Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day. Maybe because I love eating anything I can cover in butter and jam. When I was a little girl, my parents would take me to Cracker Barrel and I would amaze bystanders with the sheer volume of biscuits a tiny 4-year-old could eat. Having a child with a severe gluten allergy has significantly diminished my biscuit consumption, but I still love breakfast.
These are some of our go-to breakfast meals:
Eggs and Bacon: Farm fresh eggs and local bacon….can’t beat it. Sometimes we mix it up and have sausage. We fry the eggs or scramble ’em with veggies from the garden. And with coffee, fresh veggie slices, or a side of toast (GF for Benjamin), you just can’t beat it.
French Toast: Gluten-Free bread just doesn’t have the same texture as the real thing. In order to make it more palatable, I often make French Toast for Benjamin and add extra eggs so that there’s plenty of protein. I mix farm fresh eggs, whole milk, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and a tad vanilla extract. Dip the bread in and then fry it up in bacon grease on the stove.
Fried Rice: When we were first married (and still in college) Daniel worked at two different Asian restaurants and learned a few tricks. When we have extra rice leftover from dinner, he will add eggs, onions, and whatever vegetables he can pull out of the garden. Mmmmm. Add a little Sriracha sauce on top and you’ve really got something. Sometimes I’ll have Daniel guest post and give you his secret recipe.
Steel-Cut Oats: Benjamin loooooves what he calls “porridge,” especially on chilly mornings but he can chow down on it in mid-July, as well. We get our oats from the bulk section of our food co-op and it makes a super cheap meal. I always add milk and a little bit of honey or maple syrup on top and we garnish with whatever fresh or dried fruit and nuts we have on hand.
Also: Green smoothies (when we’ve got lots of baby greens in our garden), Yogurt/Granola parfaits, and Gluten-free pancakes.
Although I wouldn’t call our breakfasts “leisurely” since we’re trying to help Daniel get out the door and off to work, they are a special time for us to cook together, reconnect, and enjoy some family time with delicious food. On a good day, we’ll even make it through the morning’s Scripture reading. Our kids wake us up at the crack o’ dawn so, there’s plenty of time to let those steel-cut oats simmer before the sun comes up!
What are some of your family’s favorite breakfasts?