October Breakfast Challenge: Week 2

by Meg on October 14, 2013

Before we get into all of the food porn involved in today’s post, I’d like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends! :D Enjoy your day and be thankful for this beautiful life we all have been blessed with <3

The sounds of eating a different breakfast for 31 consecutive days may seem a little drastic, scary, or impossible to some, but it’s surprisingly doable and a lot more fun and less challenging than it may sound.

It’s already October 14th, which means I have 2 whole weeks of different breakfasts under my belt in my belly already and I have so many more recipes to try and develop!

Take a peek at last week’s recap here and enjoy the rest of today’s post as I recap week 2 of the breakfast challenge and share a new autumn-inspired breakfast recipe! Perhaps it can be your breakfast tomorrow? ;) Remember, variety and rotation are key components of a healthy diet!

October 8 – Whipped Pumpkin Cottage Cheese with Pumpkin Spice Toasted Quinoa and melted cashew butter (recipe below)


October 9 – High Protein Peanut Butter and Pumpkin French Toast (recipe will be posted later this week!)


October 10 – PB & J Burger


October 11 – Laura’s Beefy Oats with Blackberry Salsa, Greek yogurt, and fresh green onions


October 12 – Chocolate Zucchini Yogurt with Quinoa (similar to this recipe, but with quinoa)


October 13 – Heather’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pancakes¬†topped with Greek yogurt, healthy chocolate sauce (cocoa + water + stevia), peanut flour sauce (peanut flour + water), cocoa nibs, and crushed peanuts


October 14 – Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Breakfast Scramble (recipe will be posted on Friday)


It’s definitely been a good week of breakfasts and I hope you enjoy this delicious pumpkiny quinoa breakfast recipe! :D

Whipped Pumpkin Cottage Cheese with Pumpkin Spice Toasted Quinoa

For the whipped cottage cheese:

Follow this recipe, but substitute 1/4 cup pumpkin puree for the cocoa

For the quinoa:


1 serving quinoa (I used approximately 1 cup cooked)

1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin spice


Heat a pan over medium heat. Once heated, add in quinoa and season with pumpkin spice. Toss quinoa in hot pan until it becomes crisp.

Once the quinoa is done, assemble your bowl by topping your pumpkin whipped cottage cheese with the toasted quinoa. Finish with toppings of your choice (I used melted cashew butter and it was a heavenly combination!)

Note: This toasted quinoa recipe was inspired by Laura’s¬†Cinnamon Toasted Quinoa

What was your favourite breakfast this past week? Which breakfast from above appeals to you the most? Any new recipes to share with me? Give me the link if you can! :D

Love always,

Meg xo

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I am a big oatmeal breakfast fan, but none of my breakfasts looks this amazing! YUM!


Ang @ Nutty for Life October 14, 2013 at 9:32 AM

If we’re going to get technical, those breakfasts actually are under your belt as well as in your belly ;) They all look so good! I can’t wait to see that french toast recipe. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you!


Megan (The Lyons' Share) October 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I can’t wait for the peanut butter and pumpkin french toast recipe! That one has me drooling! (OK, the cottage cheese, quinoa dish, pancakes, and scramble also have me drooling!) I think your strange-but-good breakfast burger is soo creative, but like I told Laura, I just can’t really stomach meat for breakfast. I’ve never even been a bacon lover – I don’t know what it is!


lindsay October 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Those breakfasts look so great! I never would have thought to add zucchini to my breakfasts, but you convinced me! I think I’m going to whip up some zucchini bread this weekend :)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I am so glad you liked the beefy oats!!! And weren’t Heather’s pancakes amazing?! Even with my modifications they turned out perfectly fluffy. Girl is a genius.


purelytwins October 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

yum, those pancakes look great and we look forward to the french toast recipe ;)


Jan @ Sprouts n Squats October 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM

So many great ideas there! I really must try Heathers pancakes as they look delicious!

Also so looking forward to that peanut butter and pumpkin French toast it sounds so so good :)

I know I’ve said it a million times already but I am still just loving this challenge! It’s made me see just how much variety is actually possible with only a minimum amount of thought :)


Meg October 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM

you HAVE to try her pancakes this month omg


Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite October 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

I love all of the different breakfasts you’ve been having! Nice work. I haven’t been buying quinoa ever since my hubby developed some kind of allergic reaction to it and can’t eat it (it’s no fun making food that he can’t have). But this recipe made me realize how much I miss it. I think I’ll get some and just eat it for breakfast sine we make our own. Looks delishhhh!


Mitchell October 14, 2013 at 4:45 PM

To start, I didn’t know Thansgiving with celebrated in Canada, so my mind is already blown by that :P

Secondly, I can’t believe I didn’t comment on your post earlier on the PB&J Burger? What’s wrong with me? :P It is an EPIC looking burger, and nothing I love more than a #strangebutgood breakfast meal like that! :D

Would now be a bad time to confess that as an Aussie, I’ve never had a PB&J combination … ever?

No judgement! :P


Meg October 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM

haha! have you made my burger!?


Liz @ I Heart Vegetables October 14, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Your breakfasts look so good, Meg!! :)


Meg October 31, 2013 at 10:44 PM

thanks love!! xo


Jody - Fit at 55 October 14, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Will you cook for me! :) These all look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Meg October 31, 2013 at 10:45 PM

i sure will ;)


Tara | Treble in the Kitchen October 14, 2013 at 8:45 PM

What a fun challenge!! I am a little late in the game, but for November I should definitely try this!!! :)


lindsay October 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

i would love all these! i gotta start trying them! happy canadian thanksgiving!


Corinne October 15, 2013 at 6:24 AM

I admit I do think it’ll be impossible for me – but then again I’m a little stuck in a fruit toast and hot chocolate rut. Winter is apparently coming to an end (though I’m not 100% convinced… it snowed yesterday!) so I’m thinking I should look into something cooler for the coming months. Hm. I will start a week of different breakfasts starting Thursday! New goal!


Andrea October 15, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Can you explain why variety and rotation are so important? Is it really bad to eat the same thing every day? I eat the exact same breakfast every day (toast with avocado and fried eggs) and I love it but I’m just wondering if this is a bad thing. Even when I switch it up and try something different, I usually just wish I had gone with my usual and end up eating it for dinner instead.


Meg October 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

no, hun, it’s not really bad to eat the same thing every day; however, without variety, you do increase your chances of developing an allergy or sensitivity to the food you consume frequently. that is why variety in the diet is so good – less likely to develop allergies!


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

YUM! I’m trying to break out of my breakfast rut lately and this morning I made a DELICIOUS green smoothie for breakfast. I always thought smoothies couldn’t fill me up for breakfast but I’m learning the tricks to making that happen. :)


Meg October 31, 2013 at 10:45 PM

good for you babe! :D


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