By: Leanne Ely
Back-to-school time is upon us, and with it, comes crazy mornings of lunch packing and breakfast making, and other general chaos.
It’s important to get a good healthy meal into everyone’s bellies in the morning, so how do you do that without simply opening up a box of sugary cereal or putting down a couple slices of toast?
The following twelve breakfast ideas will keep your family nourished for the morning, without taking hours to prepare.
Slow cooked oats. If your family enjoys oatmeal, put the slow cooker to work for you overnight. Steel cut oats work best for long cooking like this. You can add some sliced apples and raisons to the pot, too, for a bit of extra flavor. Imagine waking up to a hot breakfast! Magic!
Cold oats. If you make a big pot of oats, keep some in a container in the fridge to scoop out for a fast serving of carbs in the morning. Top with sliced bananas and paired with a boiled egg or a sausage or some Greek yogurt … and you’ve got a well-rounded breakfast!
Yogurt (or cottage cheese) and fruit. It doesn’t get much more simple and delicious than Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast. Sprinkle some homemade granola on there and you have a real treat! (Make your own granola though, unless you can source a brand without added fat and sugar.)
Smoothies. Y’all know I’m the queen of smoothies. Blend up your breakfast if you’re in a rush. No excuses! (Bonus points if you use our All In One Smoothie Mix or Perfect Paleo Protein for a well-rounded meal!)
Pancakes. I know this sounds like more of a Sunday morning breakfast idea, and it is! Pancakes can take time. So make a giant batch of your family’s favorite recipe on the weekend, and then keep the leftovers in the refrigerator to be heated up on school days.
Boiled eggs. Instead of boiling one or two eggs at a time, boil the whole dozen and keep ‘em in the fridge for grab and go snacks or a fast breakfast.
Breakfast scrambles. I’m a fan of taking leftovers from the refrigerator and scrambling them together for a quick breakfast scramble or hash. Sliced mushrooms and ham? Great. Brussels sprouts, peppers, and onions? Yum. Sausage, sweet potatoes, and broccoli? Why not? Warm up the leftover ingredients in your pan, add some beaten eggs, mix around until the eggs are cooked and you have breakfast.
Eggs and bacon with greens. Step one: Fry bacon. Step two: Remove bacon and drain fat. Step three: Crack eggs in same pan as bacon was fried in. Step four: Cook eggs to preferred level of doneness. Step five: Place eggs with bacon. Step six: Wilt whatever greens you have on hand. Step seven: Eat.
Granola with berries and milk. Make a big batch of homemade granola and scoop it out to enjoy on busy mornings. Top with milk and berries, like conventional breakfast cereal.
Cinnamon apples. Mix some almond butter and honey together to create a delicious and sticky dip. Sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices. Dip slices in honey/almond mixture.
Canadian bacon egg cups. Preheat the oven to 375. Place slices of Canadian bacon in the bottom of the muffin tins and bake for five minutes to warm the bacon. Take the pan out of the oven, crack an egg on top of each slice of bacon, sprinkle with salt, and pepper, bake 20 minutes or until the eggs are set.
And here’s a bonus recipe from my book, Part-time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy!
Garden Morning Array
Yields 4 servings
8 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved, lengthwise
2 avocados, diced
3 vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, sliced
1 cup strawberries (or seasonal fruit of your choice)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
This is a simple breakfast that is great for those busy mornings. You simply portion out each item onto everyone’s plate, lightly season everything except the fruit with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, and you’re done.