In line with my last post about how my kids were spoiled by their stay-at-home Mom when they were little, my 17 year old son still completely refuses to eat a cold breakfast in the morning before school (unless, of course, it's Boston Cream Donuts from Dunkin Donuts but those rarely cross the doorstep in my house!). If it comes down to cold cereal for breakfast or going hungry, my son will go hungry.
Here are my son's top five hot school morning breakfasts:
- Sausage, egg & cheese sandwich:
First things first. Buy yourself an egg sandwich Back-to-Basics Egg 'N Muffin toaster from Target (Item no. TEM500). This little beauty will toast bread, cook eggs and heat breakfast meats all at the same time. So easy even my son has been able to figure this out, you simply put bread in the toaster, crack an egg into the little fry pan, put a frozen sausage patty on the rack, put it all together and hit the Egg & Toast button and walk away! Just add a slice of American cheese as you assemble your sandwich and voila! (This handy gadget will even hard or soft boil up to 4 eggs at a time without ever turning on your stove!)
- Scrambled Egg Surprise: What could be easier than this? Crack 2 or 3 eggs into a bowl and whisk together with a little milk and salt & pepper. Turn out into a medium saute pan over medium heat and scramble, adding some shredded cheese and whatever meats/veggies you have left over from the night before. My son is especially fond of this when we've had steak for dinner the night before!
- Pigs in Blankets: On the weekend, make up batch of pancakes, approximately 4" in :diameter and refrigerate them until ready to use in ziploc bags. In the pre-school morning rush, grab a few pancakes and heat them up in the microwave along with a couple of Jones or Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage links. Wrap each link in an individual pancake, and you have a hearty breakfast that they can eat sitting at the table or walking to the bus stop. Be sure to add some maple syrup to the pancake batter before cooking them so the kids can have that flavor without having to deal with the sticky stuff as they're eating them!
- Breakfast Croissants: Yes, you can make homemade breakfast croissants without ever breaking a sweat and you control the ingredients. Just buy a roll of refrigerated crescent dough, unroll it, separate the triangles and brush one side with melted butter. Here's where you get creative! Add some ham and cheese slices, jam, chocolate chips or whatever you happen to have in your fridge. (For my kids, no holiday is complete without these made with chocolate chips.) Roll up your croissants and arrange on a baking sheet. Brush with a little egg wash. If you are making sweet croissants, top with some slivered almonds. For savory, top with a little shredded or grated cheese (parmesan or cheddar preferably). Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. These can be refrigerated ahead of time and heated up in the morning.
- French Eggs in Toast: That's right. Not eggs "on" toast...it's eggs "in" toast. This is just a little variation on French Toast that will give your kids a little extra shot of protein in the morning to get them through their day. Crack one egg in a bowl and whisk with a little milk and maple syrup. Take a slice of white bread and soak both sides in the egg mixture. Using a 3" round cookie cutter or drinking glass, cut a hole out of the middle of the bread. Heat up a little oil or butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the bread slice and cook on one side until golden brown. Flip the bread over and immediately crack an egg into the hole in the middle and give it a little shot of salt & pepper. Lower the heat slightly and cook until the egg is set and the other side of the bread is golden brown. While you're doing this, be sure to cook the round that you cut out of the bread at the same time. When everything is done, slide the egg and toast onto a plate and top with the french toast round. If the egg is not set to your liking, price the yolk with a skewer or toothpick and microwave for a few seconds.
That's it! Quick and easy, with some make-ahead breakfasts to get your kids through the long school day.