Breakfast is often the trickiest part of following a Paleo-based diet. It can be a dramatic transition to go from boxes of cereal, pastries, and jam on toast to soups, stews, and stir-fries instead. And, I’ll be honest, even though we know it’s good for us, all this Paleo breakfast planning, vegetable chopping, and cooking at 7am can sometimes wear a bit thin. We’re just so used to being able to grab a packet of something from the cupboard and head out the door.
A portion of last night’s chilli can be reheated and eaten for breakfast…
But don’t despair – you can still look forward to a convenient, satisfying, and nutritious breakfast on a Paleo-based diet. Check out these time-saving tips…
Pack Yourself Breakfast The Night Before
Ever find half your breakfast time taken up with gazing into the dim light of the fridge wondering what you’re going to eat? Me too, sometimes. But one of the best transitions I made to Paleo breakfast time was to get it prepped the day before. I do it when I’m getting the packed lunches sorted for the next day. Just finely chop a few veggies – carrots, parsnips, greens – and add them to a bowl along with any chopped, cooked, leftover chicken or other cooked meats that you have handy. Cover, and put back in the fridge. The next morning, empty the bowl into a pan with a little coconut oil and stir-fry until thoroughly reheated and cooked through. Adorn with herbs, fresh spinach, a fried egg if you like – and you’ll be eating a beautiful, nutritious breakfast in around 10 minutes.
For Breakfast, Anything Goes
There are some amazing recipes for Paleo granola, muffins, breads, and oat-free ‘porridge’. But don’t get bogged down just trying to constantly replicate your pre-Paleo breakfast favourites. Keep it really simple. A portion of last night’s chilli can be reheated and eaten for breakfast. Try a stir-fry using leftover chicken and vegetables from dinner the night before. Soup, salads, and stews are all good for breakfast. You can also fry up some minced meat and grated or chopped veggies in a frying pan to make a breakfast hash. Season with a little salt, ground mace, and some herbs and you’re done. And you’ll have leftovers for the next day, too.
Imagine opening the fridge one morning and finding your vegetables all peeled and chopped up for the week, a batch of burgers ready-cooked and ready to reheat and some vegetable and egg muffins? Great, right? You can work an hour or two into your weekly routine to batch cook some of your favourite recipes for the week, or just plan each time you cook dinner to make an extra portion or two. You’ll always have something you can quickly combine for a great start to the day. You’ll also have options there to grab something quickly before you leave home (like hard-boiled eggs or burgers) and your packed lunch will mostly likely be sorted, too.
Treat Yourself, When You Can
On weekends, or whenever you have more time in the morning, make breakfast a proper occasion by whipping up a batch of Paleo pancakes or an indulgent breakfast burger. An occasional treat or long, laid-back breakfast can add variety to the week. It’ll also give you a chance to try out new recipes – granolas, muffins and breads – to keep the inspiration flowing.
Eggs make a meal, or so the saying goes. And they add a nutritious boost to pretty much anything. It’s easy on Paleo to get fed up with eggs if you’re relying on them every day for breakfast, so add them in to your other veggie-packed meals for variety. Soft-boiled eggs can be halved and added to a salad, while poached eggs are beautiful with stir-fried greens. Not much in the fridge? Chop up what you do have and whisk it into beaten eggs to make an omelette. Need a make-ahead option? Hard-boil a few eggs, cool and peel, and then keep them covered in the fridge for a few days. Add them to your breakfast for a speedy option.
Use Your Slow Cooker
Put your slow cooker to good use to make breakfast the next morning, while you’re sleeping soundly. There are lots of recipes for Paleo Breakfast Casseroles online, which can cook on low for seven or eight hours. Or set it up on a low setting to make a stew when you go to bed and come down to it fully cooked and smelling incredible the next morning, a great idea for a cold, frosty day. You can just ladle what you need into a bowl and cool and freeze the rest. Broth is another great thing to make in the slow cooker overnight, meaning you have fresh bone broth to ladle into your mug in the morning. Perfect.
What are your favourite tips for a convenient but nourishing Paleo breakfast? Share them in the comments below.