How To: Impress Your Significant Other With Breakfast

There are very few things in this world that are guaranteed to make everyone happy. One of them is a great breakfast.

Numerous restaurant chains and diners offer amazing breakfasts at reasonable prices, but if you’re trying to impress your significant other, cooking it yourself will go much further than any iHop stack of pancakes you could buy.

“But Grand Central, I only know how to make toast. How in the world can I make an entire breakfast?” you might be thinking. Fear not, for this how-to guide offers simple tips for chefs at all levels to take your skills from average to amazing.

For the cooking-challenged:

Do you often find yourself somehow ruining simple breakfast foods like cereal and toast? That mistake ends here. Toast is a simple breakfast staple that can be disguised as a meal of its own. If you aren’t ready to bust out the frying pan, ditch the butter and impress your significant other with one of these tasty toast topping ideas:

  • Twisted Peanut Butter: peanut butter + sliced bananas + honey + cinnamon
  • Triple Berry Explosion: strawberry jelly + fresh blueberries + fresh raspberries
  • Sweet Berry: cream cheese + any fresh berry
  • European Sass: ricotta cheese + sliced pears or strawberries + honey
  • Garden Bread: sliced avocado + tomato + black pepper

 For those who can make “the essentials”:

You know how to follow directions, but you’re partial to the ones on the back of a box rather than the ones found in a cookbook. For you, the ease of buying a box of pancake mix surpasses the desire to make them from scratch. To spice up a relatively boring and typical pancake mix, try adding these concoctions to the pancake batter:

  • The Banana Split: 1 mashed or sliced banana + ¾ cup sliced strawberries + 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Caribbean Spring Break: ½ cup coconut flakes + ½ cup diced pineapples (drained if using canned) + 1 sliced banana
  • Funfetti: 1 cup blueberries + ½ cup rainbow sprinkles + ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry: 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder + ¾ cup sliced strawberries
  • The Baconator: ½ cup thinly sliced cooked bacon + ¼ cup brown sugar + full strips of cooked bacon placed on top of the final product

For the cooking-confident:

You not only know your way around the kitchen, but you enjoy cooking and experimenting with new recipes and flavors. You’ve perhaps already made breakfast for your significant other, but would benefit from some new ideas. These recipes may seem daunting, but they are just as easy to assemble as the pancakes above (except you’ll have to wake up a little earlier to get these Instagram-worthy dishes on the table). So, bust out those bowls, whisks and measuring spoons — it’s cooking time:

  • The Ultimate French Toast Experience:
    • Whisk together ¼ cup milk + ¼ cup flour in a wide, shallow bowl (pie plates work great)
    • Add ¼ teaspoon nutmeg + 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 4 beaten eggs + ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Coat both sides of inch-thick bread with the egg mixture (any bread works, but the thicker the better)
    • After cooking both sides to a nice golden brown, lightly sprinkle one side with a cinnamon-sugar mixture (1 teaspoon cinnamon + 3 tablespoons sugar)
    • Serve with warm syrup
  • South-of-the-Boarder Scrambled Eggs:
    • Dice and lightly sauté half a green bell pepper + 1 small tomato in a pan
    • Whisk together 4 eggs + splash of milk + 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
    • Add eggs to the bell pepper and tomato pan, then scramble until cooked
    • Add shredded pepper jack, sharp cheddar or your favorite blended cheese to the eggs
    • When the cheese is melted, add half of a diced avocado to the top and serve with toast (don’t worry, this toast can be the traditional bread and butter kind)

With these fun recipes – which seem like a lot more work than they truly are – there’s no doubt you’ll impress your significant other with your “new” cooking skills — just don’t forget the coffee!