Simple, Healthy, American Flag Breakfast
Aren’t all those cutesy American Flag foods fun? And overwhelming.
One quick Pinterest search has me like, “I’M NOT A PINTEREST MOM, OKAY!” Seriously, does she even exist? And if she does… is she the most stressed out woman on the planet?
I hope you never feel the need to be Pinterest Super Woman. Be creative, be fun, pin all the things, and then make it your own and don’t fret the details. Like this less-than-perfect hot mess American Flag. I purposefully used my blurry, rushed, iPhone pictures, because guess what? MY KIDS LOVE THIS BREAKFAST ANYWAY. They ask for it every year, and no one complains that the watermelon chunks are different sizes.
We’ve had a lot of allergies at our house. When I first made this treat, gluten and dairy were distant memories. This meant a lot of the typical whipped cream and cupcake numbers on Pinterest were off-limits too.
In my experience, most alternatives to classic gluten and dairy foods – whipped cream, cake, pie crust, etc. – are either expensive, complicated to DIY, or just gross. However, I’ve made a lot of them and I have some winners in my repertoire (like this).
Meanwhile, I’m not the greatest at planning ahead. So when Patriotic holidays roll around, I use what we have – eggs and fruit.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo!
- Butter or coconut oil (enough to coat the bottom of your pan)
- Salt, to taste
- Seasonal red fruit (like watermelon, strawberries, or raspberries)
- Seasonal blue fruit (like blackberries or blueberries)
If you're using a watermelon, slice it into chunks or strips. Here are some creative ways to slice a watermelon.
If using berries, simply wash them and remove any stems or bad spots. Gently pat dry (or don't - who cares, right?).
Use a fork or a whisk to scrambled the eggs whites. Sprinkle with salt (but no pepper - that distracts from the white color).
Heat butter or coconut oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When oil is melted, tilt the pan back and forth to make sure it spreads evenly across the bottom of the pan.
Pour egg whites into the hot pan. Cook it like an omelet, doing your best to make it cook in a smooth, even sheet. (remember, don't stress the details - scrambled egg whites taste just as good as strips). Try not to let them turn brown on the bottom. Flip eggs halfway through cooking to cook them on the other side.
Remove cooked eggs to a plate and slice them into thin strips for the white stripes of the flag.
Wash berries and gently pat dray.
Arrange the egg whites and fruit on each plate to resemble an American flag (see photo).
Naturally, there are countless variations to this concept. Use this idea to suit you. Here are some ideas.
- Egg-Free: Bananas! Or try strips of yogurt (or tuck it into a frosting bag and get creative - I recommend Greek yogurt, because it's thicker and will stay in place.
- Stars: Sprinkle chopped bananas or little squirts of yogurt amidst the blueberries for the stars. White chocolate chips are fun too.
- Make your own: Use this as an educational opportunity! (I'm assuming you'll be making this for kids... most adults don't get excited about flag-shaped breakfasts). Set the red, white, and blue components in bowls or plates on the table and provide a photo of the American Flag. Let the kids learn and play. Bonus: less assembly work for you. WIN.
More Red, White & Blue Food Ideas:
Simple Strawberry Breakfast Cake – replace half of the strawberries with blueberries or blackberries and top with whipped cream.
Fruit & Oat Bars – sprinkle with powdered sugar for extra “white.”