Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Families

Breakfast time can be extremely hectic. Make your life a little simpler by teaching your kids some simple meals that they can make themselves. If they get good enough, maybe they can use some of these easy recipes to surprise you with breakfast in bed!

Eggs!

Eggs are a staple for breakfast. They are quick to cook, and it is super easy to customize them to your liking.

Hardboiled:

This is arguably the easiest of the egg breakfasts to make. There isn’t too much heat involved. The part to be the most careful of with kids is the draining of the hot water.

  1. Place the eggs in a pot or saucepan
  2. Fill a pot or pan with cold water until the eggs are fully covered
  3. Turn the heat on and wait for the water to boil
  4. Once the water is boiling, remove the eggs from the heat
  5. Let the eggs sit in the water for 14-17 minutes, depending on how you like them. If you like them runnier, only keep them in for 14, if you like them completely cooked, let them sit longer.
  6. Drain the water and place the eggs in a bowl of ice water for a couple minutes
  7. Peel the eggs, add salt and enjoy!

Scrambled:

Ingredients: 2 servings

  • 4 Eggs
  • ¼ cup of Milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil/butter (this helps with sticking, so pick whichever)

Time to Cook!

  • Crack the 4 eggs into a medium bowl
  • Add the milk, some salt and some pepper
  • Heat a medium saucepan on the stove
  • Add the butter or olive oil to the pan and heat until it is hot.
    • A good way to test it is by tilting the pan. If the oil or butter moves as if it was water, it is definitely hot enough.
  • Pour in the egg mixture
  • Wait a little bit until the eggs have solidified slightly on bottom
  • Gently take a spatula and pull the eggs across the pan. You want to be gentle enough that you don’t break the bottom layer of egg
  • If you have any ingredients you want to add, add them now!
  • Continue to pull/mix the eggs until there is no more liquid. Don’t stir too much!
  • When the eggs are solid enough, flip to the other side to ensure it is completely cooked
  • Take off the heat and serve!

Omelet:

The main difference between an omelette and scrambled egg is the consistency of the egg.

Ingredients: 2 servings

  1. 4 Eggs
  2. ¼ cup of Milk
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. Olive oil/butter (this helps to prevent sticking, so pick whichever you prefer)
  6. Any additional toppings (cut up ham, cheese, veggies, etc)

Time to Cook!

  1. Crack the 4 eggs into a medium bowl
  2. Add the milk, some salt and some pepper
  3. Heat a medium saucepan on the stove
  4. Add the butter or olive oil to the pan and heat until it is hot.
    1. A good way to test it is by tilting the pan. If the oil or butter moves as if it was water, it is definitely hot enough.
  5. Pour in the egg mixture
  6. Unlike the scramble, don’t pull/mix the eggs. Just let it sit there until it is firm
  7. Once there is just a little bit of liquid, add your additional ingredients
  8. Use your spatula and fold the egg in half, over your ingredients
  9. Let it cook until the eggs are golden brown underneath
  10. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

 

Toast:

Toast is simple to make, and only needs limited amounts of heat. The best part is that you can pair it with almost any topping to make delicious combinations to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

  1. Jam
  2. Butter
  3. Peanut/sunflower/almond butter
  4. Avocado
  5. Fruits
  6. Fried egg (See above)

Oatmeal:

 

This is probably the most complex recipe in this list, but it will still take under 15 minutes. Here is a list of ingredients you should gather beforehand. (Feel free to alter the recipe to your preferred taste)

Materials:

  1. Medium size saucepan
  2. Mixing spoon
  3. Measuring cup
  4. Teaspoons

Ingredients (for two servings)

  1. 1 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1 cup water
  4. ⅛ teaspoon of salt
  5. ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon of honey
  7. Toppings like nuts/berries (optional but highly recommended)

Time to Cook:

  1. Mix the oats(1 cup), water(1 cup), salt(⅛ teaspoon) and cinnamon (½ teaspoon) in a medium saucepan
  2. Place on high heat and wait for your mixture to begin to boil
  3. Once it is boiling, keep the saucepan on, but reduce the heat to low.
  4. Simmer at the low heat for 3-5 minutes. As it thickens, stir occasionally
  5. After it has reached the desired consistency, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for a minute or two
  6. Transfer the oatmeal to bowls
  7. Add desired toppings
  8. Enjoy!

No Heat Recipes:

If you have young kids, the odds are you don’t want them to be working with hot surfaces. Here are some super easy, but heat free recipes to make some delicious breakfasts.  

Yogurt Parfait:

  1. Put your yogurt base in a bowl. My personal favorite is vanilla, but any will do!
  2. Add toppings
    1. Fresh fruit
    2. Granola
    3. Honey (for extra sweetness)

Freshly cut fruit:

It is hard to go wrong with fruit. It’s healthy and can even satisfy sweet tooths!

Smoothie:

  1. Gather your ingredients. Almost any combination will work!
    1. Fruits
    2. Veggies
    3. Milk/Yogurt
    4. Ice
    5. Juice
  2. Pop your ingredients in a blender, blend and serve a refreshing, easy and healthy breakfast!

*Tip: if you aren’t sure what combination of fruits works best, it is hard to go wrong with bananas mixed with berries and a dash of yogurt or milk.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure your kids can feed themselves. Try these recipes out with your kids, note which ones are their favorites and let them know which ones you like the best too. Choose their favorite recipes on school mornings so you know that breakfast will be a breeze.

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