Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. However, one of the most important food groups, vegetables, is often missing from the plate. A lament for the missing veg.
Why are you forsaken in the most important meal of the day? A limp side at best, a no-show at worst and the look of disgust when mentioned in the same breath.
Some ways to incorporate vegetables into breakfast dishes.
- Eggy dishes such as omelettes, frittatas and scramble.
- Egg-inspired dishes such as tofu scramble and chickpea frittatas.
- Hidden in baked items such as muffins and pancakes (chocolate zucchini, carrot cake, red beet velvet)
- In smoothies
- Savoury surprises in a bowl of oatmeal, on waffles or with beans such as Egyptian ful.
- Hand pies to go, like a breakfast sandwich.
And what vegetables to incorporate:
- greens: spinach, kale, callaloo
- raw bell peppers
- steamed carrots, asparagus
- roasted tomatoes
- cauliflower mash
- broccoli purée
My on-going experiments with aquafaba continued last week with my attempt at Italian meringue buttercream icing. The result? Epic fail. Once I added the non-dairy ‘butter’ to the fluffed up chickpea brine it collapsed. I was unable to revive it with the high-speed of a high-powered KitchenAid motor. This left me with a bowl of chickpeas needing to be used and preferably in a way they haven’t been used yet. Enter a photo on the web of devilled tomatoes.
I took about 1/3 cup of chickpeas and chopped them in a food processor. To it I added 3 almost 4 tablespoons of vegan mayonnaise. Then I put in a pinch each of ground cayenne pepper, turmeric and onion powder with a generous ¼ teaspoon of kala nemak (‘black’ salt that’s actually pink with a strong sulphuric smell). Enter 1 teaspoon of prepared mustard and ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix together then top with paprika. Et voila!
To serve, spoon a little bit into a halved cherry tomato, on top of a tofu slice or spread on baguette rounds for an appetizer.
Food prep plays a huge part in creating a nutritious and tasty meal. Here are my top picks for electronic gadgets that are indispensable in making meatless fare.
- Hand-held blender: purée soups; blend smoothies; make dressings
- Spice/nut grinder: always have fresh spices for your recipes; chop nuts
- Food processor: chop, slice and grate vegetables; make nut butter
- Kitchenaid mixer: mix bread; whisk eggs/aquafaba; add attachments for more functions (eg pasta roller)
- Blender: make nut milks, vegetable/bean dips, sauces
These are just a handful of functions that these gadgets can perform. Space and budget will determine if any or all of these will be part of your kitchen. Whichever one you choose/have, it will get a lot of action in a meatless kitchen.