Mornings are busy times. Both of us work, so we leave home early. With a pre-scholar on board, the rush is real. Today, I (Dear Mom of Dear Son) am going to share our breakfast battle.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, we can give so little time to it. Over the years, we found some ways of making breakfast a tad bit easier. We have a long way to go before mastering the art of breakfast. Here are some of the things we try to do now-a-days for breakfast.
Dear son loves fruits. So we make sure to stock up on fruits. Apples, strawberries, grapes (choking hazard), watermelon are some of his favorite fruits. So, every morning there is at least some fruits on the table. Lately it has been apples and strawberries.
We started to ask Dear Son to pick up something from the store that he would like to try for breakfast when he was around three. Involving him meant less guesswork on my part and more excitement about breakfast on his part. He started picking up a thing or two and we would try those out. He liked to pick up Froot Loops. Now most of his selections are from the frozen section. The French toast was a big hit for a long time. Currently we are on the mini-pancake season. We grab frozen mini buttermilk pancakes when we are in the grocery.
At first he used to eat the pancake without anything. Slowly he started adding strawberries in them. Now, he likes to make pancake sandwich by using two pancakes and a slice of strawberry in between with a dollop of cool whip! Fancy, I know!
He needs exactly ten pancakes in the morning. One less or more than that and I can see the sadness of betrayal in his eyes. Counting is important in life!
Dear Mom and Dear Dad
We usually have the same breakfast. Some days it is a toast with cream cheese and some sort of jam, jelly, or preserve. Some days it is hash browns, the microwavable kind. 🙂 Some days it’s oatmeal. We get those single-serve packs with dried fruits and different flavors. Pour some milk, add some raisins, and microwave for some time. It’s done. Some days we microwave the frozen French toasts. Usually, it’s a mix and match between some of these things.
Most of the microwaveable food items need to be microwaved in two phases. The oatmeal for example, will need to be cooked for 90 seconds in the first phase and then a bit of stirring followed by another 40-50 seconds of microwaving, then it is ready to eat. Less milk or more time in the microwave means there is a mess waiting for us to clean! Potato patties have some heating requirements too. We use a kitchen towel or two to soak up the oil from potato patties.
We try to have some form of egg, boiled or scrambled. Boiled is good time-wise, I can warm up the pancakes, cut the strawberries and apples while the egg is being cooked. The only problem with boiled egg is that Dear Son tends to eat only half of it! Give him scrambled egg and he can eat two of those same eggs without complaining!
Since we try to keep breakfast time short, I don’t make coffee or tea. We drink a little juice if we have a few extra minutes. And that’s the end of the battle, at least for another day 🙂 I wish we could manage more time to prepare breakfast.
Continuing with the battle
As you can see, we depend a lot on frozen food. And we try to have some carbohydrate (bread, potato, pancake), protein (egg), and fruits in there. Shopping critically for the success of the battle is essential. I have a few things in my shopping list that I check or uncheck each week depending on our supply. We may pick up something different for a change or try new things, but we make sure there are at least a few breakfast items in the cart.
If the weekend is slow and I am ambitious, I try making a batch of pancake or French toast or cupcake or quiche for the week. Quiche was my most recent try which ended up as a disaster. I realized it may not be a wise idea to cook a big batch of new recipe. Lesson learnt.
We would love to hear your breakfast story. Would you very kindly share your breakfast strategies? Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.
Settle in El Paso team