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! 

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