Oh – Happy Day
There’s nothing like the first days of summer – no more scrambling out the door searching for backpacks, homework, shoes, and the last shreds of your sanity. But there is something so very appealing about back-to-school. More structure, less sunscreen, and that feeling of, dare I say – happiness. After spending the better part of the summer months counting heads in the pool, wiping up popsicle spills and trying to figure out how one wraps and stores a watermelon, fall brings a sense of what I like to call ahhhhhhh.
But the morning rush hour does hit full force. While it would be so easy to throw some sugary cereal at the little munchkins, it would be unfair to them AND their teachers. And God forbid bad behavior leads to suspension – then you are stuck with them again! So here are two make-ahead breakfast recipes full of protein and fiber sure to do those little bodies good:
Mighty Man “Muffins” – Serves 12 (or 3 teenage boys)
These are SO easy, so good, and offer a great source of protein in the morning
- 12 eggs
- 12 slices cheese such as cheddar or mozzarella
- 12 slices low-fat ham or turkey
- Salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
- Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with paper muffin cups
- Line each muffin cup with ham or turkey
- Crack one egg into each cup and pierce several times with a fork
- Top with salt, pepper and a slice of cheese
- (Store muffin pan in refrigerator until ready to bake or bake immediately, wrap in foil and reheat in a 200 degree oven)
- Place on center rack and cook in a 350 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes or until eggs are set.
*You can add anything to these – tomatoes, onions, potatoes, chopped veggies from last night’s dinner. Give them a pizza flair with mozzarella and a bit of tomato sauce. These are delicious and nutritious and kids can eat them with one hand while running for the bus.
Overnight Oatmeal – serves 6
Sweet and savory and perfect for cold mornings
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 6 cups water
- Spices to taste (cinnamon and nutmeg work well)
- Dried fruits to taste such as raisins or cranberries
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: Overnight
- Put the oats and the water, along with anything else you want to add to the mix, in the crock pot, turn on to low, kiss the little darlings goodnight and hit the pillow
- Place maple syrup, brown sugar, fruit, milk and nuts on a tray in the fridge – older kids can help themselves to their choice of toppings in the morning
- Wake up feeling like you just won the Parent of the Year Award because breakfast is ready and the house smells great. Pull out the tray of toppings and smile – you may just have enough leftovers for breakfast tomorrow!
Marketing Director, Epicurean Culinary Group