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By Nellie's Kindness Crew
Catering to the kids can be a challenge, especially on those early mornings. Sometimes, inviting them into the kitchen to help whisk eggs or roll out dough means you get food on the table that they'll actually eat ("I helped!"). These breakfast recipes are here to help you accomplish just that.
This is one of those breakfast dishes that always gets devoured in seconds...by both kids and grownups. You can make this in your Instant Pot, which means it's pretty much hands-off and takes under half an hour to cook. If it's a slow Saturday morning, you can top the casserole off with the optional praline streusel topping (let the little ones help crumble it over the top) and vanilla icing for a meal the kids will ask for every weekend.
Thinking outside the box for breakfast is a skill that most parents acquire over time, especially when there are picky eaters at the table. Your kids will love the crispy crunch of these veggie-filled wonton egg cups, and you'll love how easy they are to make before school, daycare, or on a Saturday morning before the weekend excursions begin.
Everyone needs a little brain food before a long day at school, and these whole grain muffins are packed with all the potassium, protein, and vitamins your kids need to power through morning classes. For kids who prefer a sweet breakfast over a savory one, these muffins are a fantastic alternative to sugary cereal or time-consuming pancakes.
It's Monday morning, the kids are on their second wakeup call and still haven't rolled out of bed, and any plans you had for a nutritious, homemade breakfast are now a distant memory. Sound familiar? You need these veggie breakfast burritos in your life. They can be made in big batches, frozen, and reheated in seconds, no matter how many curveballs the morning throws your way.
This breakfast bake is like a perfect checklist of every ingredient you need to fuel the kids for the day while keeping them interested: crispy hash browns, fluffy eggs, diced ham, and fresh tomatoes (the kids can help sprinkle over the toppings before you pop open the oven). The egg mixture is extra creamy, so even kids who turn away sunny-side up eggs or omelettes will love this one.
Imagine having breakfast for the whole family on the table in under 20 minutes without turning on the stove. Well, with nothing but a sheet pan, a loaf of bread, and a dozen eggs, that can be your reality! This egg in a hole recipe is an easy way to make a simple breakfast of eggs and toast exciting. No kid can resist dipping their crusts into those runny yolks!
Quinoa may not be a kid-favorite, but even the pickiest eaters will go back for seconds after trying these crispy, cheesy, veggie-packed egg bites. If you've ever struggled to convince your little one to try something new, incorporating it into a small, handheld breakfast food like an egg bite is the perfect opportunity to introduce nutritious ingredients.
Everyone has a sweet tooth now and then, but it's easier than you think to make a healthier version of those classic sugary breakfasts that kids love. These French toast sticks contain no added sugar, but thanks to the natural sweetness of the bananas, the kids won't even notice! Make your life easier by having your little ones help dip the bread into the mixture while the oven preheats. You can even make a big batch to freeze for a quick breakfast that's suited both for slow Saturdays and hectic Mondays.
Busy moms and dads know how hard it can be to get a nutritious meal on the table on a weekday morning. Now add picky palates to the mix, and breakfast feels almost impossible. Breakfast burritos to the rescue! They can be made in big batches and frozen ahead of time, so all you have to do in the morning is throw a few into the oven. Kids can even carry them to the bus stop or snack in the car on the way to school, and you can pack one to pop in the microwave at work.
Think of a cookie bar as the toaster pastry's cousin. These are layered with natural strawberry preserves, but you can mix things up and give the kids a chance to pick their favorite fillings at the grocery store. They're just the right level of sweetness with a base of whole wheat flour to help get those whole grains in early.
Pancakes and school mornings just don't mix...until now. Swap all the hands-on flipping and pouring for this sheet pan recipe. It makes enough pancakes for the whole family in half the time—and in all the flavor combinations you can dream up, including blueberry, chocolate chip, cinnamon swirl, and strawberry!
Anything in muffin form is pretty much guaranteed to be kid-approved, even by the pickiest of eaters. These egg muffins are fluffy and cheesy, making them the perfect solution for mornings when it feels like you're all racing to get out the door. Kids can help whisk the yummy egg mixture together and carefully pour it into muffin tins before baking.
If you're like most parents, you know the struggle of finding whole grain, veggie-filled snacks that the kids won't immediately label as "yucky green stuff." Luckily, these muffins are the whole package: they're full of enough blueberries and chocolate chips that the kids won't even notice the zucchini (and if they do, they'll actually enjoy it!).
Veggies for breakfast? It's not as crazy as it sounds. In fact, you can make it a reality in your Instant Pot while the kids roll out of bed on a school day. Between the white cheddar and fluffy eggs, they might even ask for this veggie-filled frittata again tomorrow!
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