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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Back To School Breakfast Ideas

Summer has ended kids are back and school and so the morning rush has began. In order to try to knock down this morning rush I try my best to have an orderly morning plan. For years we have a regiment of wake up times, bathroom times and showers. One rule we have is that with 5 teens in the house not all of them can get a shower in the morning unless they want to get up at the crack of dawn. This is something that some of them do not mind and do get up super early. Items needed for school that day are placed the night before in a certain location with shoes, clothes, socks and all paper work that must be returned. The big tackle is getting something nutritious inside their bodies. For early leavers I always have granola bars, and microwave pancakes and sausage that only need heated up. I also serve a breakfast casserole or muffins or some sort of pastry. Some quick kitchen tips that you can use here are:

  • set table night before so ready to go in the morning

  • keep pastries frozen and ready to heat up in the microwave

  • sausages that come in links are easy to heat up in the microwave likewise so are pancakes

  • granola bars are quick and offer a bit of energy in the morning

  • you can prepare all cold drinks the night before so they are ready to go

Breakfast Casserole Recipe

•12 slices white bread, crusts removed, torn into small pieces
•3 cups cooked, cubed ham
•3 to 4 cups chopped frozen broccoli, thawed
•8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
•3 cups milk
•5 eggs, beaten
•1 1/4 teaspoon salt
•1 teaspoon dry mustard
•tablespoons melted butter

In a 9x13x2-inch baking dish, put enough of the bread pieces into the bottom of the pan to make a thin layer. Make a layer of ham, broccoli, and cheese. Whisk together milk, eggs, salt, and dry mustard. Pour over top. Toss remaining bread with butter; sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Bake at 325° for 45 minutes. Let cool for about 20 minutes; cut into squares. Serves 10 to 12.

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