Quick
Morning Meals

Just because your family's jam-packed morning schedule seems too insurmountable to make a substantial breakfast doesn't mean you can't have a delicious and enjoyable sit-down meal. The trick is quick and simple recipes that make breakfast a fun family experience. These 5-minute breakfast recipes are even easy enough that Dad and the kids can help get breakfast to the table. Starting the day as a family can become a part of your busy morning schedule that you actually look forward to.

Fun 5-minute breakfast recipes

If the thought of scrambling a half-dozen eggs, whisking together pancake batter, and sizzling bacon for breakfast makes you want to stay in bed or run out the door before your family even wakes up, forget about it!

Today's busy Moms need quick and simple solutions to bring the family together to actually enjoy the most important meal of the day. Instead of stressing yourself and your family out, opt for 5-minute breakfast recipes that are kid-friendly, delicious enough for Dad, and so easy that you, too, can sit down and eat.

Blueberry Banana Smoothies

Serves 4

Smoothies are fast and filling and let your kids think they are getting dessert for breakfast. You can even let your kids fill the blender to get them in on the breakfast action. Best yet, while you sip your smoothies, you can have them tell you about the adventures they have planned for the day.

Ingredients:
2 cups plain or flavored yogurt
1 cup frozen banana slices*
1 cup frozen blueberries
3/4 cup milk

Directions:
Place ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth and thick. Pour into glasses and enjoy.

*Frozen banana slices will make a thicker smoothie but room temperature bananas can also be used. If you prefer thick smoothies, simply lay banana slices on a cookie sheet or plate and place in the freezer the night before. To keep them on hand, store frozen banana slices in plastic bags (be sure to freeze slices before putting them in a bag to prevent them from freezing together in big chunks).

Toaster Waffle Rafts with Dried Fruit and Nuts

Serves 4

Toaster waffles are a busy mom's answer to breakfast. Topping them with yogurt, dried fruit, and nuts is not only a satisfying alternative to butter and syrup, but allows your kids to personalize their breakfast. Best yet, dried fruit saves you time because it doesn't need cleaning, slicing or dicing.

Ingredients:
4 to 8 toaster waffles (depending on your family's appetite)
1 1/2 cups plain or flavored yogurt
3/4 cup diced dried fruit of your choice
3/4 cup dry roasted mixed nuts
Maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar to taste

Directions:
While you toast the waffles, place yogurt, fruit, nuts, and syrup, honey or agave nectar on the table. Serve waffles hot and let your family add their own toppings.

French Toast Sticks and Peanut Butter Dip

Serves 4

Homemade French toast is fine on the weekends when your family isn't rushing out the door to school or work. But when you are short on time, feed them French toast sticks served with a delectable peanut butter dip that can be whipped up in a minute. What kids (and many adults) don't like eating with their fingers? For a change, substitute Nutella for the peanut butter.

Ingredients:
8 French toast sticks (found in the freezer section)
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 ounces softened cream cheese
3 tablespoons apple juice (or other juice on hand)
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions:
While you are toasting the French toast sticks, place remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add more apple juice, if needed, to get a dip consistency. Divide dip into four ramekins or small bowls and serve with hot French toast sticks.

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Comments on "Fast morning meals for Mom’s busy family"

Gem January 31, 2010 | 9:56 AM

I agree with Cristina but you need something different for your taste buds, you might get sick if you eat too much. I don't blame you.... :)

lucymcdermott December 03, 2009 | 11:51 AM

We typically all have healthy cereals with soy milk during the week but on the weekends we have pancakes or french toast. Has anyone tried Organic Batter Blaster pancake batter from a spray can? I know it sounds crazy but it is actually really good, but even better is that it doesn't require any prepping or much clean up. Peanut butter and toast is also a simple but quick and healthy idea.

NYDad September 27, 2008 | 5:50 AM

Okay - I admit I stumbled across this article, but I can't help but make a comment. The line the line that says "even easy enough that Dad" strikes a nerve. Don't get me wrong, these are good ideas and variety is good, but why the implied suggestion that dad can only pour a bowl of cereal? As a single dad, getting ready in the morning is no different than for any of the moms out there and it's a disservice to all those dads, single or not, who really know what needs to be done to get EVERYONE out the door in the mornings.

