Boxed pancake mix and frozen pancakes can save you a lot of time in the morning. If your family prefers homemade, just make them ahead of time. Take a few minutes during the weekend to make a big batch of your favorite from-scratch pancakes. Keep some in the fridge for Monday, and freeze the rest for later use. Warm them up in the toaster, and they won't get soggy like they do in the microwave.
Hard-boiled eggs are another breakfast favorite you can make over the weekend. Once boiled, the eggs keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. (Bonus: You can use them for lunch and dinner recipes as well!)
Over-easy eggs are so awesome, but they take up precious time in the morning. Save the fancy stuff for weekends, and try scrambled eggs during the week. If you like to add cheese, meat or veggies to your egg scramble, take a few minutes the night before (or over the weekend) to cut them up.
Fruit can make any breakfast more appealing (not to mention more healthful). And your options are endless: Cut up a banana for the cereal or oatmeal. Add sliced apples to frozen waffles. Sneak blueberries into a pancake mix. If you're really pressed for time, serve the fruit by itself: Some orange slices, half a grapefruit, or a handful of strawberries are great ways to start the day. And, if you just can't get breakfast on the table, at least you can serve fruits and dry cereals in bags for the ride to school.
Johnny can't enjoy a good breakfast if he's focused on last night's unfinished homework. Suzy won't have time to eat if she's trying on every outfit in her closet. And you won't be able to prepare a decent breakfast if you're busy packing all those lunches. Do what's necessary the night before, and your morning will run like clockwork. Complete homework assignments. Lay out the next day's clothes. Pack tomorrow's lunches. And if you're really feeling ambitious, set the table for breakfast before you go to bed.
Getting up even 15 minutes before the rest of the family helps prevent chaos. You'll be wide awake and better able to deal with grumpy sleepyheads. Use the head start to jump through the shower, check your email or start on the pancakes. That little bit of extra time will enable you to serve breakfast with a smile.
Sandra Lee cooks up a special Sunday brunch.
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