Back to school breakfast ideas
Do your kids hate breakfast and hate it even more since they have to wake up earlier to eat it now that school has started? Our colleage, food editor Janet Keeler, suggests that this school year, offer some new foods that might get them more excited about breakfast. If they hate eggs, don’t force them. If they are fans of grilled cheese sandwiches, get out the skillet and make them but use whole-wheat bread and tuck a few thin slices of apple between the slices.
Here are some of her deas for back-to-school breakfasts:
Leftovers Seriously, heat up that chicken noodle soup, spaghetti or lasagna from last night. Who said breakfast has to be bacon and eggs?
Oatmeal It’s a turnoff for a lot of kids, especially young Floridians who’ve never had a need for a warm, rib-sticking breakfast. But try the accompanying recipe I've posted at the end of this post for for Almond Joy Oatmeal and they might just get hooked. Yes, it calls for a smattering of chocolate chips but it’s not much more than a tablespoon per person.
Burritos With just beans for the vegan; add scrambled eggs for the ominivore. Try it on whole-wheat tortillas and add whatever fixings they like: grated cheese, salsa, chopped tomato, etc. If they just loved chopped onions, make sure those teeth are brushed before they leave the house!
Breakfast sandwiches Make them on small bagels, English muffins, croissants, their favorite bread or even pita. Between the slices, layer scrambled eggs, shredded or sliced cheese and a slice of Canadian bacon. Or regular bacon. Or turkey bacon. Or sausage. They won’t eat eggs? Substitute a tomato slice.
Smoothies Many children love fruit but it’s good to mix it with protein to keep energy levels up. Add tofu, peanut butter or yogurt.
Muffins Good with a thin layer of low-fat cream cheese, but stay away from muffins that are more like cupcakes. Go for carrot over chocolate. If you make your own, mix white and whole wheat flour and add some fruit. Thinking ahead, bake a couple of dozen and freeze some. They will thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Parfaits Sort of a solid version of the smoothie, but with added crunch. Layer yogurt with fruit and top with granola.
Waffle sandwich Spread toasted whole-wheat waffles with butter, drizzle with maple syrup and sandwich with turkey sausage patties. For a savory version, butter and layer with cheddar cheese and ham.
Quick eats: Cereal is easy, but look for some that’s not really candy in disguise. Add fruit to sweeten. Breakfast bars and yogurt are good morning choices and so is toast with peanut butter.
Fruit & cheese String cheese and a nectarine; cheddar and a Granny Smith apple; dried apricots, nuts and a slice of brie. Sound too sophisticated? Just give it a try.
Almond Joy Oatmeal
3 ½ cups milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon almond extract
2 cups quick-cooking or
⅓ cup chopped almonds
⅓ cup shredded coconut
⅓ cup chocolate chips
In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, salt and almond extract and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, whisking to ensure mixture is well combined. Stir in oats. Return to a boil; reduce heat to low. Cook for 1 minute (5 minutes for old-fashioned oats), stirring occasionally.
Remove oatmeal from heat and divide among 4 bowls. Top each with chopped almonds, coconut and chocolate chips.
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