Back to School: Stress-Free Breakfast

29 Aug

Tired of cold cereal every morning? With just a pinch of extra time and planning you can serve up balanced, nutritious, delicious morning meals that will keep the whole family full until lunchtime.

Green Eggs and Ham Sandwiches

Green Eggs and Ham Sandwiches

These protein-packed sammies are flavorful, whimsical, and fun! Serves 4.

4 eggs

¼ cup milk

3 tablespoons pesto

4 whole-wheat English muffins (or sandwich thins), toasted

4 slices ham or turkey ham

4 slices cheese (provolone, smoked gouda, or cheddar work well)

Optional: If you want really green eggs, add a drop of green food coloring

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Whisk together the eggs, milk, and pesto and scramble. On each English muffin bottom, layer a slice of ham, a quarter of the eggs, and a slice of cheese. Replace the tops and serve.

Chewy Granola Bars (from The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2011)

Delicious, chewy granola bars with no preservatives! PHOTO CREDIT: America’s Test Kitchen

Make a batch of these wholesome, yummy bars on the weekend for breakfast on the go all week long!

⅓ cup slivered almonds

⅓ cup chopped cashews (I’m allergic so I substitute with peanuts)

¼ cup unsalted pumpkin seeds

3 tablespoons butter

2 cups rolled oats

1½ cups Multigrain Cheerios (or Rice Krispies)

¼ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup water

1 cup sugar

¼ cup half-and-half

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with foil, letting it come up and over the edges. Toast the nuts and seeds in skillet until fragrant and golden brown and then transfer them to a large bowl. Melt the butter in the skillet over medium-low. Stir in the oats and cook until they are golden (about 5 minutes). Add the roasted oats to the bowl with the nuts and seeds and stir in the cereal and the salt.

Stir together the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, without stirring, until the caramel has a faint golden color. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the caramel turns a dark amber color. Remove the pan from the heat, add the half-and-half, and whisk for 30 seconds before adding the vanilla.

Stir the caramel into the oat and nut mixture and pour everything into the prepared baking pan. Firmly press the mixture into an even layer and let it cool completely. Use the foil overhang to lift the granola from the dish and cut it into bars. Keep your chewy granola bars in an airtight container, between layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Omelet “Muffins”

The first time I made these for Phil, I called them Omelet Cupcakes (since he loves it when I make cupcakes!). These little egg muffins are easy to make and fun to eat. They can be fully customized to suit your tastes (and what’s in your fridge). Recipe serves 6 (two muffins each).

12 eggs

¼ cup milk

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup shredded cheese (suggested: cheddar or Jack)

Chopped vegetables (suggested: broccoli, bell peppers, tomatoes, or green onions)

Chopped cooked bacon or ham (omit for vegetarians)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and prep a 12-muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill the muffin tin with your desired combination of meat, veggies, and cheese; the cups should be about two-thirds full. Beat the eggs in a large bowl with the milk and salt. Distribute the egg mixture evenly among the muffin cups and bake them for about 20 minutes, until they are puffy and set.

UPDATE: This morning, I decided to try omelet muffins in my mini-muffin tin. As you can see, they turned out really well! The best part was they only need about half the cooking time (10-12 minutes). The assembly process is the same, but I would highly recommend beating your eggs in a glass measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring. I used 2 eggs to make the 8 mini-muffins pictured here (which is enough to feed 1 adult).

Don’t forget to check out part 1 and part 2 of my ‘Back to School’ series!

8 Responses to “Back to School: Stress-Free Breakfast”

  1. trialsinfood August 29, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    Great breakfast ideas!

  2. healthygirlandthecity August 29, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    thank you for all of these great breakfast ideas! just pinned :)

    • Katie August 29, 2012 at 10:10 am #

      Thanks for pinning!! I really appreciate it.

  3. AthleteAgain August 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    I love the omelet muffin! As a teacher, I’m always on the lookout for back to school ideas that are teacher-friendly. I’m going to try these for breakfast next week. Thanks for the post.

    • Katie August 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks a lot! The thing I love most about the omelet muffins is that they take so little prep and you can do other things while they’re in the oven. I’d love to hear how yours turn out, and what cheese/veggie/meat combo you use. Thanks for commenting!

  4. recipeshappen September 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    That’s so cool that you put broccoli in your omelet muffins! :-) I approve!

    Bonnie
    http://www.recipeshappen.com

    • Katie September 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      Thanks! It’s the one vegetable that is ALWAYS in my fridge, so I use it in every way I can think of!

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