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Kid breakfast ideas

What to make for breakfast? I don't have time to make breakfast on the weekday morning, but am looking for stuff the kids could make themselves, or I could make ahead of time and they could microwave. Any ideas?


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  1. I've seen many people refer to crockpot oatmeal, though I haven't done it myself. Good idea if they like oatmeal.

    Make whole grain waffles and freeze, then they can pop them in the toaster.

    Soup makes great breakfast, imho.

    What kinds of things do they like to eat?

    1. I always gave my kids Carnation Instant breakfast and our pediatrician thought it was a good healthy breakfast. How about raisin bread toast to go with it?

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      1. re: ginnyhw

        My mom always gave me this growing up. Plus, there's no chance they will accidently burn themselves making CIB. I also was (am) a big fan of peanut butter on toast for breakfast. Good, quick, and simple.

      2. I used to make breakfast burritos on Sunday evening and wrap them individually in wax paper. In the morning they could pop them in the microwave, and eat on the way to school. Nutritious and not messy.

        1. As a kid, I had a huge treat when I got to eat homemade knishes for breakfast. Stuffed with some turkey and warmed up, they are warm and satisfying and portable for moments when you are running late.

          1. I have just one child. What I've been doing lately is making pancakes for her on weekends, then saving the batter for several weekday breakfasts. It keeps pretty well in the fridge.

            1. i really like whole grain frozen waffles...they're pretty healthy and are great out of the toaster. instead of butter and syrup, i usually top mine off with a little cool whip lite and some sliced strawberries...yum. i also have this for a sweet snack sometimes. :o)

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              1. re: soypower

                actually, if you add some nut butter, cottage cheese, yogurt or a hard-boiled egg instead of the cool whip, you've got a pretty nutritious, well-rounded meal.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  My grandson and I used to have the whole grain waffles with peanut butter for breakfast. It was easy and healthy.

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    yogurt sounds like a great idea to go with the strawberries...and then i'd even get some protein...i'll have to try it!

                2. Omelet muffins... make ahead and they can nuke.

                  Just beat some eggs... add in anything your kids like (onions, mushrooms, diced ham, tomatoes etc).

                  Add in some shredded cheese.

                  Pour into greased muffin tins.

                  Bake 350 for about 40 minutes or until set.

                  Pop them out and refrigerate.

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                  1. re: Jennalynn

                    great idea! They do like the frozen Jimmy Dean version of this...I think they would love to make their own toppings.

                    1. re: momskitchen

                      You can also add a 1/4 cup of bisquick and milk to every 4 eggs... it makes it a bit more sturdy.

                      But you can easily make them without.

                      1. re: Jennalynn

                        This sounds like a good option for my poor boyfriend going to work at 6:30 in the morning. How far in advance can you make them?

                        What a great idea!

                        1. re: alysonlaurel

                          I make a batch on Sunday and wrap them individually and tightly in foil.

                          I then eat them for the rest of the work week.

                          Obviously... take the foil off before microwaving ; )

                          1. re: Jennalynn

                            Thanks for the tips. I'm really excited to try this.

                    2. re: Jennalynn

                      I saw Sara Moulton do a dish similar to this yesterday on Good morning America, I think. How she did it was to line the muffin tins with sliced ham, them put in the cheese, and dropped an egg in the middle and baked. Looked delicious!

                    3. Toasted raisin bread with peanut butter is delicious, quick and easy.

                      We like to eat foods that aren't really breakfast foods in the morning so if they are like that they may enjoy sandwiches. A simple cheese sandwich or pb and honey makes a decent weekday breakfast and can be made the night before.
                      Do they like V-8? I can have low-sodium V-8 and peanut butter toast days in a row without getting tired of it.

                      If they'll eat it plain yogurt with brown sugar and fruit is delicious. You can prepare the fruit the night before and they can put it all in a bowl and enjoy.



                      1. Last year I made breakfast for my grandkids every school day. Mom drops them off on her way to work and they have breakfast with me before I walk them to the bus stop for school. They always want something sweet but I make sure there is some protein. Blueberry pancakes with sausage or an egg. Pancakes can be made ahead and frozen, I use the brown and serve sausage that takes only 5 minutes in the microwave to defrost. Now that they are in middle school they don't come to grandma's for breakfast, I miss them and they miss my breakfasts

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                        1. re: DarleneMN

                          I'm with you on the protein. They serve breakfast at my kids school, but it is all carbs and that is why I have decided to serve it at home instead of letting them buy it at school. I like the breakfast burrito and the muffin ideas! Pancakes with fruit in them sound good, too.

                          1. re: momskitchen

                            The real delight with the burritos, as well as the muffins, is you can put in whatever they like. My girls like scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon and cheese the best, but I sometimes added potatoes, and if they wanted they could put some salsa on them. They would'nt eat them with vegetables or mushrooms, but if yours will, go for it!

                            When I was a kid, I couldn't tolerate eggs, and they didn't have all these toaster options, except toast and that got boring. But I loved a ham and cheese sandwich on a small hamburger bun! We'd make a bunch and store in the fridge, and I would eat those every morning! I got started on these when we lived in Chicago and there was a stand that sold these sandwiches by the bag full. All we did was add mustard. After we moved I still ate them, but made at home.

