“Goodnight Mama. I love you! What’s for breakfast in the morning?” Almost every night, one of the children asks for the breakfast menu as I tuck them into bed.
Since breakfast is such an important meal, I try to make sure that it is sustaining and (mostly) healthy without spending all morning in the kitchen. After fielding the breakfast question for the 873rd time, I decided it was time to sit down and put a weekly menu on paper.
Not only will a healthy breakfast menu help me answer their question easily, it will help my foggy morning brain!
Weekly breakfast menu
Hootenanny hot from the oven!
Almost every single week, Joshua lets me sleep in while he makes up a big batch of delicious hootenanny. The outside is always the best, so he had the brilliant idea of baking the hootenanny in (non-stick!) muffin tins. Deliciousness! Topped with real maple syrup and lightly dusted with powdered sugar, it makes a lovely Sunday breakfast.
Monday: yogurt & granola or oatmeal
I don’t know what Mondays are like at your place, but if there’s any chance of starting the week out on a good footing, I need something easy and sustaining for breakfast. Homemade yogurt topped with homemade granola fits the bill.
Cooked oatmeal or cooked seven-grain cereal are also good options. (My silly kids ask for sugar on their Lucky Charms, but also love soaked seven-grain “cereal.” I have yet to figure out their wacky tastebuds.)
Freezer-friendly breakfast burritos
Tuesday: breakfast burritos
On Tuesday, we have our weekly classical academy which means we ought to be out the door at 8:00. Which is not when we are usually ready to walk out the door. Freezing a big batch of breakfast burritos for Tuesday mornings has made getting out the door much less hectic. Plus, they are yummy and filling!
Wednesday: muffins with yogurt shakes
I don’t for a moment consider this healthy, but at least Aldi used purple carrot extract as a food coloring. Just one more reason why I love Aldi!
Thursday: Cereal Day
Thursday is official cereal day at our place. Yep, it’s even marked on Rose’s calendar. You see, the kids love cereal. I don’t. I think it’s way overpriced, generally unhealthy, and totally not filling. As a compromise, I told them they could have cereal every Thursday morning… after they eat a bowl of oatmeal. (If all they eat is cereal, it only takes about 27 minutes for them to start complaining that they are starving.)
Friday: eggs & toast
Even through the winter, our little flock of chickens has been faithfully providing us with beautiful fresh brown eggs, which makes serving eggs and toast way more fun!
(My little sis Bekka accidentally stumbled on the secret to perfect scrambled eggs: butter. When the eggs are almost finished cooking, add a dab of butter and let it melt over the eggs. Butter makes everything better.)
(These buckwheat pancakes make a good gluten-free variety!)
Saturday: waffles or pancakes
Homemade waffles or pancakes have been a Saturday morning tradition for as long as I can remember. They are a perfect for a nice leisurely breakfast.
Our (mostly) healthy breakfast menu
The rest of the time, having a weekly healthy breakfast menu will help me avoid morning stress while feeding the family a healthy, varied breakfast.
What are your favorite breakfast foods? Do you have a set breakfast menu?