A couple of things that make cereal our go-to is that it's quick and easy, so when looking for new breakfast ideas those two things were priorities for me. They needed to be something I could make the night before and pop in the oven in the morning, bake the night before or throw stuff together quickly in the morning - morning is our busiest time of day so getting the kids fed in a timely manner is pretty important.
So this week we tried five different recipes - some I've made before, some are new to us... we've decided to share them with you! (and of course I had lots of helpers in the kitchen)
So this is a very easy recipe that a friend shared with me, and although not new to us, I do forget to make it!
7-8 cups Old Fashioned Oats
Nuts (we use slivered almonds and shopped up walnuts)
Dried fruit (we use craisins but use your imagination)
Mix all together in a large bowl
In a sauce pan combine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
3/4 cup vegetable oil
pinch of salt
dash of vanilla
Melt together and bring to a boil then remove from heat and pour over oat mixture, stir well to coat
Line jelly roll pan with parchment paper (or grease well), spread mixture evenly, bake at 350 for 20 minutes stirring after 15.
Once cooled completely add chocolate chips if desired, store in air-tight container! Either eat with milk, like cereal, or sprinkle over yogurt! YUM
Start by cutting up whatever fruit you want... this time we used pineapple and strawberries!
About a cup or so of vanilla yogurt
Daddy even helped with this one, about a cup or so of orange juice (next time I'll freeze the juice for a while before making the smoothy)
Then, let your toddlers "gently" put the fruit into the blender... I say gently because I think I had to tell them that about 50 times and they still plopped them in and made a mess! Oh well that's the fun of working in the kitchen!
Put the top on and then PLUG IN THE BLENDER (don't do it before putting the top on or you'll regret it, trust me on this) , turn the blender on, you'll have to do this more than once to make sure everyone gets a turn to push the buttons, blend until smooth!
I was hoping to add some spinach to our smoothies, but with all the hot weather we've had I couldn't find it at the market :( So we'll do green smoothies another time!
Dutch Baby Minis
In a blender, combine:
1 cup milk 1/2tsp salt
6 eggs 1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
once that's mixed well add 1/4 cup melted butter
(slowly so the eggs don't scramble)
grease muffin tin well, fill each cup no more than 1/2 full.
bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown at 400degrees
While they're baking you can have your 2 year old set the table!
This is after taking them out of the oven, in the oven they puff up, probably 3 or 4 inches from the top of the pan "incredible" as Sophia said!
We've tried lots of different toppings, you can fill the wells of the "cupcakes" with different jams, or powdered sugar and fresh squeezed lemon, but we prefer whipped cream and strawberries! This recipe makes 20 cupcakes, Amelia ate 3 and then asked for a bowl of yogurt because they were all gone! Will most definitely be making these again! Super easy and yummy too!
One loaf frozen bread dough - thaw but don't let rise, cut into chunks, roll in cinnamon and sugar, layer in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
Sauce: 1 stick butter
1 cup not packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
boil in microwave then pour over top
bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes
Tim and Abram inhaled most of the pan, Amelia tried one bite and made a very disgusted face (although the next day she asked me to make it again because she liked it so much) and Sophia wouldn't even try it :(
In a 9x13 pan layer:
6 slices of bread
ham slices, I used diced ham because that's what I had
swiss cheese slices, I used shredded mozz, and have also used mojack
Shredding the cheese was the girls' favorite part!
Add: 2 tsp garlic
1/2tsp celery seed
1 tsp basil
pour over bread,meat and cheese
then add 6 more slices of bread
Wisk together 3 cups milk and 6 eggs
this is what it looks like, now cover with foil and (carefully-or else the eggs will slop all over the inside of your fridge) put it in the fridge until morning!
I cut into ours right away and I should've let it set for a few minutes, all the cheesy goodness started to ooze out but it was still very yummy! We all liked this one, and we had left overs, which were amazingly good cold!
So what do you have for breakfast? After a week of "fancy" breakfast I will admit that I'm craving a plain ol' bowl of cheerios, but we will definitely be changing things up more often!