Yes, that’s right. Brinner.
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My friends Kim and Kim (funnily enough, and no I did not plan that) at Cook IT Allergy Free and Gluten Free is Life are also big fans of brinner. What’s not to like, really? In the days before my celiac diagnosis, after a stressful day at work I would sometimes go out with some of my fellow therapists for pancakes aka “breakfast for dinner.” Same thing. Hence: brinner.
Now that I am a gluten avoider, and also a bit more aware of the impact that those carb and sugar heavy meals (pancakes, ya’ll) had on my physiology and my physique, my perspective on brinner choices has evolved.
But not my love of brinner.
It’s kind of hard to beat brinner.
You have many choices when it comes to preparing a gluten free, nutritious brinner. And really, who’s rules say that “breakfast” foods have to be eaten in the morning anyhow. Really.
Here’s a short, totally-not-all-inclusive list of some ideas for a celiac or gluten sensitive friendly brinner:
- Hard boiled eggs
- My easy egg casserole bake. You can make a million different variations on that, keep it in the fridge and snack on it whenever the need arises. I made one with eggs, egg whites, chicken sausage (Al Fresco brand is what I use, I’ll talk more about that in just a minute) and feta cheese for Christmas, and it was tasty!
- GF oatmeal and egg whites or eggs made into a pancake type thing. This is also portable if you are on the run. You can make a bunch of these ahead too. If one of your goals for this year is to eat more healthfully, having a good-for-you snack prepared and ready to eat will keep you from diving headfirst into a box of GF crackers. I hope.
- Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancakes from Kim at Cook IT Allergy Free
- Volcano Pancake and Hash Brown Casserole from Shirley at Gluten Free Easily
- And seriously too many others to list. Don’t be constrained by traditional foods at certain times!
OK, so now on to my particular brinner. This was a kind-of-a-frittata version of my egg bake. I used Al Fresco Chicken Sausage and here’s why. There’s an old joke that sausage means “we don’t know what’s in it either,” but that’s not the case with these babies. This is the ingredient list on the Sun Dried Tomato, which is the type I use the most.
- SKINLESS CHICKEN MEAT
- SEASONING (SALT, TURBINADO SUGAR, SPICES, TOMATO POWDER, DEHYDRATED ONION & GARLIC, PAPRIKA, BASIL, NATURAL FLAVOR)
- DICED TOMATOES,SUNDRIED TOMATOES (UNSULFURED)
- NATURAL PORK CASING.
Nice! All recognizable as food by my great grandmother. No nitrates, nitrites, or gluten. And they are already cooked.
Check out my frittata egg bake recipe here.
What’s your favorite brinner? Hit it up in the comments and share your ideas!