You may think that getting up for suhoor is the hardest thing to do. Well, I totally agree with you. Preparing and having a meal at dawn doesn’t sound interesting while I’m in sleepy mode. I usually sleep around midnight (yeah, I know it’s a bad habit) so imagine how difficult for me to be conscious in the next 3 hours.
I skip suhoor when it comes to the regular fasting day. I even don’t have an appetite to eat. I just turn off the alarm, back to sleep, and still can have a normal day.
However, it’s kinda different in Ramadan. I’m supposed to fast every day so I think skipping suhoor is a bad idea. I can’t live with only iftar or dinner for an entire month.
The strange thing is I’m more enthusiastic in Ramadan. I have so many Muslim friends out there who do the same thing. Just think about it makes me excited. I’ll wake up earlier at 2:30 a.m. then prepare my food.
I definitely go with a simple meal. I prepare the ingredients before sleep so I only need to cook them together when I’m awake. It really saves me time.
Here I’ll share with you my favorite suhoor menus that are easy, simple, and quick.
Oats and oatmeal
They are my best choice for “morning food”. According to Healthline, oats and oatmeal provide us with many health benefits, including to improve blood sugar control, lower cholesterol levels, and help losing weight. You can follow the link or Google it to know more about the advantages.
There are 3 types of oats that you can get easily at grocery’s store: instant oatmeal, quick cook oats, and rolled oats. The differences are the time you need to cook them. While instant oatmeal only needs to add hot water, you have to cook the quick and rolled oats.
I do really like the instant version. It’s super quick. You just pour hot water onto them. Boiling water is better, but you must wait till it cools down.
You can add honey for the flavor and put fruits on top of it. You can choose whatever fruits you like. This time I use dragon fruit. It’s not too sweet, a little bit sour, and has the fresh taste. It’s gonna be a perfect combination.
Quick cook oats
The second recipe, I pick the quick cook oats. As the name, you must cook it first for about 5-10 minutes. I use milk this time and simmer it together with the oats and water. Don’t forget to add honey.
When they’re done, you can garnish them with fruits and cinnamon.
Simple, right? Cooking oats won’t be difficult.
If you’re not too lazy cooking your meal, you may want to try this one. It needs more ingredients and effort. But you can prepare them the night before or before sleep, so you’ll save your energy.
First, add oil and sauté garlic, onion, and chili until fragrant. Then, add broccoli and carrot. Stir-fry for a moment.
Pour a little bit of water. Season with salt, oyster sauce, and black pepper. Stir till the vegetables are tender and no water is left. And it’s done.
You can reduce the spiciness by adding sugar or totally remove the chili. I only use one because I don’t really like spicy food. But you definitely can add more if needed.
I like to serve it with rice.
FYI, it’s common here to have rice at morning, noon, and night. Basically, we’re okay to take rice three times a day, though I prefer just eat it once.
Tempeh Bacon Sandwich
It’s just a vegetarian version of bacon. Yes, I use soybeans cake or known as tempeh. I’ll make a sandwich with it.
First, you need to cook the tempeh. Cut tempeh into thin slices. Heat butter on the pan (you can change it with vegetable or olive oil). Cook tempeh until brown.
Add a spoon of water, soy sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir till tempeh is evenly coated.
Place bread, lettuce, tempeh, tomatoes, and your sandwich is ready. You can make it before sleep. Save it near your bed so you’ll have it as soon as you’re awake without getting up from the bed.
I know suhoor can be very difficult. And it’s also okay not to take suhoor. But, skipping it isn’t a good choice. You’ll need the energy to run your day. Somehow you can get it from your suhoor meal.
What about you? What is your favorite food for suhoor?