Easy breakfast recipe for kids

Easy breakfast recipe for kids

Today, I am sharing an easy breakfast recipe for kids. This breakfast sandwich will take only a few minutes to make and will provide plenty of protein for kids growing bodies and tons of energy to take on the day.

All of the ingredients I used for the easy breakfast recipe for kids come from “Trader Joe’s.”  I am probably one of the most loyal customers of  the grocery chain as I drive 2+ hours to stock up on food for 2-3 weeks. In our area, we have a very limited selection of organics, and grocery prices are through the roof  (our grocery store prices are at least double of what “Trader Joe’s” charges for comparable items), so the drive is really worth it, especially if you are trying to go organic on a budget.

Ingredients list: cooking spray, sourdough bread (or whole grain bread, English muffin, bagel, or croissant), Canadian bacon, organic eggs or healthy eggs from farms that follow responsible farming methods, organic cheese or cheese made from milk from cows not treated with artificial hormones.

 Instructions: Ask kids to get all the ingredients ready for you. Even the simple steps make them feel important and involved in meal preparation. Turn stove burner to medium heat (I start with setting 5, and then turn it down to 4). Crack an egg in a bowl, beat the egg,  and add salt and pepper to taste (kids can help with beating the egg or adding spices). Fry the egg on both sides, then add a slice of cheese on top of the egg and let it cook for a minute or so. Then add 2-3 slices of Canadian bacon and turn the egg+cheese+Canadian bacon over and let it fry for another minute, then remove it from the pan. Now fry bread for 30-45 seconds on each side. Make a sandwich and serve warm.

easy breakfast recipe for kids

According to the labels of ingredients I used to make the sandwich, an egg contains 7 grams of protein, a slice of cheese – another 7 grams of protein, and a slice of Canadian bacon – around 3.33 grams of protein. That’s at least 20 grams of protein per sandwich!

And, just in case you are looking for breakfast ideas for Father’s Day, this is the perfect easy breakfast recipe for kids to help you make – Dad-tested and approved 🙂

You can also make this sandwich on a grill, check out this recipe: Camping Food Breakfast sandwich.

This guest post was written by Eva B, Mom of an 8 year old girl.

Organic chicken nuggets for kids

organic chicken nuggets for kidsA few days ago, I promised to share a quick and very easy recipe for organic chicken nuggets for kids. With few ingredients and simple step by step directions, you can make delicious chicken nuggets the whole family will enjoy. You can double the recipe to make plenty to enjoy for dinner and to freeze – for quick dinners or school lunches. If you are going 100% organic, you will need all organic ingredients. But if you are going organic on a budget, using organic chicken and organic free-range eggs  would be most important.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. organic skinless, boneless chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins
  • 1 organic egg
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (preferably, whole-wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • cooking spray or olive oil

 

Directions:

1) In a bowl, mix Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, salt, garlic powder, and paprika.

2) Preheat oven to 400 °F  (around 205 °C).

3) Cut chicken breasts (or tenderloins) into chicken nugget sized pieces (approx. 2 by 1.5 inches).

4) Crack an egg into a small shallow bowl and beat the egg with a fork until the yolk and white are combined.

5) Grease baking sheet with cooking spray or olive oil.

6) First, dip chicken pieces in egg, then coat them with the breadcrumb/Parmesan cheese mixture.

7) Place the chicken nuggets on greased baking sheet and bake them in preheated oven for 20-22 minutes.

8) Serve organic chicken nuggets for kids with homemade mac & cheese and watch your picky eaters enjoy their dinner!

TIP for parents of picky eaters: let your child help you with beating an egg, mixing breadcrumb mixture, and/ or dipping chicken pieces in egg and breadcrumb mixture. When kids are involved in cooking a meal, they are more likely to try or eat the food they help prepare.

This guest post was written by Eva B, Mom of an 8 year old girl.

Salads for toddlers

food for picky eaters

Salad for toddler

Toddlers are well-known for being the pickiest eaters.  Coming up with a healthy diet for your family is difficult enough, and cooking a separate meal for a kid after a long workday is not exactly something you may have time or desire for. If a salad is on your dinner or lunch menu, here’s a simple idea on how to make salads for toddlers without making a special meal just for him or her. If your child refuses to eat a mixed salad, try a different approach – cut salad ingredients and arrange them on a plate, without mixing them. Toddlers do like finger foods and may be more willing to try things if they are presented in a way that appeals to them. Although they may not eat everything on the plate, they are very likely to eat at least a portion of the serving.  If you are persistent and continue offering favorite foods along with new nutritious choices on a regular basis, without forcing your child to eat it, you will be able to avoid power struggles and encourage your child to try new  foods. It takes little kids time to accept new textures and new tastes, so allow them to make the decision on their own – they might surprise you. Does your child have a favorite dressing? Ranch, maybe? Serve the salad ingredients with ranch on the side and encourage your toddler to eat with fingers or a fork and dip veggies in dressing. Two, three, and four year olds like to feel at least a little in control,  they like choices. You may have to offer new foods at least ten times for your child to show any interest in eating them. But presenting your child with choices satisfies your child’s need for control over what they do.  And, since it’s up to you, as a parent, to decide what food options your child is presented with, you accomplish your goal of raising a healthy eater but avoid the power struggles.

 

salads for toddlers

Salads for toddlers

Be sure to check out this article 5 Kid Friendly Dinner Salads for more ideas for salads for toddlers. If your toddler goes to preschool, you may also like Organic snacks for kids lunches.