NEED BREAKFAST IDEAS...CEREAL IS TOO BORING...ANY SUGGESTIONS ARE APPRECIATED

Karina - posted on 02/14/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I AM GETTING TIRED OF EATING CEREAL FOR BREAKFAST, I WANT TO GET MY 3 YEAR OLD TOO EAT BETTER BREAKFASTS, CAN YOU HELP?



THANKS, KARINA.

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Nora - posted on 02/15/2009

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I got a great recipe from a friend a while back. Works great for large groups too. It's ziploc omlettes. Put 2 eggs (don't put more) in a ziploc bag. Let everyone add their favorite "toppings" and write their name on the baggie. Put into boiling water and boil for 13 minutes. Pour out of the baggie and perfect omlettes for everyone.

Heather - posted on 02/14/2009

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I like to make egg mcmuffins for breakfast...take sdome english muffins and toast them. fry an egg in a skillet, add a slice of cheese and some ham or bacon or sausage if you like. It's quick and filling.

Or you can scramble eggs, add cheese and onion, mushroom, meat, etc and put it in a tortilla for a breakfast burrito.

Bagels, oatmeal, waffles, fruit and yogurt parfaits are also common breakfasts in my home.

Hope this helps!

Mary - posted on 05/27/2011

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My 2 yr. old grandson likes French toast cut into strips, any kind of berry and loves raspberries that he puts on the tops of his fingers like little hats. Yobaby is always a hit and he likes sausage cut into cubes. Also english muffins toasted, spread with cream cheese then cut into strips and dipped into low sugar preserves.



He loves to dip, so anything that you add a dip to he gobbles up.



He also loves bananas. We used to freeze bananas and blend in blender with peanut butter, chocolate chips and milk for breakfast shakes when my kids were young. Now I make coffee flavored with added protein powder. YUM!

I love anything with lots of protein because it stays with you longer and gives you lots of energy.

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I think we sometimes get hung up on what's "breakfast" food, etc.  Feed your child what he/she likes whenever.  My pediatrician always said it's less important how much they eat within a day than what they have eaten over the span of a week.  We used to have breakfast foods for dinner, lunch foods for breakfast, etc.  Serve her a grilled cheese sandwich, nutritious and healthy, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese.  It's important that she eats, not when she eats the foods.  Just my two cents.  Thanks

Tanya - posted on 02/16/2009

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I have started making & freezing pancakes on the weekends. This allows for fast breakfast that can be heated in the microwave, but gives my daughter something hot to eat before school. I freeze them in individual servings & make different kinds so we can change up & not have the same thing every day. I use a food storage system to remove the air from the package so she thinks that she is getting Eggo's, but they are WAY more economical.

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Heather - posted on 06/25/2011

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breakfast doesn't have to be classic, we have yogurt fruit mini pancakes in the freezer section, waffles even raisin cinnamon toast. or you can try grits, oatmeal... my kids even have pbj sometimes, protein carbs and a bit of sweet! wash it down w milk or juice...

Lindsay - posted on 06/24/2011

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I have a 15 month old daughter and a 2 1/2 month old son, so to say the least my mornings are busy. I do kid sized pancakes ( store bought mix) and add fruit and extra grains like oatmeal, wheat germ, granola. I put them into freezer bags and freeze. To re-heat I just pop them into the toaster.I do the same thing with french toast sticks. serve with a side of honey for dipping. Hope that helps

Nalaya - posted on 05/28/2011

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you could make up some waffles on the weekend and freeze them. putting them in the toaster oven makes them nice and toasty and quick to serve up in the morning when you have to rush out the door. They go well with yogurts and fruits! That and making your own waffles have several pros 1. you know what's in them 2. they are actually filling 3. heck of a lot less expensive to make then to buy a box of them at the store!

Alesha - posted on 05/26/2011

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Try and use fruit and maybe decorate the plate like a smiley face or an animal, he/she will think its fun and maybe want to check out all the different things on his plate. Toast and Fruit or even yogurt. Even do pancakes or waffles, I try to always have some sort of fruit for breakfast though. Good luck I hope I was help.

