Parks and Recreation may have ended, but in its seven seasons, Leslie Knope and company taught us many valuable life lessons. (Treat yo’ self, anyone?) One of the most exciting developments from Parks and Rec is the creation of Galentine’s Day, a celebration that falls on February 13 each year honoring two of the greatest things on earth: female friendship and breakfast. This year, gather your girls and continue the tradition by having a fun, fabulous breakfast at home.
From: Cooking Light
Leslie Knope is a waffle fanatic through and through, so these all-in-one waffles are the perfect way to salute Knope at your Galentine’s breakfast. Maple syrup and bacon work their magic here to create a yummy waffle that’s not too sweet. No waffle iron? No problem! This batter also makes light, fluffy pancakes that your galentines will love.
We can’t talk breakfast without at least one egg dish. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to feed a crowd, and this crustless quiche is proof of that. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: this is the perfect meal for a budget brunch. This recipe is great for budding chefs as well as those more experienced in the kitchen. (Also, the Good and Cheap cookbook is free. Free!)
From: All Recipes
Oatmeal is a classic, nutritious breakfast item, but it’s not always the most exciting. This baked oatmeal, however, may just change your mind. It's a bit decadent, what with all the butter, but it’s a tasty, hearty meal made with good-for-you oats, so go for it! It will definitely feed a hungry crowd, so it’s perfect for a breakfast with friends. For a more health conscious, personalized spin on baked oatmeal, try…
From: My Fitness Pal
Think of these as a breakfast-friendly alternative to the cupcake. These baked oatmeal cups are not only adorable, but also a snap to make and include nutritious ingredients like bananas. My Fitness Pal recommends filling them with Greek yogurt and berries. Set up a little topping bar so your guests can make their cups however they choose.
From: Cooking Light
We're not saying you should forgo toast, but it’s nice to have options to suit a variety of tastes. These cheesy, delicious little gems are only 51 calories per serving and make a great addition to your breakfast spread.
From: Pink Stripes
Melissa Murphy’s granola is the perfect mix of sweet, salty and tart and contains tons of nuts and dried fruit. Thanks to Sweet Melissa Sundays, a project by a group of food bloggers who attempted to create Murphy’s beautiful, insanely delicious food using recipes from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book, you can make this granola at home right now. There are a bit more ingredients required here than your average granola, but trust me, it is worth your time and money. Try this in a yogurt parfait, and you will taste the truth. This recipe makes a lot of granola, so if you’re only having a few guests, you could always cut it in half. However, chances are you’ll want to snack on this stuff well after Galentine’s Day is through.
Cookbook author and blogger Gabi Moskowitz of BrokeAss Gourmet has given the world this super-easy, inexpensive recipe for homemade versions of your favorite toaster pastry. Seriously, you only need pie dough and fillings of your choice. Moskowitz has listed several filling options to get you started, and there’s even an optional icing recipe if you’re feeling fancy. Baked goods don’t get much simpler than this. Moskowitz brilliantly suggests getting friends together for a Pop Tart party, and Galentine’s Day is the perfect time to try something new with the ladies you love best. Also, how great is it that she introduces a savory option into the mix with the combo of hot-pepper jam and cream cheese?
Show your galentines some love with these delicious breakfast treats!