Two Eggs and Toast: Eating the same foods every day doesn't have to be boring.
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.
- Texas Toast tm
Egg Cooking Variations
- Over Easy
- Sunny-side up
- Hard Boiled
- Soft Boiled
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.