Vera September 23, 2008 | 10:13 AM

I love to saute soyrizo (the vegan version of mexican sausage-chorizo, you can't tell the difference!) and eggs on Sunday, enough for the week. Each morning we spoon some in a tortilla and warm about 20-30 seconds in the microwave. Add salsa or grated cheese, roll 'em up and you have a healthy and tasty breakfast burrito that can be eaten on the run. My daughter loves to have a peanut butter and banana sandwich for breakfast, which is amazingly delicious! Add a glass of milk and you will have completed more food group servings than most meals!

Velveteen September 22, 2008 | 8:20 AM

A lot of these ideas are pretty cool. Through the years I have made just about everything I could think of to keep my kids from getting bored/ skipping breakfast. In all honesty my kids favorite breakfast food was left overs from dinner the night before. They preferred to grab a chicken leg, piece of steak, bowl of mashed potatoes or whatever else they found appetizing in the fridge. I stopped fighting for traditional breakfast foods when I realized many other countries actually have fish for breakfast 0_0 though that is a little more than my family could handle. :) Anyways, my one requirement for my kids has always been that during the day they have to have some type of fresh fruit. It seems to have worked as both are healthy and have positive personalities. And Kenneth... you are so very right... those few minutes I take to enjoy my coffee and breakfast make a world of difference on how my day not only starts but continues. Happy Parenting everyone! Peace

Velveteen September 22, 2008 | 7:46 AM

A lot of these ideas are pretty cool. Through the years I have made just about everything I could think of to keep my kids from getting skipping breakfast. In all honesty my kids favorite breakfast food was left overs from dinner the night before. They preferred to grab a chicken leg, piece of steak, bowl of mashed potatoes or whatever else they found appetizing in the fridge. I stopped fighting for traditional breakfast foods when I realized many other countries actually have fish for breakfast 0_0 though that is a little more than my family could handle. :) Anyways, my one requirement for my kids has always been that during the day they have to have some type of fresh fruit. It seems to have worked as both are healthy and have positive personalities. And Kenneth... you are so very right... those few minutes I take to enjoy my coffee and breakfast make a world of difference on how my day not only starts but continues. Happy Parenting everyone! Peace

rochelle September 22, 2008 | 12:59 AM

if only my kid would eat waffles life would be good. but my kid doesn't eat waffles, doesn't like bread either, and only likes turkey bacon sometimes, cereal he eats one at a time to drive you nuts. forget eggs. forget french toast. what's left? no chocolate milk either. just skim milk. yogurt? only if i'm eating it, but put it in the lunchbox...HA... on a good day, 1/3 of a sandwich if i'm lucky.

Margarita September 20, 2008 | 2:40 PM

That peanut butter dip looks interesting. You could probably use it with other things like apples. The "tacquito" mentioned by Valerie is actually known as a breakfast burrito. Tacquitos are typically smaller, made with a rolled corn tortilla. If I need a quick breakfast the next day, I make a custard the night before. I mix together 1/2 c of EggBeaters, 1/2 c skim milk, and some DaVinci sugar free vanilla syrup to taste. Mix it up with some freshly grated nutmeg, and cinnamon and pour into a single serve ramekin sprayed with Pam. Bake in a water bath for 40 min at 400 degrees. Put it into the refrigerator to chill over night, and it's ready by breakfast.

Mrs. Meyer September 20, 2008 | 9:35 AM

Lunch Ideas: Vegetarian chili or soup Buffalo burger patties, veggie burgers or Samoan patties Spinach with fresh vegetables or fruit added Chicken Breasts, Lean Turkey, Lean Pork Chops, Fresh Fish, Lean Ham, or Sea Food Tuna Salad with vegetables Cucumber Salad, Chicken Salad, Bean Salad, Vegetable Salad, Fruit Salad Thin Wheat Crust Pizza (Vegetable, Chicken, Taco, or Hawaiian) Hot Turkey Wrap, Mediterranean Chicken Wrap Chicken Tacos with fresh vegetables Wild Rice Stir Fry with Bawk Choy Chicken Breast with salsa on top

