Words and photos by Marilynne Cheng
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Truth be told, the only reason I’m still able to be on time for 8 a.m. lectures is the growling stomach that wakes me up every morning. The West dining hall offers a plethora of options for breakfast. Ranging from the make-your-own pancake bar to the standard scrambled egg and ham, from the omelet station to various baked goods, all your cravings can be met with just one meal swipe. For me, though, no matter how many options there are in the dining hall, there is one thing I must have every morning—toast.
I love toast because of it’s so simple and customizable. For those who check the Buzzfeed food page religiously or pin #foodporn photos to their boards like there’s no tomorrow, you have definitely come across posts like “10 Delicious Ways to Eat Toast” or “This is How to Up Your Breakfast Game.” There will always be one recipe for toast, as it is a staple ingredient in most household pantries. Toast is accessible, quick, and more importantly, it can be tailored to everyone’s taste buds. Thus, one month into the school year and a little tired of the redundant offerings in the dining hall, I have decided to venture out on a journey of discovering the ways students can up their breakfast game through a simple piece of toast in the dining hall. Here are three of my creations so far:
Whenever you are bored of the good old PB&J, this healthy combination, rich in protein from the peanut butter and potassium from the banana, can be your next go-to when you crave something sweet in the morning. The granola adds a crunch to the otherwise dense nut butter, while the natural sweetness of the honey creates a perfect balance between sweet and salty. If you are not a big fan of peanut butter, you can also try it with the sunflower butter, which is my personal favorite; you can find it in West dining hall with the
This toast is inspired by the fall season that is upon us. If you enjoy apple pie, you will love this combination. The crunchiness from the green apple slices compliments the consistency of the cream cheese, and the cinnamon adds a touch of spiciness, creating a burst of flavors on your taste buds. P.S. The cinnamon can be found at the oatmeal station.
If you are someone who prefers something savory in the morning, or likes to have both sweet and savory food (no judgement here), this toast is a quick and easy way to satisfy your cravings. The bacon bits add flavor to the otherwise bland scrambled egg, and this protein-packed combination can guarantee to keep you full until lunch time. The shredded cheese is available at around 10 a.m. at the salad bar, but, if you’re hungry before then, this toast tastes equally good without it.
For those who go to breakfast regularly, these toasts can diversity your breakfast options. For those who are too lazy to get up earlier before class, I hope they give you another reason to eat the most important meal of the day!