Jane - posted on 05/25/2011

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My son likes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, breakfast sausage on a biscuit, reheated pizza, taquitos (scrambled eggs in a flour tortilla), "tortugas" (peanut butter and raisins on a flour tortilla that is rolled up), quesadillas (cheese, bits of chicken or beef, and sauteed veg folded inside a tortilla with both sides heated on a griddle until the cheese melts, left-over cherry or apple pie, fruit smoothies (I keep peeled bananas that are starting to get too ripe in the freezer and use those instead of ice cubes) made with the bananas, orange juice, vanilla yogurt, plus any other fruit you have all run through the blender, quiche, bread pudding, fruit salad, croissants with jam or Nutella (a version of the French Pain au Chocolate), pancakes with smiley faces on them made from bacon or sausage and fruit, fried egg sandwiches on toast, and just about anything that appeals to you and him.

Jamie - posted on 05/25/2011

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Haha My family did alot of wrap food just thinking about your question OMG.
We scrambled eggs, salsa, shredded cheese I would pre-cook bacon for bacon bits and wrap
pre-cooked, freeze large pancakes like a wrap nuke one when you need one add honey blueberries, strawberries, or a fruit salsa, even granola, shaved almonds
add brown sugar/cinnamon instead of honey we used honey b/c of it's natural fiber etc.

Megan - posted on 05/25/2011

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yougurt? ceral bars? Pop tarts? waffles (oven 5 minutes) get up extra early pancakes?

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Some people wouldn't want to eat this... but it is my comfort breakfast food. It's a soft boiled egg over cubed butter toast with pepper. For an adult serving you put two eggs in a small pot and add enough water to cover (some float so I stop once they start to float). Then put it on the stove on high uncovered until the water comes to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes (no more, no less).

I start up the toast about here as my toaster takes about 3 1/2 minutes to toast two slices of bread. Once they are done I butter them, cube them, and put them in a bowl.

Have a bowl of cold water ready, use a slitted spoon to remove the eggs from the pot, and let them cool about 30 sec to a min in the cold water. Then crack one end until it is wide enough for a small spoon to go in and scrape the egg out onto the bread. After that I add pepper to taste (I like mine really peppery).

Soft boiled eggs scare some people but it really isn't much different than an egg over easy. If you feel more comfortable cooking the eggs that way and then cutting them up go for it.

Jamie - posted on 05/25/2011

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we call them funky monkey's in our house use a tortilla wrap spread Peanut butter on it then a banana wrap it up and nomnomnom one handed out the door did it for my teens that slept in until the last min b/f the bus came.

Christy - posted on 05/23/2011

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Karina,
My husband and I get up every morning together to cook breakfast for our four children. We wanted to make a healthy change a year and a half ago and realized the kids were hungry again by the time they got to school and had several hours before lunch. Here are a few of the things we've made:
hash browns,
toast,
fruit platter,
oatmeal,
waffles,
pancakes,
muffins,
bagels,
banana bread
zucchini bread,
omelets,
bacon,
sausage links,
quiche
scrambled eggs,
donuts,
scones,
homemade bread,
sausage patties,
cheese,
sausage biscuit with egg,
fruit smoothies,
scrambled eggs with sauted veggies

Then you can do variations on many of those. When I'm looking for a new recipe I use http://www.food.com/recipes/ and do a search. So if you want to find a 100 different types of muffins or a couple dozen different pancake recipes, you'll find them there!

Chris - posted on 05/23/2011

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I totally agree with Jackie about not getting too hung up on "breakfast" foods. Keep trying new things and go with what makes you both happy!!!

Angela - posted on 05/20/2011

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we do pancakes with m&m's or chocolate chips in them as an alternative to cereal every day.
Also, eggs with cheese and some chopped veggies would be cool

Karina - posted on 02/21/2009

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thanks so much to everybody...for the fantastic ideas, i appreciate all your help.

karina (australia)

Christina - posted on 02/21/2009

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Here's a VERY GOOD and VERY EASY oatmeal recipe:

1/2 c. quick oats

1 packet of Swiss Miss "sugar-free" hot cocoa mix

mix

Add milk to your liking

stir

Microwave for 1-1/2 min.

Stir in about a Tbsp. of "natural" peanut butter for protein

Enjoy!!

It tastes just like no-bake cookies---YUMMM!!



(I suppose you could use the regular Swiss Miss and regular peanut butter, I've never tried it that way, but this way seems a little healthier.)

Hope this helps!

Denise - posted on 02/21/2009

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I was raised on leftovers ;).  Anything she likes eating is open as breakfast food, especially if you have extra from the night before or a few days.

