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Suggestions for School Breakfast

Well, it's family breakfast time at my daughter's school again. I'm trying to break the muffin and bagel habit that seems to be the norm and would love suggestions on what to make and take. I took a Spanish Tortilla for the last one and it was a great hit!

- Something cold. I'll make it the previous afternoon.
- Something breakfast-ish. Egg based would be nice but not essential.
- Kid friendly (six year olds) would be nice as well.
- Serveable in bite size servings.

Ideas and recipes? Thanks!

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    1. I know that this is close to a muffin or bagel, but I just found this recipe for bacon and egg and cheddar scones on Leite's Culiniaria that looks so good. http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipe...

      You could make frittatas and cut them out with decorative cutters. This was a huge hit with my nephew who didn't suspect he was consuming eggs with spinach (gasp)

      1. Little yogurt & fruit parfait cups w/granola for sprinkling on top. All kids like things in individual packaging. And McDonald's serves it, so even non-foodie kids will try it out 'cause they've seen the advertising.

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        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Granola is OK as long as there are no kids with a peanut allergy and the school is not peanut free.

          1. re: pescatarian

            I don't think I've ever had peanuts in my granola (either homemade or storebought).

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              Granola will often say on the package, "may contain nuts" because it is often made in the same factory as products that contain nuts (doesn't have to be peanuts). If the school is nut free, any of these products should not be brought to the school. It might seem extreme, but if you had a child with the nut allergy, you would want the nut free program adhered to stringently.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Often a so-called "peanut allergy" is just a catch-all for general nut allergies, since peanuts (peanut butter, etc) is so often given to children. A lot of granola has walnuts or pecans. I've also found granola bars with peanut butter (very tasty).

          2. I agree with the granola - you can even make your own and put anything you want in it. I've also seen recipes for home-made granola bars, which you could also customize with your own ingredients.

            Fruit, fruit, fruit - kids adore fruit. A friend once made cute little fruit skewers with some normal fruits and then some unusual ones - kiwi, starfruit, etc. Might be an easy way to introduce them to new foods! Could serve this with yogurt sauce.

            1. There is a great recipe for homemade granola from the food network. I think it is called crunchy granola and was from the show where the chef works with people to make healthier meals. The recipe is super adaptable and you can add pretty much any nut or dried fruit you can think of.

              THis is probably the wrong season but my mom used to carve out a watermellon to look like a whale or basket and then fill it with melon balls and other fruit. We loved it.

              1. There's a little coffeeshop/caterer across the street from my office that has the best breakfast items, and they all seem to be "miniaturized"...I think with a little adjustment on baking time all of the recipes are adaptable from traditional recipes with add-ins. They make tiny English style scones (so more like biscuits than the bannocks Americans call scones), but they are cheddar and chive flavored. They make tiny egg and cheese biscuit sandwiches, I think they use a tiny ring mold on a skillet with beaten eggs. What about egg and cheese quesadillas? (With ham or sausage or bacon depending on any dietary restrictions the kids might have? Turkey bacon? Chicken sausage?)

                For a large group of kids who are not your own, I would shy away from anything with nuts. Nut allergies are never a pretty thing, and the excluded child/ren will be really bummed out. There're always one or two in a crowd!

                For large groups I do a simpler version of something I call a frittata, but isn't really a frittata. It would be very easy to cut it up into tiny triangle wedges and call it "egg cake" for the kids. I beat up as many eggs as I need (I've used as few as four, and as many as a dozen) with a little cream or milk and salt and pepper, and go rummaging in the fridge for things I need to use up (cheese, chorizo/sausage/ham, veggies, whatever) and chop and prepare accordingly. Find a rectangular dish of the appropriate size (if you're taking this somewhere you may want to get a disposable lasagna pan from the supermarket) and spread the layer of whatever you decide to "fill" the egg dish with, and then pour the egg on top. Bake at 350 until the egg mixture puffs and sets. You're done. Combos I've liked: crispy diced potato, caramelized onion and shredded ham or diced and browned Polish sausage; sauteed red peppers and onion with feta; cheddar or goat cheese with shallots and mushrooms. I'm sure you get the idea.

                For something sweet, albeit messy, I'd make little plain biscuits or scones and let the kids spread jam and butter on them. Like a seedless, sugarless, raspberry jam, you know those "fruit only" jams! Yum! Kind of grown up, but you could give them a really "serious lecture" about the correct method of splitting the pastry, and spreading the jam. haha.

