Tofu scramble is sometimes my Saturday or Sunday breakfast. When I want to take a break from the usual oatmeal I will prepare this dish. It does take a bit more time than a bowl of oatmeal, but it’s well worth it.
The best part is that it contains plenty of vegetables. And incorporating vegetables into your first meal is a great start to any day. I used the typical vegetables of onions, bell peppers, and spinach in this recipe, but you can add any vegetable you like. For instance, on this particular day, I added celery. Yet, my favorite part is the addition of potatoes. The potatoes are sure to fill you up and prepare you to focus on the work that’s ahead.
But, hey, this could also be a lunch or even a dinner meal. Enjoy!
6 cups of yellow or white flesh potatoes (even red-skinned potatoes), cubed and pre-cooked in the oven if possible
1/2 package of firm or extra-firm tofu (ORGANIC if possible), liquid removed
1/4 to 1/2 of a bell pepper (whichever you like)
1/4 to 1/2 of a small onion (whichever you like, substitute scallions or green onions too)
1/2 – 1 stalk of celery
a handful or two of fresh spinach
Seasonings (See suggestion below.)
Add vegetables to a (preferably non-stick) skillet with a bit of water to begin sauteing (skip the oil, continue to add small amounts of water to prevent the vegetables from sticking).
Once they have softened, continue to cook until the water evaporates and the onions begin to carmelize.
If you have pre-cooked potatoes, go to step 5.
If you have not pre-cooked the potatoes, remove the vegetables from the skillet. Then add cubed potatoes and water (plus salt/pepper if you’d like). Add about 1/2 cup of water at a time and cover the skillet slightly to allow the potatoes to steam and simmer. Add more water as necessary. End cooking the potatoes when they are done and the water is absorbed. Add vegetables back to the pan. Go to step 6.
If you have pre-cooked potatoes, add the pre-cooked potatoes to the pan.
Add tofu and seasonings and stir until well mixed, heated, and until most of the water has evaporated.
Don’t forget to taste
I like to serve with fresh avocado slices and fresh pico de gallo (or simply fresh onions and tomatoes are a good option too.)
Seasoning Mix: The goal is to add some sort of yellow color so that the scramble will resemble eggs. Here is a recipe I found at NutritionStudies.org. You can create this mix and then sprinkle it onto the scramble to satisfy your desired taste.
Polenta is a corn-meal porridge. You can top polenta with anything you like which makes it a delicious options for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.
Polenta is identified as a yellow corn-meal. The way it’s process produces a more whole form of what many know as grits and contains 6 g of fiber. ( The most popular form of grits only have .7 g – yet I believe there is a white corn that can be used to create white polenta “grits” which reserves the whole kernels.
If cooking on the stove-top it takes about 30 minutes. Use 1 cup of polenta to 6 cups of water.
But I prefer the much easier option of using an Instant Pot. This recipe makes 4 – 6 servings.
1 cup polenta
6 cups water or broth
Vegetable Toppings: (in photo)
`1 bell pepper
2 stalks green onion
8 ounces mushrooms
4 ounces cherry tomatoes
4 cups spinach
Salt, pepper and crushed red pepper (optional)
Directions: (for Instant Pot)
Add polenta, water and sprinkle with a little salt (optional) into Instant Pot and stir.
Cook for 10 minutes (manually set or use ‘Rice’ button).
After time is up, Press ‘Cancel’ to switch to ‘Off’ and allow natural pressure release (usually 10/15 minutes).
Stir to combine water and corn-meal. Using a whisk makes this easier.
Heat griddle or pan on stove-top.
Add 1 tsp of oil and/or 2 TBS water to the pan.
Add all vegetables except for spinach and stir-fry (stir-steam) until desired tenderness, sprinkle with seasonings of choice.
Remove vegetables to a plate, turn off heat, add spinach and allow to wilt. (Adding a bit of water to create steam will help spinach wilt.)
Serve by adding polenta to a dish and topping with the vegetables.
This is my go-to recipe for breakfast (in addition to a morning smoothie which I usually have while cooking pancakes). Notice there aren’t any sweeteners, gums or extra fillers in this gluten-free recipe. Just the basic ingredients and I enjoy them with unsulphured molasses, a touch of maple syrup and cold-pressed flax seed oil (an optional boost of Omega-3’s).
Ingredients: 1 cup buckwheat flour 1 cup millet flour 2 TBS ground flax seeds (can add up to 4 TBS) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) 2 cups nut milk (or water will work just as well) 2 tsp baking powder
Heat a hot griddle or skillet over low to medium heat.
Mix all ingredients together well, except for the baking powder
Allow to sit about 2 – 3 minutes for the flax seeds to help bind the mixture. (The ground flax seeds is a plant-based substitution for eggs.)
Add a bit more nut milk or water to attain the consistency needed to pour the pancake batter onto a griddle.
Add baking powder and mix slightly. ( You can add another tablespoon of water to help the powder dissolve easily.)
Add just a touch of oil if needed(I prefer coconut oil when needed) to your griddle or skillet.
