"It is convenient to follow patterns in meal planning. These are general outlines which give a working plan for each meal and save much time in menu making. Such type or pattern meals need not be monotonous. Indeed, with their use, a very satisfying variety in meals is possible."
--The Family's Food, 1931
As I read this, and the continuing section about breakfast patterns, I realized that I have been using meal patterns, especially for breakfast, ever since I started cooking regular meals. It just makes sense: take something from each food group that you need, and make a meal from it.
For breakfast, I try to have a protein, a whole grain, and a fruit. That could mean
- Yogurt, oatmeal, and orange juice
- Poached eggs on whole wheat toast with fruit
- A smoothie with a whole wheat English muffin sandwich with ham and eggs
Here's my weekly pattern, subject to change. I'm not listing fruits because I'll just be using whatever I get from the grocery store. If we're out of fresh fruit, I'll go for frozen, canned, or juice.
- Monday: Oatmeal, yogurt
- Tuesday: Waffles, scrambled eggs
- Wednesday: Poached eggs on toast
- Thursday: Porridge (cream of wheat, multi-grain, etc.), yogurt or boiled eggs
- Friday: English muffin sandwiches with eggs and ham
- Saturday: Granola or cereal
- Sunday: Whatever I feel like making