I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by. It’s almost Christmas. It’s almost the end of the year. I guess that means I have to start planning for the holidays (yikes!). This year, I’ll be serving Christmas brunch for the family.
I always want the food I serve to taste great; eating is such a part of our social behavior. I love to get together for a family meal, to talk about our lives and our dreams. But, without tasty food, people would be less likely to gather around the table and have a fun time.
But at the same time, I want nourishing and healthy foods. I like to use as many “whole” foods as possible. Real peaches in my oatmeal rather than peach flavored instant oatmeal not only tastes better, it’s better for you. Pure maple syrup rather than flavored high fructose corn syrup tastes so much better.
And, like many families, we have dietary restrictions and picky eaters. How do I cope with all these demands (tasty, healthy, vegetarian, dairy-free, etc)? I like to serve a few different dishes to choose from. Some bacon in that egg casserole? The vegetarian can avoid that dish. A dish with dairy? Those who avoid dairy can eat everything else. I serve coffee for breakfast, but also have caffeine free teas available for those who can’t have caffeine. Having a variety of dishes to choose from, keeping the dietary restrictions in mind, but not letting them overwhelm you is really the key to accommodating so many needs. Just be sure to let everyone know what’s in the dish when you sit down to eat.
This Peaches ‘n Cream Baked Oatmeal is great for Christmas breakfast. It’s an elegant way to upgrade hum-drum oatmeal. It’s healthy (those oats have great soluble fiber). It’s low in sugar and fat. It’s vegetarian. And, it works well with dairy milk (any kind from skim to whole), soy milk, or almond milk. It’s quick to make, and bakes in the oven while you’re spending time with your family. And, best of all, it’s really tasty! It’s even great cold from the fridge the next day.
You can make this as a large family style dish, or try making individual servings. Equally divide the peaches, oats, and milk mixture into 6 shallow oven-proof bowls. Reduce baking time to 40-45 minutes.
Hello! I'm Debi, the girl behind Life Currents where I write about mainly healthy vegetarian dishes. My husband eats meat, so occasionally I share some of his dishes as well. And, I'll share tasty treats and projects that we do. Read More…