                1. I was going to recommend the fruit/granola/yogurt parfaits in clear plastic cups so kids can see the layers. Can they make their own at school, and you just bring the ingredients?

                  For something more decadent, look up one of the French Toast casserole recipes online - it can be made ahead, then cut into squares. Berries can be added, too.

                  1. Why don't you make tightly-wrapped egg and cheese burritos (or bacon too) and then cut them in half or in thirds? I know my son loves that. It's cheap and super-easy.

                    1. Giada did a mini frittata baked in a muffin pan that looked pretty good.

                      1. I do waffles in my belgian waffle iron, and separate them into the little triangles and pair them with little cups of yogurt.

                        My daughter loves these. We vary it by making different flavored waffles or stirring thigns like dried fruit or nuts into the yogurt.

                        1. When my kids were small, I'd make a "spaghetti pancake" that was great fun to eat. It's basically and omelette, but then you add leftover spaghetti and cook as a frittata, finishing it in the broiler. You can cut it wedges, maybe serve with tomato sauce. The spaghetti is just a really fun texture and visual--you can add meat, herbs, cheese, whatever...and it's easy to eat by hand or fork.

                          1. You could make a "breakfast pizza" using premade crust (or make one out of biscuit dough) that you top with lowfat cream cheese and cut up fruit (make sure you dip it in lemon juice to prevent browning). Drizzle with honey and, if there are no allergies, sprinkle with chopped nuts.

                            1. On Monday we took apple yogurt cups with mini waffles to the school for first graders. Each parent was asked to bring a contribution to the "healthy breakfast" date.

                              We hollowed out fresh apples, cut the apple pieces into bite size cubes and mixed with vanilla yogurt. Poured the yogurt mixture into each apple and plastic wrap. (I did this in the morning so the apples didn't turn). On the waffle iron the night before we made a batch and cut each one using a Shamrock-shaped cookie cutter with a dollop of butter I lightly tinted with green food coloring.

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                              1. re: HillJ

                                My dad always did the apples in yogurt thing when I was little, with a little bit of cinnamon- he called them "Yo, Apples!" :-)

                                1. re: Katie Nell

                                  Katie, that's funny! My daughter calls them yoggies.

                              2. Thanks for the wonderful ideas! The school is nut free and there won't be the time (nor will there be the place) to do any prep in the classroom. Also, my kids are vegetarian - eggs and dairy ok but no meat - so most of the meat based stuff is out.

                                Someone suggested Deviled eggs. I've never made them and am not sure if they are kid friendly.

                                The French Toast Casserole sounds interesting too. I googled a recipe and got
                                http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip.... Two questions: Would it work cold? And, by french bread does the recipe mean a regular baguette or the long soft loaves that pass for french bread in the supermarket aisle. Seems to me that a baguette would be too crispy for French Toast.

                                The fritata ideas are great but too close to the Spanish Tortilla I took the last time. Got to keep them guessing! I'm too heavy handed to do a good job with the granola so I'll pass on that as well. And, any recipe that requires any work in the morning is out. The wife will be away on a business trip and there is no way I can get two kids dressed, fed, lunch packed, and out the door AND do any prep on the breakfast!

                                1. What about a donut bread pudding? If you used a less sweet cake donut, rather than a glazed yeast donut you might get a little more healthy mileage points. I've used this recipe, and substituted unsweetened condensed skim milk for the cream. That same coffee shop I mentioned above does individual ramekins of French bread pudding with a banana-y/egg-y custard that's not cloyingly, tooth rottingly sweet. Torn up cake donuts baked in a banana custard would be so good! http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

                                  And actually while I was searching for the recipe (plug in "bread pudding"), I found a couple of interesting ideas for savory bread puddings. Depends on how adventurous the kids are, I was a picky eater as a child, and if you put a plateful of glop in front of me I wouldn't touch it no matter how delicious. But you can't go wrong with donuts!

                                  1. I really think the breakfast burrito idea is great, whoever said that upthread. What kid wouldn't love a burrito?!

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                                    1. re: Katie Nell

                                      But you'd have to scramble a lot of eggs and assemble the morning of.

                                      1. re: ballulah

                                        I think you could do it the night before and refrigerate just fine- just my opinion, of course. It's not hard to scramble eggs either.