As mentioned previously, breakfast is an essential part of my day. For some odd reason I consistently wake up with a growling stomach that screams “feed me!” Even if I feast on an occasional large dinner the night before, the growling stomach persists without fail. I have eaten countless types of food for breakfast in my lifetime. In Chinese culture, a typical breakfast can consist of soup, rice porridge or congee, steamed buns, or dim sum. When I went to Japan last year, our breakfast was typically rice, eggs, and sometimes tsukemono (Japanese pickles) in Kyoto. We even had sashimi one morning at 7AM.
While I am pretty adaptable in terms of what I eat in the morning, I generally stick to my staples – cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, eggs, pancakes, toast, and the list is pretty long. In the toast category, I especially love English muffins. These muffins are so versatile and can be enjoyed toasted with plain butter. Craving a little sweet? Spread some jam on top of the butter. In the mood for savory? Make it an egg and cheese sandwich, or even top it off with a breakfast meat if that suits your taste. Make the muffin quasi Italian by broiling it with tomato sauce and cheese. The possibilities are endless.
The Works: I made this up, but it is my definition of good flavors combined (shown above). Even if all these ingredients aren’t available, there are easy substitutes to use. The first component of The Works is almond butter. Now, if you haven’t tried almond butter yet, you are in for a treat. Peanut butter fans will naturally have a liking for their family relative, almond butter. It is a little less sweet, yet has the same great nutty flavor that is comforting and rich. Plus, almonds are one of the healthiest nuts around. The second component is the banana. Any nut butter and bananas are so complimentary, almost as good as the famous PB&J duo. And lastly, to top it off with some extra sweetness, honey is the natural super star.
Having an English muffin with The Works is an easy to way spruce up this ever so popular breakfast favorite, and it will definitely keep you energized throughout your morning.
English Muffin With “The Works” Recipe
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
- 1 whole wheat or honey oat English muffin, split in two (some say using a fork gives the best nooks and crannies)
- 2 tablespoons crunchy unsalted almond butter
- 1/2 banana, sliced (just eat the other half later!)
- 1-2 teaspoons clover honey for drizzling
- Butter knife
- Place muffin halves in toaster and toast on a medium setting.
- While muffin toasts, slice banana into thin quarter inch pieces with the butter knife.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of almond butter on each muffin half, followed by banana slices and finally the drizzled honey. Serve immediately with a cold glass of milk.
- Almond butter can be substituted with natural peanut butter (none of that Jif stuff with hydrogenated oils – choosy Selina does not choose Jif!). Almond butter is typically more expensive than regular peanut butter, but it’s well worth the splurge!
- Bananas can be substituted with apples or raisins. If no fruit is available, The Works sans fruit is still delicious.