Need help with new breakfast ideas

Edith - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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Help! I am a true G.R.I.T.S...GIRL RAISED IN THE SOUTH! My daughter has beeen eating the same things for breakfast for at least 7yrs......bacon...grits with cheese or cereal, basically the tradition southern style breafast and now she'd rather skip breakfast! I know breakfast is the most important meal so sometimes I'll have her eat a piece of fruit and sometimes that's a struggle. I need some ideas and fast and oh...eggs are out! I scrambled egg her to death a long time ago!

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Edith - posted on 04/12/2010

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She really enjoys breakfast pies and sausage balls and those are usually for the holidays but it looks like I'm going to have to do holiday breakfasts all year round. Imessed up with the french toast by letting her first try it at one of our favorite breakfast spots where the french toast is the french bread and the batter has ameretto in it and the syrup is like no other I've ever tasted. I made french toast the old fashion way and if you've ever seen Eddie Murphy Raw and the little boy wanted mcdonald's and he was very disgusted with his homemade burger...LOL! We've recently moved to LA and I had lost my southern train of thought for a minute and freaked out a little! Thanks for helping me regain my train of thought.
@Kim......girl....put about a 1/2 cup or cup of grits in a microwavable bowl depending upon how much you want........fill the bowl enough to cover grits as you would do if you fixed them on the stove......put the microwave on about 15mins and you will have your own personal bowl but make sure you watch them so your watch don't boil out and you have a burnt mess but of course if the water boils out just add a little water until you get them as loose as you like'em. Beats instant grits any day! There is nothing worse than instant grits.
Thanks guys

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Christy - posted on 03/27/2011

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what we love around here is to pop a croissant in the oven & toast it...then I add whatever to it...sometimes its mayo, ham & cheese....other times its guacamole with ham, cheese, lettuce & tomatoes...or eggs & cheese (with or without sausage that can be made ahead of time over the wkend) or since she is tired of eggs too, just the sausage & cheese... They are quick & can be topped according to your taste that day....



ANOTHER idea that isn't as healthy...I buy blueberry waffles and spread cool whip on top (cuts out the syrup but still has the sweet & most kids love cool whip) or I buy the plain waffles & spread on the strawberry flavored cream cheese...those are easy, out the door, in the hand, on the go... quick!!

Mary - posted on 05/11/2010

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banana or zucchini bread is also easy and good.
every once in a while pound cake with fruit helps me over a non-breakfast slump too!

Mary - posted on 05/11/2010

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I'll just trade places with your daughter - I could defintely handle someone making me bacon and grits every day!
Pancakes are good (and you can vary them a lot - bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips - for special occassions of course!).
Portable things might make her more willing too...
like bagels, english muffins, biscuits (you can hide anything inside), hashbrowns, sausage balls, apples and peanut butter, banana sandwich (bread, banana, peanut butter and honey), cup of yogurt with granola, toast. If all else fails I fall back on a pack of crackers - I know it's not the best, but it does keep you going for a while.
Maybe if a big southern breakfast was a special once a week thing she would like it more!

Ginger - posted on 05/11/2010

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Sometimes when my daughter gets burned out on breakfast, I mash up overripe bananas, add a small container of vanilla yogurt and put it in popsicle molds. Once it's frozen overnight, I let her eat it for breakfast. It's getting some good nutrition in her and she thinks she's having ice cream for breakfast... a win, win situation.

I also found some good breakfast recipes for the crock pot at http://www.frontporchlivingday2day.com/s... Hope this helps :)

Christina - posted on 05/06/2010

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I do this wonderful little breakfast that my kids love.



I cut up potatoes like french fries, season them with salt, pepper, sweet and smoky seasoning, and then fry them up. Half way through cooking the potatoes I add some mushrooms, onions, and bacon bits. I scramble egg in another frying pan and add it to the potatoes when they're are done [ you can leave out the egg ] . you could even sprinkle some shredded cheese on it. it takes me about an hour to make it and is really tasty. just an idea.

Claudia - posted on 05/06/2010

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Hola Edith,



i'm claudia, i'v been n ur shoes b4.



if ur on a tght schedual lik som moms out thr, here r som ideas...



