Worried but trying it


dbreiden

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Today is day 1 for my wife and me. Our 2 teenage kids are being drug along with us, but we're not going to demand they stick to the plan. My biggest worry is breakfast -- we have a tendency to be very disorganized in the morning and end up grabbing toast or frozen waffles or a yogurt. We gravitate to stuff that needs little to no cooking and can be eaten on the road. Getting up earlier -- well, I'll try.

 

Any tips, tricks, recipes for REALLY fast breakfast food? Oh -- and my wife likes more bland for breakfast. Her stomach usually isn't up for last night's leftovers.

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Any tips, tricks, recipes for REALLY fast breakfast food? Oh -- and my wife likes more bland for breakfast. Her stomach usually isn't up for last night's leftovers.

You don't need to get up early to cook breakfast. Make it the day before: veggie/meat/egg frittatas or muffins are popular options.  Slice, reheat in microwave, and you're good to go.   In a real pinch, hard boil a bunch of eggs ahead of time, and have those with some sliced peppers and olives. 

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You can make fritattas or egg casseroles ahead of time (that egg casserole recipe is the closest I could find to how I do it, but I usually use 10-12 eggs, plus the pound of meat and the other stuff and put it in a big Pyrex baking dish). Remember with recipes like that, a serving of eggs if they're your only protein is as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand. If you use 12 eggs with no meat, and you can hold four eggs in your hand, you get three servings. With the added meat, you can probably reduce the number of eggs by one.

 

Meatballs are good too -- you can make a bunch and heat them up or eat them cold. Season them like sausage if that makes them seem more breakfast.

 

For vegetables, you might like soup -- this one is good. Or there's always the standard baggie of chopped raw vegetables -- carrots, celery, jicama, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini or summer squash.

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Muffins?? Muffins??? Tell me more -- please!

Haha... muffins only count if they're 'meat muffins'. Looks like a muffin, baked in a muffin tin, NOTHING like a pastry... except just as easy. I don't own a microwave, so I take my muffins out of the fridge when I get up and leave them on the counter while I get ready... within the hour it takes to get ready, they're closer to room temp (not bitingly cold) and delicious the same way cold left over meatloaf is delicious!

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I highly recommend baking 2 spaghetti squash for your family. The hardest part is the cutting BUT well worth it if you want spaghetti and meatballs that are really delicious and healthy!!!

I found a marinara sauce that is compliant.

The spaghetti squash is so miraculous and easy-you really get noodles from it and up your intake of vegetables.

You can slice mushrooms and peppers to add in your sauce-the sky is the limit!!!!!

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