Remember how Mom always told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? She always made sure that you had a hearty, filling and complete breakfast. In my house, this was often eggs, potatoes and a buttery slice of toast. Sometimes for a treat, I would munch on a bowl of cereal in front of the TV while watching my Saturday morning cartoons. Just hearing the word breakfast evokes warm childhood memories, of tasty meals around the family table with my brothers and sisters and a rigid morning ritual.
While I don’t eat breakfast as much as I did when I was growing up, I prefer a few strong cups of coffee, and a substantial lunch instead. I still love breakfast food, the notion of French toast, hash browns or even a simple bowl of oatmeal is sure to bring a smile to my face.
Breakfast literally means the breaking of the fast, from a long 8+ hours without food. No matter if you follow a keto, paleo or low carb diet, most experts agree that breakfast is important meal. Although there is some controversy if you should eat light or heavy at breakfast time, most health professionals would suggest eating breakfast, to ensure that you have enough energy sustain you until lunchtime.
While, breakfast is important for adults, is absolutely critical for children, studies suggest that kids do better at school on full a stomach. I know as a parent it is difficult to get your kids ready for school and make sure that they eat a hearty breakfast. I can understand the desire to pop in a toaster pastry and call it done. But, let me share some helpful tips – that might make your daily struggle a bit easier.
Prioritize the breakfast grocery essentials
When planning out your weekly shopping list, make sure that you always include eggs, bread, cereals, yogurt, and breakfast meats so you can quickly prepare it in a snap. I make sure that I have a loaf of hearty bread and eggs on hand; if all else fails, I can serve everyone a simple fried egg sandwich, or a piece of toast and a hardboiled egg.
Get a head start
Make sure to include breakfast items in your meal prep day. You can quickly get ahead by chopping and dicing all the breakfast meats and vegetables, so you can easily make a quick omelet or scramble. I often make a breakfast casserole the night before a busy day; it is super easy to assemble everything and pop it in the oven as I am drinking my first all-important cup of coffee. And, don’t forget about your slow cooker, during the colder months (remember I am here in Chicago, and we have a long & hard cold winter) I will make a batch of steel cut oats in my slow cooker. I just get everything ready right before I go to bed, and by the time I wake up everything is ready to go. It is both simple and delicious!
Don’t forget about wraps and breakfast sandwiches
A sandwich need not only be a lunchtime staple, but they also make an excellent and straightforward breakfast. I often make breakfast wraps and burritos. Eggs, cheese, breakfast meats, or even peanut butter and granola make perfect fillings. Feel free to experiment with the bread: a bagel, an English muffin, or a warm piece of lavash all work in a pinch. Your family will think you spent a ton of time and energy getting breakfast ready, don’t worry your secret is safe with me.
Again, breakfast need not be a challenge, I have included 8 of my favorite simple breakfast ideas. None of them are complicated nor expensive, I know your family is going to love em.
Do you love French toast, but don’t really have time to make it in the morning, try this quick and simple recipe. It is easy to put together and allow the flavors to meld overnight. I often make this on busy weekends, and by the time I am ready for the second cup of coffee this breakfast casserole is golden brown and delicious.
There is nothing like the tasty crunch and salty goodness of homemade hash browns. This simple recipe uses refrigerated hash browns and savory spices topped with melted cheddar and chives. It all bakes into a crunchy, cheesy delight in just ten minutes, all on a single sheet pan. Nothing could be easier.
Treat your family to this simple dinner inspired one-skillet meal that combines fried eggs, potatoes, bacon, and plenty of tasty herbs & spices and a melted cheddar cheese topping. It is a perfect, all in one meal that is sure to satisfy everyone.
Sometimes, you want a simple, fresh and fruity salad. This dish really hits the spot, the combination of fresh fruit and nutty quinoa in a sweet honey lime dressing is absolutely delightful and refreshing. I often make this salad in large batches, so I can make a quick breakfast yogurt parfait, or even spoon it over quick cook oats. Breakfast couldn’t be any easier.
Try this easy to eat breakfast. These egg muffins are full of protein-rich ham, and savory vegetables and cheese. Feel free to switch up the meats and vegetables for whatever you might have on hand. Almost any combination will work – the possibilities are endless. I almost always have a batch of these muffins in the refrigerator (or the freezer) for a fast and easy breakfast or midafternoon snack.
Just the mention of a creamy and steaming bowl of oatmeal takes me back to memories of my childhood. In this drop-dead easy recipe, I layer oats, fresh blueberries, and almonds in a mason jar and add a splash of milk (or even almond milk). The oats chill in the refrigerator overnight, and are a great grab and go breakfast, I often eat these jars of goodness while I am sitting at my desk having a cup of steaming joe.
This breakfast yogurt parfait is a deliciously healthy & straightforward way to start the day. Hearty oats, coconut flakes, walnuts, fresh berries, raisins, and creamy yogurt provide the flavors and textures that your family will love.
Looking for a creative vegan option for breakfast, try my easy vegan scramble. It is chock a block full of sweet bell peppers, kale and a bounty of versatile tofu. Even if you really don’t care for tofu, I know you will love this dish. It is big on flavor and is an excellent dish for Meatless Mondays or the Lenten season.