“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” – John Gunther
I think food is such as easy routine to get stuck in, especially at breakfast. Like most people, we are busy in the mornings!
Our three little ones love to get up at the crack of dawn to start the day. The two oldest are both in school now so Monday through Friday is a rush of getting everyone dressed, packing lunches, and breakfast (somehow everything always takes longer than it should). We usually end up with cereal or toast (every once in a while toss in a bagel) because it’s quick and easy. But the kids get bored with it, and to be perfectly honest, so do I.
So, for the past few weeks I have been making an effort to change up our breakfast menu periodically. By making a large batch of pancakes on the weekend I am able to set some aside in the freezer for a quick and easy weekday breakfast.
Our family also loves homemade cinnamon rolls. My favorite recipe is Clone of a Cinnabon. This is a great recipe to make for a Sunday morning and have leftovers on Monday morning. The best part is my bread machine does a lot of the work and I can make them up ahead of time and leave them in the fridge overnight to bake in the morning.
We also enjoy Apple Muffins for a quick breakfast. The ingredients are things that I always have on hand and the mini muffins bake in 8 minutes and are ready to go.
- 2 c. flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ c. sugar
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 c. milk
- 1 egg
- ¼ c. oil
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and diced
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients together. In a small mixing bowl combine the wet ingredients. Add the liquid mix and apples into the dry mix. Stir just until combined (be careful not to over mix). Bake full size muffins for 20 minutes or mini muffins for 8 minutes.
Even though changing your breakfast options every once in a while seems like a small change to make, it helps our family not be stuck in a routine and it keeps the kids eating a larger breakfast. They tend to get tired of cereal day in and day out and end up not eating much.
I would love any suggestions on other quick and easy breakfast options to shake up our mornings!