Savory Roman Breakfast Sandwich

A Italy-inspired breakfast sandwich

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Ever since visiting Italy in September, my stomach has been yearning for some of the amazing food we enjoyed there. The freshness of the food, the care for seasonal ingredients, and the full flavors of the dishes we tried – we loved it all! And we honestly think about it way too often.

A few of my favorite things from Rome and Florence: ciabatta, basil, and garlic. Three key players in today’s breakfast sandwich (which I’ve made for lunch just as much as I’ve made for breakfast – it’s great any time of day, really).

What we’ve got going on in this super savory, packed-with-flavor-and-freshness sandwich is all good – and all quick – like 15 minutes to make it.

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We’re starting with some ciabatta. I made some homemade. It’s like a six hour process. A little crazy, yes. But now having made three batches, the whole process is feeling second nature. Mostly, it is a lot of tending and waiting. So, I’ll mix it, let it rest, fold it, let it rest, proof, rest, proof, rest, separate into four pieces, rest, etc, etc, ETC. It’s a lot, but it’s is worth it, y’all! The end result is light, fluffy, beautiful, and delicious.

Savory Roman Breakfast Sandwich // www.mesacookingco.com

Savory Roman Breakfast Sandwich // www.mesacookingco.com

BUT store-bought ciabatta can be totally delicious too. Find a loaf that seems fresh and recently baked, and you’ll be happy with it! Store-bought ciabatta will definitely do for this sandwich, if you don’t want to spend an entire Saturday afternoon making it yourself – it’s a commitment, I realize!

We’re going to add some fresh basil (more and more available as we’re getting into summer – plant one yourself this year, they’re easy!) Caramelize some onions in a pan (mine were a little more charred than caramelized, but both work), roast some cherry tomatoes until they burst, and then toss a bit of minced garlic in and cook just until fragrant. The onions on this sandwich are my fav.

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In the same pan, fry an egg. Salt and pepper it, add it to the sandwich, put it all together, and DIG IN.

Savory Roman Breakfast Sandwich // www.mesacookingco.com

Savory Roman Breakfast Sandwich // www.mesacookingco.com

P.S. Other things that would be good in this if you want to swap ingredients or add more: avocado, pesto, and/or a cheese. I considered parmesan and fontina. All good things to increase the wow factor a little more!

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Savory Roman Breakfast Sandwich
 
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Serves: 1 sandwich
Ingredients
  • ⅓ loaf of ciabatta, halved
  • A few basil leaves
  • A few slices of yellow onion
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes
  • Clove of garlic, minced
  • One egg
  • s & p
Instructions
  1. Set out your ciabatta halves and add the basil leaves to one side
  2. In a oiled skillet over medium heat, cook the onion until caramelized, about 10 minutes. When the onion is about three minutes from done, add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they burst or become very soft and roasted. Add the garlic when the onions and tomatoes are done and cook just until fragrant, about a minute. Remove from pan and add to your ciabatta half.
  3. In the same pan, add a bit more oil and fry your egg. Cook just until runny (or your preferred doneness), about five minutes. Add to your sandwich and salt and pepper the egg.
  4. Add your top half of ciabatta and enjoy!
Notes
Make it gluten-free: Make this sandwich as is, but put on a gluten-free bread.

If you try this savory Roman breakfast sandwich, I’d love to see the result! Tag your kitchen creations with #mesacookingco so I can admire your beautiful work!

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Blueberry Buckle with Streusel Topping (& Video!)

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A totally indulgent breakfast (or dessert) made with the best berries!

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Right now, you’re going to need to forget your diet. Don’t think about your skinny jeans. Tell yourself (just this once) that healthy eating is over-rated – and feast your eyes on this Blueberry Buckle! (PSA: There’s a million names for these types of fruit desserts: crumble, crisp, cobbler, etc. A buckle is a cake-like bottom layer with a streusel top layer and you probably need this in your life.)

There’s a time for eating healthy and there is a time for eating yummy food.