Jill - posted on 02/21/2009

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Sometimes my kids have soup. It is really cold here, and if it is healthy for lunch, why not breakfast, it is warm and filling. Also grilled cheese sandwiches. Quck and easy, with minimum mess.

Bonnie - posted on 02/20/2009

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I didn't see anyone mention hash browns.  If you are making them from scratch, be patient- it takes a spread of shredded potatoes about 10 min. a side on a griddle to cook golden.  I use olive oil instead of butter sometimes.  Also if you have left over baked potatoes- Potatoes O'Brian is great.  Dice up potatoes any size you like, and fry with onions, green and red peppers.  Really good if you are camping and have a freshly caught breakfast trout.  Honestly.  Why does everything taste better when you are camping?

Allison - posted on 02/19/2009

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How about French Toast? It's my 19 mo old's favorite. You can buy french toast style bread at the grocery store. It's easy to make. Mix a couple eggs and a splash of milk in a bowl. Dip the bread in the egg and fry in a skillet. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon add a little syrup and butter and your done.



You can even make extra pieces and freeze it in a ziplock. Just thaw a piece for about 20 seconds in the microwave then toast it in the toaster.

Raana - posted on 02/18/2009

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Muesli recipe:  I don''t have quantities because I just eyeball it.  I make a huge batch and then use it when baking too.  If I'm super organised I put some of the muesli in a container, add a grated apple and milk.  The oats soak overnight and are yummy in the morning.



 



Oats,  ground almonds and brazil nuts (just blitz in the food processor), desicated coconut, chopped dried apricots and dates, milled flaxseeds... and whatever else you like.



 



You can eat this hot or cold.  If I'm eating it like porridge I like to add a bit of cinnamon and my son will eat it with a bit of maple syrup.



 



It's a very forgiving recipe - have fun playing with it.



 



I then use this to make breakfast cookies:



 



1 cup muesli



1 egg



1/4 c. brown sugar



1-2 tablespoons golden syrup



a touch of vanilla extract.



4 tablespoons oil.



 



Mix everything together and let it soak for a bit.  Spoon onto a greased baking tray and fork down.  Bake for about 12-15 minutes at about gas mark 7, 180 C. 

Kelly - posted on 02/18/2009

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My family loves this one and its easy. Pillsbury, Kraft Foods, and Campbells Kitchen have lots of recipeis that are easy and very family friendly.



INGREDIENTS

2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations™ refrigerated flaky dough sheet

1 lb spicy or mild bulk pork sausage

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese

2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)









DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 375°F.

2. If using crescent rolls: Unroll 1 can of dough into 2 long rectangles. Place in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish; press over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust. If using dough sheets: Unroll 1 can of dough. Place in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish; press over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust.

3. In 12-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Remove sausage from skillet; discard drippings. To same skillet, add cream cheese. Cook over low heat until melted. Add cooked sausage; stir to coat. Spoon evenly over crust in baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.

4. If using crescent rolls: Unroll second can of dough on work surface. Press to form 13x9-inch rectangle; firmly press perforations to seal. Carefully place over cheese. If using dough sheets: Unroll second can of dough on work surface. Press to form 13x9-inch rectangle. Carefully place over cheese.

5. Bake 21 to 26 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 15 minutes. Cut into small squares.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Bake 26 to 31 minutes or until golden brown.

Vicky - posted on 02/17/2009

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The idea that Heather gave you about the egg mcmuffins. That is what I make for my 9 year old daughter, she loves it.

Yvette - posted on 02/17/2009

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Yes, I am an extremely busy mom of 4, plus, I babysit. Try making french toast. All you need is bread, eggs, milk, vanilla & cinnamon. Mix together a couple of eggs, some milk, about 1tsp of vanilla, & some cinnamon to your taste. I like to use Pam cooking spray to prepare the pan. Cook on each side. Trust me, you & your child will love it. I usually just use a capful of vanilla. The more french toast you want to make, the more eggs, milk, vanilla, & cinnamon you will use. Just don't make it too milky. How about making an omelete or scrambled eggs? My kids love pancakes also. The options are endless. You can also make muffins or cinnamons rolls. Breakfast can be anything at all. Have you tried yoghurt with fruit or granola? I hope this helps!

Angela - posted on 02/16/2009

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Shirred egg, I use the pyrex glass dessert dishes.  Break the egg into the dish, add salt, pepper and an herb or 2 if you like, then either bake at 350 degrees for about 15 mins or you can nuke it for 30-60 seconds.  Easy peasy.



