Breakfast can wait… No Prince, breakfast can’t wait!
In our house, we feel like breakfast is essential to having a healthy start to the day! There’s not gonna be grits and gravy, cheese eggs and ham. There’s not gonna be hotcakes smothered in honey, just good, wholesome Paleo goodness.
No time to cook breakfast every morning? No problem!
One of the struggles we have is getting breakfast made in the morning. It is so much easier to make toast or cereal instead of eggs and meat. We came up with a prepare-ahead breakfast plan for our family and hopefully it helps someone else make better choices for breakfast.
On Thursday each week I write out our meal plan for the week. I ask the boys each week what they want in their breakfast the next week and I give them the chart below. I make sure I have enough food for the four of us and for Patrick to take to work in his Adult Paleo Lunchbox. Our weekly grocery bill usually comes in right at $150.00.
On Friday I grocery shop. Doing it Friday allows me to beat the weekend crowd and still have time to go back and get whatever it is that I forgot to get over the weekend.
On Sunday night I scramble enough eggs for each child to have approximately 2 eggs a day for 7 days. I then cook all the meat they requested within appropriate serving sizes. There is usually a variety for the week. We buy ground turkey sausage patties, all natural cocktail weenies (found at trader joes), bacon and ham. I pack 2 eggs and one meat choice into Rubbermaid Takealongs Divided containers that I found at Target (6 pack for $5.00) and place them in the refrigerator.
Monday morning the kids get up, take out one container, choose a fruit and a drink. We heat up their breakfast dish in the microwave and they get to enjoy a healthy, wholesome Paleo breakfast without the hassle of me cooking, cleaning and making the meals every morning. I cooked one time for the whole week! I already cook at least 6 nights a week, so I was really needing to take short cut somewhere. I believe the microwave is a great compromise over gluten and grain filled “easy” breakfasts! The eggs don’t get runny in the refrigerator because there is no milk in the scrambled eggs. Everything reheats really nicely and the kids really enjoy having a “breakfast buffet” to choose from!
These breakfast meals are very basic, but coupled with a fruit or veggie they are a perfect alternative to non-paleo breakfast choices. How do YOU make Paleo work for your family? We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment and tell us your ideas!