(JK, I think healthy food is totally yummy – check out my archives!! But sometimes you just gotta indulge and never look back! And you might need to lie to yourself for a short time while you eat your third helping – blueberries are healthy, blueberries are healthy, just keep telling yourself.)

This thing is basically a breakfast cake (or a fruity dessert, really). The main layer is super cake-like: it’s fluffy, soft, and light. You’ll fold in the super thick batter with three cups of blueberries and it’s just gonna be PACKED with them. So delicious and beautiful too!

The top layer is this amazing streusel magic that you’ll sprinkle over the batter and you’ll probably sneak a few crumbs off the top while you’re waiting for your oven to preheat. I really don’t know if it’s possible not to do that – I never have!

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Breakfast Stuffed Peppers

A vegetarian, hearty, and healthy breakfast! 

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In my recent eat-more-veggies-and-less-sugar quest, I’ve learned to love a new food! I’ve always been okay with bell peppers, but they never seemed all that great. The raw flavor was just too much for me and they were never a go-to in the grocery store.

UNTIL. NOW.

I’ve tried a few stuffed pepper recipes in the last couple weeks and made an amazing discovery: roasted bell peppers are amazing! They’re soft and tender. Their flavor is lightened in the oven and no longer overpowering. And they’re the perfect complement to, well, more veggies!

These stuffed peppers I have for you today are all about breakfast. They’re kinda like an omelette in another form: wrapped up in a perfectly roasted pepper. These are packed with the best veggies: onion, spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

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Energizing Banana Blueberry Smoothie

A simple smoothie guaranteed to give you a boost of energy!

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Recently, I’ve been starting to wean refined sugars and refined grains out of my regular eating habits. To be honest, I typically eat a lot of sugar and a LOT of refined grains. While I have long avoided highly processed foods, I’m realizing just how unhealthy refined sugars are and I want to make better food choices when confronted with them. I still am planning to happily enjoy these foods occasionally, but I want to see them more as treats and not as foods I’m addicted to.

As a result, I’ve been in search for healthy go-to snacks that curb the craving for sweets and sugar. Enter: smoothies. Duh. Smoothies are a classic healthy snack so of course I’m going to turn to them in my hour of need! Smoothies harness the natural sugars found in fruits to provide a great substitute for a cookie craving. Plus, smoothies can be filled with all the add-ins and fruits and veggies you want to give you more protein, energy, flavor, you name it.

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Rosemary Olive Oil Bagels

Thick, chewy homemade New York-style bagels

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New bagel recipe for you today! One of my very favorite flavors: Rosemary Olive Oil Bagels! These are just fantastic. The flavor is so delicate on these bagels – I just love that. You’ll get a smidgen of olive oil freshness in each bite, plus the lovely, fragrant taste of rosemary. Two wonderful flavors in one thick and chewy bagel!

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Single-Serve Frozen Blueberry Yogurt

Two ingredients, five minutes, one fruity and fun snack! 

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We make a lot of ice cream in our kitchen – like a LOT. Unfortunately, I have completed trained myself to expect something sweet after dinner every night. The other night I whipped up a batch of this super simple yogurt for a healthier alternative. It turned out to be a great, little treat!

You will love this recipe because it’s so simple. Just blend up your yogurt and frozen blueberries together and allow to freeze for about an hour. No churning, no overnight freezing, and no yucky ingredients! Of course, this isn’t going to be exactly like the frozen yogurt you find in those shops. The consistency is a little different but still a lovely, smooth texture. And this little treat tastes fresh, sweet, and perfect for these warmer spring days! And that color — so fun!!

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Asiago Bagels

How to make just-like-the-bakery asiago bagels in your own kitchen!

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If you haven’t noticed already, I really like my carbs. I like them in banana muffins and chocolate muffins. I like them in the form of a giant plate of Tuscany-inspired pasta. And I eat a LOT of pizza. But one of my absolute most favorite types of bread is the bagel. Bagels are the most delicious, buttery, toasted breakfast. I would eat a bagel every morning if I could.

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Fluffy and Soft Whole Wheat Pancakes

These pancakes are the real deal! Soft, fluffy, and light! 

