Ah, Breakfast! The most important meal of the day, right?
I remember breakfast in my days BC (before children). There’d be the usual trip to Starbucks and on the weekend my husband and I would often make something fun like pancakes or a savory breakfast casserole. I’d get the big Sunday paper and leisurely go through the ads and travel section.
Now that baby girl has entered the picture and is currently approaching the terrible twos, our mornings look, well, just slightly different. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade them for the world, but let’s just say that I haven’t read the Sunday paper in oh, a very long time.
My little girl demands breakfast as soon as she’s up. Often when I first get to her crib, she’s already signing “milk” and “eat.” If one does not oblige quickly, I know a meltdown will be on the horizon and that is definitely not how I want to start my day!
I can’t really blame her, she takes after her mama after all. As soon as I wake up it’s like a little sensor goes off and says “Need.Food.Now” Since I can empathize with her on this matter, I try to make the morning go a little smoother by relying on a few simple, go-to breakfast recipes.
When possible, I make or at least prep these meals the night before. However, on the off-chance I choose to watch “This is Us” instead, two out of three of these recipes can be made in a matter of minutes. In the time it takes for baby girl to chug her milk, I can have breakfast made and save us all from the dreaded morning melt down! Super Mom to the rescue!
You can be a Super Mom too, and get breakfast on the table faster than a speeding train with these three easy recipes. They’re easily adaptable, too, if your child has different tastes or preferences.
Make The Morning More Enjoyable: 3 Easy Recipes
I truly hope these come in handy for you and help your family start the day on a happier note, like they have for mine.
Cinnamon Applesauce Oatmeal
Makes: 2-3 Servings
1 cup water (or milk)
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add oats, reduce heat and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
- Add applesauce and cinnamon. Cool slightly and serve. Leftovers will keep a few days, covered, in the refrigerator.
Makes: 2 pieces
2 slices whole wheat bread
1/2 avocado, mashed
- Toast bread. Spread on mashed avocado with a fork.
- Cut each slice of toast in half (or Emily’s favorite, into 3 slices) and serve.
Broccoli & Cheddar Mini Quiche
1/3 cup milk (2% or whole preferred)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup small broccoli florets
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 6-cup muffin tin with cooking spray, set aside. Alternatively, you can use foil liners (*not paper) sprayed with cooking spray for easier clean-up.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and salt. Pour mixture into the prepared muffin tins, about 1/2 way full.
- Add a few pieces of broccoli to each one and slightly submerge. Top with shredded cheese.
- Bake for 14-15 minutes, until set. Remove from oven, cool slightly and serve. Leftovers will keep a few days, covered, in the refrigerator.
Breakfast with a toddler can be really trying at times. I hope these three recipe staples of mine help make the mornings a more enjoyable time for everyone at your house! Do YOU have any toddler breakfast favorites?
Contributing Sister Site and Author
Melissa is a Central Ohio native who’s been living in Columbus for the last seven years. After graduating from Miami University and living in Boston for a few years, she’s happy to call the capital city of Columbus her home. Melissa’s a stay at home mom to Emily, who’s 18 months old. Emily’s a bundle of energy, who loves running around the house, playing peek-a- boo and feeding the family dog, Lucy, Cheerios! When Melissa’s not chasing Emily around, she documents her kitchen adventures at the food blog www.madebymelissalee.com. Following the 80:20 rule, most of her recipes are on the healthier side, with a cookie or two thrown in for good measure. Besides cooking and baking, she enjoys decorating her home, trying out local restaurants, reading a good book and those first sips of her morning coffee. She’s very excited to bring quick, easy and fun recipes to hungry Columbus parents!
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