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Breakfast – It’s What’s For Dinner

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There just doesn’t seem to be a lot of room for breakfast any more. I don’t mean your daily high fiber whole wheat muffin and slice of mango. I mean a good down home traditional American breakfast. The breakfast meals of our my youth were high calorie high fat affairs that would drown a kitchen in oil, grease and batter before the sun was even up. Eventually however my mother joined the workforce and by the time I was in high school like everyone else I was eating pop tarts and frozen waffles on my way out the door. Nowadays breakfast has been served up as a sacrifice in the war on fat, the war on calories and the war on getting to work and school on time. And for good reason, it’s probably not the best thing to have our daily allotment of calories and fat before noon.

So what is a traditional American breakfast?

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it.

Traditional breakfasts in the United States and Canada derive from the full English breakfast and feature predominantly sweet or mild-flavored foods, mostly hot. Typical items include cold breakfast cereals, hot oatmeal porridge, grits (in the South), other hot grain porridges, eggs, bacon, ham, small sausages, pan-fried potatoes (hash browns), biscuits, toast, pancakes, waffles, French toast, cornbread, English muffins, bagels (often with cream cheese), pastries (such as croissants, doughnuts, and muffins), yogurt (often sweetened and flavored), and fruit. Orange juice is a standard breakfast beverage, along with coffee, tea, milk, and other fruit juices (grapefruit, tomato, etc). Vegetables are notably rare on traditional menus.

. . . Today, most Americans and Canadians eat a reduced breakfast most days, but may still enjoy a traditional hearty breakfast on weekends, holidays, and vacations.

So what to do? Well like many folks we’ve just moved our traditional breakfast items to the dinner menu. There are a lot of things we can do to make the traditional breakfast more healthy and we’re going to spend almost no time whatsoever talking about them. Instead over the next week or so we’re going to talk about some real gut busters. Save these for your ‘bad’ day if you know what I mean and I think you do.

So buckle on the feedbag and ring the dinner bell, breakfast is what’s for dinner.

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