The battle of breakfast

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.

What does Pooh Bear think about breakfast?

Dear Son

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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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

Prompt: Dense


20 thoughts on “The battle of breakfast

    1. I definitely agree. Weekend breakfasts are something that we look forward to, as well. Thank you for visiting and leaving a beautiful note. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
  1. Ah, breakfast πŸ™‚ My favorite childhood memory was waking up to my mother’s cooking. I don’t have children, but your post reminded of all the breakfasts I had with my family.
    1. I am glad to know that my post reminded your childhood memories. Really, those are the best memories! Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts. Wish you a wonderful weekend!
    1. A great question. Haha πŸ˜‚ Dear Son is not into it. He thinks that whipped cream is ice cream 🍦. So he is now in a phase of eating pancakes with ice cream (whipped cream) and strawberries . Thanks for visiting and commenting!
    1. The meaning of breakfast is to break fast and it is important for our system to start the day pumping in some proteins and carbohydrates that will sustain us throughout the day

      What’s for breakfast? (lol)

    1. It must be wonderful to start the day with a favorite meal. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.
  2. You forgot a boiled egg -not even scrambled or poached – just a simple boiled egg that will give you all the proteins you need for the day. Not to say that you cannot make it a bit differently. It has all to do with wanting to do it . Yes. Just wanting to do and then you will find atleast ten to twelve different ways of using your egg.
    Happy egg-ing
    1. Yes, definitely egg is important. As I mentioned in the post, we try to have some form of egg, either boiled or scrambled. I find that boiled eggs are good time efficient because I can in parallel prepare pancakes and do other items while the egg is being cooked. Thanks a ton for visiting and writing a valuable comment. Have a wonderful day.
  3. Breakfast is the most important part of daily diet. It is recommended that people must take breakfast early as possible. But due to the work schedule and busy morning most people do have it us hard to have breakfast in the morning. Now some have turned it in to brunch; breakfast/lunch. I think we should work out a schedule that will allow us to have our breakfast at the appropriate period.
    1. I agree with you. The time gap between dinner and breakfast next morning is already large. There is no point delaying the breakfast. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Have a wonderful day.
  4. I feel your pain! Here, it’s also a daily ”struggle” to make sure to eat the breakfast because of the time rush. I can admit that for ages I didn’t eat any breakfast at all… I just fed my husband and my boy. I felt like I wasn’t hungry after I’ve put the food on the table. However, I always felt without energy throughout the day… so my husband started pointing out how much I miss by not eating any breakfast at all. He even showed me studies that proved how vital breakfast is for your body.

    Now, we always wake up a tiny bit earlier just so we can sit down and eat together. I have to admit that it gives me a nice extra boost of energy in the morning. My favorite meal is a simple oatmeal with chunks of banana (fresh) and warm milk over it.

    My son sounds like yours though. He also has phases where he LOVES eating one particular food then switches to another. We are currently on the crunchy cereals season.

    1. Thank you for reading the post and leaving a great comment. I too used to have no appetite for my breakfast. Specially since I don’t like to rush my eating. Just like how your husband explained the importance of breakfast to you, my husband kept asking me about my breakfast and kept sharing his. Which was sweet but annoying because then he was eating half. So, I had to make sure I have something. Aah, there are stories behind our stories. πŸ™‚ I wish you have a wonderful weekend.

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