next, we have the scrambled egg patty. You could scramble your eggs in a pan, but if you cook the egg in a ramekin in the microwave then it will be the perfect shape for egg sandwiches. Finally, after being slathered with goat cheese spinach pesto, it gets topped with some tangy Quick Pickled Red Onions and some additional creamy goat cheese. Yum!

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Egg Sandwiches  |  Lemon & Mocha

Okay, back to the goat cheese spinach pesto because I’m still not done talking about it. The recipe below makes more pesto than you will need for the sandwiches, which is amazing because then you can either a) make even more sandwiches with it or b) use it on everything for the next few days. I had the pesto on chicken, mixed in with rice, on turkey sandwiches and stirred into pasta with shrimp. I couldn’t get enough of it and was very sad when we used it all up. I guess that just means I have to make it again soon!

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Egg Sandwiches  |  Lemon & Mocha

Goat Cheese Spinach Pesto Egg Sandwiches
 
Yield: 2 sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 4 cups spinach leaves
  • ⅓ cup nuts, see note
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 ounce goat cheese, plus more for topping
  • 2 kaiser rolls
  • 3 eggs
  • Everything but the bagel seasoning
  • Pickled red onions, for topping
  • Cooking spray
Directions
  1. Puree the spinach, nuts, garlic and salt in a food processor. Add the olive oil and continue to pulse until smooth. Add the goat cheese and pulse until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Beat 1 of the eggs in a small bowl then add 1 tablespoon water. Brush the tops of the buns then top with everything but the bagel seasoning. Toast in your toaster oven or oven.
  3. Spray 2 small ramekins or microwave-safe bowls with cooking spray. Beat each of the remaining 2 eggs in their own ramekin and season with salt and pepper. I usually add a splash of milk. Lightly cover and microwave for 1 minute.
  4. To make the sandwiches, spread the bottom of each bun with some of the goat cheese spinach pesto. Carefully remove the egg from the ramekin and place on top along with the pickled red onions and additional goat cheese, if desired.
Notes
You can use whichever type of nut you prefer in pesto; I would recommend toasted pine nuts, almonds or walnuts. Alternatively, you could use 3 tablespoons of pumpkin seed butter instead as that is what I used for this recipe.

 

Breakfast Bulgur with Warm Berries

Breakfast Bulgur with Warm Berries  |  Lemon & Mocha

Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about you, but this has been a long week. Both Matt and I were sick and all the snow, ice and cold didn’t help. Having lived in New England my whole life I’m never surprised when we get bad winter weather, but that doesn’t mean we can’t complain about it, right?! This healthy breakfast dish is perfect for those cold winter mornings because it’s warm and full of bright berry flavors.

Breakfast Bulgur with Warm Berries  |  Lemon & Mocha

I’m always on the hunt for warm breakfast ideas since I am allergic to oats so oatmeal is out. A while back I stumbled across a recipe in Giada’s Feel Good Food cookbook for a breakfast bulgur. Bulgur wheat is a whole grain that is a smaller grain than rolled oats, but it has a similar chewy texture. I cook it up with some vanilla and cinnamon then pour berries that have been cooked down with maple syrup over top.

Breakfast Bulgur with Warm Berries  |  Lemon & Mocha

As with most of the recipes on Lemon & Mocha, this breakfast bulgur is ideal as a make-ahead meal. Usually I make a big batch of the bulgur and the berries then divide it all between eight small reusable containers. That way Matt and I can each just microwave our little container for one minute for a quick and healthy breakfast without having to guess at the serving size.

Breakfast Bulgur with Warm Berries  |  Lemon & Mocha

I’ve also frozen the little containers once when we were going to be away and they still tasted good when we defrosted and ate them the next week. If you didn’t want to make quite so much you could easily halve the recipe. I’ve been wanting to try other variations of bulgur wheat for breakfast, but I’m so hooked on this original berry version that in the few years I’ve been making it I have yet to try it any other way. Do you ever have bulgur for breakfast? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Breakfast Bulgur with Warm Berries  |  Lemon & Mocha

Also, in case you are new to bulgur and are looking for a visual for when you’re at the grocery store, I buy this Bob’s Red Mill version. Whole Foods also sells it in the bulk bins if you wanted to try it first; that’s what I did when I first made it before I graduated to buying the Bob’s Red Mill bags in bulk from Amazon!

