As many of my regular readers know by now, I’m a food blogger on a diet. Specifically the Cohen Lifestyle diet.
I’m almost halfway through and I’ve lost a substantial amount of weight through healthy eating. The hardest part of this diet when I started was breakfast. Before this diet my favorite breakfast was a hard roll from Chef Philippe slathered with marmalade or peanut butter or both. Or I would a have one of Bread Talk’s yummy bread like pork floss or the ham and cheese roll. Once in a blue moon I swipe some left over garlic rice and tapa from my store’s production line. If I felt like eating healthy I’d make some muesli or have some yogurt with cereal and dried fruit.
What I never ever ate was eggs because I simply hate eggs. In a normal year eating 3 eggs was about average. With the Cohen diet one of the breakfast options was 1 egg with your choice of allowed vegetables. Thus I tried to get creative and forced myself to eat eggs.
So here are some of my breakfast meals. The first picture is scrambled eggs with shimeji mushrooms. Most of my breakfast involved eggs and mushroom just because I don’t like many of the other allowed vegetables on the diet. If you will make these recipes just follow your food allowance.
I use a small George Foreman grill to grill the mushroom. I found this griller to be invaluable in cooking most of my meals from beef, burgers, chicken breast to seafood. Everything comes out perfectly done and very moist.
Poached egg and grilled baby bella mushroom
I needed a break from eggs and came up with this. Low fat ricotta or cottage cheese mixed with homemade pesto (fresh basil with a little olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper) and stuffed into baby bella mushrooms and baked in the toaster oven for a few minutes. These were really, really yummy. I got this idea from this forum. These would also make good appetizers for a dinner party.
ricotta and pesto stuffed baby bella mushroom
One meal I used to make was sautéed spinach with mushroom and topped with grated mozzarella cheese. I let it cook in the pan until the cheese melted and some crust formed on the pan. The best part of this was the crunchy cheese that I scraped from the bottom of the pan which you can see in the picture. It was very indulgent and tasted just like pizza without the crust.
spinach, mushroom and mozzarella cheese
I had to stop eating eggs. I couldn’t stand to eat another egg. So I made some egg free breakfast food. These were good alternatives but I’d rather eat them for lunch or dinner.
Tuna burger made with canned tuna in water mixed with 1 tsp. low fat mayonnaise, 1 or 2 crackers crushed and seasoned salt and pepper. Form all ingredients into a patty and pan fry in a little oil. I added some bok choy to complete it. This is a very filling breakfast.
After several months of egg and non-egg breakfast I now eat my favorite 98% fat free plain yogurt with either a mango, a fresh peach which is in season now or orange segments. I’m so happy that super sweet peaches from China are now available locally. Eating this everyday makes me happy and full until lunch 5 hours later.
I also have an espresso or a tall brewed coffee from Starbucks everyday. Thanks to my HSBC receipts I just discovered how delicious Starbucks’ Kenya and Sumatra coffees are.
I hope these meals help those who are in the Cohen diet. If you’re not on this diet then eating breakfast this way may help you lose a few pounds. Portion control is a big key factor. I still miss eating bread though.
For those doing the same diet what are your favorite breakfast meals? Give me your suggestions to get me out of this rut.
Cohen Lifestyle Philippines
Suite 1006 Medical Plaza Makati (Across Makati Medical Center)
Amorsolo cor Dela Rosa Sts. Legazpi Village, Makati City
Manila, Philippines 1223
telephone: +63(2) 502.1090
mobile: +63 (917) 89.COHEN
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Thur 1:00pm – 7:30pm
Sat 8:30am -12:00pm