Haven’t done one of these here in a while!! Super excited.
In our quest to eat better, we have given up almost all convenience food. This includes cereal. All cereal. Not just the ones that make your children act like drunk monkeys.
Instead, I make a hot breakfast. Every day. Even the days I REALLY don’t want to…and the ones I REALLY, REALLY don’t want to.
Usually its pancakes, french toast, or an oatmeal/farina type porriage (sp?). My kids LOVE pancakes. They approve of french toast, and two out of three will eat the hot cereals. Needless to say, we usually end up with pancakes. Throw some fruit and kefir on the side, and they are happy little campers.
Added bonus: they don’t come to me within 30 minutes and tell me they are “starving to death” anymore. Why? Because they didn’t eat styrofoam soaked in milk for breakfast. It was real food. Hot, filling food. Hot, filling food that isn’t as fun an easy as Lucky Charms, but we are adjusting.
This morning, we had a plumbing issue, so the hubs stayed home. He was a little bummed about the added expense that plumbing brings and said that he really just wanted a Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast. Being that we are an hour from the nearest Denny’s, that wasn’t happening, but I knew I could at least accomidate his sad pocketbook a little.
Therefore, breakfast today was:
Fried eggs (the adults had three eggs each as they were from Bantam chickens and as a result, the size of ping pong balls), red potatoes cooked in raw, organic coconut oil, biscuits made from whole wheat flour and home brewed yogurt (buttermilk isn’t finished brewing), applewood smoked bacon (so shoot me), and GRAVY. Yes, GRAVY. I made the roux with whole wheat flour and the milk was organic. I am going to count that as healthy…enough. Sometimes, when it feels like the world is out to get you, you eat gravy. I don’t feel bad. I made the kids some chocolate milk out of organic milk that NEEDS to be consumed (at 5.99 a gallon, you dont let it go to waste) and Trader Joe’s “midnight moo” chocolate sauce. YUM.
Because breakfast wasn’t eaten until almost 11am, (plumbing issues make for long mornings) we just had a snack at around 3pm. I made the kids some popcorn. cooked in raw coconut oil, then drizzled with caramel made from 1/2 a stick of butter, 1/4 cup of demerara, a touch of organic half and half and some sea salt. It was SOOO good and just enough to hold the over for dinner…which is going to be:
Pulled pork sandwiches. You have to try this recipe.
I have some pork roasts which I find are very inexpensive! I bought two in a package for $8.00 the other day. I am cooking both so that I can have some leftovers for lunches this weekend.
I popped the roasts in the crock pot, dumped in a bottle of root beer (I used this one that I found at Whole Foods), put the lid on , and set it on low. I will leave it for about six hours (or about two hours from now). When it is done, I will pull the roasts out, shred the meat, and then dump in a bottle of good quality bbq sauce. I could make my own…I have a fantastic family recipe that used to be sold in local stores, but its quite a bit of money up front and right now, it isn’t a priority. I just bought a good all natural sauce this time around. I am sure the $1.00 bottle would taste just as good.
As I type, this dough is rising. In a bit, I will be mixing up some cole slaw with homemade mayo. Typically, I don’t eat cole slaw, but I watched this show on the Food Network a couple of weeks ago that showed a place in the south that makes pulled pork sandwiches topped with cole slaw and it looked oddly appetizing. As I said, I typically don’t eat cole slaw, and for all I know, tonight will not be any different. That said, I must try.
Dessert will be some frozen homemade vanilla crockpot yogurt (recipe might still be on the sidebar somewhere?) topped with fresh strawberries and midnight moo sauce. No restraint today…sorry.
Try the pork. You will be glad you did. The whole meal was made for about $16.00. More than most of my meals, but not bad for five people plus leftovers. I will be breaking my new “no soda” rule (haven’t had a Pepsi in almost a month) to have some root beer and homemade vanilla vodka. Yeah, I said it. HOMEMADE VANILLA VODKA. No apologies either, folks. It’s medicinal.
Especially on a day when the plumber comes to visit.