If you can get past soup for breakfast, miso soup is one of the healthiest options out there.

Debbie - posted on 02/16/2009

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MEXICAN BREAKFAST EGGS

4 T butter
9 eggs
3 T milk
5 T salsa
1 c tortilla chips

Melt butter in skillet.  Beat eggs in bowl and add milk and salsa.  Pour mixture into skillet and stir until eggs are lightly cooked.  Stir in tortilla chips and serve.



CHEESE DROPS
    
2 c biscuit mix
2/3 c milk
2/3 c grated sharp cheddar cheese
¼ c butter melted

Spray baking sheet with non stick spray.  Combine biscuit mix, milk and cheese.  Drop 1 heaping tablespoon dough onto baking sheet for each biscuit.  Bake at 400 10 minutes.  Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter and serve hot. 























SAUSAGE BALLS  


1 lb. mild sausage
2 (8 oz.) pkg. shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 c. Bisquick


Mix well with hands. Form into small balls. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes and at 350 degrees for 5 minutes more to brown.




 























KIDS FAVORITE BREAKFAST BARS  


2 jars marshmallow creme
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp vanilla
1 stick butter
1/2 box Wheaties energy crunch
1 cup granola, plain or with nuts


Melt butter and vanilla together for 1 min in the microwave. Add peanut butter and marshmallow creme and stir well to combine.

Add Wheaties to the mixture and spread it out in a plastic refrigerator container. Add granola to the top and press down into the mix with an offset spatula.



Chill and serve. Enjoy!





Marsha - posted on 02/16/2009

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I recently found at Wal-Mart Supercenter, the box of 6 Egg McMuffins and they are less than 1.00 a mcmuffin. I get them cuz they only take a few seconds to warm up and they are only 6 grams of fat and 210 calories! Suprisingly they are good, not hard and rubbery like most are! Hope that helps!

Nikki - posted on 02/16/2009

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We do eggs (the kids eat theirs scrambled) with turkey bacon and biscuits with jelly.



we also to breakfast burritos - scrambled eggs with cheese and sausage in a tortilla.



we also make smoothies with yogurt and fresh fruit.



this weekend we did biscuits and gravy. I made buttermilk biscuits, and country gravy (white peppered gravy) added breakfast sausage to the gravy and served over the open biscuits.

Stephanie - posted on 02/16/2009

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Here is an Awesome Easy pancake recipe!!!



1egg,1 1/2 cups milk,2Tbsp Oil  (mix together)



1 1/2 cups flour,2 Tbsp sugar,1 1/2 tsp baking powder,1tsp salt,1/2 tsp.baking soda (combine and add liquid to dry)



Add blueberries or chocolate or anything you fancy!!!!!!!!!



My family loves pancakes in the am

Leonie - posted on 02/16/2009

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Check out Jessica Sienfelds Deceptively Delicious it has loads of great breakfast ideas that are also loaded with good stuff.

Bonnie - posted on 02/15/2009

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Pumpkin or blueberry pancakes are healthy, "egg in a hole" french bread is fun, breakfast casserole (google recipe) is tasty, esp. with bacon.  For a spicy, fun treat try this:



layer tortillas, green chilies, cheese in a big buttered pie plate.  Pour whipped up eggs over all, leave 2 hours to overnight, and then bake at 350F till eggs are set.  That's a bed and breakfast recipe.  Ooh- stuffed french bread (fruit and cream cheese mixed.)  Cheesy grits are lovely with eggs and sausage. 

Dana - posted on 02/15/2009

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What about pancakes? They're actually really easy and fast. My kids love pancakes and any fruit as a side. We actually made Valentine heart pancakes with a heart cookie cutter yesterday! Very fun! Another favorite at our house is just toast with strawberry jelly and some yogurt. Hope this helps! :)

Melissa Strotman - posted on 02/15/2009

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Let's switch! My girls won't eat cereal. We did go through a sausage stage... now my five year old usually wants bacon and yogurt every morning. She also likes hot eggies (scrambled eggs...) I normally make them in the microwave. They also both like the Lean Pocket Sausage Egg and Cheese. Animal pancakes, french toast sticks, apple sauce and... oatmeal. I make normal oatmeal.. not instant.. in the microwave in a covered casserole dish so it doesn't cook over... I add splenda and cinnamon. Both my girls will eat that too.. the second one just turned 17 months old. Hope these ideas help you out!

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