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Two New Breakfast Ideas That Will Change How You Fuel

Toast & Topper: a meal served atop toasted bread or a creative substitute

The number-one new idea for your toaster is a big slice of sweet potato. But if you can top a slab of that veggie with tasty toppings, why not a flattened red pepper, a whole portobello, a slice of eggplant or a cauliflower steak?

Idea #1: Cauliflower with arugula and a poached egg
Idea #2: Sweet potato with goat cheese and herbs

Start With Your ‘Toast’

Prepare your “toast” with a toaster or oven. We baked ours in a 450-degree oven and the cauliflower took about 10 minutes and the sweet potato about 20. For the cauliflower, we topped with a small bed of arugula and a poached egg (directions below). For the sweet potato, we added goat cheese and sprinkled with chervil. Just about any toast will be better with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper—and serve with a fork and knife.

Make Your Poached Egg

Fill a medium saucepan with six inches of water and bring to a low boil. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar and reduce heat just enough to stop boiling. Carefully crack egg into a small ramekin without breaking the yolk. Swirl the water with the handle of a wooden spoon to form a vortex. Carefully pour the egg into the vortex and cook until the whites are formed, about 5 minutes. Remove the poached egg with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel–lined plate to remove excess water. You can make these ahead of time and reheat in simmering water.

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller

Nicki Miller is the managing editor for Women's Running and spearheads our nutrition coverage. She’s an avid runner but also loves cycling (both on and off-road), yoga and all kinds of crazy videos to do at home. Formerly the editor of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Nicki started her journalism career at The Washington Post. Her first races were duathlons (run, bike, run) in her twenties with her husband, and then triathlons, completing the White Lake Half Ironman in North Carolina. Since joining Women’s Running in 2013, she’s been more focused on half marathons and trail running. Some of her proudest moments have been running the Boston Marathon (first 26.2), and becoming an RRCA certified running coach and helping others take up the sport.