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redthong Oct 18, 2012 06:27 PM

Next weekend I'm having a house full of company for two nights. I'm trying to do as much as possible ahead of time. All of the make-ahead breakfast idea I know have gluten, and one of my guests can't eat it. She also avoids dairy, although she can eat it if she takes Lactaid ahead of time. I also have a vegetarian, and everyone in the group is a healthy eater. Any ideas for something I can do ahead or, alternatively, something I can throw together really quickly in the morning? Thanks!

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    blinknoodle RE: redthong Oct 18, 2012 07:20 PM

    Use gluten-free oats for an overnight oat parfait with banana ice cream, or some other impressive yet easy parfait.

    http://ohsheglows.com/2011/04/07/vega...

    This is also a great breakfast option. I prefer the cold leftovers anyhow.
    http://www.dietdessertndogs.com/2009/...

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      redthong RE: blinknoodle Oct 19, 2012 08:04 AM

      That parfait recipe sounds fabulous! I've already got some bananas in the freezer to try the soft-serve. Can I get chia seeds at Whole Foods?

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      pavlova RE: redthong Oct 18, 2012 07:25 PM

      soak chia seeds in milk or almond/coconut milk and top with fruit. Soak it the night before and it becomes tapioca pudding like in texture. 2 tablespoons to a cup of liquid.

      1. todao RE: redthong Oct 18, 2012 08:00 PM

        Put fresh popcorn (not the microwave pre-salted/buttered kind, just regular popcorn) in a bowl, sprinkle with Splenda (or sugar if you prefer) and add a splash of Silk soy milk or other lactose free milk substitute (coconut milk) for you gluten free guest.
        Vegetarians can fend for themselves with the regular stuff .....

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          jvanderh RE: todao Oct 21, 2012 06:26 PM

          I don't understand this. Are you suggesting taking popped popcorn, adding liquid to it, and serving it for breakfast?

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: jvanderh Oct 21, 2012 07:40 PM

            that one had me scratching my head too.

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              jvanderh RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 21, 2012 10:10 PM

              poplaquiles?

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: jvanderh Oct 21, 2012 10:37 PM

                ha! you know, i just Googled "popcorn cereal," and apparently todao's suggestion is a real thing. it's bizarre to me, but hey, different strokes...

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                  jvanderh RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 21, 2012 11:30 PM

                  Huh, yeah, according to Snopes, it featured in one of the Little House books and on Good Eats. Whoda thunk it?

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                    goodhealthgourmet RE: jvanderh Oct 22, 2012 09:45 AM

                    i read all the Little House books as a kid, and i don't remember that - just the maple snow candy :)

                    anyway, apologies to Todao for the doubt!

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                      GilaB RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 22, 2012 11:47 AM

                      In Farmer Boy, there's a scene where Almanzo and his family are siting around in the equivalent of the living room one evening, each doing a different activity (Royal is carving a chain from a stick of pine, Alice is reading something out loud, somebody's knitting, etc.) Anyway, Almanzo takes a full cup of popcorn, and a full-to-the-brim cup of milk, and adds the popcorn, kernel by kernel, to the milk, marveling over how the milk doesn't spill over.

                      The appeal of this has always escaped me.

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          maxie RE: redthong Oct 18, 2012 08:01 PM

          Granola with non-dairy milk of your choice and fresh fruit.
          Heuvos ranchero on corn tortilla -- beans, salsa can be made ahead
          Cup4Cup ($$ GF flour available at Williams-Sonoma) substitutes easily and tastily in baked goods.

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            maxie RE: maxie Oct 18, 2012 08:41 PM

            Sorry -- I forgot Cup4Cup has dried milk powder in it, so not appropriate for this use

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              Nyleve RE: maxie Nov 1, 2012 12:57 PM

              Not all oats are gluten-free. Must be labelled as such. So off-the-shelf granola is likely not ok.

            2. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: redthong Oct 18, 2012 08:02 PM

              Omelet bar? You can turn out a mess of them in just a few minutes. Possibly get a carton of Egg Beaters for folks who want to eat healthier. Watch Julia Child do them on YouTube, it's a snap.

