Monday, May 12, 2008
The Monday Menu - Breakfast Edition
This week's Monday Menu features breakfast. Commercial breakfast cereals are fast and convenient. They are also overpriced and only going to get more expensive as grain prices increase. I have not been buying these packaged cereals so that our food budget can keep pace with the increased prices at the grocery store. A cooked breakfast means getting up a little earlier or preparing the night before.
I believe that a cooked breakfast will have more far reaching effects than simply keeping pace with inflation. I think it matters that the kids go to school with a cooked breakfast warming them from the inside out. I think it will matter that they have memories of the smell and taste of cooked breakfasts. I hope it strengthens them in ways that go beyond nutrition.
Non-commercially prepared breakfasts include:
*eggs, toast, bacon
*Muffins (the variety is endless)
*Pancakes or waffles - these don't take too long to prepare but can also be individual frozen pancakes put into the toaster for a grab and go on a busy day.
* Hot rice with milk and butter
* Home made bread with jam.
* Yogurt with fresh fruit. With fresh milk from the cow I'm making yogurt twice a week.
* Spaghetti with egg. Mr. Greenjeans learned this from some Italians on a trip. He scrambles a couple of eggs with chili pepper flakes and then adds left over spaghetti noodles to fry for a moment and then scrambles in freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
* French Toast
* Left overs from dinner with things like quiche or potatoes being the best.
* Cooked cereal such as oatmeal, or malt o meal (buy the plain and add your own sugar).