Breakfast Bistro Box
February 1, 2019 by Nicole Collins
Coffee is the worst!
I hate everything about coffee. But mostly, I hate the way it smells.
So, that makes coffee shops, like Starbucks, a nightmare for me to enter. If for some reason I find myself needing to go into one, I pretty much have to hold my breath the whole time I’m there. Or, I’ll only last for a few minutes before I have to step outside.
So, my solution to that problem is to not step foot inside of one.
People usually look at me like I have 10 heads when I say I don’t like Starbucks. And, it’s really not that I don’t like Starbucks. I don’t like the smell of Starbucks. So, that kind of ruins it for me.
I certainly love the non-coffee related items that Starbucks sells. I LOVE their iced green teas and their hot apple ciders. Their pastries are delicious, and their breakfast sammies are amazing.
So, I’ve definitely given Starbucks some opportunity to have my money every once in a blue moon, but it’s very few and far between.
One Starbucks product that I love the idea of is their Bistro Boxes. I’ve become a huge supporter of portion control since my days on the 21 Day Fix plan, and their Bistro Boxes are generally designed to be the perfect combination of protein, whole grains, fruits/veggies, and healthy fats.
I make bento box style lunches for myself all of the time, and that’s essentially what these Bistro Boxes are. Just another excuse to use a pretty meal prep container, really.
So, I got to thinking about how I could take the Bistro Box idea to the next level, and that’s how we arrived at today’s recipe.
Today, we’re making Breakfast Bistro Boxes!
The great thing about these Breakfast Bistro Boxes is that they’re more prep work than cooking. So, they’re super easy to assemble to store in the fridge for a couple of day’s worth of grab and go meals.
And, I’m giving you 3 different flavors today!
First up, our Yogurt Granola Bistro Box. This one is probably the easiest of them all, because we’re just measuring out prepared items and throwing them in our meal prep containers. For this box, we’re using your favorite flavor of Greek yogurt, your favorite brand of granola (check the nutrition label to make sure it’s not full of sugar), a sliced apple, and some peanut butter. I get this granola from the local farmer’s markets called Machu Picchu granola, and it’s my absolute favorite. It’s pretty low carb as far as granolas go, because it’s made with more seeds than oats. But, it’s got a really unique sweet and spicy flavor. It’s sooo good! I’ve got the link to it down below in the recipe notes if you want to get in on the action.
Our second box is a Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats Bistro Box. I am not a big fan of oatmeal, but overnight oats are a whole different story for me since you get to eat them nice and cold. Plus, they’re so easy to make. Mix equal parts Greek yogurt, almond milk, and rolled oats; give it a stir; and let it sit overnight in the fridge to become nice and creamy for you by the next morning. I added some blueberries for an extra burst of freshness and some chia seeds for an extra pop of protein. But, if you stick to the basic formula, you can ultimately flavor these any way you want!
Since we’ve already got some fruit in our overnight oats, we’re only going to use half an apple to fill the rest of our box. Fruit is great for you and all, but it can also have lots of sugar. So, we don’t want to overdo it on our fruit portions. Then, to finish off the box, we’re going to add some almonds on the side to satisfy our healthy fats category. Plus, the almonds taste really good with the overnight oats when you give them a rough chop and throw them on top.
For our final box, we’re going to switch gears and make a Savory Bistro Box. I’ll take something savory over something sweet any day, so this one is by far my favorite box. For this box, we’re going to use some store bought bagel thins and schmear them with cream cheese. I love bagel thins, because they’re half the carbs of a full sized bagel. But, you still feel like you’re getting a whole bagel. If you prefer to use a standard bagel, just pack half of it.
We’re going to fill the rest of our savory box with some hard boiled eggs, some chopped grape tomatoes, and 1 oz of your favorite cheese slices. This feels like such a hearty breakfast thanks to all of the components, but it’s really no more food than if you were going to eat a bagel breakfast sandwich (which oftentimes leaves me still hungry without some tater tots on the side). And since there are more pieces to the puzzle, it’ll take you longer to eat which will make you feel fuller longer.
These Breakfast Bistro Boxes are so great because they’re customizable in so many ways. Choose your favorite fruit, nuts, cheese, yogurt, granola…if you just stick to the guided portions, you’ll be all set! And, you can prepare them on the weekend and have them ready to go all week. I’ve got the link in the recipe notes for the glass meal prep containers I use, as well.
It’s not like I needed another reason to love breakfast; but if I did, these bistro boxes would surely tip the scales!
I hope you prep yourselves some delicious breakfasts this weekend! I know I sure am!
Enjoy, and let’s eat!
Breakfast Bistro Box
Serves: 3 Print
For the Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats Bistro Box:
1/3 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats)
1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1 tsp chia seeds
½ tsp maple syrup
¼ cup blueberries
2 tbsp almonds
½ of an apple, sliced
1 tsp lemon juice
For the Yogurt Granola Bistro Box
½ cup greek yogurt (your favorite flavor)
¼ cup granola (your favorite flavor)
1 apple, sliced
1 tsp lemon juice
1 ½ tbsp peanut butter
For the Savory Bistro Box:
2 hard boiled eggs, peeled
1 bagel thin (you favorite flavor)
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 oz cheese, sliced (your favorite kind)
¼ cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
Make the Blueberry Pie Overnight Oats Bistro Box: In a bowl, add oats, almond milk, vanilla greek yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Stir well to combine. Gently stir in blueberries. Cover, and allow to sit in the fridge overnight (or for a minimum of 5 hrs). When ready assemble the bistro box, give the overnight oats a good stir. Toss apple slices with lemon juice, and drain. Add overnight oats to one compartment, almonds to one compartment, and apples to one compartment of your meal prep container.
Make the Yogurt Granola Bistro Box: Toss apple slices with lemon juice, and drain. Place peanut butter in a small container or cupcake liner. Add apples and peanut butter to one compartment, yogurt to one compartment, and granola to one compartment of your meal prep container.
Make the Savory Bistro Box: Spread cream cheese on the bagel thin, and add to one compartment of your meal prep container. Place cheese in the same compartment. Make sure hard boiled eggs have cooled completely, and add to one compartment. Add tomatoes to one compartment of your meal prep container. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
*The great thing about these bistro boxes is that you can use flavors that you like! It's your choice on the cheese, the yogurt, the bagel, and the granola flavors. These are really all about portion control.
*This is my FAVORITE granola. It's a local company to me, so I can grab some at the farrmer's market. But, you can get some online! It's sweet, and little spicy, and has the most uniquely delicious flavor.
*To hard boil an egg, place eggs in a small saucepan. Cover with cold water. Heat on high. Set a timer for 10 mins as soon as the water starts to simmer. After 10 mins, remove from heat, drain the water, and run the eggs still in the pan under cold water. Drain the water, and replace with more cold water. Allow the eggs to sit in the cold water for 2-3 mins. The shells will come right off when you peel them!
*These are the meal prep containers I use.
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