We’ve all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when it comes time to juggle everything that needs to happen in order to get the family out the door on school mornings, who has the time or mental energy to prepare a decent meal?
Here are 5 breakfast menu ideas that take little brainpower to pull together. While they do require a bit of advanced planning, the prep work completed ahead of time can make your mornings much easier to manage:
1. Quick Breads & Muffins. These baked goodies can be made ahead of time using a variety of wholesome ingredients, including apples, pumpkin, cranberries, or zucchini, and can be baked in batches and stored in the freezer. For smaller or even individual servings, cut the loaves in half or in slices before putting them in freezer-safe packaging. When ready to use, place breads or muffins in the refrigerator the night before or the microwave in the morning to defrost.
2. Frozen Fruit Smoothies. These can be made the night before by combining fresh or frozen fruit with fruit juice, such as OJ, or with plain yogurt. Mix the ingredients in a blender or food processor, pour the concoction into an airtight freezer container and store it in the freezer. In the morning, run the container under warm water or place it in a bowl of warm water to soften.
3. Cheesy Apple Quesadilla. Grab a regular flour or whole wheat tortilla, sprinkle it with shredded cheddar cheese and a layer of tart apple slices (e.g. granny smith). Put a second tortilla on top and warm it in the microwave until the cheese is slightly melted. Cut into wedges and serve.
4. Jazzed Up Yogurt. Start with a serving of plain yogurt and add a dash of honey or fruit spread for sweetener. Include other items as desired, such as fresh or dried fruit, granola, or nuts.
5. Hard Boiled Egg. Eggs are a good source protein. If you don’t have the time to cook any up in the morning, hard boil a few and store them in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, serve them with melba toast and cheese slices or a side of hummus.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. The beauty of these particular recipes is that they can double duty as lunch options too. Now it’s time for you to put on your own creative thinking cap. What are some other fun and easy ideas that might work for your family?