One of the hardest things about changing to a grain free diet is what to have for breakfast.
Having been heavily grain dependant for years, it took us a while to find something we were happy with. Different members of the family have their preferred dishes. Sometimes we all have the same.
Most days we all have something different.
I scour other web-sites looking for ideas, but many are too complicated for every day use. So here I list easy to prepare nutritious breakfasts that are practical for a busy family.
Please share if you have other ideas, as we love to hear of new breakfasts to try!
We always have a mug of broth on the side and sauerkraut with our savoury course, followed by a serving of fermented dairy, either sour cream or milk kefir with a small portion of fruit when available. We are currently loving strawberries, raspberries and blueberries from our garden and cherries from the farm shop! We love berry season!
Egg based breakfasts:
Scrambled egg, plain or with mushrooms, spring onions, cheese, cooked in lots of butter. Serve with salad if desired. On a work day Husband just has cheese in it.
Omelette, again cooked with whatever you fancy: mushrooms, spring onions, cheese, tomatoes, other favoured throw ins. Serve with salad or on its own with home-made ketchup.
Fried eggs, poached eggs (my favourite), with salad and salt and butter melted on top.
Nitrate free, grain free sausages (we get ours from a farmer market stall) with/without eggs, with prosciutto ('Parma' nitrate free - most supermarkets have it), fried tomatoes and mushrooms - for when you have a laid back sort of day and have time to make it.
Pancake made in the traditional GAPS style with cooked squash mashed into the egg, and butter.
Son 2's favourite breakfast staple: banana pancake. Mash a ripe banana into the egg and fy gently. Serve with sour cream and honey! Delicious. We have used stewed apple and that was good too.
Waffles: we don't have a waffle maker but tried frying them and what we had was good. Several GAPS friendly recipes here:
You can of course always drop an egg into a mug of boiling broth and stir it in, to gently cook the white, and to add extra nutrition.
Don't forget a bowl of soup is also very nutritious and you can add an egg yolk or two into that to add extra protein.
French Toast Omelette - Grain free I'm not an eggy person, but I found this to my liking. I tried it the first day with the cheese filling (I used cheddar cheese), but the next day I just made the 'toast' bit and spread it with a dribble of honey, then put a good dollop of sour cream in place of the cheese and rolled it up - now that was a feast!
http://myhoneypie66.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Breakfast (scroll down the page to the bottom)
Non -egg based breakfasts
We like to have an egg free day every week to avoid allergy so these are our favourites:
Son 1 prefers to have left overs from our evening meals, so I try to cook more so he can have it the next morning. Reheat in stock. Serve in a bowl.
Fish is a great, light, wake-me-up. Our favourite is wild caught salmon from the frozen aisle of the supermarket. Trout is also very nice.
We have mackerel and herring in season. Son 2 and Husband like soused herring.
Serve with salad.
Pork belly slices. We discovered these on holiday and loved them so much they have become a regular fixture. Serve with salad, fried mushrooms, ketchup or on their own with a mug of broth or soup.
Kefir smoothies with fruit (occasionally chocolate!!)
Porridge thickened with chia/flax seeds - our favourite is in the above book (Aztec porridge - chocolate porridge MMmm!).
Two cauliflower porridges - worth trying though they sound strange!
Home-made GAPS friendly granola: Too expensive for every day, but a lovely weekend treat.
We like this one:
served with milk kefir/yoghurt/sourcream (or a combination of all three!) with summer berries on top if available and an extra drizzle of honey!