If you are spending this year’s Ramadan alone or with just a few friends, one of the challenges is to wake up for suhoor in time or even earlier to prepare your meals. Sometimes, eating a couple of dates would not be enough, especially if you’re fasting for long hours. So, missing suhoor isn’t an option, whether you have to fast for 13, 16 or 20 hours. You wouldn’t want to stay in bed the whole time feeling weak and unmotivated throughout the day.
As someone who has spent suhoor alone before, I took the opportunity to explore some new recipes that I would otherwise have never tried back home. Of course, you would have to spend a lot more than when you are around family or friends. But when you’re alone, lazy and struggling to wake up for suhoor… one of the ways to stay enthusiastic is to prepare hearty and fulfilling but easy meals. And of course, these recipes are not just for suhoor, as they are inspired by breakfast meals.
1. Avocado toast and scrambled egg
This is the meal I was inspired by a local café back when I was studying in the UK, and I instantly fell in love with the unique taste. It’s fulfilling and easy to make.
What You Need:
- Sliced or mashed avocado
- Sriracha sauce or any personal favourite hot sauce
- Italian Herbs
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Toast (any kind of bread is fine)
- Garlic (optional)
- Scrambled egg
- Toast the bread, spread some butter and add on the ingredients above in order of avocado, sriracha sauce, and seasonings. Easy!
- You can mash some garlic with avocado if you would like to add some heat. Otherwise, there is no need to.
- Scrambled egg is a side dish and optional.
Avocado has become an increasingly popular fruit today and one of the well-known “superfoods”. Other than the hype of avocado toast – that experts say is one of the main causes for millennials’ struggle to buy a house – I’d say it being nutritious and filled with vitamins are more important in this case. I think it’s worth the “investment” for suhoor.
2. Peanut butter, frozen berries and banana wrap
When I spent a week of Ramadan in Scotland for a final year project, I had to stay in a hostel that didn’t allow any access to the kitchen after 10 pm. So, I had to prepare just before the kitchen closed and had to find a way to prepare an easy meal but one that would keep me energised for 17 to 20 hours of fasting.
What You Need:
- Peanut Butter or Nutella
- Tortilla wrap
- Frozen Berries
- Toast the tortilla in a wrap, and spread some peanut butter on it
- You can also use Nutella if peanut butter is not your thing.
- Then add the banana, frozen berries and on the tortilla.
- You can even sprinkle some chocolate chips if you’d like.
This recipe was a bit overwhelmingly sweet to me but if you’re a sweet tooth, I’d think this is perfect for you. The fats in the peanut butter and the potassium in the banana kept me from feeling too weak and lazy that I was able to go out and enjoy the day without salivating for food around me.
3. Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel
This is not only one of my favourite suhoor meals but also, breakfast meals. But I only serve this when I have plenty of money to spare as the ingredients are not cheap, especially salmon. As you may know, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for the brains and a great source of protein. So, I’d say it’s definitely worth the money.
What You Need:
- Smoked salmon
- Cream cheese
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Chives (optional)
- If you have chives, mix them with the cream cheese.
- Toast the bagel (sliced in half) and spread with cream cheese.
- Add smoked salmon and seasonings.
When all else fails, the best way to prepare suhoor is during the night before and wake up to a prepared meal. Or if you aren’t particularly picky, you can always just eat leftovers from the previous night’s iftar.
Syaza is a freelance writer whose life revolves around coffee, cats and heartwarming stories.