Mrs. Meyer September 20, 2008 | 9:32 AM

Here's Some Ideas: Oatmeal with blueberries or strawberries, sliced almonds Whole-grain, high-fiber cereal Fruit Smoothies Fresh berries, yogurt, granola Fresh fruit with whole-wheat toast & almond butter Fresh fruit salad Egg whites with broccoli, onions, black pepper & whole-wheat toast Cottage cheese with fresh fruit (Strawberries & bananas are real good) Oat Bran muffin Granola bar with a side of fresh fruit Fruit chips instead of potato Rye, Pumpernickel, & Whole Wheat

Mim September 19, 2008 | 10:57 AM

The smoothie idea is an oldy, but goody. I think my favorite suggestion is the taquito suggested by Valerie! No matter how busy I am, I always make time to ensure that the family has something good to eat for breakfast. I get up early so that I have time to get my breakfast and take of my things, then I have time to focus on the family breakfast. Cereal is a nice idea, but no one in my family eats cereal.

Valerie September 18, 2008 | 5:59 PM

I like my quick-cooking oatmeal with a sprinkle of salt instead of milk and sugar -- more like grits. Or I mix 4 T ground flaxseed with 1 T each whole flaxseed and unsalted sunflower seads and mix with milk and a dash of organic sugar. Good luck getting the kids to eat it, though. Fortunately, my son likes frozen/microwaved leftover pancakes, will eat whole grain toast (with or without peanut butter) and also is amused by pretty much any cereal -- including the "healthier" Kashi and Nature's Path cereals. Another quick Texas favorite: the egg and cheese taquito -- it takes mere seconds to crack an egg into a nonstick pan and scramble it, and wrap with a Kraft single or shredded cheddar in a soft flour tortilla. Or cook the eggs the night before, refrigerate and microwave in the a.m., and fold into the tacquito. Enjoy with ketchup or salsa.

Annalisa September 18, 2008 | 3:41 PM

I think these ideas are okay, although not very healthy, except for the smoothie. For a savory idea try a fritatta, I make them on weekends and freeze portions for during the week and you can carry them along like a little pizza slice. I do potatoes, cooked till tender and browned (in an oven safe pan), add onions, ham (or whatever meats you like), parsley or cilantro, cheese and eggs. Bake till eggs are set. cool and cut into triangles.

Diane September 17, 2008 | 12:42 AM

There are lot of recipes online for breakfast casseroles that can be made ahead, kept in the fridge, and individual servings heated up in the microwave. One of my favorites is baked oatmeal which I found online at recipezaar.

Jen September 16, 2008 | 8:26 AM

My kid eats cereal most mornings, but on some weekends I whip up a batch of whole wheat pancakes, then freeze extras 2 on each paper plate in the big zip lock bags - I get up, throw one of the plates in the microwave and waa-laa 2 minutes later hot, home made and HEALTHY pancakes! My daughter loves them, and they are a nice change from the cereal routine. Instant oatmeal is another favorite - especiall in fall/winter.

Kenneth September 16, 2008 | 6:19 AM

If you are moving too fast to prepare a good breakfast for yourself, then you are a prime candidate for a heart attack. Get up an hour earlier so you can relax, eat a decent breakfast and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. You will be prepared to meet this days demands much better with that time to relax and enjoy your breakfast. Kenneth

Maria September 15, 2008 | 7:01 PM

These are really good.But i dont think that these would be comfortable for girls and ladies rushing to go to work in morning.These items can be tried by moms at home.

Olivia September 15, 2008 | 5:05 PM

I totally agree with Cristina. There is nothing wrong with cereal. And if cereal gets boring, SWITCH CEREALS!!!!! I need more like a three mintue breakfast. I don't have time to make smoothies or sit and enjoy waffles. I'm always on the go, and cereal is a take-along breakfast.

Windi August 20, 2008 | 8:11 PM

These are great ideas, but I am not a "sweets in the morning" kind of gal, which all these are. How about some quick but savory ideas?

Jessica August 20, 2008 | 3:07 PM

Cereal is totally fine, but can get boring if eaten ALL THE TIME! I thought the suggestions would make a great addition to the weekly menu (maybe just adding one or two a week) to break up the "every day". This article was a great idea!

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