Swedish Bagel from The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book

This Swedish Bagel with Cream Cheese, Dill, and Beets from The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book by Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer is definitely worth waking up early for.

Breakfast Food
I have a menu board in my dining room with a quote from Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson on it. It says, “There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food,” and I agree. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I could eat breakfast food for lunch and dinner, too!
I’ve found that a lot of people have difficulties figuring out what to make for breakfast after they’ve gone vegan. On the Standard American Diet, breakfast tends to revolve around eggs, bacon, sausage, and cheese. What do you do once you remove those foods from your diet? Fortunately, The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book by Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer is here to help!

The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book
I loveThe Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book! It’s chock-full of recipes for breakfast, brunch, and breakfast for dinner. In it, you’ll find quick and easy breakfast dishes as well as meals that might take a little longer and are perfect for lunch. There are smoothies, porridges, breakfast sweets, teas and coffees, and even homemade milks. It’s a breakfast lover’s dream!
Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer start the book with some early morning inspiration, because for most people, a smooth morning routine is the key to a good day. They also talk about some of the key ingredients in their breakfast recipes, such as nuts, berries, seeds, and grains.

Coffee or Tea?
Jörg is a coffee lover, so he’s included information on how to brew the perfect cup of joe. He discusses preparation methods, what to buy, and where to buy it from. Like me, Nadine likes to start her day with a cup of tea, so she shares tips on making a good cuppa. She explains the different types of teas, their origins, and how to brew them.

The Recipes
Whether you only have a few minutes in the morning or you have enough time for leisurely meal, you’ll find the perfect recipe to start your day in The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book. There are make ahead meals, like Coconut Chia Pudding and “Nana Nice Cream, as well as brunch feasts, such as a Breakfast Frittata and Mini Breakfast Quiches.
If you like to start your day with sweet treats, you’ll find recipes for muffins and donuts. If you’re a savory person, like me, you’ll enjoy the Tofu Scramble or Breakfast Burger. There are also recipes for DIY pantry staples, such as Rye Sourdough Bread, Breakfast “Meats”, and nut-based milks.

The Chapters in The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book include:

Smoothies, Juices & Co.
Breakast on the Go
One-Bowl Wonders
Hot Off the Stove
The Sweeter Side of Mornings
Weekend Brunch
Coffee, Tea & Co
Pantry

Swedish Bagel with Cream Cheese, Dill, and Beets
I love a good bagel. Here in New Jersey, you can’t drive too far without passing a bagel shop or two, and these places know how to work that dough! So, the first recipe I made from The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book was the Swedish Bagel with Cream Cheese, Dill, and Beets.
This recipe does require a little bit of forethought, because the cream cheese needs to be made ahead of time. It’s super easy to make though. You just mix together soaked cashews, store-bought yogurt, and a little lemon juice. You then let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours to ferment.
This bagel sandwich is loaded with cream cheese and beets, along with a few herbs. Beets might seem like a strange option for breakfast (although Dwight Shrute would probably approve), but its earthy flavor works really well with the tangy-cool cream cheese. I cheated here (it was early morning after all!) and used store-bought precooked beets.
This Swedish Bagel with Cream Cheese, Dill, and Beets is a fun vegan twist on the traditional cream cheese and lox, and it’s definitely going to be in my morning meal rotation from now on.

If, like Leslie Knope, you often wonder why anyone would ever eat anything other than breakfast food, The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book is the book for you!

Swedish Bagel with Cream Cheese, Dill, and Beets

At first glance, Nordic cuisine doesn’t seem particularly vegan-friendly. But luckily it’s easy to creatively reimagine many classic Nordic recipes, like this bagel topped with sweet sliced beets and homemade cashew cream cheese. Bye-bye lox and schmear!

1 large beet (5 ounces/150 g)
4 bagels, any variety
6 tablespoons Cashew Cream Cheese ((recipe follows))
1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
2 tablespoons fresh dill

Wash the beet, place in a pot, and cover with water. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil. Simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, until the beet is fork-tender.
Drain the beet and let cool to room temperature.

Peel the beet and cut into 1/4-inch-thick (5 mm) round slices.

Slice each bagel in half and toast in a toaster or dry nonstick skillet, cut sides down, for 2 minutes.

Spread one side of a bagel with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cream cheese. Arrange one quarter of the beet slices on the cream cheese and garnish with the chives and dill. Top with the remaining bagel half. Repeat with the remaining bagels and fillings. Serve.

TIP: If you can find cooked beets in your supermarket, those are fine to use. Pickled red beets taste great here, too.
 
Recipe from The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book: 80 Mouthwatering Plant-Based Recipes You’ll Want to Wake Up For © Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer, 2016. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. experimentpublishing.com

Cashew Cream Cheese

1 cup (150 g) raw cashews
½ cup (120 g) plain soy yogurt
¾ teaspoon salt
Fresh lemon juice

Soak the cashews in water overnight (8 hours) in a covered container in the fridge.
In the morning, drain the cashews, rinse, and drain again. Place the cashews, yogurt, and salt in a food processor or high-speed blender and process until smooth.
Transfer to a small bowl or jaw and cover. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours to ripen.
To serve, add lemon juice to taste.

Recipe from The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Book: 80 Mouthwatering Plant-Based Recipes You’ll Want to Wake Up For © Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer, 2016. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. experimentpublishing.com

Other vegan breakfast recipes you might enjoy include:

Cheesy Tofu Vegan Breakfast Sandwiches
No-Huevos Rancheros
Vegan Breakfast Quesadillas
Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Sandwiches

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