When fall rolls around and it's back to school and work, wouldn't you love to start your day with something tastier and more substantial than a bowl of cold cereal?
Here is a meal in a muffin, a delicious and substantial alternative to the usual breakfast fare.
The base is a mix of white whole wheat and all-purpose flours. Don't fret over the whole wheat. White whole wheat flour, available at most supermarkets, is made from a variety of wheat that is lighter in color and flavor than a traditional whole wheat, but just as healthy.
The flour mix is moistened with eggs (a terrific source of protein), a combo of olive oil and just a little butter, as well as a bit of buttermilk and some Greek yogurt. The latter is a wonderful ingredient. Somehow the version with zero fat delivers all of the creamy mouthfeel and tangy depth of flavor that anyone could wish for. And it boasts double the protein of regular yogurt.
Next come the veggies. I've chosen broccoli and roasted red peppers, but you're welcome to replace them with carrots or chopped green beans. Your choice, as long as they add up to 1 3/4 cups. You don't need to precook the vegetables before adding them to the batter.
I've amped up the flavor with some Canadian bacon and cheddar.