I love breakfast: The smell of bacon sizzling in a skillet, coffee dripping into the pot, something sweet and buttery baking in the oven—it’s hard to think of anything more comforting or uplifting to wake up to. But most weekday mornings, my breakfast consists of nibbling on a few mini pretzels, a wedge or two of a clementine, and maybe a baby carrot or three as I pack my children’s lunches, then chugging down my second cup of coffee as I hustle everyone out the door. Not exactly a thoughtfully prepared, nourishing or healthy start to the day.
So if there’s one silver lining to be found in the “socially distanced” situation that many of us find ourselves in, it’s having the time and opportunity to nourish and care for ourselves and our loved ones through one of the best ways we know how: cooking. And breakfast is the perfect place to start. Let’s take advantage of our extra time in the morning to start our day as we should, with a breakfast that nourishes the belly and buoy the spirits. Here are my recommendations for recipes that do that (many of them with ingredients you likely have on hand).