Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Breakfast Ambition

Do you ever make your kids eggs for breakfast–on a weekday? I’m very lucky because grandma (note to yourself: find a nice grandma and have her move in with you) makes pretty much every weekday breakfast for the kids, which typically consists of some very seedy and grainy slices of bread (like the contents of a bird feeder in loaf form) that’s toasted and slathered with almond butter or jam. But the other day Conor asked for eggs before school, and since this is a kid who’s managed to survive for five years on yogurt and dust mites, I must oblige!

On a crazy morning this probably wouldn’t have been possible, but I have to say, it didn’t really take that much more time to make him a tiny cheese omelet. And isn’t this what people used to eat every day before Frosted Flakes came along? So I might try to do this more often, at least once a week. What do you think? Do you ever have time to make a weekday breakfast that involves more than putting out the bowls for cereal?

9 Responses to Breakfast Ambition

  1. herbandolive says:

    This is a topic near and dear to my heart! After my child’s teacher talked to me about how my child loses focus early in the day, I talked to our ped about suggestions to help my child in ways that did not involve medication. Two things: 1) Omega 3′s (we do gummies) and 2) at least 7g. of protein for breakfast. Since my child is already thin, and I couldn’t find easy ways of upping the protein, I vowed to cook his breakfast at least 3X a week. I thought it was impossible at first, but now I’m a pro (I started in February). A book I highly recommend – Marion Cunningham’s The Breakfast Book.

    • admin says:

      Thanks for your comment Herb&Olive! I love the Cunningham book as well! I cook out of it all the time. And I agree with the protein in the morning helping with the attention thing–I think in countries like Japan it is normal to have fish and rice for breakfast, whereas here it is so carb and sweet focused in the morning. If anything it’s prob better to have protein first thing to keep you full throttle.

      • Debora says:

        In my house that would be the buttermilk bsuicit and sausage gravy. On gourmet days Eggs Benny. On every day get up go to school and work days 2 scrambled eggs and a piece of toast maybe.And ALWAYS a smile and a I LOVE YOU. Was this answer helpful?

  2. Leah says:

    We’ve had reasonable success in the protein department with an “egg bake” casserole that we can make ahead and reheat individual squares in the microwave.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I wake early, to get a decent breakfast each day. Three days a week, I make an egg, of some sort. The other days, it is also, grainy toast with local honey and a bulging teaspoon of almond butter. I read the paper and enjoy the quiet, with a cup of good Harney and Son’s tea. Then off to work by 7:30am. I recently got chickens, with my neighbors, so we can have our own fresh eggs!
    Love your blog, Caroline!
    Kathleen

  4. have to get this done for breakfast!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks so mouthwatering.

  5. Jenny says:

    An egg and a piece of toast take about five minutes, and is a several-times-a-week breakfast at our house.

  6. How about this amazingly easy egg sandwich my brother makes his two kids in the mornings: lightly butter or oil the inside of a coffee mug, crack an egg inside the mug, scramble, cover with a small plate and microwave for 1 minute. Meanwhile, toast 1/2 an english muffin (or 1 slice of bread), perhaps melting some low-fat cheese on top. Top with the egg — it’s like a homemade Egg McMuffin.

  7. Jennifer Lachman says:

    I wish I did but unfortunately it is such a rush to get all three children up and dressed while breaking up fights about stolen underpants and who left the cap off the toothpaste. On a good day I will make oatmeal but that is about as ambitious as I get on a weekday morning.

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