Even though I consider myself to be a morning person, I still struggle to figure out what to cook/reheat/unpackage for breakfast each day. Right now my go-to’s are usually convenient, not super creative, and could probably use a few more fruits and veggies. But all of that is about to change – I’m on a mission to find new, healthier and more appealing breakfasts for my little growing family.
First, a huge thanks to the boatload of moms, professional chefs, home chefs and other breakfast champions who put their terrific recipes out there on the internet for us to try. The rest of us couldn’t do it without you!
I did some digging – and some taste testing – and put together a list that includes crowd pleasers no matter what your age or your savory/sweet breakfast preference. Some dishes you can make quickly in the morning using the typical breakfast fare you have at home. Others have make-ahead options for those who like to prep the night before.
There’s a little something here for quick breakfasts for every busy morning mama – Bon appetite!
Weelicious: Oatmeal-on-the-Go Bars
Weelicious is an awesome spot with a wide variety of adult and kid-friendly meals with a healthy twist. I loved the recipe for the Oatmeal-on-the-Go bars because you can customize them to add different fruits and nuts based on personal likes and dislikes.
If you make them on the weekend, then they’re easy to grab from the fridge and eat when you’re in a hurry during those chaotic weekday mornings. It’s a nice option if you are trying to avoid processed oatmeal bars and you want to make sure the whole family is getting enough fiber.
Chowhound: Eggs in a Nest
Once you discover the Egg in a Nest breakfast, it’s hard to go back to cooking your eggs and toast separately. The concept is simple and quick: Place a slice of bread – with a 2-inch hole cut out of the middle – down on a greased frying pan. Then crack an egg into the hole and cook it the way you/your little ones like it. Don’t forget to flip it and let both sides get toasty!
If you have a child who likes to help in the kitchen, it can be fun for them to cut out the hole or make their own special shape. You can also elevate your breakfast nest. Chowhound recommends you, “beat the eggs together with fresh minced herbs and rub the bread with a little roasted garlic before you start.” Sounds tasty.
The Seasoned Mom: 3-Ingredient Healthy Banana Pancakes
Three ingredients, you say? These “pancakes” may not be the most traditional, but they’re easy to make and cook really fast. Combine a ripe mashed banana, two eggs, and a touch of cinnamon till it makes a batter. Then cook them like you would a regular pancake – about a minute on each side. Technically you can add salt as a fourth ingredient, and I’d highly recommend a little sprinkle into the batter.
My pancake-loving toddler devoured these and a side of strawberries in a heartbeat. It literally took less than 10 minutes to whip them up in the morning – I call that a win!
mother nature network: Yogurt parfaits in a mason jar (or whatever container you’ve got!)
Parfaits layered with yogurt, granola, seasonal fruit and other delightful add-ins are quick and easy to make on a weekend and store in the fridge for the week ahead.
The best part about these parfaits is that you can keep it simple or as get as involved as you want. Simply purchase store-bought granola, a yogurt that your kids like, and either some fresh fruit or dried fruit and nuts. Layer them starting with the fruit on the bottom, yogurt next and additional toppings closest to the lid.
You can also make your own homemade granola (here’s a recipe idea) for the parfait and pick out your fruit from your local farmer’s market – you just do you. And yes, mason jars do make breakfast a little more ‘gram worthy – but they’re not a must-have!
SheKnows – Chef Mom: Happy Jack Muffins
If your family leans towards to the more savory side for breakfast, you may want to consider whipping up a Happy Jack Muffin in the microwave using an extra coffee mug.
All you need to do is just add a cracked egg and the rest of your preferred ingredients (cheddar, diced ham, or chopped veggies if you have them handy) whisk it together in the mug and cook for about 2-3 minutes in the microwave. SheKnows recommends taking it out of your mug with a spoon and sandwiching the egg between an English muffin. That’s an easy breakfast sandwich!