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We are experiencing a breakfast rut.

This is new territory for me. I'm quite familiar with the dinner rut. That 5:30 dread wherein you realize that if you serve spaghetti and meatballs yet again you will be facing a family mutiny. (And not the fun kind when someone actually takes over the cooking for you. This is more Mutiny on the Whiny than on the Bounty).

Because I have experienced many a dinner rut, I know the fix: Pinterest! (Actually, Pinterest is the fix to every problem and non-problem in my life, as I've mentioned). But really, the only way to get out of a dinner rut is to find some new delicious recipes to add into the rotation, and Pinterest is an excellent place to find those new recipes.

Breakfast, however, is a horse of a different color.

That's partially because our society has somewhat arbitrarily decided that only certain foods can be consumed prior to 8 am. Eggs, cereal, toast, bacon, sausage, smoothies, hash browns, orange juice, and the like are all either unwelcome or looked at askance on a lunch or dinner plate.

Of course, that is only part of the breakfast rut problem. The other issue is timing. When I am making dinner, if the recipe takes 30 minutes to complete, it's no big thing. But weekday breakfasts tend to be rushed affairs where speed is prized over delicacy.

Now all of my go-to quick breakfasts (smoothies, scrambled eggs, omelets, celery with peanut butter, fresh juice, frozen waffles with peanut butter, bagels, fruit with yogurt, cereal...) are played out, and I am left scrambling to figure out something to eat every morning.

Thankfully, this has not really affected the rest of the family. J has a tendency to grab some leftovers for breakfast, because he laughs at society's breakfast conventions. LO has recently discovered the unadulterated joy that is bacon (we won't tell him that the real stuff tastes even better than the turkey bacon we eat), and will happily eat that for breakfast every single morning. And BB is so thrilled to be eating anything solid (that is, smearing anything solid in his hair) that he hasn't noticed my breakfast rut.

So I am left picking half-heartedly at some fruit and stealing some of LO's bacon before eating lunch at 10:30 every morning.

I'm hopeful something in my breakfast rotation will appeal again soon. It's tough to be the captain and the breakfast mutineer at the same time.


What do you do when you get into a meal rut? Do you have any unusual go-to breakfasts?

Published Jun 10 2014, 09:18 AM by Emily Guy Birken
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