I am often asked what do I serve my family for breakfast? Well, lots of things.
And as you might expect most of those things are made from scratch with a high focus on good nutrition. In the winter I like to serve a hot breakfast as often as possible and in the summer we tend to eat more cold cereal.
Sunday breakfasts are always special. We eat later in the morning and have a larger meal so it is more or less a brunch. We eat our supper early so I only serve two meals on Sundays. A light snack midway in between is often served as well.
So what is usually on the menu during the week? Typically you will find:
· Whole wheat waffles or pancakes with butter and homemade syrup. Sometimes I add frozen blueberries or raspberries and on special occasions chocolate chips.
· French toast with homemade syrup or jam.
· Whole wheat muffins of all types of varieties – zucchini, banana, blueberry, raspberry, spice, bran, corn, pumpkin, etc. I also offer up butter and homemade jam or jelly.
· Homemade biscuits or cornbread with butter and homemade jelly or homemade country gravy.
· Toasted English muffins or homemade English muffin bread with butter and homemade jam or jelly.
· Toasted homemade whole wheat, cinnamon swirl, oatmeal & honey, rye bread with butter, jelly and/or peanut butter.
· Homemade coffee cake or Kuchen.
· Homemade cinnamon rolls.
· Homemade banana bread, pumpkin bread, zucchini bread, raisin bread, Friendship bread, etc.
· A variety of homemade granolas with All-Bran added to it for extra fiber.
· Oatmeal cooked in a variety of ways – maple & brown sugar, raisin and spice, pumpkin, banana, etc.
· Baked rice custard topped with maple syrup.
· Cold cereal (purchased on sale and with a coupon). I usually take a sweetened cereal and mix it half and half with a non sweetened cereal like Chex, Cherrios, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Total, etc. for the kids.
· Scrambled, fried, poached or hard boiled eggs.
· Omelets or quiche.
I take one of these items and pair it with a nutritious side like fruit juice or milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, fresh or canned fruit, fresh fruit salad or compote, berries, and sliced oranges.
This year we have decided to cut down on our dairy and meat consumption and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. We are trying to enjoy smaller portions of what has typically been our main dishes and larger portions of the more nutritious fresh foods. As a result we are all noticing that we feel better and seem to have more energy.
So this is what I serve at breakfast at our house. What is the usual fare at your table in the morning?