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The Oslo meal

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It’s a bit hard for GF people to find a decent breakfast, or at least I have a hard time finding something to eat for breakfast.  I am not a big cereal fan, and I think GF bread is too expensive to have for toast everyday.  We generally have pancakes and the like at the weekend, but breakfast during the week still presents a problem for me.  I started having an Oslo meal at least a few times during the week last fall and have been converted to its practicality ever since.

The Oslo meal was touted during WWII for its health benefits and the fact that most of it was off-ration, which served as a nice alternative to the more traditional British breakfast of bacon, sausage and eggs, which were severely rationed (well, sometimes not the sausage).  It consists of four parts: a raw cabbage salad, a hunk of cheese, bread, and a piece of fruit (traditionally an apple).  It might seem a bit odd to eat something so savory at breakfast, but it is similar to continental European breakfasts that consist mostly of cheeses and cured meats.  In my version of the Oslo meal, the cheese is usually in a cheese spread similar to what I’ve posted before and the bread is usually rice cakes, but sometimes also GF toast.  The bulk of the meal is made up of the cabbage salad, with one or two rice cakes/toast slices and cheese spread to fill it out.  I usually save the fruit until later in the morning, because I like to nibble all day, but it could just as easily be eaten alongside the salad. 

The bulk of the salad along with the protein in the cheese keep me content most of the morning, but the trick is eating enough salad and not forgetting the fruit.  It’s also a nice way to get a serving of vegetables and fruit in, without really having to plan much.  According to the propaganda, children who ate this everyday grew more and were smarter than other kids (something like that).  I don’t know if that’s true, but for me, being GF, the Osloa meal has become the most workable breakfast solution, even if it is a bit unorthodox.


About Kara

I am what happens when you combine a WWII enthusiast, an environmentalist and a frugal celiac/coeliac.

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