I've combined Day Three and Four of our breakfast challende into this one post because…well…I screwed up.
You see, I stayed up really late last night — until 2 a.m. — helping a friend set up her blog. I hadn't looked at what was on the menu for Thursday's breakfast yet, thinking that I'd just throw it together when I got up today.
But then I dragged myself out of bed at 7:45 this morning and looked up what I'd planned for breakfast — Overnight Whole Wheat Breakfast Cake. Notice the "overnight" part? Yeah. It wasn't happening this morning.
Thankfully, I'd doubled yesterday's breakfast so we didn't have to resort to cereal this morning.
And what was yesterday's breakfast? Chocolate Buttermilk Bread, a recipe that will definitely be going on my master menu plan at the end of the month.
Now, it's not the healthiest recipe in the world, but it is very filling. I'd love to try to improve the healthiness of the recipe without impacting the taste too much. Do you have any suggestions for how to make it healthier? Here are the ingredients (you can view the whole recipe on Lynn's site here). See room for improvement anywhere?
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk (I like to use milk soured with vinegar)
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I happened to use bread flour this time)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
My kids — all three of them — love this recipe, and so do I. But the way the recipe stands right now, I could almost call the muffins cupcakes (although they are heartier and heavier than cupcakes). So I covet your comments and suggestions for improvement in healthfulness (which will mean less Mommy guilt when I serve them!).
If you're up for a challenge, or need some inspiration and motivation to get back in the kitchen and cook, we'd love for you to join us in this adventure. Just focus on making breakfasts every day this week, trying out new recipes or bringing back some oldie-but-goodies. Then next Monday Amanda and I will each host a Mr. Linky and you can link up your post about the breakfasts you tried this week (of course, including pictures and mouth-watering recipes, too!).
For each of the the following three weeks, the challenge will be lunches, dinners, and then snacks. Then, at the end of this 4-week cooking challenge, Amanda and I will be compiling master menu plans from which we can more easily plan our meals. So we're both looking forward to some new meal ideas from our fabulous readers. We'd love for you to join us!