                        2. Well, when our kids were little we were desperate to get them to eat something before leaving for school, so I'm not proud of this, but they did wolf down Kraft Dinner (make the night before and reheat if you need to) and Chef Boy-R-Dee ravioli.

                          Quesadillas are quick and easy, that's what we would do now...with salsa, yum; and I second peanut butter on toast. Also soup. Leftovers were also popular.

                          My kids resisted breakfast and we needed to start with what was actually going to be eaten. Some days it was just a mug of hot chocolate (made with real milk).

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                          1. re: Anne H

                            I agree. I'm not sure why we insist on traditional "breakfast foods". As long as it's nutritionally sound, what difference does it make?

                            1. re: Anne H

                              Kraft mac & cheese is the favorite around here for breakfast. Turkey bacon and tomatoes on toast. A ham sandwich. Plain fruit - an apple, a pear, tangerine. PB&J on whole wheat. Lite sausage nuked. My policy is get something in and if it's protein, all the better.

                            2. We make a big batch of oatmeal pancakes on Sunday morning and eat the leftovers for breakfast. If I'm running short on time, I spread 2 pancakes with peanut butter and eat it on the way to work as a sandwich.

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                              1. re: potterybliss

                                that's a great idea which can also be done with waffles....and you can vary the fillings too - maybe use cottage cheese or yogurt with berries or sliced fruit.

                                1. re: potterybliss

                                  This sounds like a great idea, but we have a nut allergy, so no nuts.

                                  1. re: momskitchen

                                    try cottage cheese or yogurt with fruit spread or fresh fruit.

                                    can you do seeds? if so, try sunflower, pumpkin or hempseed butter.

                                2. Check out this link for A to Z quick bread.


                                  I would think you could add some crumbled bacon or chopped ham or even shredded cheese as part of the A to Z things. Add nuts or sunflower seeds to pump up the protein. Slice, wrap individually, freeze. Seconds to microwave. Top with a slice of cheese or spread with nut butter, depending on the ingredients.

                                  PS How do I hyperlink URL's on this board? I'm so sorry to make you cut and paste.

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                                  1. re: nemo

                                    Links are automatically clickable.

                                  2. Not sure what to call these, but my kids are addicted:
                                    Mash a brown banana with a little whole wheat flour & cinnamon. Fry in pan. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. YUM.

                                    1. Whole grain pumpkin waffles are a fave around here. Make them on the weekend and , freeze the extra and then when you need them just pop them in the toaster/toaster oven.

                                      I've even frozen oatmeal so the kids can just mic it in the morning. I divide the oatmeal into 1/3 cup portions first since my kids are 20mo. to 6yrs so for the youngest I'd use one portion whereas the oldest would eat 2-3.

                                      My oldest also loves banana dippers: Cut banana into bite size pieces, put yogurt in one small bowl and small cereal like special K or rice krispies in another and the kids dip the banana in the yogurt then the cereal and chow down. Three food groups are represented and they have a ball dipping. You could easily sub other seasonal fruit like strawberries :)

                                      1. Since my son, in particular, loves eggs, I tried making egg "muffins" this week. I just used eggs, crumbled sausage, soy cheese and a little rice milk (he can't eat milk products). I was quite surprised neither of my kids liked them (ages 2 and 4). I think it was the unexpected sausage in there. Anyway, so now I have been eating them! Today I sliced 2 of them in half (so they weren't so "tall") and put them on an english muffin. Brought it into work, heated in the the microwave for a few seconds and had myself a tasty breakfast sandwich!

                                        Anyway, to those who make waffles, do you have a recipe? I know there are lots of recipes out there, but I'd like to make waffles that freeze well. I have a waffle maker that has NEVER been used -- maybe it's time. While I make a lot from scratch, I usually just buy Eggos, however, my son can't eat them because they have whey as an ingredient.


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                                        1. re: valerie

                                          My mother used to make those with vegetables (no sausage or cheese) when we were kids. We would toast a mini pita and stuff an egg muffin inside. Quick, tasty, and filling. My mother would also leave cut up tomatoes and cucumbers in the fridge to add to the sandwiches,

                                        2. When I was a kid, and before I had to watch my weight, I loved peanut butter toast with bacon on top. Still love it but don't eat it much anymore.

                                          1. This month my younger kids leave the house with a raspberry smoothie and clementine sections. I've got the older one running the blender with semi frozen berries and plain Greek yogurt while the younger one is peeling the clem's. So far, it's working out great!

                                            Last month we made fruit salads the night before with a yogurt dip. Greek yogurt, some honey and flax seed. The kids filled their containers and were good to go in the AM.

                                            Next month, I plan to give hot cereal (like Maypo) and dried fruit a go.

                                            1. My son eats Van's frozen waffles with peanut butter and preserves (apricot, strawberry, blackberry, peach - whatever I have in the house) and a big glass of OJ every morning. He can make this himself. Sometimes, he'll eat cereal and milk, other times, yogurt and a granola bar (Naure Valley Sweet and Salty Peanut, Kudos, Special K fruit and nut varieties.....there are a ton of these). He also loves raisin bagels with cream cheese.