Saturday, February 16, 2008

Help! Breakfast ideas, anyone?

O.K, ladies. I'm not a foodie. I struggle with dealing with 3 meals a day. Mostly food bores me unless it's loaded with calories & sugar & all things bad for you.

Breakfast is the most horrible meal of the day. Who wants to look at peculiar things in a dish when still only half awake? Unfortunately Ditz does better with a solid meal under her belt first thing. No cereal (too full of sugar!) & toast for Ditz. We have done things like noodles ~ very succesful; fruit salad & yoghurt ~ not sustaining enough for Ditz; porridge ~ hates it; sweet omeletes with fruit~ loves them but too time consuming for everyday; pancakes ~ loves them but again too much sugar; macaroni & cheese ~ yes I know most of you would eat that for dinner, Ditz is just odd; toasted sandwhiches; cheese on toast... No eggs. My girls do not like eggs! I'm out of ideas. What do the rest of you do for a child that really needs a carb & protein breakkie & as little sugar as possible? And that isn't going to take all morning to cook? We need quick. Too many mornings we're out the door before Ditz is even properly awake. Lay your best ideas at my feet, ladies. I'm all ears...or eyes, as the case may be.


MamaOlive said...

To me the best thing about breakfast is getting to have sweets and call it a main course, so this is hard. No eggs? What about sausage or bacon or even ham (gammon) heated on the stovetop (hob). Yikes! food is one area that doesn't translate easily.

Have you tried hashbrowns? Shred potatoes (like grating cheese) and fry in just enough oil to keep it from sticking to the pan. You can do it simple, with just potatoes and salt and pepper, or you can add anything from onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms to egg, cheese, (chopped) sausage, etc.

Or a shake? If you have a blender... Mix 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and drop in 1 cup frozen whole strawberries (unsweetened) and 1 - 1/2 cups of ice cubes. It churns up really thick and yummy. This amount is two glasses full, and you could probably reduce the sugar.

For quick eat I would say cheese or peanut butter on toast, but that does get old. My brother likes leftover pizza for breakfast, and once I had a leftover fajita.

Good luck.

Ganeida said...

Yes, well in this house any leftover dessert ends up as someone's breakfast!!! So not good. Yeah, she'll do bacon or sausages sometimes but like her mama she's not keen on meat. Hash browns are good (do them for tea sometimes) but again a little too time consuming for most mornings & I don't have a blender. *sigh* On my 'to buy one of these days' list. I hate food; I really do. Thanks Olive. What do your guys usually eat?

Persuaded said...

oh, my! food! i am good at food:-)

one thing my kids love is something i call meusli- here's a recipe:
2 cups plain yogurt
2 cups chopped, mashed or pureed fruit combined with juice
2 cups rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind)

seasonings and sweetenings to taste (this will vary depending on the fruit you are using... we do chopped apples with raisins, walnuts and cinnamon.. another favorite is peaches with cinnamon or pears with ginger)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, cover, refrigerate and let sit overnight. Very yummy, kinda like a dessert, but it has lots of protein and is packed with nutrition too:-)

We do lots of hot stuff for brekkie, like pancakes, muffins, etc, but i do most of the prep the night before. Actually I did a post on it:
sorry, i don't know how to do a link in comments!

tell ditz i completely agree with her about eggs...blech:-P

Persuaded said...

Forgot to specify that the oats are **uncooked**... they will absorb the liquid from the fruit and yogurt and the lot ends up with a very creamy cool texture, similar to a pudding:-)

Ganeida said...

Oh, Diane, I knew you'd have good ideas & I do a version of this for me sometimes ~ minus the squashed flies(sultanas ~ ewww!) & with extra nuts but Ditz won't touch it. I think it's the oats, which is why she doesn't like porridge either. I think it's super yummy. Pity, as this one does stick to your ribs.

MamaOlive said...

My children and I eat cold cereal almost every day. I try to buy the stuff with less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Taryn isn't nuts about most cereal, so she'll often have cinnamon toast or oatmeal (she likes the instant stuff, but it is SO sweet. Also the littles want it, too, and it makes an awful mess).

On days when I have time, I like to do a full spread of eggs, hashbrowns, bacon or sausage, and pancakes or some type of coffee cake.

If I get yogurt next time, I want to try that meusli that persuaded mentioned.

Persuaded said...

squashed flies...lolololol:-D

ok, i'll hafta put on my thinking cap and come up with something else for your girlie!

Ganeida said...

Olive, I'll let you into a little secret with that muslie if you want a bit of a breakfast treat & to ruin all the health benefits? Replace the yoghurt with some condensed milk. Yummy, yummy in my tummy! (Sorry, Diane...I discovered this one while researching a Swiss dish for Girl Guides.)

I love cinnamon toast (& so does Ditz) but all that sugar!!!! Sends the child completely into orbit.

Diane, you are so sweet to try & think of something for us just because we're tired of the same old, same old. I've always understood exactly why the Israelists complained about manna; give me a week & I'd never want to see manna in my life again either. lol. Variety is the spice of life.

Ganeida said...

PS ~ I'm going to check that post out, Diane. I'm pretty sure I read it at the time but obviously need to go jog my memory. Old age catching up with me...

MamaOlive said...

I used to make my stepson (who was hyperactive) eat cinnamon toast with plain cinnamon, not cin-sugar.

I thought of this recipe I recently found. I'll give it to you the way I found it, and then tell you what I changed.

3 c whole wheat flour
2 c buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp salt
1/4 c maple syrup
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 TBsp melted butter
1 c dried bilberries, soaked in water 1 hour and then drained
Soak flour in buttermilk 24 hours. Blend in remaining ingredients. Spoon into well-buttered muffin pan. Bake at 325*F for 1 hour.

I make my own sour milk by putting 2 T vinegar into the measuring cup, and then add milk to make 2 cups.
I used honey instead of syrup.
(BAD me) I used chocolate chips instead of the berries.
I baked at 350* for 15-20 minutes.

When I pulled the soaked flour out of my "airing cupboard" it looked pretty gross, but the muffins were good. They mix up fast, if you plan ahead.

Ganeida said...

ok, I'll try that one when I have time to fiddle. I guess it would work ok with raspberries or strawberries. It's not that I'm adverse to chocolate for braskfast but Ditz can acquire bad eating habits all on her own, with no help whatsoever from me. lol. Besides, I don't even know what bilberries are. I'll have to do a net search & find out.

MamaOlive said...

I didn't know what a bilberry was either, but wasn't going to admit it. I found this:
"Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is a low-growing deciduous shrub that is native to northern Europe. Bilberries belong to the heath family, and are very closely related to blueberries and other small fruits of importance such as cranberries and huckleberries. The bilberry plant is also known by other names, including European blueberry, huckleberry, hurtleberry, and whortleberry."

It also said they are good medicine for strained eyes.