Today we eat all the color!!
And all the ricotta, because let’s be honest, ricotta is the bestest. Yes, I felt like our Tuesday needed a little brightening. With the weather being cold and super snowy (at least it is here), I am left craving lots of color…as you can tell from these photos, not an ounce of grey here! But I also felt it needed a comfort aspect. So I made us breakfast bowls! Really simple, really delicious breakfast bowls, with ingredients like honey infused ricotta, blood oranges, and plenty of granola. Basically breakfast bowl heaven…pretty much the most perfect breakfast bowl out there.
Major bonus points that this is also so easy to throw together. Yes, please! Perfect for a busy morning or a healthy afternoon snack.
SOOO, before we dive into this pretty bowl, can we chat about a few things?
First, how pretty is the winter citrus this season? I am in love with each and every orange and grapefruit that I have peeled into. Not only are they addictingly good (like candy!), but they are so pretty to photograph. I literally cannot stop.
Second, after finishing up most of the cookbook, I’m feeling a little, um well, wordless. I feel like I have written and written, and cooked and cooked, and photographed and photographed, for months on end. Much of the process I loved… and much of it I hated, but I am so excited to be nearing the end. It’s coming together just the way I wanted and I cannot wait to share. That said, I am excited for a little family time this weekend. All of my brothers are going to be in town and we are all going to be in one place…whoa, more details on Friday! And maybe, hopefully, just a little chill time too. I know it’s only Tuesday, but a girl can still dream about the weekend early, right?
PS. should I do a post on the process of writing a cookbook? Maybe once it’s all completely done and released?
Third, I’m brainstorming recipes for February and would love to hear what you guys would like to see in the upcoming months. Big events already on my calendar are the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. I have some other ideas brewing as well, but I’d really like to know what you guys want more of in your life? Should I continue on with the healthy eats? Make some winter favorites and healthify them? Please, let me know! I ended up using so many of your suggestions for Healthy January that I figured I’d try to start asking you guys more about what recipes you’d all like to see, so be sure to let me know!! 🙂
OKok. Back to our yummy Winter Citrus Ricotta Breakfast Bowl.
Here’s the thing, I’m one of those people who’s pretty routine about breakfast. Meaning I have yogurt and fruit pretty much everyday of the week. I am up early and I always eat before I leave the house for my daily hike. I don’t want anything crazy heavy, so yogurt has always been my go-to. Now I mean, breakfast for lunch or dinner…that is a completely different story. But breakfast for me, early in the morning, is yogurt! Oddly, last week I had the urge to try something just a little different and reached for the half empty container of fresh ricotta cheese. I was contemplating the merits of ricotta for breakfast, but then I reasoned with myself that it’s full of lean protein. So I piled the fruit on high, dug in and I went for it!
SO GOOD. Again, it’s ricotta…how could it not be delicious?
You can really use whatever toppings you like here. I went the sweeter route with homemade granola and plenty of fruits. I’m just more of a fruity early morning breakfast person, so that was my route. But I also think serving this bowl with whole grain toast, an egg, and an avocado would be amazing <–actually going to make this for lunch today…cannot wait.
Just be sure to include two things in your bowl. 1. Really good whole milk ricotta…trust me, low-fat is not the way to go, it’s healthier for our bodies to eat foods in their purist form, so go for the full fat baby! 2. Winter citrus, the blood oranges and cara cara oranges are my current favorites. With those two ingredients you are going to have a delicious and energizing breakfast no matter what else you decide to add! AND it’s going to be ready in ten minutes or less, high five to that!
Winter Citrus Ricotta Breakfast Bowl with Honeycomb.
- 1/3 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 blood or cara cara oranges or grapefruit, sliced
- 1 banana sliced
- passion fruit or berries
- [granola | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/blueberry-muffin-granola-greek-yogurt-breakfast-bowl/]
- honey or honeycomb
- toasted nuts/seeds or cacao nibs
In a small bowl stir together the ricotta, honey and vanilla. Top with citrus slices, banana, passion fruit and granola. drizzle with honey. Enjoy!
Honestly though..these colors…these flavors…obsessed!