Breakfasts In Our Home

Breakfast is a pretty substantial meal in our home. Personally, I wouldn’t mind eating dinner leftovers for breakfast, but Edric and the kids always want hearty, intentional morning meals. Oh how I wish they would be happy with eggs and cereal, but this is simply not acceptable in our house. So it’s always a challenge to think up breakfast food options which…

1. Look appetizing for my dearly beloveds (Presentation matters to them. They got this from Edric’s side of the family because my family was vastly different growing up. Think Vikings eating out of pots and pans.) 

2. Are filling. Everyone wants a big breakfast in this house.

3. Are preservative free (as much as possible.) We avoid canned food products like spam, corned beef, Vienna sausages, etc. But admittedly we haven’t quite quit the bacon or the boxed pancakes. Any good recommendations?!

4. Are easy enough for our househelp to replicate.

Here are our family’s top picks for breakfast meals, in no special order. And, I keep adding to these options:   Pancakes and bacon. We use honey instead of syrup. It’s a little easier on the nutritional conscience. 

Tapa and egg. I got a great recipe from my mother in law for this tapa! SM Hypermart also sells inexpensive Rib-eye sukiyaki cut which I get for this recipe. 
Mushroom, tomato, and cheese omelette with basil from our plant. It’s always hard for me to pull leaves off our herbs. I feel sad! We get our pandesal freshly made from our village. As you can see, I am generous with butter, for as long as it is butter and not margarine.   

This is always a winner for my kids. Connie’s Kitchen’s Tuyo. Edric likes Gustazo’s Tuyo. For as long as it’s tuyo, my kids gobble this up!    

Village Gourmet’s Farmer’s Ham and eggs with whole wheat pandesal on the side (and lots of butter! Yeah butter!)

Oatmeal (not the quick cooking kind, but the rolled oats and preferably GMO-free when I can find it in Rustan’s Fresh.) Edric and Elijah also love Brie cheese, served here with nuts and prunes.

Danggit! One of my more preferred breakfasts. Anything I can eat with vinegar is up there. And stinky fish is always up there! (Not so much for Edric whose olfactories can’t handle the funky smell of dried fish. But for me…ayee! heaven!)

This is the only canned product we really eat. Century Tuna’s hot and spicy version and solid in vegetable oil. We cook both versions together with onions and the kids devour it.   

Titus likes his bagels! We put lots of cream cheese on ours and top it with strawberry jam. On the upper left is a bowl of granola with yoghurt and fruit.

Adobo flakes on fried egg on rice. If we have adobo the night before, we make adobo flakes the next day. Yummy! On the top left is banana with Nutella. This is Tiana’s all-time favorite way to eat bananas. 

Ideally, the food should be presented the same way so I took these photos to print out for our househelp’s reference. 

Not photographed: 

– Cereal and scrambled eggs with cheese 

– Spicy sardines (we like the San Marino brand) and fried egg, and pandesal.  

Rice is pretty much a staple in all our meals and we usually mix white with multi-grain, red, or black organically grown rice.   

What’s a hearty breakfast in your home? I need more ideas! 


  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Joy! I really enjoyed these pictures of the scrumptious home style breakfasts your family loves. You asked for recommendations on pancakes. I would suggest making them from scratch. I have found some easy recipes with readily available ingredients on Google. You can make them healthier by using substitutes such as unsweetened applesauce for oil or butter and a combination of whole wheat, regular flour, and wheat germ (1:1:1 ratio) for added fiber and lower glycemic index. The taste and texture will be different but can be gotten used to. I have added mashed bananas and chocolate chips to my pancakes whenever my girls ask for them. Hope you will give it a try!

  2. Homemade skinless longanissa with egg and garlic rice, eggs Benedict with choice of smoked salmon, back bacon or spinach and tomato, add some hash browns. French toast with maple syrup.

  3. Darlene says:

    My family’s favorite . . . crepes with fresh mango and whipped cream. Since we don’t have househelp, they don’t get this too often ๐Ÿ™‚ Usually on Saturdays when we’re not rushing quite so much to get ready in the morning.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing your breakfast meals. Admittedly, it is the hardest meal to plan, considering that we’re surrounded with instant, canned and preserved breakfast foods. God bless you with more healthy breakfast meals to share!

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is the first time I’ve encountered a family that has rules on presentation! And i love it! The food looks so appetizing and encouraging to eat! My mom used to make homemade hams during Christmas. And because we couldn’t finish it during Christmas time, it would be breakfast for so many days. At least with homemade hams, you’re sure what’s in it. You’ll cook it one time but it can be eaten for so many days. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. The photos itself nakakabusog na… Bona Pettit !

