Brunch at the Wilsons has been a tradition as long as we have been together. We got married in the morning so our reception could be a buffet filled with egg dishes, ham, fruit and blueberry muffins. The cakes were banana and spice to keep with the breakfast theme.
The first morning of our honeymoon we made our way to a delightful house-turned-restaurant with long couches to relax at the tables. Beautiful music played while we leisurely enjoyed delicious handcrafted food that had been expertly prepared. It’s among the best meals I have ever had in a restaurant.
For years waffles and potatoes were staples in our Saturday morning menu. That was until last September, when I changed yet another of my eating habits in pursuit of healthier living. Simpler carbohydrates had to go. I began avoiding anything that would cause a blood sugar spike.
Over this past year I have found that although I have worked hard at eating healthy for a long time, my plan had to fit me personally. That meant not only the whole, fresh foods that I have always loved but also it included trying something new to keep me from getting bored in the kitchen. After all, I always tell my friends, I still like to play with food.
While on this quest of healthy eating, I’ve become enamored with the beauty of sharing food with friends and family. It’s actually given me freedom because what I am creating is healthy. You don’t have to “go off your diet” to eat beautifully. I even eat what I once thought of as dinner food to start my day. One of my favorites is Breakfast Quinoa. Like almost everything I cook, I’ve made it my own.
Eating better hasn’t been a burden as much as it’s challenged my creativity. Our frittatas usually don’t have potatoes anymore and we just use a small amount of high-flavor cheeses (usually goat or sheep) instead of the alternatives. When I’m in a hurry I’ll eat a parfait made with plain Greek yogurt and fresh fruit. We’ve been known to drink smoothies with almond butter for something on the go.
Whatever it is, we serve our meals in the most attractive way possible. We still slow down for brunch, even when the menu is small. The table is set, we use real plates, true flatware and nice glasses. It’s about still treating every part of the senses to a quiet moment of the day. We treat those moments with the respect that relationships deserve.
When it comes to eating, my rules are simple:
• Everything must be made with whole ingredients (avoid processed foods).
• No simple carbohydrates, only complex.
• Limited dairy and grains.
• Lots of vibrant, locally grown produce.
• It must taste, look and smell delightful.
• Most of all, whenever possible, share a meal with someone you love.
Jemelene Wilson of Roseburg is married, has two daughters and is a substitute instructional assistant for the Roseburg School District. She is one of several bloggers who contributes to Douglas County Moms on The News-Review’s website, nrtoday.com.