November 15, 2012

Breakfast Menu Rotation

It's important to me to cook hot breakfasts for my kids each day. But I run in the early mornings before my family gets up so I have to be super-organized in order to have breakfast ready before the bus comes. Here is my rotating breakfast schedule with variations on each daily theme.

Oatmeal- It's always old fashioned rolled oats served with skim milk, toast (preferably homemade whole wheat) and some type of fruit. I prefer a fruit that we can mix in the oatmeal like blueberries, strawberries, apples, pears or raisins but I serve grapefruit if it is on sale. I purchase my oatmeal in 25 and 50 pound bags and store a smaller amount in my pantry in a large plastic bucket.

French Toast- I mix and match the slices of leftover bread we have in the freezer-- I freeze the stale slices of bread, extra pieces of French bread and leftover hot dog or hamburger buns from the previous week-- but my favorite is the French bread. I also vary the toppings each week: peanut butter and syrup, strawberries and cream, bananas and powdered sugar, applesauce.

Waffle Wednesday-I should actually call this "sweet bread products" Wednesday since I do alternate between waffles (with sausages or occasionally ice cream instead) and sticky buns. Sometimes Dad even makes an early morning jaunt to the store for donuts. (But "Waffle Wednesday" sounds better.)

Cold Cereal- Some weeks this also includes my homemade granola or a hot cereal like Malt-o-Meal. I try to serve it with skim milk (or yogurt) and some type of fruit. Bananas, peaches and strawberries are my favorites but I love cantaloupe and watermelon during the summer and juices are a winter staple when fruit prices are higher.

Eggs and Toast- This means any combination of eggs and bread products: scrambled eggs and muffins, egg sandwiches, sausage-egg biscuits, fried eggs with toast and hash browns, eggs in a nest, poached eggs and toast, omelets and croissants, breakfast burritos, etc.

Pancakes and Breakfast Meat- I rotate between blueberry pancakes with blueberry syrup, apple cinnamon pancakes with applesauce, banana-walnut pancakes with maple syrup and buttermilk pancakes with bananas, mixed berries and cream. Unless we already had sausage earlier in the week, I also rotate in some type of breakfast meat: sausage, bacon or ham.

Puffy Pancakes- You might call these German pancakes, dinner pancakes or even Popeye pancakes. My mom called it quick breakfast when I was growing up and my husband knew a family that called them hootenannies. I drench mine in syrup and serve a cold glass of skim milk on the side.

Here is my weekly grocery list for breakfast items:
  • 2 dozen eggs (5 for French Toast, 2 for waffles, 8 for puffy pancakes, 9 for Friday eggs)
  • 1 loaf bread plus one choice for Friday: biscuits, bagels, English muffins, croissants, tortillas
  • 1/2 pound of breakfast meat: sausage links, sausage patties, ham slices or bacon (choose one)
  • 2 boxes of cereal
  • 1 gallon skim milk
  • Fruit (1 choice for the oatmeal, topping for pancakes--blueberries/applesauce/bananas/mixed berries, 1 choice for cereal)
  • Cream or ice cream (but not both)
  • Orange juice
  • 1/2 pound butter
Purchase if it's on sale or if we are running low:
  • Pancake mix
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Syrup
  • Powdered sugar
  • Walnuts
  • Brown sugar
Does your family have a favorite breakfast? Share it with us by commenting below.

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