The most difficult meal to adapt to when we started our new diet was breakfast--we were so used to having cereal and fruit every day. Now I have to cook most mornings! We have a fairly set routine now, and though it includes a lot more prep and clean-up, we're all happy with the food we've been eating. Kenna is a great breakfast helper, and I've been making the kids do a lot more with the clean-up, so the days we've done school, we really haven't been too far behind. Here's our breakfast schedule, more or less:
Sundays & Wednesdays--pancakes (either coconut or banana-peanut butter) with fruit
Mondays & Thursdays--scrambled eggs with sausage (turkey sausage, no sugar for the boys; Jimmy Dean's all-natural sausage with 1 gram sugar for the girls), raw veggies, some kind of muffin
Tuesdays & Fridays--fried eggs, sausage patties, raw veggies (I like to saute veggies with my sausage), some kind of muffin
Saturdays & any day of the week we are in a hurry--homemade yogurt with GAPS granola (made from raw and soaked pumpkin and sunflower seeds, coconut, honey, and cinnamon), fruit
When we first started the diet, I cooked for Ted and later cooked for the rest of us. Ahem. Ted now eats leftovers from whatever I cooked the day before! We're trying not to use the microwave--it kills all the food's nutrients--but he unfortunately must use it at work for his lunch anyway. I try to put things in the oven to warm for him, but a lot of times he just zaps his breakfast.
I make our muffins in bulk using variations from a basic coconut flour muffin recipe. (I can post this later if anyone is interested.) I HAVE learned that we much prefer to double the amount of vanilla called for, and depending on what type of muffin, I also add almond extract. The original recipe was too egg-y for me. (I like eggs, but I want a muffin to taste like a muffin!) The recipe from the book makes 6 muffins.
I'll pause here so you can laugh as long and loudly as I did.
I immediately quadruple any recipe from that book! The first week of our diet I made 72 muffins--24 blueberry and the rest basic coconut flour. Now I probably do a couple of baking sessions a week, as we like to vary what we make. We like the carrot and pumpkin recipes as well, and tomorrow I'll try apple-cinnamon. We've made homemade jam in bulk (there's even some in the freezer now!), which goes very nicely on the plain muffins for a treat.
Hopefully this gives a bit of a glimpse into our new life...is it any wonder I spend so much time in the kitchen, LOL! Good thing we do a lot of school in there so I can multi-task!