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Two Eggs and Toast: Eating the same foods every day doesn't have to be boring.

Updated on August 14, 2010
The key ingredient: an egg
The key ingredient: an egg
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All human beings are creatures of habit, but some of us like to have more variety than others. For example, I have a couple of friends that eat the same thing every day. It isn't because they have to, it's because it brings them comfort and it is what they enjoy. On the other side of this coin, there are those who won't use the same ingredients twice in a day. Personally, I fall somewhere in between.

You can probably guess what I eat for breakfast on most days based on the title of this hub (if you guessed "two eggs and toast", you've been paying attention.). Originally, I had this breakfast because it was fast and didn't require much thought. All I had to do was throw the bread in the oven, drop the eggs in the pan, and eat when they were done. Unfortunately, the monotony started to get to me and I didn't even want to eat breakfast anymore. I decided to change things up and tried to have something different every day: cereal, oatmeal, fruit, and anything I could think of that wasn't eggs. I found this often required a lot more time because I had to look around the kitchen and figure out what I wanted to eat. Oddly enough, I also started to miss having eggs.

The resolution to my dilemma came from the decision to return to my previous habits with a conscious modification; I would vary how I made the eggs. This change, while simple in concept, has proven to be both time saving (I know I'm having eggs when I get up) and challenging since I need to put some thought into how to cook them. If you think the options are limited you may be very surprised.

In maintaining a meal with only the basic ingredients listed, you can insert variety by changing how the eggs are cooked and/or the type of bread you use. For example, you could have a fried egg sandwich with wheat toast on Monday and have poached eggs on rye for Tuesday breakfast. A nice variant I have been having lately is "Eggs in a Basket" using Texas Toast. For those not familiar with this brand of bread, it is a white bread that is cut in double-thick slices. Usually you can only fit a single egg per slice of toast, but with this type you can drop both into the hole.

Bread Options

  • White
  • Wheat
  • Sourdough
  • Rye
  • Pumpernickel
  • Texas Toast tm
  • Oat
  • Potato
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisin

Egg Cooking Variations

  • Fried
  • Over Easy
  • Sunny-side up
  • Scrambled
  • Poached
  • Hard Boiled
  • Soft Boiled
  • Baked

If you are more adventurous, as I am, you can use "two eggs and toast" as your starting point and then work in various ingredients that you have available. Some of the more common things I use in egg recipes/meals include: onions, mushrooms, cheese (various kinds),bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, sage, sausage, ham, bacon, milk, cream cheese, and black pepper. Of course, I don't use all of these items in a single meal, but the possible combinations and opportunities are boundless. From omelets to deviled eggs to french toast your personal tastes and preferences can be your guide through this culinary adventure.

I hope that this article has given you some ideas on how to add variety to breakfast while maintaining the same basic ingredients. Perhaps you have even been inspired to look a little harder at some of your other "standard" meals to see if there is something you can do to spice those up as well.


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      spconlin 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you. The ideas that you are sharing are going to add even more variety to my days. I haven't had shirred eggs, but I have considered them. I'm definitely going to try the mozzarella and tomato. I am not a big fan of cottage cheese, but I think my wife might be interested in trying that.

      With the cooler weather coming in, I have already started making oatmeal too. My wife made a batch with apples and dates. When we have time, we make McCann's Steel Cut Oats in the slow cooker. McCann's is one of the best oatmeals I have ever had.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      SpConlin ~ Congratulations on nomination and highlight in the e-newsletter. Don't forget that "eggs" are great for any meal, even dinner. Whether scrambled, fried, or omelet, the variety never ends. Do you eat your eggs with a scoop of cottage cheese? That has been a generational standard. Some like it with jelly on the toast or rolled up in the omelet, others like it with the sprinkle of salt and pepper. Enjoy! Debby

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I started eating oatmeal years ago because of the claims to lower cholesterol. Sine I never particularly liked oatmeal as such I added fruit to it. My favorite is to cut up apples and cook them with the cereal,. You can add cinnamon, brown sugar, or other flavorings to suit your taste.

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      Sarah 7 years ago from Indiana

      Great hub. My favorite "summer" egg is fried in a little olive oil and topped with a sprinkle of mozzerella cheese, tomatoes and chives. Yum Yum!

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      eventsyoudesign 7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Try shirred eggs. Totally delicious and easy to prepare. I like your article very whimsical to me. My husband is an omelet chef. Plenty of breakfast foods for me whenever I want it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      YUM! Congratulations on your nomination. Cheers to good eating habits-breakfast being one of them. Welcome to hubpages. :)

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      spconlin 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you all for your support. The popularity of this article has taken me by surprise. I am definitely going to put some more food topics on my list of new hubs to write.

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      fetty 7 years ago from South Jersey

      Great hub on a subject we can all relate to. Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination,too.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Congrats on your nomination and this mouthwatering hub!

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      Michelle Simtoco 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Ripplemaker's Special News:

      Hungry? I am and this hub, Two Eggs and a Toast, is making my stomach growl. Before I rush to eat my breakfast, please bring all the eggs to the feast of the Hubnuggets moon! Why? This hub has been deliciously nominated! LOL Yippee! Be sure to vote and promote your hub too!

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Congrats on the nomination - I love eggs and toast - in any form. Thanks.

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      spconlin 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      That sounds really good. I'll have to make a note to pick up some mushrooms.

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      chestybird 7 years ago

      A variation I enjoy is to substitute mushrooms for toast. Crack your egg into a large field mushroom, gill side up naturally! Pop the tray into the oven for a few minutes to cook, delicious! Tasty, and lower in calories. No oil is needed, but a dash of ketchup is optional!

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      spconlin 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      It was my pleasure. I figured I couldn't be the only one that has been in a cooking rut. Hopefully, this sparks some ideas for others. Maybe we'll even see a few show up in the comments.

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      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Very interesting. Thank for sharing these new ideas to make eggs and toast more enjoyable.