In my latest post, Why Breakfast is Key to Helping You Lose Weight, it helps explain why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and why it’s optimal for you and your families health.
Listed below are 5 great family friendly breakfast recipes that are simple, easy, and delicious!
Ham and Egg Cups
- Cooking spray, for muffin tin
- 12 slices ham or turkey
- 1 c. shredded Cheddar (Any cheese will do really)
- 12 large eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish.
- Preheat oven to 375º and spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Line each cup with a slice of ham (or turkey) and sprinkle with cheese. Continue to crack an egg in each ham (or turkey) cup and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake until eggs are cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes is normally the range. (Depends how runny you like your yolks)
- Garnish with parsley, if you’d like and serve.
Greek Yogurt Pancakes
- 1 c. flour
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 2/3 c. Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
- Combine the flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, stir the eggs and Greek yogurt and vanilla extract, then fold it into the flour and baking powder mixture, forming a thick batter.
- Pour 1/2 c of batter onto a sauté pan for a large pancake and cook over medium-low heat, using your spatula or spoon to smooth out the batter into a 1/4-inch thick pancake shape (since the batter won’t spread easily on its own). Look for a the edge of the pancake to start to round out, forming a lip that you can easily slide a spatula under, after about 1-2 minutes of cooking. Lift the corner of the pancake, and if the bottom is lightly golden, slide the spatula all the way under and flip the pancake.
- Cook until both sides are lightly golden. Repeat until you’ve used all of the batter.
- Serve pancakes warm with syrup drizzled on top.
Baked Breakfast Apples
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 4 large baking apples
- 2 tbsp. dried cranberries (optional)
- 2 tbsp. chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a medium saucepan, combine oatmeal and 3 cups water and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until creamy. Stir in maple syrup and ground cinnamon and let cool slightly.
- Transfer apples to a glass baking dish and spoon in oatmeal. Bake until apples are soft and bubbly, 35 minutes.
- Optional: Top oatmeal with dried cranberries and chopped pecans and serve.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
- salt to taste (normally a pinch)
- 2 tbsp. Jam of your preference
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter
- In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring milk to a boil. Stir in oats and salt, reduce heat to low, and simmer until oats are tender and creamy, 5 minutes or so.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon jam and 1 tablespoon peanut butter and let warm, 1 minute.
- Serve in a bowl topped with remaining jam and peanut butter.
Whole Wheat Waffles
- 5 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 c. whole-wheat flour (or half white, half whole-wheat)
- 4 tsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 2½ c. milk
- Melt the butter and let it cool.
- Preheat Waffle Iron.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and milk. Add to the flour mixture along with the butter and mix until all the dry ingredients are wet.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
- Cook each waffle until most of the steam has stopped coming out of the machine, about 5 minutes.
- Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit.
These really are kid friendly twists on some old classics. Not only is are these recipes simple and easy but it’s a great way to incorporate family time. As we all know kids love to be little helpers so this is perfect for them to get their hands in there and help mom or dad with breakfast.
Let us know how these recipes worked out for you and keep living that healthy lifestyle!