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When I was growing up, my family made a giant batch of pancakes most Saturday mornings. We used a box mix (one of those just add eggs and milk deals) and, boy, did I think they were delicious! Honestly, if I tried those again, they would probably still taste amazing!

Over the past few years, I started pursuing more and more clean eating. Making almost everything I eat from scratch has become the best way to do so. I just don’t buy box mixes anymore: cakes, brownies, pancakes – none of them! Most baked goods have simple, easy recipes available and there is no need for a box mix with questionable ingredients in my pantry.

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Finding that perfect pancake recipe, though, goodness that has been a challenge! Really! I had a serious list of requirements and I was not willing to compromise. I wanted a pancake that is:

  • Fluffy and soft
  • Made with whole wheat flour
  • Easy to throw together
  • Uses only ingredients I always keep in my fridge and pantry
  • As tasty as those box-mix pancakes I ate growing up (or way more tasty!!)

I’ve tried a lot of different recipes. But when I found Jess’ recipe from Inquiring Chef, I got so excited I made them Saturday AND Sunday morning in one weekend! I had never tried a homemade pancake recipe that came so close to what I was looking for. As you can tell, the perfect pancake has been a long and passionate pursuit for me!

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I made a few small adjustments to her already-amazing recipe. First, I wrote my recipe with a buttermilk substitute. Most people do not have buttermilk on hand and the last thing you want to do on a Saturday morning is run to the grocery store. I want my recipes to be accessible to you and to me, so using a just-as-good substitute is important to me! I also added a teaspoon of vanilla. Growing up, we always added vanilla to our pancakes and I still love the extra flavor!

I also added a short resting phase for the batter after it is all mixed together – no worries, you’ll only have to wait about ten extra minutes! You are allowing the batter to rest so that the gluten has a chance to relax. This makes the pancakes more tender! The baking powder also forms bubbles during this time, which helps create taller pancakes. You will see a significant difference in the batter after resting. Then go ahead and pour some on the hot griddle and you will have a hot, fluffy pancake in your hand in minutes! Be sure to simply start scooping out the batter after resting – do not stir the mixture again. Stirring the batter will deflate all those awesome bubbles we just allowed to form.

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My favorite part of this recipe: the whole wheat flour. You really will not believe all the flour in these pancakes is whole wheat! Whole wheat tends to make food more dense, but these pancakes are unbelievable soft and fluffy, not gritty or tough at all. You will love these whole wheat pancakes because you get extra fiber and nutrients without sacrificing any fluffiness!

Fluffy and Soft Whole Wheat Pancakes

Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 12 large pancakes, serves 4

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
A pinch of salt

  1. In a small bowl, stir together lemon juice and milk. Allow to sit for five minutes. Whisk together eggs, brown sugar, and canola oil. Mix in milk mixture and vanilla.
  2. With a wooden spoon or spatula, carefully stir in flour, baking powder, and salt just until combined. It will be thick and lumpy. Allow to sit for ten minutes while you heat up a skillet over medium heat. Do not stir the mixture after the resting stage, simply scoop out the batter with a measuring cup.
  3. Pour the batter onto the skillet in about 1/3 to 1/2 cup portions. Allow to cook on one side for an additional minute after bubbles appear. Flip the pancake and then continue to cook for another minute or two. Aim for golden-brown on each side. Remove from heat, drench in syrup and fruit, and indulge!

Notes: You can substitute the lemon juice + milk mixture for 2 cups of buttermilk. Most people do not have buttermilk on hand and I want my recipes to be accessible as possible. I use the lemon juice + milk mixture because it replicates the effect of true buttermilk.
Storage: these pancakes will keep in the fridge for up to four days. I love a good pancake reheated in the toaster!
Adapted from Inquiring Chef

 

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Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

The perfect sweet treat stuffed with chocolate, bananas, and oats!

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Let’s be honest: this muffin is filled and topped with tons of rich chocolate, but also has some merit! It’s stuffed with healthy ingredients like bananas, oats, coconut oil, and even whole wheat flour! Life is about balance, right?? This muffin is the pinnacle of everything in moderation. And even chocolate has health benefits! So, there, I give you permission to make these, eat all nine in two days, and feel great about it!

