Tuesday, February 24

breakfast ideas

I was talking to a friend the other day about how our diet switch has been going. Nothing has been that noticeably different for the kids except for breakfast. They ate cold boxed cereal 80% of the time. I loved it too, because they were really self sufficient with their breakfast (which is wonderful when I am working nights and getting home at 6:30 am). But what about now that mama has deemed cereal a less than healthy option?

My menu planning has to include breakfast now as well. Especially since I shared with you that I am trying to soak most of our grains before we eat them. So now as I plan our weekly menu (yes, I'm back to that again too), I also plan our daily breakfasts and any prep work (like baking bread or making yogurt) that will need to be done.

Here's one of my favorite breakfast choices right now. It is usually our Sunday morning option with some leftovers for later in the week if someone needs a snack or doesn't like the other breakfast choice of the day. This recipe is based on one from Urban Homemaker.

Baked Oatmeal

In a large glass bowl, combine
1/2 c melted butter or coconut oil
1 c Sucanat
4 c rolled oats
2 c kefir
1-2 tsp cinnamon

Let sit for 8-12 hours

In the morning add
3 beaten eggs
3 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
a little milk to thin, if necessary

Bake in prepared 9x13 pan at 350 for 30 minutes.

*For Sunday mornings I like to add some vanilla extract to the oatmeal mixture and sprinkle about 1/2 c chocolate chips on top. We also like it with 1 diced apple stirred in before baking. Last Sunday I added 1/2 c walnuts and 1/2 dried cranberries to the mix. That was my favorite so far.

The original recipe is only for an 11x7 but I have changed it up to make more for our larger family. Even my non-oatmeal eaters like this one. Hope you like it. Let me know what variation you come up with.


Amy Ellen said...

Thanks for this post. This is very similar to what we do... we are NTers too. I look forward to more of your recipes :)

Spinner said...

I don't have any Sucanat. Do you think some maple syrup and/or honey would work? Can you recommend amounts?

noelle said...

Spinner, I would think maple syrup would be really tasty in there....maybe half as much as the sucanat? One of my other favorite sweeteners is a mixture of honey and molasses. 3 parts honey to 1 part molasses. That is awesome with oatmeal too. My boys and I love it on our pancakes, too.

Spinner said...

I just made it this morning with the 1/2 cup of maple syrup and it was beyond delicious. Thanks!

Kim Janous said...

Our family is allergic to dairy. Do you have a suggestion for a substitution for the Kiefer?

noelle said...

Kim, You can sub water with a Tbsp or two of lemon juice. It will have more tang that way.