1) fruit smoothies o milk shakes

2) add Grapenuts 2 yogurt

3) Cottage Cheese w/ diced fruit



i hope tht my ideas hav helpd, good luck.



claudia

India - posted on 05/04/2010

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pancakes with boysenberry syrup!! yum :)) or french toast with raspberries and blueberries

Juli - posted on 04/29/2010

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oh grits! yum! it's been a long time since I've had them.

I just made a small pot of rice pudding for breakfast the other day. We picked this one up when we were living in Bali. It's a great breakfast and can be really healthy.

Cook 1 cup of rice (i use brown basmati to make it more healthy, but white is delicious)

Add 1/2 can of coconut milk in a small pot with the rice. Add 1 cup your preference of milk or soy milk. Raisins. A bit of Vanilla and cinnamon. Salt to taste. Can add brown sugar to taste. One egg lightly beaten. Cook on medium low until it's just right to taste.

Iris - posted on 04/24/2010

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We've done boiled eggs, bacon and cream of wheat, I'm told that is similar to grits, but with sugar or sweetener. It's also great with cinnamon. I've also done the pillsbury cinnamon rolls or generic ones with bacon and boiled eggs and coco or coffee. I know you said eggs are out but have you ever tried an egg casserole?

Hannah - posted on 04/24/2010

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My kids love the waffle sandwiches, the waffles with peanut butter and jelly. But recently we were at the store and they were giving out samples...oatmeal parfaits. My kids don't usually like oatmeal, but they loved these! It was any flavor instant oatmeal made as on the package...place in the bottom of the cup or bowl. Then you add a coresponding flavor of greek yogurt (I am sure you could use regular yogurt) and on top some fresh fruit or what I used was the strawberries with the juice over the top. They ate it right up!!

Kylie - posted on 04/24/2010

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French toast, pancakes, crumpets, croissants, add honey, golden syrup, maple syrup, nutella
my kids favourites are: weetbix with milk, sugar and milo ( i remember having this as a kid too and just loved it ) or weetbix with honey, weetbix with yoghurt (my 1 year old loves that) mixed nuts and fruit with a dollop of yoghurt, porridge with sugar and milk.

Rhonda - posted on 04/23/2010

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egglands best liquid eggs, bacon bits(bagged from Sams Club,or wherever), shredded cheese and a flour tortilla, and you have a great breakfast burrito in minutes!

Shirley - posted on 04/23/2010

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Try hot chocolate with marshmallows and buttered toast. Let them dip the toast in the hot chocolate. That was my favorite thing for breakfast when I was growing up. My kids love it and so does my grandkids. I butter the bread and put it in the oven.

Nancy - posted on 04/22/2010

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love the yogurt parfait, myself. Half vanilla yogurt, half lemon yogurt, lots of mixed fresh fruit, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, peaches,etc... (great fruit season coming up), then top with granola cereal! LOVE it and eat it regularly. My son eats it too, but I have to smash the granola up more for him because he's just a toddler. Involve her in looking for recipes and in the cooking process, that way she takes some ownership over it and will get excited about eating her own creations.

Carrie - posted on 04/22/2010

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I'm not a G.R.I.T. eater, but I work with a lady who is. She loves the Quaker instant grits. May be worth a try, only takes 1 min in the microwave.

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hmmm, maybe an omelete or toast with peanut butter and honey, we like to throw shakes together too.
Our fave is 2 cups of frozen or fresh strawberries (or any kind of berry you have on hand), 2 Tbs honey, 1 cup orange juice, 2 cups ice, a dollop of strawberry jam (I know it sounds weird) and a frozen gogurt :) Good luck!

Laura - posted on 04/22/2010

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HI!
I would suggest muffins and scones-recipes abound!!
Smoothies are great, and also dinner left-overs.
Here is a different recipe for hot cereal:
http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/swedish...
And last but not least-kids can just go through those non-eating fazes, my son didn't (wouldn't)eat lunch at school for years, but he was always a healthy weight and at 19 is over that!
good luck

Angela - posted on 04/20/2010

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I am a grits girl too, but my kids won't eat them at all!! Maypo or Cream of Wheat might be a good idea. My 7yr old likes the new Chocolate Cheerios. He doesn't realize they are still good for him!!

Tiffany - posted on 04/20/2010

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I know you have gotten a lot of responses already but different ideas are always good! We have smoothies here sometimes....frozen blueberries, or your choice of fruit with 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup oj, and 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt. Both of our girls love them and me too! Also whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana slices. Post again if you still need more ideas!

