Just as I’m running out of ways to say “cooking and eating real food is hard,” I’m also running out of ideas for breakfasts.
Logan is so over eggs. After nothing but eggs for breakfast for about three months, he has declared he won’t eat another bite of them. His breakfasts come home from daycare now untouched, rubbery and rotten-smelling in his Cars thermos. $300 at the grocery store last week, I sigh as I dump yet another meal down the drain.
So we were excited to move into the next stage of GAPS, were we could introduce fruit. We might be a bit ahead of schedule (at least, the schedule I had estimated when we began this journey), but like I said, I’m simply running out of motivation and ways to express an austere diet like this one is just freakin’ hard. Not only will a bite of fruit will be like an explosion of sugar, it’ll also be a million times easier to pack an apple instead of well, anything that has to be cooked.
Except in Stage 5, fruit still needs to be cooked. Nothing raw that will be hard on the digestive system just yet.
I found the above recipe in Against All Grain, and it looked as delicious as it was. Jason painstakingly sliced through a few pounds of pears and ground up nuts, dates and coconut for us to form a crunchy topping to the “pie,” as we called it for Logan. Pearberry pie–what a treat!
Logan didn’t like it.
I sent it with him to daycare three times, as breakfast, as snack, as dessert after lunch. But he wasn’t fooled–and he wasn’t eating that pie.
So I moved on to the next recipe, pork sausage with fried apples. Nevermind that I absolutely hate pork. The smell of it feels like an affront to my nose, and squishing it into patties with various spices made my stomach turn. It felt like glue on my fingers. Still, I followed the directions exactly and ended up with beautifully browned sausage patties and apple slices that Logan would have nothing to do with.
Well, third time’s a charm, I mused. Against All Grain had another fruity breakfast recipe, one for banana porridge. This was going to be my savior, I thought. It was sweet, super easy to make, easy to transport to daycare, and cheap (relatively speaking, of course). I ground up one banana, a few handfuls of nuts, a cup of coconut milk and cinnamon — and again, Logan refused to eat it.
As before, we tried over the course of a few days, and every time, I ended up eating the entire thing (save for Logan’s one no-thank-you bite). Which isn’t awful, since this banana porridge might be my new favorite meal, but it doesn’t solve the problem of what to give Logan for breakfast.
So now what?
Well, back to eggs, I guess …
Feeling: A bit befuddled
Banana Porridge (from Against All Grain)
- 1/2 cup raw cashews , 1/2 cup raw almonds, and 1/2 cup raw pecan halves (I actually just used a cup and a half of whatever raw nuts I had on hand–just almonds and cashews, I think)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Basically, everything just gets tossed into a blender and whizzed together. Then it’s heated in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat until it thickens to a good consistency.