Breakfast Bulgur with Warm Berries  |  Lemon & Mocha

Breakfast Bulgur with Warm Berries
 
Yield: 8 servings
Ingredients
for the bulgur
  • 2 cups golden bulgur wheat
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
for the berries
  • 10 ounces frozen strawberries
  • 16 ounces frozen mixed berries
  • 6 ounces fresh blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions
for the bulgur
  1. Add 4 cups of water, the bulgur, vanilla, cinnamon and salt to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 12 minutes. Stir together; the water should be absorbed.
for the berries
  1. Heat all the frozen berries over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Let cook for 8 minutes, or until the berries are almost thawed. All the fresh berries, maple syrup and the cinnamon. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally and lightly smashing the strawberries as you stir. Remove from the heat and eat over the bulgur.

Recipe slightly adapted from Giada’s Feel Good Food.
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Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins

Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins  |  Lemon & Mocha

Welcome to another healthy breakfast Friday! You may have noticed that a lot of the meals this month can either be partially or completely made ahead. Well, I’ve been posting some of our favorite go-to meals and in addition to liking healthy dishes, we’re also big fans of meals that can be made ahead. When hunger suddenly strikes we have no patience so make-ahead is key! Does anyone else have this issue?!

Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins  |  Lemon & Mocha

One of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts is egg muffins or mini quiches. My Mini Broccoli, Ham and Cheddar Quiches are the best breakfast for busy weekdays or mornings with house guests, but I wanted to make a lightened up version.

Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins  |  Lemon & Mocha

The original mini quiches use flour and are loaded with cheese and ham so instead we’re keeping them vegetarian and using cooked quinoa, a small amount of goat cheese and plenty of spinach. Between the eggs, quinoa and goat cheese, there’s plenty of protein in these little muffins to keep you full.

Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins  |  Lemon & Mocha

My favorite part about these egg muffins is that just like the mini quiches, all you have to do is bake them in a muffin pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. When they’re warm out of the oven, the goat cheese is gooey and the quinoa provides a great texture throughout the egg muffin.

Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins  |  Lemon & Mocha

Matt and I have to get going early tomorrow morning and these Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins are the perfect quick breakfast. We’re headed to New York City with Matt’s family to see Wicked and celebrate my mother-in-law’s, Theresa’s, birthday! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins  |  Lemon & Mocha

Healthy Spinach, Goat Cheese and Quinoa Egg Muffins
 
Yield: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup nonfat milk
  • 10 ounces spinach, steamed, strained and water squeezed out
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk until frothy. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Divide the egg mixture between the 12 muffin cups. There might be a little leftover - do not overfill. Then bake for 24-27 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and the eggs are cooked through.

 

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Toasts

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Toasts  |  Lemon & Mocha

It’s our second healthy breakfast Friday! Last Friday’s breakfast was all sweet, but today we’re all about the sweet and savory combo breakfast. Do you have a preference of sweet breakfasts or savory breakfasts? I can never decide since I love them both so I love doing these combos, especially with toast. I’m not sure if you’ve seen them on Instagram over the last year, but there’s a new toast in town: sweet potato toast!

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Toasts  |  Lemon & Mocha

Slice a sweet potato into 1/3-inch thick slices before baking them until cooked and crispy. Then you’re ready to top them with whatever you want! One of the reasons these toasts are so great is that you can make a bunch of them ahead of time and then when you’re ready to eat them for breakfast you just reheat the sweet potato toasts in your toaster oven or toaster like regular toast. Genius!

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Toasts  |  Lemon & Mocha

I already knew I liked sweet potatoes for breakfast, but I love having them as toasts because it’s way more fun and there’s so much room for toppings. The savory sweet potato toast is topped with some spinach, a soft boiled egg and Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning. The yolk in the soft boiled egg is the perfect jammy texture and the seasoning adds just the right amount of salt and flavor.

