No Oatmeal Porridge

Weekday breakfasts are tough! It doesn’t matter what time I get up, I always end up in a breakfast crunch. And there are too many things to do at night to make breakfast ahead of time consistently. I do try to do that a few times a week but I like to feed my family a variety and pre-made breakfasts rely on having the same thing multiple times a week. No fun!

I tried a new breakfast recipe yesterday morning (adventurous for a weekday morning)! And I loved it! The recipe was for a grain-free coconut porridge. My girls love their porridges. They like grits, cream of rice, oatmeal, buckwheat, steel-cut oats, etc, etc.

Ever notice how traditional breakfast foods are so grain heavy? Like that is the only option other than eggs for breakfast. I do make a lot of eggs for Brian’s breakfast and the girls partake in that as well. But they really like their oatmeal and such. In fact, I’d say most people will tell you they can’t give up their morning oatmeal. Enter the No-Oat Porridge. It is grain-free, and sugar-free and can be completely nut-free (if you use coconut milk or other alternative)!

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This porridge was simple enough for weekday morning prep. It is made of almond milk, coconut flour, unsweetened shredded coconut, and an egg (or a banana if you want to be egg free). I made the version with an egg to add some extra creaminess but maybe next time I’ll experiment with the banana. The texture is similar to any creamed cereal (wheat, rice, etc).  I topped the porridge with toasted almonds, dried cranberries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and dash of maple syrup. Both girls had a hard time finishing their portion, it was so filling. So we saved some and they were thrilled to have it again the next morning. Even I had some as my breakfast forgoing my usual greens (oh, missed opportunity, I should have added some to it!).

Looks like oatmeal without the oats is possible and satisfying.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The girls and I went to the Tacoma Rainiers game today. We’ve been waiting for a day game that worked for our schedule all summer and today was the day! I love watching baseball! It’s more of an outing for me that the girls can have fun at too. The game was at 11:35 am so there was no way around lunching at the game.

Before we could go anywhere we had banana nut porridge for breakfast. There are very few ingredients in this porridge. Some soaked nuts, a banana, almond milk, and cinnamon. All that gets processed in the food processor until smooth and then warmed up. While it’s warming the porridge thickens up a bit.

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This breakfast tasted similar to cream of wheat (in texture too) but it was wheat free (yay!). The girls liked it and I like that the recipe makes enough for two days worth of breakfast. So we started the day off right in anticipation of the goodies we would get at the game.

As I said, being an 11:35 game, there was no way around eating lunch at the stadium.

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Here’s the girls with their “main” portion of lunch. Lexi had a bunless hotdog and Izzy got the best deal in the park, a beef taco (fresh lettuce, cheese, salsa that they put on right in front of you!) for $2.50. Seriously, they sell anything in the stadium for $2.50?! It looked amazing but I didn’t get a bite so I’ll take her word that it was good. I snuck in (yep, I’m a rebel) an apple and a small bag of raw veggies. It’s not like there is anywhere you can purchase those items in the park. In addition, we snacked on popcorn and peanuts (peanuts were my lunch, ha, that’s how many I ate). Popcorn was crazy salty and we could only get through half of it. It also is what I believe did in Lexi’s tummy. She had a slight tummyache when we got home.

For dinner we did a repeat of tuna salads from last week. There was a little wild caught tuna leftover from last week so I added that and some avocado with pretty much the same stuff as before. Nobody minded the repeat since it was so yummy the first time. Plus, with Lexi’s tummy and our baseball food, salad seemed like the best option. Raw food helps heal the tummy.

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Sadly, that is all the wild caught tuna we have so we won’t be experiencing the yumminess of this salad again in the near future. Do you think I will be more inspired this week to make something other than salad for my family? I’m not sure, I don’t have a meal plan yet but in the morning I am going to try my hand at french “toast” with no toast and squash instead. We will see if it is kid approved or not. Seems like not, but since going mostly grain free the girls are much more open to my kitchen creations. Squash french toast, oh yes I’m going there!

Another Soccer Saturday

Izzy’s soccer game was again during lunch time. I guess we are the only family that cares about this. I pack us a lunch and we eat on the sidelines. Ha, we even bring a small table to set the food on. Cheering with carrots and peanut butter on our mouths, we are quite the site.

In addition to carrots and peanut butter I brought watermelon, salads, and raw buckwheat porridge parfaits. The parfaits were a new recipe and I wasn’t sure how they would go over. The raw buckwheat is soaked overnight then drained and mixed up with chia seeds, almonds milk, cinnamon, and honey. The mixture turns into a porridge type consistency but it’s cold.

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These were topped with strawberries, nut granola, mini chocolate chips, and a drizzle of honey. All those toppers helped get the family excited about the parfait. BTW Isabelle’s team won their soccer game and she was so close twice to scoring her first goal. She has really stepped up as a player.

Let’s see what else did we do today? Not a whole lot. My dad came over to discuss the coming weekend’s camping menu. I am very fearful of the menu because it is filled with meat. My sister and her family are coming out to visit us one of the days so in order to accommodate them and my dad and really everyone else we made a very meat heavy menu. Ahhhh! I’m going to need a giant shelf full of salad mix and a ton of soup to help me get through this trip (salad for breakfast is definitely going to happen for me).

We grilled veggie burgers while the girls ran through the sprinkler (our first sprinkler event of the year!). We love to grill more than one meal at a time because the charcoal stays hot for such a long time. So after the burgers were done I threw on some Almond Joy Cookies. Wow, these cookies were good! I made some changes to use chickpea flour and flax seeds in place of the oat flour. My dad is definitely not a health food eater but he went back for more of these cookies. Of course, we all loved them and I’m trying to not devour the last few of them just typing this up.

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