It is nearly time for the kids to head back to school. Doesn’t it seem like summer vacation just began? While your head is filled with thoughts of trips for school supplies, and new school clothes and shoes, don’t forget that a healthy breakfast is the most important thing that you can give your child to help ensure a good school day. Simple, make ahead recipes are just the ticket to meet those breakfast needs without adding any stress to already hectic school day mornings. Here are a few recipes back to school breakfast recipes that you can make ahead, and have ready to eat in no time flat on busy mornings.
Breakfast Piggies in a Blanket
1 tube of ready to bake biscuits
1 package of Little Smokie Sausages
Pop open the tube of biscuits, removing them, and cutting each biscuit in half. Flatten each biscuit half with your hand, then roll around one Little Smokie sausage, starting with the narrow part of the biscuit half. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with a non stick cooking spray. Continue rolling up the Little Smokie sausages in the biscuit halves until you have used all of the biscuit halves.
Place the baking sheet into a oven preheated to 350 degrees. Bake until the biscuit exterior is a golden brown. Remove from the oven, cool, and place in a ziplock bag and place them in the fridge to be reheated in the microwave-or, go ahead and eat them fresh out of the oven! Serve with barbecue sauce if your child likes. Serve these piggies with fruit and yogurt, and you have a quick, breakfast!
Good For You Oatmeal and Fruit Pancakes
I am going to play it a little fast and loose with this recipe, as it is so adjustable. Using a ready made pancake mix, measure out enough of the mix to make the desired number of pancakes. Toss in a handful or two of oatmeal, either old fashioned, or quick cooking. To this add ½ cup of pumpkin puree, applesauce, or mashed banana. If you are making a huge number of pancakes, add more puree, or the fruit of choice. Add to the mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon, then add enough water to make the pancake batter the consistency that you desire. Cook the pancakes according to the directions on the pancake mix package. Once they are cool, pop them into ziplock bags, dividing them into the portions sizes that you want. In the morning, just microwave the frozen pancakes for a minute or two, and you have a hot, healthy breakfast!
Crock Pot Cooked Multigrain Cereal
A good, whole grain, hot cereal can take 45 minutes to cook, and who has that kind of time? Why not let it cook while you sleep? And since you are doing this while you sleep, go ahead and make extra servings that you can store in the fridge for later in the weeks. You can use a ready made whole grain cereal, or you can use your own blend, as I do, of what you like, such a wheat berries, steel cut oats, rye berries, barley or barley flakes, millet, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat groats. You get the picture. Before you begin, spray the inside of the crockpot with a non stick cooking spray. If you are using a ready made whole grain cereal, put the desired amount of cereal into a crockpot, add the needed amount of water, and set the crockpot on low. Do this right before bed, and when you wake up, you should have hot cereal! If your multigrain cereal is a quick cook kind, I would just prepare it in the morning.
If you are using your own blend of whole grains, place a much of each grain as you’d like into the crock pot, then cover with a more water than you think you need, keeping in mind how much brown rice, and the other grains swell. Again, in as bedtime nears, turn the crockpot on low, and you will have a hot, nutritious cereal in the morning. Dress it up with honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon and what have you. Enjoy!