I have a love-hate relationship with breakfast. For starters, I am not a morning person. At all. No really. Not at all. So when I get up I don’t want to do much of anything except go back to bed.

I also have always been challenged by the small amount of choices for breakfast. There are eggs and toast and pancakes and French toast and bacon and sausage and juice and coffee, etc. While I do enjoy most of these foods, I rarely have them all in the house and don’t want to cook them. Those of you who read my cooking entry will realize I don’t like to cook. But when it is morning I REALLY don’t want to cook. This is why far too often why my breakfast ends up being a cup [or 2 or 3] of hot coffee.

You know what I do love? Going out to breakfast. There are several breakfast places in the area that are excellent. I love scrambled eggs, over easy eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, orange juice, cranberry juice, coffee, V8, hash browns, home fries, toast, a fresh fruit cup, English muffins and French toast. I order some yummy combination of the above and then realize that I like breakfast. It is being at home with few choices that I hate. And if I go out to breakfast, I have usually showered and woken up more and so am in a less crummy mood. Going out for breakfast is always a delight and I always come away full and satisfied.

One thing I have been doing at home of late is eating soup in the morning. I got this idea from a former colleague and really like it. Soup is warm, filling and satisfying. As silly as it sounds, I had to get over the fact that most people don’t eat soup in the morning. I think I have had to come to terms with the fact that you can eat whatever you want in the morning. We are so indoctrinated into the notion that you only eat certain things in the morning. But that greatly limits what is available to eat for the morning, especially if you don’t have those foods in your fridge or pantry.

So I have eaten soup in the morning and lots of frozen meals like cheese lasagna, Amy’s Indian food dinners and, of course, pizza! Pizza, warm or cold, makes a wonderful breakfast. I am writing this in the late morning and am deciding to have breakfast and am leaning towards hot soup, though I do have a few eggs left to eat.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so we are told. I don’t agree with this cliché and think there is no meal that is “most important.” It all depends what you eat and how many nutrients you get from your meal. But even that is too limiting. I reject the notion of “healthy food” because it means that other food is, by definition, “unhealthy.” Often people have very little choice in what they eat and should not be chastised for eating “bad food.”

In conclusion, my favorite breakfast is one that I eat out and get lots of yummy choices for breakfast. Barring that, I like to eat non-traditional things for breakfast like soup. I hope you find delicious things to eat for breakfast. Or just enjoy some coffee. Or nothing at all. It’s your choice!