Growing up, my dad would wake up early every morning to fix my sister and me a hot breakfast. He didn't believe in sending us to school with cold cereal in our bellies. We would come down the stairs, bleary-eyed and grumpy and sit down to Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, a veggie and cheese omelet, or a poached egg on toast. By the time breakfast was over, we were bright-eyed and ready to go.
I resolved to do the same thing for my kids when they started school. I envisioned them waking up to the sights and smells of a busy kitchen, me in an apron singing show tunes, already dressed and coiffed for the day. Turns out I still wake up bleary-eyed and hardly ever get up early enough to cook a big breakfast.
But that's ok, because the folks at Van's have me covered for the mornings when I hit the snooze button. Although my dad might cry foul, pulling waffles out of the freezer saves me at least once a week. There are so many things you can do with them, and the kids each have their favorite toppings. My son prefers peanut butter and syrup. My daughter just wants jelly on hers.
Today I decided to get a little fancier with mine and make a sweet and savory waffle.
The sweetness of the waffle and apricot pair perfectly with the tanginess of the goat cheese.
And isn't it pretty?
Give it a try, I think you'll like it.
I know I did.
Sweet & Savory Breakfast Waffle with Apricots and Goat Cheese
-1 Van's gluten-free waffle
-1 oz. goat cheese
-1 apricot, sliced
1. Heat waffle according to package directions.
2. Spread goat cheese on toasted waffle, then arrange apricot slices on top.
3. Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes, taking care not to let waffle burn. Serve.
Alysa Bajenaru is a dietitian and personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in the nutrition and fitness industry. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Alysa practiced clinical dietetics and general personal training before becoming a mom and discovering her passion for helping other moms achieve a healthy lifestyle. She owned a Baby Boot Camp franchise for two years, teaching hundreds of new moms how to get a great workout with their babies, and is now the author of Baby Boot Camp's Nutrition Solutions manual. She is also the official dietitian of Mamavation, a virtual boot camp for moms. You can find Alysa blogging about food, family and fitness at InspiredRD.com
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