  7. ayenskee says:

    Hi Joy,
    sharing this link with you
    (just copy and paste this link in the internet)
    when I saw this, I remembered this blog of yours-
    Hope this add to your one of your creative breakfast ideas ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. wow! nakakagutom namanโ€ฆ I can eat like tis anytime of the day

  9. For breakfast, lots of fiber and some protein are recommended. The intention is to fill you up, and keep your blood sugar stable so that you don’t feel like crashing a few hours after. My favorite breakfast combinations are as follows:

    1. Boneless bangus, sunny side up egg, brown/red rice, diced tomatoes, big bowl of mixed fruits (medium to low glycemic index fruits such as pineapples, bananas, apples, grapefruit, oranges, etc.)
    2. Overnight-soaked oats (soak rolled oats in milk of choice. You can add other healthy stuff like chia seeds, ground flax seeds, fruits, peanut butter, cacao nibs, etc.), with cheese omelette.
    3. Open-faced tuna sandwich (cook tuna with garlic, onions, mushrooms, basil, olive oil) on wheat bread, scrambled egg, green smoothie (plenty of spinach or other types of greens, banana, apple, almond milk, ice).

  10. Marites Mendoza says:

    You can try doing french toast! Plain or with filling. Try using pork floss as filling, instead of ham and cheese filling:)

  11. Wow! Those were great presentations parang sa hotel! ๐Ÿ™‚
    My husband and I also try to vary our breakfast but it’s usually the merienda for us that kind of stands out – the reason being I am awake and I have the energy to create a meal.

    Great suggestions and will definitely keep that in my “go-to” breakfast meals!

  12. Hi Joy thank you so much for sharing your brilliant, yummy and hearty breakfast meals for your family. This blessed me a lot and pulled me back again to once again become intentional in preparing healthy breakfast for my husband and daughter. We live here in US and I can say that pancakes are much easier and yummier to be made from scratch. Our recipe are: 1 cup of flour (I used White Lily self-rising flour, good for all of my baking needs plus it has a smooth texture), 1/2 cup sugar, a cup of whole milk (rich with vitamin D), 1 fresh egg and 2 tbsp. of butter. Mix it all together and you see will see how easy and yummier it can be to serve for your wonderful & hearty appetite familyfamily.

  13. I love this! At least now I have an idea what to give your family – will have breakfast in mind. Hehehe. We don’t eat much of breakfast in my home. Everyone is out early for school, but when I do get a chance, I usually have the standard @itsjudytime (that family vlog I watch in youtube) fave – soysauce fried rice, a sunny side up, avocado slices and cherry tomatoes. I sprinkle a little pepper and it is gooooooodddd!!!

    Maybe you can up your game with power smoothies?

  14. try Salted Egg ๐Ÿ™‚ they make the best salted egg in pampanga.

  15. Hi Joy! I’m just wondering how do you decide for the portion and combination of your breakfast. and did you cook the white and black rice separately and mixed together once cooked or they can cook together in a rice cooker?

  16. Long-time reader, first time commenter — we make our own pancake mix, and it’s not that difficult. ^_^

    Like you, we avoid canned/processed food in our house, and, because I can’t have too much salt or sugar, we also need to monitor sodium and sugar in the food that we eat. (Was shocked to see how much sodium is in pancake mixes, so we started mixing up our own. ^_^ It’s actually a great way to use healthier flours as well — I’ve used Ivory Whole Wheat, Oat Flour, and Almond Meal in our pancake mixes. ^_^

  17. Healthier Pancake Option – Banana Oatmeal Pancakes!

  18. christina modina says:

    Hi you may check Pattie Poniente’s blog sliceofpattie ๐Ÿ™‚ she’s a wife and a mother of 2kiddos

  19. Hi Joy! Love your blog. I’m a homeschooling mama of three and fellow blogger like you! One of our favorite simple breakfasts is French cafe au lait with toast and cheese. The children are not allowed to have coffee so we simply use almond milk with a touch of Roma granules (chichory-based coffee substitute). We eat it with toasted whole grain bread with butter (yes, butter, plzzzz!) with a side of diced cheddar or colby jack cheese. We also do organic yogurt with granola and nuts on top. My teenager also makes the best chocolate chip banana bread (we add very little sugar dahil it’s sweet na from the chocolate chips and banana). Of course, we serve that with butter (yay butter uli!) and almond milk on the side. We’re super simple when it comes to breakfast and make bawi nalang during other meals ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Hi Joy! We, too, couldn’t seem to shake off boxed pancakes! While we still give in once in awhile, my husband (he’s the cook) took to making cocoflour pancakes instead. We buy our cocoflour from GreenGrocer or EcoStore BGC. Lots of recipes online. They’re heavier and quite dense compared to regular flour pancakes, but good! You can also try simply mashing bananas as “flour” base, as my friend does it. Though I haven’t tried yet. I’m sure there’s a recipe online too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    This post made me hungry!!

  21. Hi Joy! You mentioned that you don’t mind eating dinner leftovers for breakfast, I am just curious if you use microwave oven in your home? Like do you use it to heat-up leftovers? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Joy T Mendoza says:

      No we use the stove:) we only use the microwave if absolutely necessary and we heat using glass containers

  22. Try the yummly app. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Rosalie O. Torres says:

    Thanks for posting your prepared breakfast (both menu and presentatio). Can you have some more. Sana you have also specified the rice used in the picture and how it was cooked. Also what were the juices that went with it. Thank you so much. I really love what you did. God bless

  24. Anonymous says:

    Egg ‘McMuffin’ with toasted English muffin, egg, cheese and ham. You can even wrap it up in wax or parchment paper with pan fried potatoes (hashbrown) on the side and ketchup too. Better than the fast food version!

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