Marie - posted on 04/20/2010

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This is a simple one that young and old kids both love. It's called "Egg in a Basket." You take a regular piece of bread and take out a small piece of bread in the center. It looks a little bigger than a quarter size from the center of the slice. You put butter or spray butter on both sides and put it in the frying pan. Then you break your egg and put it over the hole in the bread. The yoke will fall into the hole and the white will flow out over the slice of bread. You cook it on one side and then flip it over. It is just like an over easy egg with the bread attached. Kids love this. You have to tell them the name of it first to get them interested.

Catherine - posted on 04/19/2010

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What about chocolate gravy and biscuits? You can find it on Paula Deens recipes. It is awesome!

Jerrica - posted on 04/19/2010

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A sunday favorite in my house are pufts. You can use any kind of pre-made bread dough, I buy a frozen dough and let it sit overnight in the refridgerator to thaw. In the morning I roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick and cut it into two inch squares. I then fry them in hot oil until they are brown and of course puffy. When you take them out of the grease you can dust them with powdered sugar or you can put butter or syrup on them. Pretty much anything you want to do to them you can. The inside ends up being mostly hollow so you can even fill them with fruit or a cream cheese mixture. It is really all about how you want them.

Richardsonherd - posted on 04/19/2010

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Emerril has a delicious recipe for french toast with bananas and peanut butter inside two slices of bread covered in rice krispies, it's a big hit in my house. Another option is fat free or low fat vanilla yogurt (or whatever flavor they like) with dried cranberries and rice krispy cereal sprinkled on top, or if she likes nuts, pecans are great instead of the cereal. I have also made orange french toast, using orange juice, but have lost the recipe...but I'm sure it could be found on the interent. There is a cookbook called Feed Me I'm Yours, it has a lot of interesting, and different recipes for all meals including snacks for kids. Good luck, I hope you find domething she likes.

Jamie - posted on 04/19/2010

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My boys are picky but simple and usually choose toast with a little butter and cinnamon sugar. Sometimes we add a banana and/or cereal too. Every now and then they change it up and want peanut butter on their toast instead :)

Heidi - posted on 04/19/2010

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Here's to grits! My boys enjoy toasted waffles spread with peanut butter and jelly to make a sandwich. I have also done brunch style items like meats and cheeses with crackers and fruits. Anything your daughter likes is ok for breakfast, she just needs something to get her going. Try setting out healthy snacks like Nutrigrain bars or granola bars and let her be in charge of what she wants. Yogurt is also good.

Chris - posted on 04/19/2010

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Even though I've been raised in the north I love grits with maple syrup or butter & salt., My daughter can't stand them so her breakfast is usually sugar & cinnamon toast, cereal or pop tarts,weekends whatever she feel like. I wake her in the mornings & ask her what she wants. Give your daughter what she'd like to have & that way it will be her decision & she ill eat it no matter what it is even if it's grits

Katie - posted on 04/18/2010

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I am southern style also lived it Georgia most of my life and I now how sick of grits you can get! I remake some of the breakfast sandwitches from places like mcdonalds.

Susage, Bacon or even ham breakfast sandwich:

Fry an egg, put some cheese on it, toast and butter the muffin, and choose your meat! Or if you would like a sweet twist on it, make mini pancakes and put them in place of the muffins with a tiny bit of syrup to kind of recreat the Mcgriddle.

Another idea is breakfast burritoes.
I put eggs, susage, green pepper, cheese on a soft tortilla, it's yummy, you can even make your own combo. My husband likes bacon insted of susage and no peppers.

Jenita - posted on 04/18/2010

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I am a GRITS girl from the south as well and I ahve a 1 year old. What I do is mix things up a little. We have grits this day, oatmeal another, rice for a couple, french toast, & pancakes on weekends...cereal is her snack (lol). Now I do have a recipe for a breakfast pie if you would like

Donna - posted on 04/17/2010

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If she likes pancakes, you can make pancakes for her, but beautify them by making them big enough that you (or she) can cut them into cool shapes with cookie cutters. Decorate them with slices of strawberries, whole blueberries, bananas, dry fruit loops cereal, or whatever else you have that will make them pretty! Or make your own "Crustables" with your own sandwich bread, pb&j, and cookie cutters. Something sweet and nutritious for breakfast, plus she can take it to go!



