Thursday, March 6, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Breakfast edition

1) So, what do you usually serve your kids for breakfast? This morning my girls made themselves cheese toast, and my son had a bagel. Sometimes we make sandwiches. I have one daughter who likes oatmeal. They all like muffins or pancakes, but we don't always have time for those.

See, the thing is, we used to do cold cereal, but recently I've been looking at the label and I just can't. Third ingredient sugar? O-kay. First ingredient sugar? I just can't.

So now breakfast feels very haphazard. I figure if there's something whole grain and something dairy, we've got a nice good carb/fat/protein mix. But . . . it's not always very organized.

2) I guess it doesn't matter whether or not breakfast is organized. But I still feel like I want more ideas!

3) Oh - and quesadillas. We often have quesadillas for breakfast. (Or tortillas spread with Nutella. With milk. Which isn't quite quesadillas, but we can pretend, right?)

4) Not me, though. I usually have muesli or yogurt and fruit or leftovers from dinner . . .

5) . . . and yes, chicken curry tastes surprisingly wonderful first thing in the morning.

6) But my kids don't think so. They'd rather have p.b.-and-cheddar sandwiches. Or whatever it is they've discovered recently.

7) Which brings me back to . . . what do your kids usually have for breakfast?

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

p.s.: More wonderful quick takes can be found here, at Conversion Diary.

p.p.s: Of course, the really vital part of my breakfast is coffee. Mmmm, coffee.


Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I've discovered that eggs are a surprisingly quick and easy breakfast. I'll do a scramble with greens and cheese (and maybe meat, if I have left overs cut up) and serve it with toast or in a tortilla. Fried eggs are also easy and quick.

Jonathan likes the social aspect of eating breakfast at school (free in our area) BUT so often I look at the menu and see "carbs, sugar, sugar". So he usually eats a quick fried egg before he leaves.

If I have a little more time, I've found that making waffle batter in the blender is easy, and the kids LOVE waffles. We usually eat ours with peanut butter and applesauce and/or syrup. But always peanut butter!

And yes, coffee. Yes.

Rachel @ The Philosophers Wife said...

I've been pretty lazy about breakfast foods for my daughter. (My excuse is that I've had never ending morning sickness this pregnancy . . . and I'm at 37 weeks!) I generally give her a granola bar and milk when she gets up and then have a mid-morning snack of yogurt and fruit. By mid-morning I can actually (somewhat) function.

I know what you mean though about the cereal . . . I personally LOVE cereal, but all the "bad for you" varieties! It's so annoying. I mean, even things like Honey Nut Cheerios, which doesn't have that many calories per serving, is just loaded with sugar and garbage. There's really nothing redeeming about it. (But it tastes so good!)

Jessica Snell said...

thanks, Rachel! thanks, Emily! Those are some great ideas.

Heather said...

Yeah, I gave up on cereals a while ago, and I really enjoy making good breakfasts. :) My kids' favorite is peanut butter and banana oatmeal with chocolate chips (hey, less sugar than cereal!). Also on our current rotation are scrambled eggs, individual oatmeal cakes, and french toast (with whole wheat bread). In the past I have also made egg "muffins" (eggs, cottage cheese, and whatever veg or meat mixed up and baked in muffin tins), but those take a while. You might be able to make them ahead of time and freeze them, though.

Rebecca Rowley said...

Bill has really gotten into granola, so I started making our own. That way, I can control the added sugar. My fav recipe is this one (which littles could certainly manage, and which I customize to his taste by replacing all the seeds with more oats):