We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And yet, it seems like it’s the meal that gets the least attention during the work week. Who has time or energy to devote more than a few minutes to put something together at 6:30am? In our house, an extra minute of sleep is hard to give up! We have outgrown boxed cereals and most of the novelty breakfast items – our family is split right down the middle on this one. Have you looked at the nutritional value of “toaster pastries,” cinnamon rolls or Hot Pockets?
Since my rule has always been: no one leaves home without having breakfast, I’m constantly on the lookout for wholesome and tasty recipes that I can put together in a few minutes. I am glad that when my son was little, he loved cereal as much as he did a hot cooked breakfast – and lunch and dinner. Today, breakfast is about the only truly enjoyable meal for my husband because it includes some of his favorite foods, which happen to be more easily digested. Nutrients in the grains and fruits that he still finds palatable are plentiful, fortunately, so he can enjoy these as an alternative to dinner.
Cream of Wheat is the backup plan when my husband doesn’t find regular dinner appealing. His sense of taste has changed as a result of the medications he takes and CRPS. Because I’m the one preparing it, I like to add different things to it to make it more interesting for both of us. This could be coconut, pecans, berries, dried fruit, maple syrup or spices. I use milk instead of water and replace sugar with Splenda.
Cream of Wheat with blackberries, raspberries, dried cranberries and almonds
Cream of Wheat
1/2 cup Cream of Wheat
1 1/2 cup of skim milk, adjust for desired consistency
sugar or Splenda to taste
Add any toppings after heating:
1/4 cup dried coconut, cranberries or other dried fruit
handful of fresh berries
1 small banana, sliced
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup nuts: pecans, almonds
honey, maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg, cardamom, allspice
Place Cream of Wheat, milk and sugar in large microwavable bowl. Mix gently but thoroughly. Heat on HIGH in microwave 1 minute. Stir. Heat again 30 seconds. Repeat heating and stirring until desired consistency. Add the optional toppings. This will be hot! Enjoy!
You could use oatmeal instead of or in addition to Cream of Wheat. The flavors and textures of different grains served together make a whole new dish out of the ordinary ingredients. Follow package directions for oatmeal – I use milk instead of water for the calcium and protein.
Raspberry Bagel Delight
Another impromptu breakfast happened when I discovered that I didn’t have waffles, which I had already offered my daughter as she got ready for school. (Yes, I love concocting things for her while I still can…before she goes away to college in 1 1/2 years.) This is how Raspberry Bagel Delight was born!
Raspberry Bagel Delight
1 plain bagel or your choice
raspberries, washed & dried
Toast bagel. Spread Nutella on each half. Top with raspberries and drizzle syrup as desired. Mmm…
A little creativity goes a long way – especially in the morning! Caregivers and all of their loved ones can kick start their day with a yummy breakfast that happens to be nutritious, too!