Yesterday, I didn’t feel like eggs in the morning. Or oatmeal. Or cereal. Or anything vaguely resembling a “normal” breakfast. I just didn’t. It reminded me of my younger days when breakfast foods were persona non grata in my life. But I’ve made a concerted effort in recent years to eat breakfast because it’s good for me and I want to mirror good behaviors for my kids. Even though they weren’t home, I still wanted to eat something.
At first, I was going to suck it up and make a leek scramble. It would probably taste good and all … but then I realized that I seriously don’t have to have the egg. Where in the rule book does it say that breakfast must include breakfast foods, anyway?
Finally, I just did it. I sauteed the leeks until they were soft, then added some parmesan and finished it off with salt. Then I poured them onto French bread and ate them as a sort of open-face sandwich (and used a fork to eat the spillage).
It wasn’t traditional or usual, but it was delicious. I didn’t overdo it or resort to something convenient. But in its own way, this was convenient — heck, it took under 10 minutes to make. I loved every bite.
Do you ever do non-breakfast foods for breakfast?
Sauteed Leeks on French Bread
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 leek , cleaned, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch rounds
- 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
- 1 3- inch long section of French bread , halved
- In a nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the leeks and toss to combine. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes until softened and slightly browned. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
- Cover and cook for about 2 minutes longer, until it's all melted. Salt, to taste.
- Arrange the two halves of French bread on a plate. Pour the leeks over. Devour.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.