With COVID still hanging over us like an ominous and indecisive cloud of doom and gloom, nutrition needs to be at the top of our mom priority list.
Not only because should we generally always be trying to feed our families with nutrition in mind, but also because what we eat (and what our kids eat) has a direct relationship to our moods (and our kids' moods). I can't speak for you - but the better my kids feel, the better my whole day goes!
So after 7+ months of isolation and constant disruption we're now heading into the cold dark months of winter. The hope is always that this whole thing will magically go away and the holidays can proceed as they did before... but what are the real odds?
We prefer to keep our children's diet as free of highly processed foods as we can. So the recipes below follow that model.
Now, before I get into our favorite recipes you should probably know something about me. I'm not a chef, I'm not even a creative cook. I don't come up with brilliant new recipes. It is highly unlikely that you will see me post my own recipes... ever! That's just not who I am and that's not what I'm about. My goal here is to make your mornings a little easier, not to pretend to be a Pinterest worthy mom.
Since these are not my masterpiece meals, I'll post a link to each cook book I pulled these from. Just check out the links to find the actual cookbooks (and trust me, these cookbooks are worth the money).
So without further ado, here are the 5 super simple breakfasts I rotate through the week without any complaints from my toddler.
I was extremely hesitant to try these out as I generally don't love the idea of soggy food. I'm a texture freak. But we finally gave these a try (mostly because they are so easy) and the toddler and husband love them!
Whip these up the night before and serve with a few slices of fruit for the quickest breakfast ever (that isn't cereal). I line up mason jars, throw in the ingredients, and shake them well before tossing in the fridge for the night.
The below recipe is per serving.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk (I use almond for mind and regular for the toddler)
1 Tbsp yogurt
1/2 tsp honey
1-2 Tbsp raisins (dependent on whether or not you like raisins)
1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
My toddler prefers them cold, but husband and I like them warmed up, either is fine!
Fun little fact about soaking your oats: soaking overnight actually breaks down the phytic acid, making them easier for you to digest and utilize the nutrients more efficiently!
These pancakes are the perfect treat for autumn and they are freezable! Score!
I typically make these on Sunday since they do take a little more time, then freeze them for breakfasts throughout the next couple of weeks.
The below recipe makes about 2 servings. I typically double it.
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp coconut oil OR butter (+ a little more for frying)
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (if you want them sweetened)
Whisk together wet ingredients (eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and maple syrup (if your using it)). Sift in the dry ingredients (pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and baking soda).
Melt the butter in a large skillet and mix into the batter.
Then, just spoon the batter into the skillet! Easy peasy! Just like regular pancakes, flip once bubbles appear. I've found that these have the best texture when cooked slower.
This one obviously did not come from a cookbook, but it is nonetheless super easy and super healthy.
From the moment my toddler started tasting foods we've been offering up vegetable after vegetable. Even so, as most toddlers do, he's found that he sometimes prefers other food groups more.
So if I can hide veggies in eggs, I'm all in!
I typically have bell peppers and onions chopped up in advance, so in the morning all I need to do is sauté them for a few minutes while I chop up some fresh spinach and whatever other vegetables I can throw in. Add the spinach last, since it really doesn't take very long to cook down. Whisk a few eggs together, throw it in and add a little salt & pepper. Done!
*I personally don't care to add milk to my eggs, but of course it is chef's choice!
Carrot Gingerbread Muffins
Another freezer friendly option that is always my toddler's first choice. These take a bit more work but once again, I make these bad boys up in advance and throw them in the freezer. I pull one out the night before to defrost and then heat it up when my toddler is ready for breakfast!
1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup backstrap molasses
1/4 cup grade B maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3 cups carrots (shredded)
1/2 cup raisins
I prefer to serve my toddler's without frosting, but it is delicious!
1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 tsp grated ginger (fresh)
1 Tbsp orange zest
1 Tbsp shredded coconut
1 Tbsp maple syrup
A tip from someone who isn't a master chef and didn't know better... melt the butter or coconut oil all the way. Don't be a rookie.
Whisk up the wet ingredients (eggs, butter or coconut oil, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup) in a large bowl. Sift in the dry ingredients (coconut flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and ground cloves). Finally, add in the carrots and raisins.
Scoop about a 1/4 cup of batter into each muffin tin container and bake for about 35-40 minutes at 350°F.
If you choose to frost them, wait until they cool slightly!
This sounds way fancier than it really is, right? But you know what? Rarely as the mother of a 3 year old and 7 month old do I feel fancy - so I'm going to take the win here.
Grab some Greek yogurt, your kids favorite fruits, a bit of granola and BAM! A fruit parfait.
Ta-da! My job here is done!
I stack it in layers because first of all, I'm fancy pants. Secondly, and more importantly I suppose, my kid likes to see the colors in layers.
Keeping a good rotation of breakfasts that both the toddler and I like given us a smooth morning routine. If you've had a toddler, you know how beautiful that is!
So I very much hope that you will find some good out of this post!
When you set your mornings up for success, you set your days up for success.