What We Eat for Breakfast: Our Family’s Daily Spread

When I posted our meal plan for the month, I mentioned how on Fridays, I usually plan all our breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for the week. Doing so helps me see what I need to buy at the grocery, and it means one less thing for me to think about during the week when my mind is already on overload. The reason I only listed our dinner plans in my October Meal Plan is because we generally have the same breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day of the week. I’ve found that the fewer decisions I have to make in a day the better. Anyone else suffer from decision fatigue?

Typically, I fix breakfast between 6:30 & 7 on weekdays. My almost 9-year-old knows how to make a few of our breakfast dishes herself, and she will often practice her culinary skills on her willing guinea pigs. Breakfast is served at 7, followed by clean-up and chores.

Here’s what our typical week of Breakfasts looks like:

Sundays: Low-key and restful. We usually have a smorgasbord of “easy” options like eggs, cereal, bagels, yogurt, or toast. If there are any leftover pancakes, muffins, French toast, or breakfast meats, then those are available first-come, first-serve.

Mondays: Cinnamon Toast, Hardboiled Eggs & Fruit — A quick & simple breakfast is a nice way to ease into our week. I can boil eggs Sunday evening or early Monday mornings, and the girls can fix the toast together. To bump up the protein, whole grains, and healthy fats, I buy whole wheat bread and organic butter. Slice up some apples, pears, or whatever fruit we have on hand, and we have a complete breakfast.

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Tuesdays: Baked Oatmeal — Most of my girls like this easy-to-fix dish, and I feel good that it has a lot of protein and whole grains. It’s pretty filling, too! Plus, Kate can make this one all by herself, which secures its spot on our meal plan. We usually make this recipe with peanut butter, but we’ve also enjoyed this one with chocolate and this one with blueberries.

Wednesdays: Berries & Yogurt or Cereal — On Wednesdays, we go to a Bible study in the mornings, so a quick and easy breakfast is important. I buy plain yogurt that I mix with Greek vanilla because store-bought flavored yogurts are loaded with sugar. Then, we top our yogurt with frozen or fresh blueberries, cinnamon, and granola (if I have it).

Thursdays: French Toast — This is another meal my oldest can make solo, and I let her. We have this book that I highly recommend for moms of girls. It has recipes and homemaking skills that build in complexity, perfect for young girls to learn. The French toast recipe is in that book. We double the recipe and serve the French toast with maple syrup and a side of fruit.

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Fridays: Chocolate-Chip Pancakes — I’m beginning to see that our breakfast meals are pretty sugary. Oh my! I have tried many different recipes, but our favorites are these Chocolate-Chip Greek Yogurt Pancakes. Sometimes I leave the chocolate-chips out, but most of the time I don’t.

Saturdays: Sausage or Bacon, Biscuits, & Eggs or Cereal — On Saturdays, I stay in bed later than during the week. I’m usually up by 6:00 but I like to read or do my Bible study in the peace and quiet of my bedroom. The children know when they get up that breakfast will be served later, but if they are hungry, cereal is available. Around 8:00 I bake these delicious biscuits and cook some breakfast meat and eggs.

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For the Adults

Lest you think Daniel and I eat all these breakfast foods, let me set you straight. During the week Daniel fixes his own breakfast in the mornings, usually consisting of an egg, a slice or two of pork loin or ham, and his protein shake. I have two fried eggs with sauteed spinach and fruit. And coffee. Lots of coffee. Sometimes I’ll eat oatmeal but not often. On the weekends, we do indulge in gluten-free biscuits, bacon, sausage, and cereal.

Having a set menu for breakfast makes life simpler for us. I see that we probably need to find some less sugary entrees in the near future, but right now, this is what works for us.

Do you have any favorite breakfast foods/meals to share? 

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