Saturday, January 8, 2011

Breakfast: Feeding our Children

I'm sure you've heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, I think they're all important, but agree that a good hearty breakfast will start the day on the right foot, and it's especially important for our kids to be well fortified before heading off to school. By fortified, I mean with real food, and it doesn't have to be traditional breakfast fare. If they're more apt to go for a bowl a soup, or a sandwich, over an egg and toast, then by all means let them have it. This morning I offered up an egg and toast to my daughter, who does eat this pretty regularly, and I got the response, "that's boring", so I suggested a grilled sandwich:
Bingo! She was game. As I rifled through the fridge, I came up with pepperoni (natural, of course, without nitrates), Cabot cheddar cheese, and a little Trader Joe's Fresh Salsa on an onion roll:
Perhaps I'm stating the obvious here, but be sure to put the salsa between the meat and cheese, to avoid soggy bread syndrome. Melt a little butter then grill slowly, using a cast iron skillet, grille pan, or regular frying pan so it doesn't burn. I use a plate to weight down the sandwich, as I don't have a nifty sandwich press. This ensures optimal cheese meltage...yes, I know this isn't a word, but you get the point. I do believe there is an art to making a sandwich, so attention to the small details will make all the difference.
Enjoy, I know Ally did!

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