Tips for making Mother's Day breakfast with the kids
1. Get everyone involved in planning
A few days before Mother's Day, convene as a family and decide what to have for breakfast, taking care to choose recipes that the kids can help make (see example recipes below). Once the menu is finalized, go grocery shopping together as a family. You might pick up a few extra ingredients that the kids get excited to use on your special day.
2. Let mom sleep in a little
Give your kids directions for Mother's Day morning so they can start setting up the kitchen while you sleep in a little. Your kids can get out the appropriate pots and pans and the ingredients that don't need to be refrigerated. The guidelines should be decided upon the night before so you don't wake up to an emergency. Once you rise and shine, you can help the kids finish up with the more challenging or adult-only aspects of the meal.
3. Delegate breakfast duties
Make sure each person has their own duty so they feel involved. One of your kids can crack the eggs, another one can scramble, and your husband or another family member can spoon them into the platter. Cooking together as a family is more fun when everyone feels involved.
4. Get mom back to bed
As breakfast comes together, it's time for you to crawl back in bed. Then the kids can carry the breakfast trays in especially for you, and everyone can climb into bed together to enjoy breakfast as a family.
5. Make clean up a family activity
Relax and take your time enjoying your special Mother's Day meal. When breakfast is over, everyone can take their plates and trays to the kitchen and clean up together as a family.
Mother's Day breakfast recipes the kids can make
Fresh and Fruity Fruit Salad
Makes 6 to 8 servings
Leftovers of this fruit salad can be enjoyed as breakfast for the next day or as a nutritious afternoon snack.
1 can pear halves, drained well
1 can peach slices, drained well
1 jar maraschino cherries, drained well
1 can sliced apricots, drained well
1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed
4 ripe bananas, sliced
2 apples, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1. Once all cans of fruit are open and drained, let kids pour them all into one large bowl. Then let them gently fold in the whipped topping.
2. Let kids arrange bananas and apple slices on top of mixture then sprinkle with almonds.
Easy Cheesy Eggs
Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 cup baby spinach leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
1. Kids can whisk eggs and milk in a large bowl until frothy, and then add the spinach. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. As you are supervising, let the kids add butter to a large skillet over medium heat then carefully pour mixture in when butter is melted.
3. Let eggs cook until just beginning to set, stirring frequently to break up.
4. Your kids can sprinkle goat cheese on top of eggs and cover with a lid to melt cheese. Transfer to a serving platter.
Nutella and Banana Pancakes
Makes 8 to 10 servings
Because these pancakes are so easy to prepare, make extra and store in airtight plastic bags in the freezer for a quick breakfast that will save Mom time in the morning for the coming week.
4 cups dry pancake mix
3 cups low fat milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 jar Nutella
2 bananas, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coocnut
1. In a large bowl, let kids whisk pancake mix, milk and eggs until well combined.
2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet or on a pancake griddle. In 1/4-cup portions, let your kids pour pancake batter onto hot skillet or griddle to make a thin pancake.
3. Flip pancakes when bubbles appear on the top and the edges are set. Cook for 2 to 3 additional minutes or until bottom side is lightly browned. Continue with remaining butter and pancake mix.
4. Transfer pancakes to a serving platter or individual plates. While pancakes are still hot, lets kids spread Nutella on top of pancakes and then top with sliced bananas and coconut.
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