We have been busy getting ready to go back to school. While much of my preparation revolves around buying school supplies and filling out paper work, I like to take some time to make sure my children are getting a good breakfast. Mornings can be crazy. While we definitely have cereal days, I like to make sure my kids get a good breakfast in most days. If I’m going to serve something other than cereal, then I need a resource of quick and easy breakfasts I can throw together fast. Here are some of my favorite quick meals to serve my family.
Needs Prep - These breakfasts are ones that you can make ahead and heat up real quick in the morning.
1. Overnight Oats – These are showing up all over Pinterest, and there are some great recipes on there. I love these because they hardly take any time to put together the night before and they are ready to go in the morning. These are really versatile. So many flavor combinations you can try and can be flexible with dietary restrictions. We make ours with almond milk since I can’t have dairy.
2. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – Who says leftovers can’t be for breakfast? If I’m making a dinner that uses quinoa, I’ll cook up a little extra for the morning. At breakfast I’ll heat it up, add a hard-boiled egg (cooked the night before), some avocado and sprouts. It’s a hearty, hot breakfast that comes together as quickly as heating up an instant oatmeal packet.
3. Breakfast Sandwich – You can cook up a few of the ham, egg and cheese sandwiches one evening and then store them in the freezer. Just pop them in the microwave for a quick breakfast.
4. Breakfast Burritos – Scramble up some eggs with sauteed veggies of your choice. I like onions, tomatoes and potatoes. Place in a tortilla and roll up. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer until set. Then place in a freezer safe bag. Heat in the microwave in the morning.
5. Whole Wheat Pancakes or Waffles – Whole wheat pancakes or waffles can be made a head and placed in the freezer as well. When you need something quick in the morning, place them in the toaster and top with fresh fruit.
6. Banana Breakfast Pops – My kids love these! They are a great choice for a warm summer morning. Cut a banana in half and place a Popsicle stick inside. Cover the banana in yogurt and sprinkle with granola. My children like it when I add some mini chocolate chips. Place in the freezer. These are a great grab-n-go breakfast because they don’t melt like other Popsicles.
7. Hard Boiled Egg and Toast – Cook up some hard boiled eggs and keep them in the fridge. In the morning make some toast and slice the egg and place on your toast. Add some salsa or hummus for extra flavor.
8. Fruit Salad – Make up a fruit salad and store it in the fridge. It’s ready to go in the morning as a side to toast or paired with yogurt.
No Prep - These breakfasts are quick to throw together in the morning with no prep work beforehand.
9. Fruit with Cottage Cheese and Granola – Place it all together in a bowl.
10. Yogurt Parfait – Greek yogurt, granola and fresh fruit combined in a bowl is easy to put together and full of flavor.
11. Apple Nut-butter Sandwiches – Slice up and apple so that each slice is a circle to use as your “bread”. Spread your favorite nut-butter on the apple slice and sprinkle with granola and dried fruit. Place another apple slice on top.
12. Smoothie – Smoothies are versatile and can be thrown together in minutes. Add some oatmeal to get some extra protein and to make it more filling. It’s also a great way to get in some green vegetables.
13. Avocado Toast – This one is pretty self-explanatory. Toast up some bread and place sliced avocado on top.
14. Oatmeal – Cook up oatmeal with quick oats in the microwave for a breakfast that is filling and warm. Top with fresh fruit and nuts.
15. Granola-on-the-Go – Place granola in a baggie with fresh fruit for a portable breakfast when you are really short on time.