Cook the pancakes. (They should be easy to pour from the bowl and form round circles on the cooking surface. If not, you can use a spoon to spread a bit or add more liquid).
Note: I make my own buckwheat and millet flours using a Vitamix grain container that has a specific blade for grinding grains.
Suggestion: Mix all the dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To use, add liquid of choice in 1:1 ratio of dry mix. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Then, if using, add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Cook on hot griddle.
Lately, this has been my “go to” morning smoothie to “get going”.
Ingredients: 2 cups water 1/2 avocado 1 stalk celery 2 TBS nut butter 2 Medjool dates 1 TBS hemp protein 1/2 frozen banana (or add a couple of ice cubes) 1 scoop green “super food” powder
Directions: Add all ingredients to a high speed blender. I use a Vitamix – it’s my favorite. Options: 1. Use fresh vegetable/fruit juice or coconut water in place of water 2. I’ve been using organic cashew butter, but I also like almond butter. Almonds are the only alkaline nut and, by the way, cashews aren’t actually nuts. 3. Use different fruits such as blueberries, mangos, pineapple in place of a banana 4. Add even more “green power” by adding fresh leafy greens (spinach, kale, salad mixes) – you might want to add a a little more liquid if you do.
Below are the results from a calorie counting program.
Calories: The calculations show 574 Calories. I need all the “healthy” calories I can get. But, if you want less calories, start my removing the nut butter before any avocado.
This morning it took me a while to get around to preparing my first meal around 11 am. I had already had 32 ounces of water (mixed with barley green powder and 1/2 of a lemon which has now become my regular morning routine.) But at this hour of the morning, I felt like I wanted more than just juice. So I mixed together this quick smoothie.
You can use frozen pineapple, mango* and/or blueberries which are easy to find in the frozen food section of the grocery store these days. Actually, I purchase most of my blueberries frozen because that’s almost the only way I find organic berries. But I prefer fresh pineapple and fresh mango, especially the Ataulfo mangos that are plentiful in the beginning of summer time.
This recipe will make 28 – 32 ounces and can easily be doubled.
1 – 2 cups of pineapple (slices or chunks, and any of its juices)
5 mint leaves
1 cup blueberries
*High FODMAP food – remove from ingredients to achieve a Low FODMAP recipe.
Juice oranges (I used a manual juice press)
Peel and remove seed from mango
Toss all ingredients into a high speed blender (I use my all-time favorite, the Vitamix)
I added a handful of greens (kale & spinach are my favorite).
For almost 2 months this has been my daily breakfast. Additionally, I either have a glass of fresh green juice or I use a green powder mixed with water. It’s hydrating, sweet and satisfying. It only requires a little preparation. To make the mornings easier, you can mix all the ingredients the night before, except for the apples (because they oxidize quickly and you want them to be as fresh as possible).
Apple Breakfast Bowl
1 large apple, chopped into bite-size pieces (like a Fuji, or two smaller ones) – about 300g
Carrots, shredded (about two medium size) – 130 g
Celery (1 to 2 stalks) – 50 grams
Chia Seeds – 2 TBS, preferably soaked in water
1 TBS Nut Butter (I prefer almond butter)
1 Date, chopped (or an equivalent amount of raisins)
Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
Ginger, powder – 1/8 tsp (or juice of 1 small knob pressed using garlic press)
Shredded Coconut, unsweetened – 3 TBS
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy.
If you need more calories, add more apple, dates (66 calories each) or nut butter (100 calories per TBS).
If you don’t have nut butter, you can simply sprinkle the breakfast with chopped nuts
Add coconut water (or coconut cream – more calories) to make it easier to mix in the nut butter.
When I’m really in a hurry or I am traveling, I simply use my favorite Larabar in place of the nuts/nut butter, dates and coconut.
Calories and nutrients calculated using http://www.caloriecount.com/
I have mostly been posting all of my food creations via Instagram, but I realize that many still prefer a website to search and view recipes more easily. So I will try to post recipes here also when I Instagram them. Instagram is just a bit quicker.
This was my morning breakfast smoothie….well, what was left of it when I decided to take a photo. I believe the recipe made about two cups.
Juice the following: 2 large leaves of kale 1 small apple 1 small “pickling sized” cucumber 2 stalks of celery 1 whole orange, peeled and broken into sedments
Blend juice with the following: 1 whole orange, peeled and cut in half 1/4 cup frozen mango 1 mint leaf
I have been looking into the possibility of buying a protein powder to supplement my nutrients and caloric intake. Yet, after reading the ingredients on multiple different protein powder brands, I decided to make my own.
The reason I had problems with most protein powder mixes is mostly due to my Candida Overgrowth. I can’t have sugars, and also I need to avoid whey and most grains due to Leaky Gut (most likely caused by Candida). Also, many protein powders have added vitamins in forms that I don’t need or don’t want to ingest. I’m already taking vitamin supplements that I specifically need, so I don’t need it included in my protein smoothie.
So here is the homemade vegan protein smoothie that I came up with.
Create your own homemade vegan protein smoothie using any combination of the ingredients below.