Now that we’re being greeted by a chill in the air and even bits of frost on the grass upon waking in the morning, the good mother in me feels like I should be fixing my kiddos hot breakfasts to start their days. Cheerios and yogurt are ok, but they just don’t seem very warming on cold mornings.
The problem with hot breakfasts, though, is they can take time to fix, which can be a real challenge for busy moms — especially those trying to get dressed and out the door to a job. Here are a few make-ahead, crockpot, or fast morning meals that I’m going to try to add to our morning routine in the coming weeks.
Hidden Pumpkin Muffins — A can of pumpkin. A boxed cake mix. Stir and bake. Easy as that. I’ve shared this recipe here before. If you look for it in the Fit City recipe archive, it’s listed as a dessert, but I don’t see why these yummy treats can’t double as breakfast. Make them ahead of time — even freeze batches and thaw later — then give them a quick zap in the microwave (or a low, slow warming in the oven) for a quick, hot breakfast.
Slow Cooker Oatmeal — All the fast food places have jumped on to the oatmeal bandwagon, but for what you pay for one serving of their oatmeal, you can make a pot to serve the whole family. My friend Shelley raves about her slow cooker/baked oatmeal. If you click here, you’ll get her recipe plus a host of variations she’s tried.
The one drawback is that this is a 3 hour crockpot recipe, so you either have to mix the stuff together the evening before and put it in the fridge, then run to the kitchen during a mid-of-the-night potty break (or feed the baby break or “why can’t I sleep” break) and start up the slow cooker. You could also cook it the night before and then just re-heat individuals servings in the microwave. This recipe can also be made by cooking it for 1 hour at 375. If you get up to get ready before the kids do, this might be a good option.
Egg Muffin Sandwich — My kids love this and it requires very few culinary skills (good for me!) and no pans!
- Spray a small microwaveable bowl with non-stick spray (or it with butter).
- Crack an egg into the bowl, pierce a few times with a fork.
- Cover with a paper towel and microwave 45-60 seconds.
- Keep cooked egg in the microwave while you toast a whole grain English muffin or sandwich thin.
- Lightly butter the bread (optional), then slide the egg onto the bun.
- Top the egg with a slice of cheese and complete sandwich with top bun.
- Serve and collect the compliments.
Do you like to send your kids off with a hot breakfast on cold mornings? What’s on your breakfast menu? If you’ve got a kid-tested, mom-approved recipe, please share it below.