TALK BACK: Breakfast and Lunch Doldrums

This "TALK BACK" comes from fellow mama reader, Amber. After we posted a wrap recipe a couple of weeks ago, she left this comment:

"Just wondering... do you have any easy breakfast and lunch ideas for kids?
I am soo burnt out on the same 'ol french toast for breakfast and pb&j for lunch....
Inspire me (if you can)... -Amber"

What are your easy breakfast and lunch ideas that are outside of the french toast and pb&j box?  Any easy, kid-tested, mama-approved recipes you can share with us [aside from the good ol'     "dry cereal in a bowl and sippy cup of milk on the side" - that has been my specialty lately]?  Links that inspire?  Share the mama love...

14 comments:

  1. I recently made a whole heckuva lot of miniature Empanadas Gallegas. These are Galician (northwest Spain) style empanadas. They are made with a typical flour and olive oil crust and you can put whatever you want inside. Although a traditional filling is meat, onions and paprika, I made some with salmon, some with meatballs and some with chicken. You can use whole wheat flour too. They're kinda like healthy hot-pockets. Now that I have invested WAY too much time shaping and baking them all I just pop them in the microwave when we want to eat them.

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  2. Hey innermostbox, I'm on to you. You're actually Martha Stewart aren't you???? :)

    breakfast - eggs really are healthy for kids and they're much easier than we imagine them to be. We scramble up a bunch nearly every morning and serve them with toast and fruit.

    lunch - SO hard for me. I've been doing lots of wraps and roll-ups lately, that way I can layer cheese and meat, and put thin slices of avocado. Miles used to love the avocado and now Asher is the only one that will eat it. But Miles doesn't even know it's there when it's all rolled up with other yumminess. And avocado takes the cake for healthiness :)

    Beans and rice are good for quick too, especially if you make up a bunch and store, ready to be pulled out and warmed up. Very simple, but sometimes we mamas need VERY simple :)

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  3. Scrambled eggs on toast w/cheddar cheese and then lightly broiled before serving. Peanut butter and banana on a multigrain tortilla, rolled up, and sliced into bite size pieces. A platter of cut veggies and dip always makes my kiddos happy. I also like to make muffins and my kids love to have a small bowl of vanilla yogurt to dip chunks of muffin in. We keep it very simple around here!

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  4. Heather, so very flattering you are! :) Since Martha Stewart most likely does NOT have a nasty ring around the toilet in her master-bath and grass that is about 18 inches high in her backyard I can hardly claim to be her, or even LIKE her, without fear of being slapped with a lawsuit for defamation of character. Nope, I'm definitely not Martha Stewart. I just like to EAT!! :D

    Sara

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  5. I'm going to post a link to my personal blog where I just recently wrote about not enjoying lunch, and made up a delicious avocado smoothie - enjoy!
    http://hoskinsons.blogspot.com/2008/08/lunchtime-yumminess.html

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  6. A friend recently told me of a neat way to make omlettes in the morning by filling a ziplock bag with 2 or 3 eggs and a variety of mix ins and dropping the bag into a pot of boiling water...Voila...an omlette cooks right up and there is very little clean up. In one dish you can get a protein and a few veggies and a dairy.

    Lunch is a little more tricky for me too...soup (homemade or canned) is always a good alternative with cheese toast or peanut butter crackers. On the back lable of Rosarita refried beans is an awesome and super easy recipe for chicken tortilla soup. My kids love it!!

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  7. although i am not a mom, i like to have fresh food at every meal and work from home so enjoy to regularly prepared breakfasts lunches and dinners for me and my husband. i seriously love it, the kitchen is like a blank canvas for me. So, I have a few ideas, but not million cause i am still learning (3 months married! :)) The other night, I made the wonderful Chili from one of your earlier posts. Of course we had extra, so tonight I got a $1.29 herb-pizza dough from trader joes, used the rest of the chili plus a yellow pepper, and then fat free organic mozarella cheese on top! so yummy! served with a side salad and we had all the ingredients we needed! Plus the dough took maybe 3 minutes to form, and only 10 to cook. Done and Done. :)

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  8. I've been inspired! Thank You! Just this week I've used 3 of your recipies! I'm hoping to make those yummy pancakes you sweet mamas just posted tomorrow!

    Thanks Again
    xoxo

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  9. I've been inspired! Thank You! Just this week I've used 3 of your recipies! I'm hoping to make those yummy pancakes you sweet mamas just posted tomorrow!

    Thanks Again
    xoxo

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  10. I've been inspired! Thank You! Just this week I've used 3 of your recipies! I'm hoping to make those yummy pancakes you sweet mamas just posted tomorrow!

    Thanks Again
    xoxo

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  11. I've been inspired! Thank You! Just this week I've used 3 of your recipies! I'm hoping to make those yummy pancakes you sweet mamas just posted tomorrow!

    Thanks Again
    xoxo

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  12. We do the banana dog for breakfast sometimes. Get a hot dog bun spread some peanut butter on both sides, jam if you want, but don't need because then you put the banana in and the kids love the variation to the hot dog. A favorite around our house are crepes. The batter is so easy. I make it the night before and just leave it in the blender in the fridge. They're ready to cook up first thing in the morning and fill with all the yumminess. So many possibilities. eggs, ham and cheese, fruit and cream, my kids love nutella and banana. You can also use crepes for lunch. Fill it with turkey, avacado, and all kinds of veggies. Like I said, the possibilities are endless.

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  13. I love to do super easy oatmeal pancakes that only take a minute to make. Throw one egg, one banana, 1/3 cup of steel cut oats and agave sweetener (to taste) into your blender. I got one of those Magic Bullet blenders and absolutely love it. Cook one big huge pancake and there you go. You could also make them smaller for the kids. You could also substitute applesauce for the banana. It tastes like a yummy souffle and sticks with you until lunch time. You don't need to top it with anything because it's already naturally sweetened. I'm usually eating it rolled up in my hand while I"m driving my kids to school.

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  14. Easiest soup ever, and healthy too!

    Ingredients:

    1- Low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth, any amount.

    2- Chunky salsa, any amount. (We prefer mild salsa, with corn and a variety of veggies, but get what you like. Or even add your own veggies!)

    3- Shredded cheddar or mexican style cheese.

    4- Corn tortilla chips.

    To prepare:

    Pour first two ingredients into a pot and heat, serve in bowls sprinkled with cheese and corn tortilla chips!

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