Family Matters: It’s “Better Breakfast Month!”
You may not have realized it, but September was supposed to be “Better Breakfast Month” — perhaps because kids are back in school now and need this “most important meal of the day” to do their best work.
September, however, has been unusually busy for our family. In the past four weeks, we’ve traveled coast to coast, dealt with five flat tires on five different cars, and demolished the front end of our truck when we hit a deer at high speed on a dark highway.
In addition to homeschooling my four youngest, I’ve also started teaching five of my grandchildren a couple of days every week. We registered nearly nine dozen craft projects in the creative arts competition at the East Texas State Fair earlier this month and also toured the Texas Broadcast Museum in Kilgore and the DPS Crime Labs in Tyler (both extremely fascinating and informative field trips).
September has additionally afforded me the privilege of speaking to a hundred or so members of the Hideaway Lake Ladies Variety Club (thanks for your warm welcome), teaching two classes and leading a women’s group at our weekly homeschool co-op, and fielding a slew of interview questions from the senior producer of ABC’s 20/20 for an upcoming special with Diane Sawyer.
What I haven’t done in September is feed my children very many hot, homemade breakfasts. Sad to say, we’ve been eating cold cereal more mornings than not. Provided, of course, we can find any milk in the fridge.
I could wrap up this article by vowing to do better in October and sharing a recipe for made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls using home-ground flour. Mmmm. Doesn’t the very thought make your mouth water?
Or maybe you’d prefer my oat bran blueberry muffins (bonus points for gathering the berries yourself at a local pick-your-own farm)? Or a nice, fluffy, spinach soufflé seasoned with herbs you grew in your own garden? Or perhaps you’d enjoy the crunchy, nutty, slow-roasted granola I used to make when life was less hectic and my teen boys couldn’t polish off an entire batch in three seconds flat.
Well, all I can say is: if you have time to make those kind of breakfasts, you have time to look up the recipes yourself on Pinterest. My guess is, if you still have school-aged children at home, you’re every bit as busy as I am.
The thought of having to have all my kids dressed and ready for school, lunch bag in hand and completed homework assignments in backpack, and delivered to their various campuses before the first bell rings every day literally makes my head spin.
And in addition to chauffeuring kids back and forth from school and soccer practice and dance lessons and scout meetings, lots of moms work at a job outside the home. And they still have to cook meals. And help with homework. And do laundry.
Frankly, that kind of regimented routine and responsibility seems like a tougher assignment to me than all my busiest months rolled into one.
So, what would you say if, instead of letting “Better Breakfast Month” make us feel guilty for all the time-consuming dishes we aren’t preparing, we used it to brainstorm how we might serve up some super quick and easy meals that are equally nutritious and delicious?
Here are some of our family’s favorites, all of which take only two-to-three minutes to prepare:
- avocado toast – this is our go-to breakfast as long as we have ripe avocados in the pantry; smear that creamy goodness on a piece of toast, then add a dash of paprika and a few radish slices, if desired
- fruit smoothies – our favorite combo is mango, strawberry and banana, but feel free to mix it up and experiment; we use frozen fruit and almond milk, plus a few fresh spinach leaves for extra vitamins
- peanut butter toast – spread a tablespoon or two of peanut butter on toasted whole-grain bread and top with sliced bananas
- boiled eggs – take a lesson from hotels by boiling and peeling a batch of eggs the night before so kids can grab them on the go
- veggies and hummus – our favorites are baby carrots and sugar snap peas; this makes a great after school snack, but will work in a pinch for breakfast, as well
Jennifer Flanders loves stress-free mornings as much or more than she enjoys hearty breakfasts. To read more of her time-saving tips, please visit https://www.flandersfamily.info .