I’ve been working on a 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan for our dinners. My goal for this is to make things easier for me at meal planning time and also to be able to have a nice storage of foods on hand. In essence, our own ‘store’ so to speak.
Our weekday breakfast’s are pretty simple. Truth be told, I am not functioning at my finest in the mornings and more often than not my sweet husband puts breakfast together. Our morning’s start fairly early with Kiki and Lulu needing to leave the house shortly after 7. I used to plan breakfasts and actually started to add them into my Rotating Menu Plan but decided that just didn’t work for us.
What does work for us is a Breakfast Plan List.
A Breakfast Plan List is a list of breakfast foods that I have written in my meal planning notebook. I used to look at the list when I was planning my menu and write down a different breakfast for each morning. Then I got even lazier more creative and stopped writing my breakfasts out on the menu plan, instead the night before I’ll decide on something from my list.
Sunday’s are my most time consuming breakfast day and that breakfast will often be later in the day with a ‘snack’ earlier for anyone hungry. Monday through Friday is always very simple and something that Joe can make (he makes terrific eggs). Saturday I often do a make ahead breakfast.
I have my list divided into sections; Hot Cereal, Cold Cereal (no, not from a box), Quick and Easy Miscellaneous, Make Ahead and Not So Quick and Easy.
- Soaked Oatmeal
- Butterscotch Oatmeal
- Hot Rice (uses leftover rice)
- Butterscotch Rice (uses leftover rice)
- Cornmeal Mush
- Crock pot Wheat (soak the wheat in water and whey for 8 hours first)
- Soaked Scottish Oats (crock pot)
- Almond Meal Pudding (this is my quickest hot cereal, in fact one of our quickest breakfasts)
- Granola (I’m still working on ‘perfecting’ this)
- Homemade cold cereal (another one that I’m working on perfecting)
Quick and Easy Miscellaneous
- Yogurt or Kefir Parfait
- Scrambled or Fried Eggs and Toast (homemade, usually sourdough-this is our most common weekday breakfast)
- Smoothie of some sort
- Eggs poached in broth
- Muffins or Breakfast Cake (same recipe for cake just cooked in a pan)
- Creme Brulee French Toast (I alter this recipe a bit to make it work for us)
- Baked Oatmeal (either this recipe or this one)
- Quiche (with or without a crust)
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Hot cereal made in the crock pot– something like this
- Crock-pot breakfast soup
Not So Quick and Easy
- Sourdough Pancakes (Easy to make, but time consuming to cook)
- Sourdough Waffles (Easy to make, but time consuming to cook)
- Crepes (Easy to make, but time consuming to cook)
- Fried Mush (Easy to make, very inexpensive, but takes a little time to cook)
- Omelets, Fritatta or Clafouti
- Country Breakfast (this would be fried potatoes, biscuits and eggs or something similar)
- German Pancake or Dutch Baby
- Stove-top breakfast soup– this is actually pretty easy if you don’t mind chopping veggies in the morning (sometimes I’m organized and do them the night before) but it takes a little bit of cooking time.
We do a few have a few other things sometimes for breakfast or I’ll try a special recipe that I find but for the most part I just refer back to this list.
Find more breakfast recipes on my Recipe Page.
What does your family enjoy for breakfast? Do you have a favorite that tends to repeat or do often try new things?