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Toasts  |  Lemon & Mocha

I had never made soft boiled eggs before starting to make them for sweet potato toasts and now I’m hooked! If you’ve never made them before they’re actually very easy and similar to hard boiled eggs. You bring a pot of water to a boil then add the eggs in their shell for six and a half minutes. Carefully place them into an ice water bath for two minutes then peel and eat. Even better, you can make them up to three days ahead of time and just reheat them before eating; more details are in the notes section of the recipe.

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Toasts  |  Lemon & Mocha

Okay, on to the sweet toast! Have you ever had almond butter or peanut butter with sweet potato? If not, you are seriously missing out! Spread on some nut butter then top with strawberries, or your berry of choice. Yum! You can eat these toasts with a fork, but mine were crispy enough to pick them up, toppings and all, and eat them like a regular piece of toast. Enjoy and happy Friday, everyone!

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Toasts  |  Lemon & Mocha

Sweet and Savory Breakfast Sweet Potato Toasts
 
Yield: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 egg
  • Everything but the bagel seasoning, for topping
  • ⅓ cup spinach or greens
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 3 strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Cut off the ends of the sweet potato so that you can stand it up steadily. Carefully cut the sweet potato into ⅓-inch thick slices, which should get you roughly 6 “toasts.” Place on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
  3. To make the soft boiled egg, bring a small saucepan with enough water to cover an egg to a boil. Once boiling, add the egg in its shell and cook for 6 minutes and 30 seconds. While the egg is boiling, fill a medium bowl with ice and cold water. When the time is up on the egg, carefully remove it from the saucepan and place in the ice water for 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes, remove from the ice water, dry, gently peel and carefully cut in half. Sprinkle everything but the bagel seasoning over top.
  4. When the toasts are out of the oven, place 4 of them on a plate. Save the other 2 for later (or eat all 6 now if you’re extra hungry!). Top 2 of them with the spinach and then place 1 half of the soft boiled egg on each spinach toast. For the other 2, divide the peanut butter between them and spread on top. Top with the halved strawberries.
Notes
Sweet potato toasts can be made ahead and then reheated in the toaster or toaster oven.
Soft boiled eggs will keep unpeeled in the fridge for 3 days. When ready to eat, reheat in boiling water for 1 minute then peel or peel then microwave for 15-20 seconds.

 

Birch Benders Pancakes Four Ways

Birch Benders Pancakes Four Ways

It’s the first Friday of 2019 and we’re celebrating with four new recipes! Here on Lemon & Mocha not only is this January all about healthy recipes, but every Friday is going to feature a healthy breakfast dish. My go-to breakfast is usually a Greek yogurt and some fruit, but it’s not the most filling breakfast and it definitely gets boring after a while. One of my favorite discoveries in 2018 was Birch Benders Protein Pancake Mix. This post is not sponsored; I just wanted to share a product I’ve been loving for a while now.

Birch Benders Pancakes Four Ways

The mix is packed with 16 grams of protein per serving and every time I have this meal I stay full all the way until lunchtime. The pancakes are fluffy and the best part is you only need to add water to make them! After making them a few times and getting my little routine down, I can get my three pancakes on the table at the same time Matt is just sitting down with his coffee. I typically have them plain and top them with 88 Acres Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter and fresh berries, but I have been experimenting with the base mix so today I’m sharing my four favorite variations.

Birch Benders Pancakes Four Ways

First up is pumpkin spice pancakes topped with spiced apples and vanilla yogurt. The apples gently cook down in a small skillet with some ground cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and are done by the time the pancakes are ready.

Birch Benders Pancakes Four Ways

Next up, we have lemon pancakes! I love lemon so it wasn’t long before I added some lemon zest and juice to this mix to bring out my favorite flavor, which also happens to be delicious with fresh berries.

Birch Benders Pancakes Four Ways

Blueberry pancakes topped with warmed berries are one of my favorite variations. The berries get slightly cooked down with a little maple syrup and ground cinnamon. I put blueberries in my pancakes, but you could use any berry you prefer.

Birch Benders Pancakes Four Ways

Last, but definitely not least, we have peanut butter chocolate pancakes. Look how fluffy these got! Don’t forget the drizzle of peanut butter and mini chocolate chips on these because it definitely makes them. Which one do you think you’ll try first?

