May 20, 2010

Tip of the day

Have a busy week ahead?  Do your best to prep breakfast ahead of time to make mornings a little easier for everyone.

  • Make a batch or two of muffins and put them in the freezer.  The toaster oven is the perfect place to warm them, though I have friends who prefer to fry them in a little butter in a cast iron skillet. 
  • Make baked oatmeal.  Use my soaked oatmeal recipe and add the leftovers to a Pyrex or ramekin.  Heat in the oven, toaster oven or microwave.  Serve with maple syrup and butter.
  • Boil a dozen eggs.  It only takes a few seconds to peel an egg, and they are loaded with vitamins.   Peeling eggs is a good practice of fine motor skills for younger children.
  • The next time you make pancakes or waffles, double or triple your recipe.  Store the extras in a zip top bag in the freezer.  Pull a few out as you need them and warm in the microwave.
  • Do your kids want to make their own breakfasts?  Prep the foods for them.  Store the cereal in individual sized amounts with an easy open top.  Put the milk in the fridge in a smaller container so that your child can pour his/her own.  Prep some fruit in a small bowl that can easily be pulled from the fridge. 
  • Make your own “ready bacon”.  Simply cook a little extra bacon and store it in the fridge.  Pull out a few slices and pop them in the microwave when you are ready to use them.

What do you to do make breakfast time a little easier?

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