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6 Quick & Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas For Non-Morning Parents

6 Quick & Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas For Non-Morning Parents

Claiming that I am not a morning person is an understatement; I usually cannot even formulate a sentence until about 10:00 a.m., and I have been the recipient of many Facebook jokes from friends and family about my incapacity. So when it came to morning breakfasts with my kids, I wasn’t the best at preparing meals—so much so that either my bright-eyed husband took on the role of meal-maker, or the kids had some go to back to school breakfast ideas.

But whether you are like I am in the morning, if you’re heading out to work, or you just want a stress-free start as all the family members try to get out the door on time, I’m offering six quick and easy breakfast ideas that anyone, including the least of us morning people, can pull off.

6 Quick & Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas

Whether you hate mornings or you just want a stress-free start, I’m offering six quick and easy back to school breakfast ideas that anyone can pull off.

You can also learn how to make your own back to school lunch packing station here, to make your mornings even easier!

Overnight Oatmeal

When looking for back to school breakfast ideas, look no further. Right now, overnight oatmeal is the rage, and it’s so easy to make! Basically, you place oatmeal, milk or yogurt, and whatever else you want to go with it, in a jar with a lid and place it in the refrigerator overnight. The oats absorb the liquid so that in the morning, all you have to do is take off the lid, heat in the microwave if you desire (about 1 minute, then stir), and there you go!

My favorite? I throw in a couple tablespoons of chopped walnuts, ½ chopped apple, and a dash of cinnamon. This nice little combination reminds me of my mom’s homemade apple crisp…but without all the sugar, preparation, and baking time!

These little jars of yummy delights last 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Plus, oatmeal is very filling and offers healthy fiber for the digestive system.

Here’s a website that offers 28 different recipes.

Scrambled Eggs

Awhile back, a girlfriend gave me a dozen farm-fresh eggs to enjoy. I decided to scramble them up on a Sunday evening, throw in a little mild cheddar cheese, and place them in individual-size ramekin dish in the refrigerator. Each morning, the kids would place a dish in the microwave, throw a paper towel over it, and heat for 30 seconds. The eggs were so good! Eggs are an invaluable source of protein, and protein wakes up the brain.

You don’t need farm-fresh eggs for this dish; you can use store-bought eggs as well.

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Egg Casserole

While we are talking about eggs, I have also made this egg casserole. The kids really like the hash-brown “crust.”

Ingredients:

3 cups shredded hash browns

3 tablespoons olive or coconut oil

1 cup milk

2-4 eggs

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 cup grated Swiss or cheddar cheese

¾ diced, browned turkey sausage

Stir together the potatoes and oil. Press into a square 8×8-inch pan. Bake at 425º for 15 minutes. While the potatoes are browning, beat together the milk, eggs, salt, and pepper. Stir in the grated cheese. Stir in the sausage. Pour over the potatoes. Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes.

You will get to where you know this dish by memory and can make it very quickly. Cut it into squares, and then each morning a child can quickly microwave a square for 30 seconds.

6 Quick & Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas For Non-Morning Parents

Fruit Parfaits

My son went through a phase where one of the only things he would eat was yogurt. While yogurt alone is a great breakfast idea, you can also layer some yogurt with fresh fruit and granola. My daughter and I have been known to eat fruit parfaits for lunch and dinner, too!

Nut Butter on Anything

My friend who has eight children purchases large packages of bagels from her bulk store (i.e., Costco, Sam’s). Her second-grade daughter toasts a bagel every morning and then slathers it with protein-rich and omega-dense nut butter.

Protein Shakes

This same friend has taught her daughter’s twin brother to make protein shakes. Then the mom, blurry-eyed and speechless (a lot like I am in the mornings!) just supervises the process while her son operates the blender.

There are literally hundreds of protein shake recipes on the Internet, but choose two or three you like for the sake of variety, and stick with those. I look for an un-denatured whey protein with minerals, amino acids, active enzymes, and vitamins like this one (not an affiliate link) so I don’t need to add anything other than some fresh fruit or powdered peanut butter. I use water for the shake; my kids use milk. Note: I am NOT suggesting this shake for weight loss, but only for its nutritional quality.

These six back to school breakfast ideas are quick, easy, and can be altered to your family’s taste. Only the first three require some pre-planning; the others can be prepared each morning by your child. That way, you’re not required to use very many words as your morning fog slowly lifts.

Happy, healthy eating!

Whether you hate mornings or you just want a stress-free start, I’m offering six quick and easy back to school breakfast ideas that anyone can pull off.

Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley
Tammy Tilley, mom of two adult children, cares deeply about parenting issues. Although she’s looking in the rearview mirror of her hands-on parenting days, once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent. She enjoys sharing a few memories and a touch of advice about spending energy on the things that matter. Tammy has a BA in English from Anderson University (IN) and a MS in Education from IUPUI.