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I took a gazillion pictures of these muffins because they are just so beautiful and tasty! Just looking at these pictures makes me a tiny bit sad because I made these last week and I have no more in my kitchen (because, duh, you are going to just devour these – just like I did!) It’s definitely time to whip up another batch again. They take just 30 minutes and most of us will have all the ingredients already in our kitchens.

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These muffins are rich, sweet, and filling with the just-right extra taste of banana and oats. They’re a dessert and a breakfast all in one. A bressert? A deakfast?

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Just researched: Apparently, deakfast is a realish thing. It is breakfast for dinner, not dessert and breakfast. But you could 100% have one of these beauties for dinner and then it would totally be a deakfast – by all meanings of the word!

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These muffins are over-the-top amazing! Cute muffin liners just make these even more enticing! Throw a batch together and indulge just a bit!

Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins

Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 9 large muffins

Ingredients:
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup freckled bananas, mashed
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
2 Tablespoons butter

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin with paper liners, silicone liners, or grease each cup with butter or oil.
  2. Combine the coconut oil, bananas, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Add the eggs and mix well.
  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir just until combined. Fold in the oats and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips. Divide into nine muffin cups and fill each cup all the way to the top.
  4. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean of crumbs. Watch carefully. Remove from oven when ready and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. In a microwave proof bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and the butter. Carefully heat until completely melted by microwaving on high ten seconds at a time. Stir between heating. Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate mixture generously over each muffin – just go for it! And they’re done! Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 days or in the refrigerator for one week. But let’s be honest, they’re not going to last that long!

Note: I test my recipes where I live (high altitude!) so the muffins may likely cook slightly different at low altitudes. Just watch your muffins carefully to avoid overcooking or undercooking. This goes for all of my recipes! (Also, all ovens are a little different – so it is a good rule to always watch carefully!)

 

If you try these, I’d love to see the result! Tag your kitchen creations with #mesacookingco so I can admire your beautiful work!

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Chocolate Orange Smoothie

A chocolatey smoothie packed with fresh orange flavor!

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Growing up, did you ever get those Chocolate Oranges in your stockings on Christmas morning? It was a giant chunk of chocolate the size of a baseball – that alone is amazing! But the magic really happens when you smack it and it breaks into slices that look just like orange slices! And when you bite into one of those slices — the perfect combination of fresh orange and milk chocolate. Those chocolate oranges were one of my favorite treats growing up!

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This smoothie is the ultra healthy, super creamy version of those chocolate oranges! Made with a whole banana, an entire orange, and a splash of orange juice, this smoothie is full of nutritious ingredients! Add just a teaspoon of cocoa powder (or more, to taste) and get that rich touch of chocolate flavor! You won’t taste a lot of the banana in it – that is just there to give the smoothie some bulk and lots of potassium. You will mostly taste the delicious orange and the chocolate! If you want a stronger orange taste, just add more orange juice!

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If you’re feeling extra fancy (most mornings when I am running out the door with a smoothie in my hand, I am definitely NOT feeling fancy, but if you have the urge!), go crazy with some fun orange peel garnishes! These were much simpler to make than I expected. Just use an vegetable peeler to scrape a long piece of peel from an orange. Trim the edges of that peel with a sharp knife to make a long, thin, and straight piece. Then twist the piece and hold it a minute to curl it and — voila!!  A pretty orange garnish that brightens up any drink!

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Chocolate Orange Smoothie

Time: 5 minutes
Yields: One large smoothie

Ingredients:
1 orange, peeled
Half of an orange, juiced (more to taste)
1 frozen banana
1 to 2 teaspoons cocoa powder, plus more to taste (unsweetened or dark)

  1. Blend the orange, orange juice, and banana.
  2. Add the cocoa powder and blend for five seconds to combine. Add more orange juice or cocoa powder, to taste. Add zest for garnish, if feeling fancy, and enjoy!

 

If you try these, I’d love to see the result! Tag your kitchen creations with #mesacookingco so I can admire your beautiful work!

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