It’s here. The first month of school. I am excited and sad at the same time. Our summer was full of friends, love, vacations, sun and swimming. I know that school mornings are the last place you want to throw in a “what do I make for the kids” moment, so I am going to share with you my favorite things to do to make breakfast quick, healthy, easy and delicious…well, fingers crossed anyway!
Tip #1 – Only do things once
On Sunday (or any other day) when you make a batch of pancakes or waffles, reserve some batter in a mason jar and keep it in the frige. It will last all week. Even better, make all of the waffles or pancakes and freeze them in individual zip lock bags (be sure to let them cool first). Then pop them in the toaster for a quick “home made” breakfast.
If you are washing fruit, wash and freeze some for quick smoothies. Store the fruit in single servings, so you don’t have to make a mess breaking apart frozen fruit.
Tip #2 – Write it down
If I had a dime for each morning I had to think about what to make for my seven year old daughter, I’d be a rich woman. I started writing down lists of the winners and so called losers in her food world. Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches for breakfast? Winner. Cream of Wheat? Loser…you get the picture. Here’s the thing, you can take a glance at the loser side and go back to those at a later date, maybe with a new twist. I never give up on the things she dislikes, I just give them a rest. The point is to keep a list. I do this for snacks and dinners too. It helps me remember things I may have forgotten.
Tip #3 – Dinner for breakfast
I know…usually the fun thing to do is breakfast for dinner, try this one. My daughter LOVES tofu. One morning I had nothing prepared so I asked her if she’d like some tofu with tamari (soy sauce). Her eyes lit up like a Christmas Tree. “Can I do that?” You betcha…and happy to do so, I thought! I asked some other moms if they ever have dinner for breakfast and many of them were reluctant to admit it! Here are some items they’ve served up pre-lunch…spaghetti, grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, turkey sandwich, rice and so many more.
Tip #4 – Plan your month
It sounds daunting. Here is what I do. The last day of the month (or so), I print out two blank calendars for the upcoming month. I take a pencil and three or four cookbooks. I thumb through some pages and on each day I write down something that sounds good. I do a calendar for breakfast (I don’t need cookbooks for this) and one for dinner. I don’t worry about dessert, I just do an entree type dish and a vegetable. I take a picture of it and email it to myself. That way, I always have a copy with me and when I’m making my grocery list for the week or I’m at the market, I can refer to it. Listen, it’s not set in stone. Of course not everything goes to plan, but you can save alot of time and money having a plan and not having to think morning after morning (or night after night) about what you are going to make!
Tip #5 – Go easy on yourself
This is not a contest. Nobody will win a prize for having the healthiest breakfast or points for most creative AM mom. Some kids are super happy with almond butter on toast, an egg over easy or cereal! Just pick a few options a week and keep it simple. Soon, you will have your winners and losers list going and school morning breakfast drama will be a thing of the past. Of course, everything changes when they are old enough to make breakfast on their own. I try to relish the scattered hurried mornings and enjoy the process….it won’t be this way forever.
If you have a food winner or super great idea in your house on school mornings, please let us know! We all need to hear that our household are not the only ones scurrying along before school!
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