About a year ago, I posted about breakfast patterns:
———"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."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.
--The Family's Food, 1931
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
I still like and use this idea for all meals, but it's especially helpful at breakfast time when my mind might not be quite fully functional yet.
Since I've started making breakfast every morning I've decided to come up with a new weekly pattern, because although I like variety, I don't like to decide what's for breakfast first thing in the morning. I'm still including fruit in my daily pattern but I won't list it as we'll usually just have whatever's around. And as always, if having something different makes sense, or even just sounds better, it's easy to ignore the schedule.
- Monday: Cream of wheat, boiled eggs
- Tuesday: Pancakes with applesauce, fried eggs
- Wednesday: Leftovers or something new or different
- Thursday: Oatmeal and yogurt
- Friday: Poached eggs on toast
- Saturday: Granola or cereal with milk
- Sunday: Waffles, scrambled eggs