BREAKFAST IDEAS
My favourite way to prepare OATMEAL
1/2 cup steel-cut Oatmeal
1 cup Rice or Soy Milk
handful of Raisins
Vanilla
(omit if using Vanilla RiceDream)
Brown Sugar (if needed)
Cinnamon
1/2 Apple
(unpeeled, shredded)
Add Raisins to Milk, bring to a boil, add Oatmeal and simmer for about 5 minutes. Flavour with Cinnamon and Vanilla Extract; add a bit of Brown Sugar if it's not sweet enough from the Raisins (it usually is).  Stir in the shredded Apple, let stand for a minute. Or use Peach slices or Berries (fresh or frozen).  Yummy!

A NOTE
about Rice or Soy Milk: It is ideal for cooking hot cereals since it does not burn or stick to the pot as does Cow's Milk.
"SAUSAGE" SANDWICH
Per Sandwich:
2 thick slices  Whole-wheat Bread
Oleo, Cheese
1 Morningstar Farm Breakfast Patty
1 extra-lg Egg 
(or equivalent egg substitute)
Soy Sauce, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder
Optional:  Chopped Chives, Cayenne
Prepare  a regular old Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Meanwhile, grill the Sausage Patty.  Beat Egg until very frothy while working in the spices.  Chop up the Patty, add to the Egg, fry this up and put in your Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

NOTE: Rye Bread is quite good for this too. Chopped Chives in the Egg is great or you can  fry it with some chopped Onion and/or Green or Red Pepper.
EGG McBAGEL
1 Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel
(
or any kind of Bagel)
Oleo
Cheese
1 lg (or X-lg) Egg
Black Pepper
Grey Poupon
Spread each Bagel half with some Oleo, grill (a toaster oven is handy for this).  Meanwhile, fry the Egg, season with a bit of Black Pepper.  Put Cheese and Egg on the toasted Bagel, add a little bit of Grey Poupon -- bon appetite!

VARIATION:
The "Sausage Sandwich" filling is also great on a Bagel. Or just add a grilled Breakfast Patty or, more true to the original, a slice of Soy Canadian Bacon.

A NOTE ON BAGELS:
For any kind of savoury Bagel sandwich, sprinkle the Bagel with a bit of Garlic and/or Onion Powder before grilling.  Tastes lovely!
HOMEFRIES
1 med/lg Potato per person
Onion
Green/Red Pepper
Garlic
Jalapeno
OR Pepper Flakes
Black Pepper, EVOO
Bake Potato(es) in the microwave.  Dice Onion and Green Pepper (also add a little Red Pepper if available, it looks very pretty), chop Garlic and Jalopeno (as much of the veggies as you'd like), saute in EVOO until tender.  If you're using Pepper Flakes, saute them with the veggies.  Cut Potato(es) into cubes or slices (do not peel!), push the veggies aside in the pan, add potato pieces (add more Oil if needed) and fry until golden; eventually mixing them with the Vegetables.  Season with Black Pepper.

Turn this into a meal by iself by stirring in a couple of eggs when the dish is just about done -- crack them into a bowl and whisk them before adding.

Can also be made from fresh Potatoes: Peel, slice, drop into hot EVOO, add Onions and other veggies, turn down heat, put on lit and cook until almost done. Remove lid, turn up heat until veggies are brown and crusty, then stir in Eggs (if using).  The eggs hardly take any time at all to get done.
This same recipe also works great for CREAM OF WHEAT or RICE.
For rice, omit apple, raisins optional, but let a pat of Oleo melt all over the Rice once it's been plated.
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FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST -- vegetarian style

A Vegetarian, "Heart Attack On A Plate" Full English Breakfast?  Yes, it's possible!  We'll have to do without the Black and White Pudding -- I never said there were NO sacrifices though If you're lucky enough to live in the UK, there's now a (reportedly quite tasty) vegetarian variety of Black Pudding available.  Alas, haven't found this in the US yet but I keep hoping. Thanks to Morningstar Farms or Boca (just two of the many vendors of soy-based meat substitutes and readily available at most supermarkets), we can still have a half-way decent fry-up. We don't have to do without the Beans either. Heinz makes a nice variety of Vegetarian Beans, but I actually prefer Lieber's because they're not quite so sweet. It's definitely for one of those days when you don't feel especially Vegan because there really needs to be an egg or two.  Let's see what we can put together:

The Meat Substitutes:  I really like the Morningstar Farms Sausage Patties and would recommend them over the links because the patties have much more flavour; your mileage may vary.  I've always hated even the thought of Bacon, but there are substitutes for that, too. (Update: I've tried the Bacon substitute in a BLT and found that I don't mind the taste at all as it's really not terribly 'baconey'). There's also "Ham" and "Canadian Bacon" or the "Smoked Sausage" (from Boca). Whatever you're using, fry in a little bit of Oil or Oleo.

Grilled or Fried Tomatoes (one per person).   Wash, clean stem parts, cut in half (lengthwise if using Romas), then fry in the same pan as the meat substitutes (may have to add a little extra Oleo, they'll want to sizzle).  Alternatively, put under the broiler (cut side up, drizzled with a bit of Oleo).  Cook until soft.

Beans (1/2 can per person):  Open a can of Beans, chop a small Onion really fine, mix in, cover tightly and either nuke
on low or simmer until the Onions are done ... the taste keeps getting better the longer it simmers.  If you're doing it on
the stove top, be prepared to stir a lot! Naturally, you can omit the Onion step and just heat them up in the microwave.

Mushrooms (2-3 per person depending on size and appetite, fried):  Button Mushrooms, while the most widely avail-
able, are also the ones with the least flavour. Slice Mushrooms, then fry in a little Oleo. For added flavour, try dropping
a few crumbles from a toe of Garlick or a few chopped bits of Spring Onion into the hot grease before adding the
mushrooms.

Eggs:  Prepare scrambled or crack them into the same pan where the meat subs and tomatoes are frying.  Then
cover the pan for perfect over-easy eggs without the flipping. Cook to desired consistency.

Toast:  Any kind of toasted bread you like.  Don't forget the Jam or Marmelade.

Fried Bread:  I haven't tried this myself, but bread is usually fried in the grease that the meat has been fried in.  Bread
can also be dipped in an egg-wash before frying.  This is the part where I start "Americanising" and make grilled
cheese sandwiches instead, then serve them cut into wedges.

Potatoes:  Depending on your ambition, prepare fresh Homefries (recipe above), buy frozen Homefries, or just plonk
frozen potato cakes (1 per person) into the toaster oven.

Beverages:  Tea (of course), Coffee, Soy or Rice Milk, and lots of Orange Juice.

Essential Sides:  Make sure there's Ketchup on the table, Brown Sauce if you have it! Personally, I love me some Hot Pace Picante on my Eggs. Do try serving some fresh fruit alongside (Oranges, Grapes, Apple Slices, etc.)  -- a peace offering to your arteries!
SOUTH -- SOUPS -- SANDWICHES -- PASTA -- MAIN DISHES -- INDIAN INSPIRED -- MISCELLANEOUS -- VEGETABLES -- CAKES -- COOKIES

THE FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST -- VEGETARIAN STYLE
(and other breakfast ideas)

QUICK LUNCH or SUPPER (it's all about Potatoes)

WHAT TO DO:  WITH VEGGIES LEFT AFTER COOKING,
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