Monday, May 26, 2008

Breakfast Ideas...

Breakfast can be a hard one, unless you're satisfied with boxed cearl and willing to pay the high price per box. I do occasionally get cearl for a very good price(60 cents to a buck a box!) with sales and coupons, and stock up as much as I can we I can find those deals. With a family of six, even 10-20 boxes doesn't last long, we can easily go through a box a day, and more often than not two boxes! OUCH!!

Cearl can also get quite boring after a while, and in most cases cearl is highly processed, loaded with sugar and not very healthy.

So what's a mom to do? I take the same approach with breakfast as I do with pre-made frozen lunches. I make large quantities of pancakes, muffins, rolls, and breakfast sandwiches and freeze them. Then the kids can just help themselves to what they like in the morning.

Our favorite pancake recipe is this one:
2 eggs
2-1/2 cups buttermilk(I use regular milk with 2-1/2 tbls vinegar)
1 tsp baking soda
2-1/2 cup flour
2 tsp sugar
4tsp veggie oil
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

I usually double or triple the recipe and mix it all together and cook them all and freeze the extras in individual servings. These are also good to make the batter and store in a container to take camping!!

I will also make large batches of a variety of muffins and sweet breads to freeze. On of my favorites is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins:

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup canola oil

2 tbls ground flaxseed

1 tsp vanilla

1 2/3 cup flour

1 1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

3/4 cup chocolate chips

mix together and pour batter into grease muffin pan. Top with cinnamon/sugar mixture(3/4 cup sugar and 2tsp Cinnamon, save left overs for the next few times!)

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Delicious

Not the least expensive option, but one of our favorites are breakfast sandwiches. You can use biscuits(home-made or store bought), bagels, or English muffins.

On each stack with cheese slices, meat or veggie sausages and eggs. I freeze these in individual servings as well.

It takes a little work to make such large batches all at once, but it is worth it to have ready made items on hand when the kids start complaining of being hungry. You could buy all of these pre-made, but I guarantee you these are MUCH cheaper and healthier!!