By the time Christmas morning comes rolling around, let’s face it- the season can feel straight up exhausting. But on this special morning that only comes once a year, this is what all the hustle in bustle is for…and I want to make the most of it. After the excitement of opening presents under the Christmas tree is over, we love to let the kids just enjoy the moment with their new toys while we make a fun family breakfast. (Well, technically it’s probably brunch by that point.) If you are like I am, I love to cook. This is a way for me to relax and unwind, while still leisurely taking the chance to sneak in a memorable family tradition. For me, this means a very casual, stress free breakfast for the entire family to savor together.
Because so many breakfasts contain basically just sugar and wheat, finding a breakfast that the entire family can enjoy can be challenging when you have someone in the family with Crohn’s or other dietary restrictions. That is why I like to serve up this meal buffet style. By having a few different ingredients as options, everyone is ensured to put together a plate that works for them.
Breakfast Burritos– This is one of my all time favorite breakfast meals. This dish is a great option with dietary restrictions because you can make up a bunch of different fillings for each person to ultimately customize themselves. By cooking up some hash browns, bacon, turkey sausage, sautéed veggies (like onions, mushrooms or peppers,) each family member has a chance to make this burrito their own way. Providing options, such as of both corn and flour tortillas, cheese, sour cream, hot sauces or salsa, makes this a fun way to enjoy a meal together even though every person’s breakfast burrito could end up quite different. (Check out your fridge for leftovers like ham, that can quickly be re-heated for even more options.) Throw those potatoes -skin and all- right in the oven for about an hour at 350 degrees while you are opening presents, and you will be well on your way to putting together a stress free breakfast. Just scoop out those potatoes once they are baked and finish them off with sime oil or butter in the skillet in no time.
Huevos Rancheros– This is another great family breakfast option for Christmas morning for the same reason. Also spread out buffet style, each person can choose to add the ingredients that work for them. Typically made with pork and black beans over a corn tortilla, this can actually be a really quick meal to throw together if you have some leftover shredded chicken or pork.
Roasted Sweet Potato Hash With Veggies– Simply dice up some sweet potatoes, red potatoes, and an arrangement of cut up veggies, place them on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for about an hour. And voila! You have a delicious breakfast hash. By placing each set of veggies on their own baking sheet, each person can select the ingredients they want to mix together on their plate and add condiments to their own liking. Top it off with your choice of a fried egg or a side of scrambled eggs or mixed in bacon for a completely satisfying meal. Recipe>>
Seed Free Smoothies– Everyone loves a good smoothie. Cut up some fresh fruit, making sure to have seedless fruit options as well, and let each person customize their own drink. Tropical fruits, such as mangos, papayas, or pineapple are often options that work well for people with Crohn’s. Throw some ice cream, yogurt or dairy free milk options on the buffet table, and everyone will be able to make their own smoothie that works for their diet.
Sweet Potato Toast– Grab a camera and have some fun in the kitchen! This is the perfect dish to have a Crohnie involved with food just like everyone else. Slice up some sweet potatoes into bread sized pieces, toast them up, and top em’ to your heart’s content. From avocados and balsamic vinegar to cottage cheese, garnish this gluten-free toast any way you like! Put a fun Christmas spin on this dish and use the toppings for a take on a cookie decorating contest. Take some pictures and start a new family Christmas tradition! Recipe>>
What are your favorite family style breakfasts with Crohn’s? Please share your dish with us!
* Please Note: This is merely an opinion blog. The research and information covered in this blog is open to public domain for discussion. We do not have any formal medical background. We simply want to share and discuss foods for those with Crohn’s Disease. Because people suffering from Crohn’s Disease tolerate a variety of foods differently, recipes often need specific alterations for each individual. Get creative! Leave out the foods that don’t work for you and use the foods that make you feel good. As always, please consult your doctor or health care professional before applying ideas from this website. Happy Cooking!!