31 August 2010

how-to make quick & easy homemade breakfasts

by Melanie of Mel & Boys

I am probably a bit old fashioned in that I love to feed my family homemade breakfasts. It makes me feel happy to provide them with home cooked goodness before I send them off into the world. I hope that starting their day this way helps them feel loved and cherished. That is my goal, but with 5 boys and busy schedules mornings are hectic and finding time for a good breakfast can be tricky.

Over the years, I have found "shortcuts" and "do aheads" so I can still provide a nutritious and delicious meal every morning without too much work or mess on our early and busy week day mornings. Here are some of our favorites:

Hearty Oatmeal Pancake Mix: Using this homemade mix, I can have warm and healthy pancakes in minutes. You simply mix one cup of mix, with one cup of milk and an egg. By the time the pan or griddle is hot the batter is ready.

• Fabulous Granola
I have two recipes that I love to make and keep on hand for my family. Both granolas are great with milk, sprinkled on yogurt, or even scooped into a baggie for those mornings that you got up late and need to take something on the run. Favorite Granola / Coconut & Cashew Granola

Freezer Biscuits
I like to keep a gallon size freezer bag full of these frozen biscuits. They go from the freezer straight into the oven. So you can have fresh, warm biscuits in minutes. I like to serve them with butter and jam or make a breakfast sandwich with eggs and bacon. ( FYI you can get the precooked bacon strips that just require a few seconds of heating in the microwave.)

• Wholegrain Muffins
Most muffins freeze beautifully and can be thawed at room temperature overnight or quickly reheated in the morning using your microwave. Here are a couple of our favorites:
Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins / Sweet Potato (or Pumpkin) Muffins

I have found that the secret to a homemade breakfast on crazy weekday mornings is planning ahead. I hope these ideas work for you as well as they have for us. I want you to know, that although my goal is homemade, my boys get (and enjoy) plenty of bowls filled with plain old cold cereal too! What really matters is the love that it is served with! Here is to a happy new school year with stress free and yummy mornings!

Thanks Marta for having me over on your delightful blog!

the how-to series is here to encourage confidence in the creativity and skills you have to offer. i am excited to showcase your talents and unique ideas. if you have a specialty (and i know you do), please submit your how-to guest post by emailing me: marta at martawrites dot com. i will be delighted to feature your how-to in the future.

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden


Lesa said...

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

My Mom was awesome at getting up and making a good breakfast every morning.

I, other the other hand, need to work on this. It is something I've wanted to improve upon. Thanks for giving me some ideas to start with instead of cold cereal and toast.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

These are great ideas, and I'm definitely going to give them a go! I thought I was busy with two little boys. I don't know how you do it with 5! But if you can do it, so can I! Thanks for the helpful how-tos!

Marne said...

love this post! i have been following that recipe blog for awhile now. those are great recipes!

Kiasa said...

I LOVE this! I enjoy making warm, healthy breakfast for my small family and have a lot of hit and miss days/weeks. But when it works we often eat as a family which is a wonderful way to start the day. Especially since my husband rarely gets home early enough for the kids dinner time. Thanks for the great ideas and resources!

Michael Wurm Jr said...

great ideas! i make breakfast everyday (i own a bed and breakfast) so it's always nice to have tips to make the process easy and still delicious!

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