Breakfast, Snacks and Lunch
And lest you think that the fanfare means that there is anything fancy here, I'll just go ahead and clear that one up for you. There isn't. Nothing fancy and nothing all that difficult.
We often mix and match foods for breakfasts, snacks and lunches around here. You might see a muffin for any of the three or sometimes a quesadilla for breakfast even though it is a standard lunch. Here are a list of our favorites in categories, but please remember that there is quite a bit of sharing between those categories going on.
1. Eggs. We eat a lot of eggs because they are quick, filling and very easy. I mostly scramble them but occasionally I will fry them or make an omelette. We might even have a boiled egg for breakfast now and again. We have tried different egg casserole dishes, but we usually just come back to the quick scramble.
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup flax seed
1 1/2 (+ or -) brown sugar
1/4 cup pureed veggie (I had some pureed carrot frozen and threw it in.)
2 cups of non-sweetened apple sauce
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 t. baking soda
1 cup old fashioned oats
(You can also add in several finely chopped apples if you like)
Mix all ingredients together and scoop into greased or papered muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 24 muffins.Enjoy!
2. Muffins. MUFFINS, and muffins! My quickest go to are the above Apple Sauce Muffins but I also turn often to the Chocolate Flax Seed Muffins and the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins .
(Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
3 cups wheat flour, 2 cups pumpkin, 12 oz. chocolate chips, 4 eggs, 2 1/2 cups sugar, 1 cup oil, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup water, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt Mix all ingredients. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.)
In case you need further inspiration here are a week of muffins for your enjoyment! Muffins are a great breakfast, lunch and snack item. Sometimes, I'll get inspired at breakfast but not have enough time to really get muffins done before breakfast, so I'll mix them up while I'm scrambling a few eggs and stick them in the oven while we eat our breakfast. Then they are done right after breakfast and ready for those mid-morning "I'm Hungry"s.
3. Breads of all kinds! Here's another list with some muffins and some breads to help you on your breakfast way.
4. We also like smoothies for breakfast. I usually mix fruit (the key is to freeze the bananas so you don't have to dilute the smoothie by adding ice) and yogurt and fruit juice, but sometimes I'll throw in some spinach or another veggie. Sometimes the leftovers get made into yummy popsicles!
"ice cream" for breakfast by just blending the bananas on their own. It's very yummy with some cocoa or some chocolate chips blended in with it.
6. And then there are the breakfast cookies. Some days you just need a cookie for breakfast, you know?!
1. I have to admit that snacks and lunches are often all the same thing around here. At snack time you might have one snack, but at lunch you might have five snacks together that will give you your protein and vitamins and starch. Here are some great packable lunch ideas that use both the snacky items and the standard (or not so standard) sandwiches and roll-ups.
2. Dips are a favorite lunch around here as well. Hummus, guacamole and salsa all add nutrients as well as fun to lunch.
3. More than any other lunch, we love quesadillas! There is nothing like biting into a warm buttery quesadilla filled with mozzarella. I don't know why we've settled on that cheese for quesadillas, but there is nothing else that can compare right now. We melt the butter in our pan, butter up one tortilla and pull it out, put another tortilla down, sprinkle on a generous amount of mozzarella and then add the previously buttered tortilla to the top. After the bottom is browned, we flip to brown the top. We cut the quesadilla into triangles with a pizza cutter and enjoy as quickly as possible!
4. Magic Bread makes its way into lunches (and snacks and breakfasts) as well. We use it for sandwiches or cheese toast or just butter it and have it on the side.
5. And of course there are the trusty old leftovers. I try to include those into our lunch menu whenever I can.
1. Nuts, edamame, fruit rubber, crackers and peanut butter--the normal quick go-to kid-friendly snacks.
2. Granola Bars: I can't believe how easy and yummy these are! 3 cups quick-cooking oats, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 1 can sweetened condensed milk. Mix in about a cup of any add-ins you'd like: dried fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, old-fashioned oats, etc. Then spread on parchment paper and smooth top and edges to make a rectangle. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes--letting the top brown means that your granola bars will by crunchy, keeping it light means that the bars will be chewy. Allow the granola rectangle to cool and then cut into bars.
3. Very occasionally I will bake a cake and then we have a nice thick slice of it for snack. My favorites are this Cinnamon Swirl Cake
or this Deep Dark Chocolate Cake from the Hershey's website. (That link is for a list of ten yummy chocolate cakes.)
4. Muffins (see above.) and more muffins (see above)
5. Pretzels, chips (rarely), crackers, hummus, etc.
6. Cheese or fruit or veggies from the fridge. When I know we'll be eating a junky or starchy kind of dinner, I often will close the pantry for snack time. "Only fridge items!" The kids know that means an apple or a cheese stick or some carrots and sweet peppers. Or I might just lead them toward the oranges or bananas on the counter.
What are your go-tos for breakfast, snack and lunch?
P.S. Stay tuned for an exclusive yummy desserts post coming soon.