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Menu Planning – A Balanced Menu

What’s my favorite part of a brunch menu?  The Bread Food Group – Muffins, bagels, pancakes, waffles, quick breads, cinnamon rolls, French toast, bread sticks, crepes, scones, croissants. . . am I missing something?

If left to my own vices, I’d be Dudley Dursley, Harry Potter’s over-sized, overfed cousin with my plate piled high with every breakfast bread imaginable .  The love of bread spills over into my daily cooking too. Hence my need to plan a balanced menu every day.

Tip #1: Use a meal planner with Food Group headers.  I like this Menu Planner Printable where I have an entire column dedicated to Fruit and Vegetable

Tip #2: Fill your shopping cart just like you’d fill your dinner plate a la ChooseMyPlate.gov.  I know I’m in trouble if half my cart is cereal, chips and loaves of bread rather than apples, bananas, oranges, broccoli and lettuce.

Tip #3: Have a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal.  Raw, cooked, in a salad or smoothie – I like to mentally think of serving a rainbow to help me avoid the All White Dinners (boiled chicken, white rice, roll and no fruit or veggies… yes, it’s happened before.)

So, how do I deal with my Bread-centric brunch menu?  I promise to just pick one (or two) bread options for my menu, but you’ll have to pick your own.  Some suggestions-

Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze

Whole Grain Artisan Bread

Almond Joy Muffins

Shall I continue?  Snickerdoodle French Toast  –   Homemade Bagels  –  Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread   –  Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Monkey Bread  –  Garlic Herb Breadsticks  –    Spaghetti Bread  –  Pumpkin Waffles

Or you can try these Blackberry Scones? ( My delayed apologies to the gluten-free world).

How do you keep a balanced menu?

 

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  1. Erin Oltmanns 03/16/2012 at 9:27 pm

    I LOVE BREAD. After spending 7 months working on losing weight, it’s the bread that I really crave. One of my very favorite things to do is take a big, thick slice of Crumb Brothers rustic sourdough (from the SLC Farmers Market) and slather it in butter, pop it under the broiler until the butter browns and then plate it up and drizzle honey on it.

    OH. MAMA.