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Monday, December 22, 2014

Make Ahead Christmas Morning Brekkie

The lead up to Christmas is busy. Christmas morning- especially with kids!- is even busier! Instead of rushing to organize a yummy breakfast in between unwrapping gifts, cooking dinner, or corralling the family to get to Grandma's, why not whip up some make- ahead choices that you can prep in advance? No elves required. See below for 3 ideas for an easy & delicious Christmas morning menu.

Vanilla Chia Pudding 
A favourite from my friend Jessica over at North Shore Mama, we made this healthy pudding and LOVED it! It's like having dessert for breakfast!

Ingredients:
1 cup black chia seeds
4 cups unsweetened almond or coconut milk
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
Toppings of choice, such as fresh berries, nuts, sliced bananas, etc

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl add the chia seeds, milk, & maple syrup & stir until combined.
2. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight (or for a minimum of 2 hours).
3. To serve, scoop into bowl & add your toppings of choice (it would be cute to have a topping station!)
Tip: If the pudding seems a little thick, add a little bit extra milk or water until desired consistency is reached.


Breakfast Casserole
I came across a similar recipe on the Trader Joe's website a few years ago and love this hearty brekkie that you can simply pop in the oven to warm on Christmas morning while you open pressies!


Ingredients:
1 loaf of your favourite bread* (swap out white or French for raisin or sourdough for a delicious twist!)
8 eggs
1/4 cup milk*
1 cup cooked sausage, bacon, and/ or ham
1 cup cheese, grated

*Or use your favourite gluten free version; for a dairy free casserole, I recommend unsweetened almond milk

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a casserole dish with oil or butter.
2. Cut or tear the bread into pieces approx. 1" square & distribute evenly in the dish; cut the meat into desired pieces and do the same.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk and pour over the bread & meat, making sure to coat everything.
4. Bake for 25 minutes (or until top starts to turn golden brown) and let stand to cool before placing in fridge (if eating right away, allow it to stand for a few minutes before serving).
5. In the morning, reheat oven to 350 degrees and warm for 10- 15 minutes.
Serve with ketchup or syrup depending if you prefer a sweet or savoury version.

Crockpot Apple Cider
What could be better than the smell of cider wafting through the house on Christmas morning? Add a shot of your favourite rum for an adult sippy.


Ingredients:
1L apple juice
1 cup cranberry juice (not cocktail!)
Rind or zest of 1 orange & lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
2 cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
(you can also find pre- mixed mulling spices in most grocery stores, which are also delicious)
Optional: Fresh apples slices

Directions:
1. Place citrus zest & spices into a piece of cheesecloth and tie with food safe string (you can also use a coffee filter if you don't have cheesecloth); it should look like a little bundle.
2. Pour juices into crockpot & pop you spice sachet into the liquid (add fresh apple slices if you're including).
3. Set the crockpot on low & steep the cider over night for 8 hours or so. Check it occasionally to make sure the zests and spices don't become too overpowering/ bitter. Remove spice sachet when cider has reached the flavour mix you like.
4. Set crockpot to 'warm' setting until ready to serve.

Image Sources:
Breakfast Casserole: Trader Joes
Vanilla Chia Pudding: North Shore Mama
Apple Cider: K Petrunia

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