Monday, July 27, 2015

Meal Planning Mondays: Breakfast Time.

Happy Monday!

We'll begin with the week's top story.

I coordinated with a tree yesterday.

I'm going to let that riveting sense of union with the universe sink in for a moment.

ommmmmmm. namaste.

Moving on....

We watched the documentary Fed Up . Have you seen it? Well, if you haven't you MUST and if you already have it's worth revisiting. This stuff is important. It definitely gave me the shot in the arm I've needed to cut back on the dangerous crap I allow too much of in our diets.  I am drastically reducing the amount of sugar and processed white food in our family's diet. 

They interview Micheal Pollan as a part of the documentary. I've mentioned before that he is my favorite food journalist. I highly, highly recommend every single one of his books. I still haven't purchased his book Cook yet. Excited about that one. I promise you, one read and you'll forever change your relationship with food for the better. Information and education are powerful.

Here is a breakfast my children love, which is an easy replacement to the nutritional void of garbage known as the boxed pancake. 

We call these sun dollars. Why? Because I've found that over the years, when I try to improve my children's diets it's best to not try to sell them a false bill of goods. You can't call your new, healthy version of pancakes, well...pancakes. My kids fork it around, give it a taste, and wisely surmise that the taste and texture of these don't resemble the fluffy mounds of intoxicatingly delicious diabetes they received at IHOP.  They become angry at the lies lies LIES! being told at the breakfast table. Their mistrust extrapolates to our broader lives. Don't listen to Mom. With Mom, blue isn't blue and purple isn't purple and what is wrong is right and what is right is wrong and a pancake isn't even a pancake

 Having learned from experience, I re-name items so that no comparisons are made. These aren't pancakes, girls. They sun dollars! Yes! Yes! Want to try a sun dollar?!

{don't make fun of my names. i had to think quickly. i'd like to see what you come up with under the scrutinous stares of hungry children. }

When I tried this technique with bowls of tri-colored quinoa sweetened with agave, drizzled with cream and topped with chopped pecans, I named it...oh you're gonna love this...

The Three Bears Porridge.

This one, sadly, was a fail. But not because of its name! There are no amount of fairy tales capable of redeeming quinoa as a breakfast item in this house. Consequently, I stole back the title and am reserving it for another future dish. 


Guess what? They absolutely love Sun Dollars.

And I love that their little bodies are packed with quality nutrition, first thing in the morning.

 Sun Dollars

You'll need:

4 eggs
1 overly ripe banana

optional add ins:

1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup almond butter
any fresh berries
2 tbsp chia seeds

1. Mash the banana in a bowl and whisk in the cracked eggs. Mix it together well, although it will still have banana chunks which are yummy.
2. Add in items of your choice. I usually add oatmeal, peanut butter, and chia seeds.
3. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. 
4. Grease the skillet, ladle the mixture onto the hot skillet and cook just like you would pancake.

And, you're done kids! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Three things.

"I read the internet so much I feel like I'm on the millionth page of the worst book, ever."
-Aziz Ansari {shout-out, Parks & Rec}

it's fridayyy! and i'm off, but not without leaving you with the following items of business...

first, is that not the mostest bestest timeliest you can totally relate-est to quote?! Heard it during this Freakonomics podcast. Freakonomics tends to be a staple podcast round these parts. a quote which leads to....

second, i have re-ignited my desire to devour books recently. because reading a million pages on the internet makes you feel...well, what does it make you feel? for me, i mostly end up confusing myself as the newest authoritative expert on 1) nine foods that could unknowingly be causing you indigestion 2) midwest flood patterns, and 3) scared cat videos.

however! having finished a whopping two books in the past month reminded me of what it once felt like to have a cohesive amount of accomplished literature transferred into my brain. it's amazing! i feel like a genius! i'd especially been craving some Sedaris. currently reading Me Talk Pretty One Day.

a heavy dose of sardonic wit and humor is my jam. not sure that i'm proud of this fact. the reasons for this are two-fold: such an inclination tends to get me in the most trouble in my life (cynicism can be an entirely too comfortable baseline state for me), and even using the word sardonic in a sentence makes one an instantly snobbish a$$hole. but i tell you, i love this author's style. reading this book feels like scratching a good itch. books that make one laugh out loud are always good books, right?

third, emerson.

{ice cream cone face!}

this is the face of a child who knows she's cute. these types are trouble i tell you. you never know what's up their sleeve. or, their topless overall romper. there's a twinkle in that eye. you see it? i pay daily for that twinkle. she walked into our neighbor's home unannounced last week, in nothing but her underwear. rang the doorbell 7 times, didn't bother to wait for anyone to answer, and waltzed through their house at 7:30 am. of course, i wasn't there to witness it. just, know... lying around in my bed reading the internet, when the text came through on my phone. hey, emerson is over here. breakfast? 

oh the stories i could tell with this child. but, i still must stubbornly declare that i'm actually quite excited to see what a kid like her has in store for me as an adult. who knows, maybe she'll be the one to pen my most favorite sardonic comedy someday...

happy weekend!