Birch Benders Pancakes Four Ways

I’ve found the best price for this pancake mix to be Amazon or Target, but you can also find them on the Birch Benders website, Whole Foods, Wegmans and probably lots of other grocery stores. If you don’t have the Birch Benders Protein Pancake Mix, you could always use the variations below as inspiration to experiment with your favorite pancake mix.

Extra Tips:

  • Do not over-mix the batter. Over-mixing any pancake or waffle batter makes them lose their fluffiness.
  • Do not put too much water in the batter. For each of the recipes below, the batter should be thick and scoop-able, not liquid and runny. If it’s too runny, add a little more mix and use less water next time.
  • I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out 1/2 cup of the pancake mix; it fits more easily into the bag of mix and then I have it ready to use for the water I need to add. I stir the batter with my regular sized Wilton batter spoon then use that same spoon to scoop it into the pan to cook them. Side note: I love the Wilton batter spoons for pancakes, cupcakes and muffins!
  • I use a tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal in my pancakes because they add some omega-3s and fiber. If you want to skip the flaxseed meal, just add slightly less water.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Spiced Apples
 
Yield: 1 serving, 3 medium pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 apple, cored and small diced
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup Birch Benders Protein Pancake Mix
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
Directions
  1. Spray a small skillet with coconut oil spray (or other oil spray of choice) and heat over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the diced apples. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice and the ground cinnamon over top. Let cook until soft, about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat when done.
  2. While the apples are cooking, prepare the pancakes. In a bowl, lightly mix together the remaining ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, the pancake mix, pumpkin puree, water and flaxseed meal. Make sure to add one tablespoon of the water last to make sure it needs it. The dough should not be runny, but instead thick.
  3. Spray a medium skillet with coconut oil spray and heat over medium-high heat (I put the dial on my gas stove between medium-high and medium). Scoop the batter into the pan to make 3 pancakes, trying to not let them touch. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Top with the vanilla yogurt and the apples.

 
Lemon Pancakes
 
Yield: 1 serving, 3 medium pancakes
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Birch Benders Protein Pancake Mix
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal
  • Zest from ½ a lemon, plus more for topping
  • Berries, for topping
Directions
  1. In a bowl, lightly mix together the pancake mix, water, lemon juice, flaxseed meal and lemon zest. The dough should not be runny, but instead thick.
  2. Spray a medium skillet with coconut oil spray and heat over medium-high heat (I put the dial on my gas stove between medium-high and medium). Scoop the batter into the pan to make 3 pancakes, trying to not let them touch. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Top with the berries and more lemon zest, if desired.

 
Blueberry Pancakes with Warmed Berries
 
Yield: 1 serving, 3 medium pancakes
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup fresh berries
  • ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup Birch Benders Protein Pancake Mix
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons blueberries
  • ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
Directions
  1. Heat the fresh berries, maple syrup and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Let cook until berries start to lightly burst, about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat when done.
  2. While the berries are cooking, prepare the pancakes. In a bowl, lightly mix together the pancake mix, water and flaxseed meal. Make sure to add one tablespoon of the water last to make sure it needs it. The dough should not be runny, but instead thick.
  3. Spray a medium skillet with coconut oil spray and heat over medium-high heat (I put the dial on my gas stove between medium-high and medium). Scoop the batter into the pan to make 3 pancakes, trying to not let them touch. Place a tablespoon of blueberries on top of each pancake. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Top with the vanilla yogurt and the cooked berries.

 
Peanut Butter Chocolate Pancakes
 
Yield: 1 serving, 3 medium pancakes
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Birch Benders Protein Pancake Mix
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon golden flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter, plus more for topping
  • Mini chocolate chips, for topping
Directions
  1. In a bowl, lightly mix together the pancake mix, water, flaxseed meal, cocoa powder and peanut butter. The dough should not be runny, but instead thick.
  2. Spray a medium skillet with coconut oil spray and heat over medium-high heat (I put the dial on my gas stove between medium-high and medium). Scoop the batter into the pan to make 3 pancakes, trying to not let them touch. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Top with the mini chocolate chips and a drizzle of peanut butter.

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