Turning Kids
Into Cooks

If you’re like most moms, mornings are crazy. You have to get your kids dressed and fed, lunches packed, book bags ready and everyone out the door. Somewhere in that mix, you have to get yourself ready, too. Let your kids bear some of that load. As they get older, teach them to take on a little responsibility in the kitchen and make breakfast for themselves (and maybe for you, too!). Choose a few simple recipes they can handle, and teach them how to make them on the weekends, when you have time to supervise.

Little girl making toast

1Microwave egg sandwich

Eggs made on the stovetop can be tricky – not to mention dangerous for young children. Eggs can be made in the microwave and come out tasting just as great as an egg that was pan-fried. Teach your children this method for making eggs and they can eat delicious and healthy egg sandwiches in the morning.

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To make a microwave egg, crack an egg in a microwave-safe coffee mug. Use a fork to break up the yolk, sprinkle some salt and pepper and cover your mug with plastic wrap. Poke one or two small holes in the plastic and heat it on high for about a minute. Turn the mug upside down and the egg will fall out easily. Lay it on a toasted English muffin and add a slice of cheese and mayo. This sandwich is fast and easy to make, and packs enough protein and carbs to get your kids through the morning.

2Fruit parfait

Fruit parfaits are easy to put together and can be varied to fit a wide range of tastes. They can eat them right away, or put them in covered containers to eat in the car or on the bus. Since it's so easy to substitute the ingredients in a parfait, you probably always have items on hand that will allow your kids to put one together.

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Start off with a bowl of yogurt. Plain is a popular choice, but kids tend to like to start with a flavored yogurt for the base. Try vanilla for a light taste that pairs well with nearly any topping. Add a layer of fruit. This is where your kids get to be creative. They can use any fruit you have on hand. Fresh, frozen (thawed) or canned all work well. Add a bit of crunch with a granola or cereal topping. Yogurt is packed with calcium and protein, so it's a great way for kids to start their day.

When you have extra time, cook up a batch of pancakes or waffles and freeze them. Your kids can make a quick breakfast by popping these in the microwave or toaster.

3Hot cinnamon toast

This one is for kids who are a little older, because it deals with hot appliances. The oven or toaster oven will both work, so use whichever appliance you're most comfortable with.

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Toast a piece of bread and slather it with butter. Cover the butter with a hefty helping of both cinnamon and sugar. Place the toast in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until you see the butter start to bubble. This warm and gooey treat is the perfect way to start a cold morning.

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