Fast morning meals for Mom’s busy family

Jul 10, 2008 at 12:40 p.m. ET

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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