Breakfast is important EVERYDAY… even days like Thanksgiving.
There are a couple of different strategies you can employ to make sure you’re not as miserable as you could be on Thanksgiving day. Here are some things I remind myself during the holiday season…
- Eat breakfast in the morning. If you skip the most important meal of the day – you’re sure not to have any self-control later in the day.
- Say “No, thank you.” It’s not necessary to say “Yes, please” to everything.
- Cook less – the more you make, the more you’re likely to try to eat.
It might be a GOOD thing to run out of food. Then maybe you could focus on something else besides food.
- Plan some non-carbohydrate, low calorie foods to fill up your plate.
- Play cards, football, board games, music, something, ANYTHING besides continuing to eat all. day. long.
Let’s cover the first tip: Eat Breakfast.
I’m usually up earlier than the rest of my family, so I am the designated breakfast cook. I felt like it should be something special to celebrate the holiday – balanced, but not too much food.
I settled on breakfast casserole and whole wheat nut pancakes with cinnamon apples. Too be honest, I’d never made a breakfast casserole before, but I understood the basic idea behind it. No recipe, no problem.
Thanksgiving Breakfast Casserole
- 6 slices whole wheat bread, cut into cubes
- 1/2 package sausage
- 4-6 C fresh spinach
- 8 eggs
- 1/2 C Milk
- 2/3 C Salsa
- 2/3 C Shredded Cheese
- 2 Avocados, diced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut bread and place in large casserole dish. Toast in oven 10 minutes.
- Brown sausage. Drain grease. Add sausage back to hot pan and cook with fresh spinach until halfway wilted – 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Remove toasted bread and add diced avocado. Top with sausage and spinach.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk eggs, cheese, milk and salsa together. Pour this mixture over the top of sausage.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until middle of casserole is cooked through.
Cooking Confession: I actually ran out of time and finished this casserole off in the microwave. No problem. It was done in 6 minutes and tasted great. Don’t be afraid to improvise. My whole family loved it.
Not to be forgotten, my mom’s contribution to breakfast. Her famous whole wheat nut pancakes.