Last week our Guest Blogger, Tristan, answered your question about snack alternatives, offering up some fantastic ideas! We go to her again for this Q&A.
In our attempt to eat healthfully, most of our meals are prepared from scratch. While prep and cook time for lunch and dinner are easy enough to fit in between lessons and other chores, breakfast often drags out, making for late starting mornings. Do you have any suggestions for healthful make-ahead breakfasts, so our mornings can be spent on lessons instead of cooking and cleanup?
There are several ways to get a good breakfast in quickly that don’t have you resorting to cold cereal. Let me be clear though, we DO eat cold cereal sometimes, especially when I’m in the depths of morning sickness. Our family also has a few food allergies (eggs, soy, and artificial food dyes) so you won’t see scrambled eggs or omelets on my list.
Shortcut #1: Make it ahead of time. When we’re having pancakes on the weekend I will sometimes make extra (we do a triple batch regularly, so double that). Cool the pancakes and freeze on a cookie sheet, then stack in a baggie. When morning arrives pull out pancakes and pop them in the toaster or microwave. Are you making muffins one afternoon? Make a few extra batches and eat them the next day for breakfast.
Shortcut #2: Prep ingredients ahead of time.So you want those muffins hot and fresh in the morning, do you? Then before bed measure all the dry ingredients into a bowl and cover it. In the morning the first thing you need to do is turn on the oven and spray your pans. Add wet ingredients and bake away! By the time the kids get out of bed and dressed you’ll be pulling those muffins out of the oven. Don’t forget to read your scriptures while they’re baking – you need spiritual food too! This prep ahead would work with pancakes or other cooked breakfasts as well.
Shortcut #3: Let a machine cook it for you. Between the crock pot and the rice cooker you can make wonderful things! For mornings I have discovered how easy it is to make oatmeal in the rice cooker. After putting in the ingredients you have about 25 minutes free to encourage your children to climb out of bed, diaper the little ones, or even take a quick shower! I know some who load the crock pot with breakfast right before bedtime and let it cook all night.
Shortcut #4: Go fresh! Toss yogurt, spinach, and fruit into a blender for a yummy smoothie. Put some frozen blueberries in yogurt for a parfait. Pass out fresh fruit and cheese cubes. Bread and nut butter, toasted or not.
Now it’s your turn to share your family’s favorite breakfasts! What are your go-to foods when feeding your families?
Special thanks to Guest Blogger, Tristan, a happily homeschooling mother to eight sweet children age 12 and under. She blogs about mothering and homeschooling her brood at Our Busy Homeschool and shares what it’s like raising a child with serious medical needs at Mason’s Spina Bifida Journal.