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Granola

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This granola is delicious and utterly wholesome. Plus, it's totally versatile: you can make it with your favorite ingredients, and eat it with either yogurt or milk. This granola is exceptionally rich in protein, fiber, and Omegas. It's true that there is brown sugar, honey, and butter in it -- but much less than in most granola recipes, and if it takes a bit of sugar and fat to shepherd that lovely flock of whole foods into my children's bodies, that's fine with me. You might want to start with a little less flax and a little more honey, and then tip the balance slowly each time you make it.

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Baked Apples

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This old fashioned treat is almost like an inside out apple crisp, with the oats and brown sugar filling nestled within. It's the kind of breakfast that might just get you moving on a cold winter's morning, and one you'll certainly want to share with your houseguests.

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Granola Bars

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My kids take these granola bars to school for snack, and they doubtless experience an, "I can't believe it's not cookies" feeling of righteous swindlery. The fact that the bars are packed with whole grains and nuts, seeds and dried fruits, means that they're an excellent source of energy and nutrients, despite the sweet, greasy facts of butter and honey. This is my version of an excellent Ina Garten recipe -- she's the Barefoot Contessa, and I really love her no-nonsense style of cooking and eating.

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Citrus Salad

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This colorful "salad" is perfect on holiday mornings. The fresh, bright flavors of the oranges and grapefruit awaken the senses and put everyone in a festive mood. Perhaps the best part about this dish, is that all it requires of me in the morning, is taking it out of the fridge.

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Baked Brunch Eggs

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Make ahead meals are a must during the busy holiday season. My mom understood that well when she started making this egg dish for Christmas morning many years ago. It gets lots of flavor from the addition of sautéed red bell peppers and mushrooms, and it's cheesy enough so that children love it as much as grownups do.

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Overnight Irish Oatmeal

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Irish, steel-cut oats have so much more flavor and texture than the regular kind, but unfortunately they must be simmered on the stove for 30 minutes. To solve that problem, cook them overnight in your crock-pot. In the morning, all you need to do is spoon the creamy oatmeal into bowls and top with lots of dried fruit, toasted almonds and brown sugar for a satisfying and cozy treat.

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Camp Muesli

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This is a favorite camping breakfast, but it's also a favorite school-morning breakfast, but usually only when we're out of granola. There is a fresh-tasting chewiness to soaked oats that is lacking from traditional cooked oatmeal, which I am alone in my family in loving. I confess that sometimes I stir a spoonful of wheat germ and flax seed meal into our soaked oats, because that's how I am.

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