This week, I’m mixing it up a little…with the menu we have for breakfast rather than our suppers. I know lots of kids eat cereal every morning and are fine with that, but mine just aren’t. They have cereal on the weekends (that they love making for themselves) but an hour later, they’re starving and eat a Greek yogurt, an apple with peanut butter, or some other snack with some protein in it.
So, on school days, I hate sending them off without a breakfast involving protein. I have a list of ten that I keep on the frig, so I can make sure I to add any needed ingredients when I’m making my grocery list each week. In the summer and during school breaks, I do the same thing with lunches…ain’t nobody got time for that daily meal planning!
And let me just say, this is what works for us…I’m not condemning or judging anyone else’s breakfast choices! These take less than ten minutes for me to make, and peanut butter is a major ingredient in our mornings. If you have a peanut allergy, which we obviously do not, you can substitute soy butter or sunflower or almond…whatever you like best. The hooligans like all the substitutes almost as well as peanut butter, so we eat them all! They drink milk with every meal, unless we’re having smoothies or orange juice.
1. Graham crackers topped with peanut butter and banana slices, then drizzled with honey…and a few sprinkles for fun!
2. Greek yogurt and a minibagel with either plain cream cheese or peanut butter, and whatever fresh fruit we have on hand.
3. Frozen whole-wheat waffles or leftover pancakes (we make a double batch and freeze half on the weekends) with peanut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.
4. Leftover scones or muffins (from the weekend) and scrambled Eggbeaters, with fresh fruit.
5. Fried egg sandwiches (one egg, fried hard, with bacon and cheese on an English muffin) and orange juice
6. Oatmeal with diced apples, dried cranberries, and nuts, with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt
7. Smoothie (frozen berries and banana, yogurt, orange juice, almond milk) and minibagels with cream cheese
8. PB, banana, and Nutella (just a little) sandwiches. Sometimes I add fresh strawberries, too, for a banana split sandwich. And sometimes I even grill them!
9. Grilled cheese with storebought (either Naked or Odwalla) or homemade smoothies (they really like this on days they’re having breakfast for lunch at school).
10. Breakfast burritos…scrambled eggs, cheese, and mild salsa in a tortilla…with fresh fruit.
And, by the way, we often have these for lunches on non-school days, the kids like them all so well. I find ten go-to meals to be a good number, varied enough that they don’t get bored, but easy to keep on hand without a lot of components. There you have it…next week I’ll be back to sharing our evening menu, but I hope you enjoy this one for now!