              1. goodhealthgourmet RE: redthong Oct 18, 2012 08:16 PM

                a frittata with seasonal vegetables. if fat is a concern, use mostly whites with just a couple of yolks...though i also always add cheese to mine. make it a day or two ahead, cover and chill in the fridge. alternatively, make frittata "muffins" - basically mini frittate in muffin tins. just bake, pop out, and store in a ziploc in the fridge or freezer.

                take the frittata or muffins out and set on the counter to bring up to room temp before serving.

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                  redthong RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 19, 2012 08:07 AM

                  Frittata muffins -- why didn't I think of that? Great idea.

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                  escondido123 RE: redthong Oct 18, 2012 08:50 PM

                  I would assume you can get gluten-free bread. With that, you can make the standard eggs & breakfasts. Add non-dairy milk and you can do French toast with a mix of breads.

                  1. Emme RE: redthong Oct 18, 2012 09:09 PM

                    Oatmeal Pancakes - gluten free oats, egg whites (or whole), sweetener of choice, a little vanilla, a little cinnamon... serve with syrup and/or earth balance and/or preserves (can cook, freeze and toast to reheat if it's too much to do on the spot)

                    Crepes - mostly egg (white if preferred), a little cornstarch, a little sweetener, almond milk, etc. serve with a lemon curd made with earth balance, or jams or powdered sugar or if you like something with tofu...

                    Breakfast Tacos or Burritos - with corn tortillas, eggs (or whites), onions, salsa, avocado, sour cream, beans if desired, cheese for the dairy folk, daiya for the non-dairy folk, some fresh cilantro... easy peasy and a little out of the ordinary

                    A Twist on Eggs Benedict - do polenta cakes - make polenta ahead, chill and cut circles; and sear or broil the day of, on top, layer garlic spinach maybe some chopped tomatoes or julienned sundrieds, then a poached or fried egg (use pam instead of lots of butter), then top with a sauce made from earth balance, egg yolks, a pinch of mustard powder, a pinch of cayenne or paprika, a little salt... top it all with some chives?

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                      weem RE: Emme Oct 22, 2012 12:05 AM

                      I like these ideas, especially the polenta cakes for Eggs Benedict. Also, I think you should be able to make the batters for the pancakes and crepes the night before and keep them in the fridge to save time the next morning.

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                      redthong RE: redthong Oct 19, 2012 08:08 AM

                      Thanks for all these great ideas! Now the only problem will be narrowing these down to just two. Whenever I ask, Chowhounds deliver!

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                        goodhealthgourmet RE: redthong Oct 19, 2012 10:12 AM

                        let us know what you decide to make, and how it all goes!

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                        girlwonder88 RE: redthong Oct 22, 2012 09:48 AM

                        We do breakfast burritos, too-our favorite lately is fried potatoes or hashbrowns, couple eggs and some chile verde added at the end. Corn tortillas, cheese, and anything you have leftover that'd be good: beans, pork, chicken, sausage. Wrap tightly in saran wrap and freeze in a ziploc bag, take a couple out and microwave to eat.

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                          girlwonder88 RE: redthong Oct 22, 2012 09:49 AM

                          I also love Ellie Krieger's breakfast quinoa: http://www.choosecherries.com/recipes...

                          We substitute whatever dried fruit we have on hand. It reheats nicely. Toasted nuts of some kind are esential, I think.

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                            merrua RE: redthong Oct 28, 2012 12:20 PM

                            buckwheat pancakes, with choice of sweet savory fillings. either galattes of more american style pancakes

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                              jvanderh RE: redthong Nov 1, 2012 11:50 AM

                              This was posted on another thread by Antimony, and it looks really good

                              http://dubberley.wordpress.com/2009/0...

                              and I think you you could sub 6 tbsp egg whites for two of the eggs if you wanted to.

                              Edit: oops, your company will have come and gone. Hope it went well!

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