Cooking up a complicated and nutritious breakfast for your little human can be really satisfying and wonderful. But on most days of the week, it just isn’t feasible! We are time poor Mums after all.
So here are some breakfast ideas that can be whipped up in 10 minutes or less, either on the spot or the night before, or made ahead of time and frozen, ready to be reheated in the microwave.
The rule I try to use for breakfast is:
- one whole grain element
- one dairy element
- one fruit/vegetable element.
I always serve breakfast with just water, or sometimes on the weekend, a special smoothie made with my preferred milk, spinach, banana and blueberries blended together. Yum!
Make sure to make any substitutions to fit the dietary requirements of your unique child.
Breakfast made on the spot in ten minutes or less:
- Plain Quick Oats. Use a sachet of plain quick oats and cook with 1/2 cup of your preferred milk. Top with chopped banana or berries, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of chia seeds.
- Wholemeal Toast Fingers. Top with peanut butter and sliced banana or 1 tbs danish feta cheese and 1/4 avocado mashed together with a splash of lemon. Serve with a side of berries and plain greek yogurt.
- Grilled Cheese Fingers. Serve on wholemeal toast with a side of berries.
- Wheat Bix. Serve with your preferred milk, a dash of cinnamon and top with melon.
- Egg and vegetable omelette. Cook 2 eggs with 1/2 cup chopped vegetables (mushroom, capsicum and spinach all work well) and 1 tbs grated cheese. Serve with a side of wholemeal toast fingers.
- Banana french toast. Mash 1 banana with 1/4 cup preferred milk and 1/2 tsp cinnamon in a bowl. Cut 1 slice wholemeal bread and dip into mixture and fry on a medium heat pan for 1-2 minutes each side until golden.
Breakfast made the night before ready for the next morning:
- Overnight Oats. Mix 1/2 cup of plain oats with 1 cup of preferred milk and 1 tsp chia seeds and leave in fridge to soak overnight. Serve topped with plain greek yogurt, coconut flakes and mango.
- Overnight Quinoa Oats. Mix 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup of preferred milk and 1/2 tsp cinnamon and leave in fridge to soak overnight. Serve topped with plain greek yogurt, peach, apricot or banana.
Breakfast that can be cooked ahead of time and frozen:
- Sultana Oat Pancakes. I use this recipe from the incredible One Handed Cooks http://onehandedcooks.com.au/recipe/sultana-oat-pancakes/. I also add 1 mashed banana and 1 grated carrot to the mixture and serve with ricotta cheese and maple syrup.
- Homemade Baked Beans. I use this recipe http://onehandedcooks.com.au/recipe/baked-beans/. I also add spinach to the mixture when cooking and serve on wholemeal toast with grilled cheese on top.
- Cheesy Mushroom, Ham and Thyme muffins. I use this recipe http://onehandedcooks.com.au/recipe/cheesy-mushrooms-ham-and-thyme-muffins/ and serve with a side of berries mixed through plain greek yogurt. You can also substitute the savoury elements of the mixture for sweet, by using fruit instead.
- Homemade Healthy Muesli. In a big bowl mix together 3 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup flaked almonds, 2 tbs sunflower seeds, 2 tbs sesame seeds, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup macadamia oil and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Spread mixture onto a baking tray and cook in an oven for 130 degrees celsius for 30 minutes (stir every 15 minutes). Add 1/4 cup shredded coconut in the last 5 minutes. Serve with preferred milk or mix through plain greek yoghurt. Can also serve topped with dried fruit or fresh berries.
So there you have it! Some quick breakfast idea for your little person. What are some of your favourite breakfast ideas? I would love to hear them!
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