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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

There's more than one way to top a waffle.

When it's hot outside I love the ease of popping a frozen waffle into the toaster oven for breakfast, but I'm not a big fan of the sugary syrups that usually go with them. I've come up with two alternatives to dress up our whole-grain Eggos while adding a little extra nutrition:

1. We cut the waffles into strips and then dip them into yogurt. This is easy to make, easy to eat (especially for toddlers), fast, and versatile--everybody gets to choose a cup, so no arguments over flavors and ingredients!

2. I sweeten Ricotta cheese (an excellent source of protein) with honey to taste, spread it on the waffles, and then arrange seasonal fruit on top. Sometimes I drizzle a little honey on the fruit to enhance the flavor. This is by far my favorite way to dress waffles, and I actually do this on toast as well. Berries are great for this, but so are the yummy nectarines and apricots of summer.

Do you have any breakfast food makeovers in your family? Let's hear them!

9 comments:

Liz said...

I put peanut butter and jelly on waffles. We buy Kashi waffles - my husband and sons like the blueberry ones and I like the strawberry flax. We also keep the honey oat ones, too, in case someone wants something different. We eat them for breakfast or for a snack.

Bryssy said...

Great topic, Rachel! We love some apple butter on waffles at our house! I make a double batch of pancakes and freeze them just about every 2 weeks, we toast them in the morning and have whole wheat pancakes just about every morning. My hubby likes to put sausage and cheese in the middle and make a to-go sandwich out of them!

Maria said...

I never thought of ricotta, but it sounds yummy!

I like to make pancakes from the box, but add cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla extract to it. I throw in some chopped candied nuts and they are super yummy!

I also like to make french toast and drizzle sweetened condensed milk on top with some sliced fruit. I got that tip from a trip to Mexico!

Donna said...

I struggle with breakfast for several reasons, but mainly I just don't like most breakfast foods. I do like cold cereal, but I'm allergic to everything you would pour over cold cereal in the dairy department (yes, soy milk, too!). These suggestions all sound yummy, and I love the idea of waffles dipped in yogurt! My kids would love that!

fawnda said...

I like strawberry topping with wip cream... Ok it is not healthy but, it is YUMMMY!

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Rachel said...

All of those ideas sound yummy (I can't wait to try your pancake additions, Maria)! Thanks for the great suggestions!

Karly said...

This post and all the comments are making me salivate! I wish I could come over to your home's for breakfast. I would love for you to cook for me in the mornings. I am sooo not a morning person..or chef!! :)

Lindsay said...

I hate breakfast food in the morning. Give me a bowl of cereal or a peice of fruit anyday. So I don't have a ton too add. My girls however to eat whole wheat waffles in the morning somtimes. I like to top them with strawberries (or some other fruit on hand) and then dust it with powedered sugar. They also dip them in yogurt sometimes.

As a kid I ate them with corn syrup....lol