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A Designer’s Healthy Answer to Bacon, Egg and Cheese

Wendy Mullin of Built by Wendy abandoned the classic breakfast sandwich in favor of what she named “Morning bruschetta.”


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“My wellness regimen has evolved over the years, although I’m not sure I would call it wellness,” says Wendy Mullin of the brand Built by Wendy, which clothed the mid-90s downtown scene and formally relaunched last year. “Between 1992 and 2007, my routine was something like: Wake up late, sometimes hung over, and walk my dog to the park, stopping at the deli on my way, where I’d pick up a coffee with milk and one sugar, and a bacon, egg and cheese on a roll with ketchup on it. Not on the side, so I didn’t have to deal with opening it and squeezing it out and all that.” She’d then read The Daily News and possibly head to the gym for an anxiety-ridden run on the treadmill, always in corduroy cutoffs (Mullin doesn’t “do workout clothes,” she says) and “gym shoes, in the elementary-school way.”

As Mullin, 47, has settled into adulthood, she’s made some adjustments — she nowregularly swims laps at the YMCA and practices yoga, both at home and in a studio. “I did, for the first time, self-consciously go to the grocery store with yoga clothing on — O.K., I covered my leggings with gauchos,” she says, “then I realized, everyone wears yoga clothes to the grocery store and nobody is looking at me, so get over it.” In terms of diet, Mullin’s bacon, egg and cheese has become a “Morning bruschetta.” She shares the recipe for that, as well as her version of a breakfast taco, below.

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Wendy’s Morning Bruschetta

∙ 1 English muffin

∙ 1 hard-boiled egg

∙ 1 avocado

∙ a few cherry tomatoes

∙ a drizzle of olive oil

∙ a squeeze of lemon juice

∙ salt and pepper

1. Remove the egg yolk from the hard-boiled egg (and toss it to the dog begging below). Chop up the rest.

2. Chop up the avocado.

3. Halve the tomatoes.

4. Toss it all together — plus olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper — and stack it on toasted English muffin halves.

Variant: For a Breakfast Taco, use Trader Joe’s corn & wheat tortillas fired over a stove’s flame instead of English muffins, and substitute lime for lemon.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page ST3 of the New York edition with the headline: Homemade Recipes; Au Revoir, Bacon and Eggs. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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