I used to make my own "lunchables" for my daughter's lunch too, with packaged lunchmeats like bologna, ham, cheese, etc. and cookie cutters. It was a big hit with her friends too. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 04/15/2010

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A good breakfast is important but it doesn't have to be cooked every day. My eldest loves raisin toast. They also love crumpets or a low sugar cereal (we have never bought things like fruit loops so they don't know to expect it). Another favourite of my 2 younger sons is banana mashed up and spread on toast. We sue whole grain bread so they get a nice balanced breakfast. good Luck!

Andrea - posted on 04/15/2010

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Try browning some sausage and then mixing them with fried diced potatoes with green and red bell peppers and onions, then warm up a tortilla soft shell and put the mixture inside topped with her favorite cheese then roll up like you would any burrito. takes 10-15 mins from start to finish and can even be made the night before and them reheated in the microwave or on stove for a quick breakfast on the go

Alison - posted on 04/15/2010

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@Brigitte: I am of the opinion that breakfast is the best time for chocolate.

Brigitte - posted on 04/15/2010

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Favorite breakfasts in my house for a 7 year old daughter are:
Yogurt sprinkled with m&m's and a banana, waffles, mini pancakes, pb&j, or oatmeal mixed with diced peaches. I know the m&m's is not so good but it's only about six and it makes her eat the yogurt so I don't feel bad. Sometimes we also do a fruit smoothy or instant breakfast.

Rebecca - posted on 04/13/2010

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If you want a good way to redeem the french toast thing...use 2 slices of regular sandwich bread (we always have wheat), spread peanut butter on both, sprinkle choc chips and put together like a sandwich. Then dip in egg batter and fry! So, so good! Kids love it, but too sweet for my hubby, so I make his with cream cheese and fruit!

Alison - posted on 04/13/2010

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How about a peanut butter sandwich? Even better peanut butter and banana. Or try a fruit smoothie using frozen fruit and vanilla soy milk (my favorite is a mix of strawberries and melons).

Laurie - posted on 04/13/2010

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My grandma used to make "soldiers and circles" for us. Big Bread slices toasted and cut to 4 long strips. She put peanut butter on them before she cut and then made heades outta bananna slices. She would put shoes on them on Fridays. M&M cut in half! We ate it!!!! She let us dip them in our OJ or Hot Chocolate!!! I put kiwi on the center as a uniform for my kids!! Good luck!

Amber - posted on 04/13/2010

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I don't know if she is a little old for this but to get my son interested in food I like to make it look fun, such as cutting out the pancakes with cookie cutters into different shapes. Sometimes i make a lot for the week so that I can just freeze them, and when its time to eat pop in the microwave for a couple of seconds. We make simple syrups together too out of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries,blueberries.etc., and save them for the next couple of days. Making a smiling face with fruit and a piece of bacon for the smile. He also loves oatmeal so I will buy plain oatmeal and make him a little bar of things to put inside of his oatmeal honey, diced apples,raisins, brown sugar, walnuts,etc. I even like for him to help me cook make him apart of the experience so he feels like hes eating what he created!

Kimberly - posted on 04/12/2010

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Breakfast is my most favorite meal of the day! Sometimes I do it for dinner too.
I love grits with a dash of salt and butter or a big biscuit and gravy!! The only problem here, is that i'm the only one that will eat them so I only get my grits at Cracker Barrel!

I try to shake things up with breakfast food to keep it interesting and kids seem to like it a lot. Hope this helps

Make french toast with hand sliced italian bread and make the batter with vanilla and cinnamon
Make your regular pancake batter. When you put it on the griddle, slice up some bananas and sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pecans. This works with almost any fruit and nut.
Slip an over easy egg between the biscuit and gravy
Eggs Benedict with regular bacon...I am in love with hollandaise sauce!
Oatmeal with raisins or fresh fruit
Quiche with only her favorite fillings
Waffles with fruit and a dollop of real whipped cream

I only suggested the egg dishes because maybe if they are dressed a little differently, she'll eat them. My kids are the same when it comes to pasta. If they never see pasta again, they would be so happy!

Andrea - posted on 04/12/2010

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Haha Edith I am soooo a G.R.I.T.S girl myself!!! We make alot of biscuits and gravy here at our house LOL and I get OMG not agian LOL... When that happens we try stuff like french toast, pancakes, or a nice fruit salad... I also do a breakfast burrito that is super yummy that we all love.. Hope this helps out a lil bit!!!

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