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Friday, August 20, 2010

Back to School Breakfast Tips & Recipes

Sometimes it is so hard to get our kids to eat a healthy breakfast. Once school starts and our mornings are more rushed than they are in the summer time, getting a good breakfast on the table can be a pretty big task. Last year, several times, my daughter came home from school with her whole lunch still in her bag. That made me realize even more that I need to make sure she's eating a good breakfast.

Breakfast Preparation Tips:

A breakfast casserole is a favorite at our house. It only takes a little time to prepare which I do the night before and just stick it in the fridge. Pop it in the oven in the morning for 45 minutes while everyone is getting ready and you have a quick and nutritious breakfast!

My neighbor told me they set the breakfast table the night before, even if it's only for juice and cereal. They also set the table for dinner when they are done with breakfast.

Things like French toast, waffles, and pancakes can be made up ahead of time and frozen. You can just stick them in the toaster and add your favorite toppings. You can also keep pancake or waffle batter in the refrigerator, ready to pour on the griddle.

If you like to bake, you might keep a supply of muffins in the freezer, ready to warm in the microwave. Not only are the good for breakfast but they can be put in lunch bags too!

Try making your own nutritious granola and granola bars.

Breakfast burritos are great for grab and go breakfasts. cook up your eggs & meat, roll them in a tortilla with some cheese. Freeze them and they can easily be reheated in the microwave.

Another grab and go idea is a biscuit or English muffin sandwich; scrambled eggs, sausage patty, a small chicken patty, or a slice of ham with cheese melted on top.

Here are a couple of our favorite breakfast recipes:

Crock Pot Breakfast

Spray your crock with cooking spray.
Dump in a bag of frozen hash browns or 4 cans of sliced potatoes
Top with sausage (I like using cut up links), Cooked Bacon, or Diced Ham
Beat a dozen eggs and pour that on top. (you can mix in diced peppers & onions if you like)

Cook on low overnight. Serve with salsa!

Breakfast Cookies

1/3 C butter or margarine
1/2 C granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 C flour
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 C quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 C grated cheese
5 slices of bacon - cooked and crumbled

Cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda, then combine with wet ingredients. Beat in oatmeal, bacon and cheese. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 350degrees for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

German Pancakes

I use a 9x13 glass baking pan. Put 3 TBLS of butter in the pan and put the pan in the oven. Preheat to 450. In the mixer ---- 6 eggs, 1 cup of flour, a handful of sugar, 1 cup of milk and 1/2 tsp. salt. Mix until well mixed and fluffy. Pour into the preheated pan and bake for 20 minutes. This will puff up around the edges. Serve with fruit or your favorite syrup.


5 LV Dunks said...

Thanks for the great ideas! I am always in such a rush in the morning and I want my kids to have something better than just cereal!


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