Enough with the Oatmeal, Dad

September 24, 2019
Baked apple Oatmeal

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I leave for work in the morning long before my husband and kids are awake, so breakfast has always been my husband’s domain.  My dad would have fed us donuts, pastries and sugar coated cereals – all foods banned by my mom.  But, not my husband.  He serves oatmeal – every morning.  Sometimes with bananas, sometimes with berries – but oatmeal every morning.  I understand how it happened – he just transitioned from baby cereal to big kid hot cereal.

 I love oatmeal but I could not eat it for breakfast every morning.  I calculated that my son who just turned 7 has eaten approximately 1,560  breakfasts comprised of oatmeal – that’s 52 weeks, 5 days a week for 6 years.  That is a ton of oatmeal – very nutritious and at one time delicious – but I understood where the little guy was coming from when he declared “no more oatmeal”.

unhappy kid
Not a Staged Photo – He is Truly that Upset with his Oatmeal!

We had a situation on our hands – my husband insists oatmeal is the fastest, easiest breakfast to put on the table and everyone likes it.  Maybe not.  You can’t win a food fight with a seven year old so we had to switch strategies and find equally “easy” breakfasts that Dad could serve all three kids before school that are nutritious and actually delicious.

Some of these require some prep work the night before but it’s worth it to avoid the now dreaded battle over oatmeal.

Breakfast Sandwiches

We either buy Jimmy Dean Egg White and Turkey Sausage Muffins or I premake a couple dozen egg, ham and cheese sandwiches on English muffins and freeze them individually.  Dad just has to pop one in the microwave for 90 seconds and breakfast is served.  That is quicker than the 3 minutes and 45 seconds you need to cook oatmeal in the microwave

egg sandwich and berries
On a side note – I love these white melamine dishes for the kids. We upgraded when I got rid of all the baby plates. They look like real dishes but don’t break when they hit the floor!

Yogurt Parfaits

The night before I scoop yogurt into three bowls and cover with plastic wrap – always making sure to use three containers of the SAME flavor – no need for that argument in the morning!  I wash and chop a bunch of berries in a separate Tupperware.  All Dad has to do is divide the berries into the three bowls and add a small scoop of granola or nuts to each.  It doesn’t get easier than that.

yogurt parfait

Peanut Butter and Banana English Muffins

My husband still insists it takes longer to toast three English muffins and spread peanut butter on them than make a bowl of oatmeal.  But I don’t buy it – I think he is just hoarding all the muffins for himself.

english muffin with peanut butter and banana

Fruit, Cheese and Egg Platter

Look at this beautiful continental breakfast. It reminds me of the pricey protein breakfast boxes at Starbucks – but this is fresher and way cheaper! I peel the eggs, slice the cheese and cut the fruit the night before.  Dad just needs to assemble. You could easily add toast, a muffin or even a granola bar if this won’t fill up your kids!

egg and cheese platter

Peanut Butter and Banana Taco

Simply a tortilla spread with peanut butter and a small amount of strawberry preserves with a banana plopped in the middle.  It takes about 30 seconds to make and roll and my kids seem to think it is some sort of amazing treat.

peanut butter and banana taco
I forgot the jelly – this was a major problem!

Cottage Cheese Banana Splits

Cottage Cheese Banana Splits – Kids love this because it reminds them of a decadent treat – but it’s so much healthier and is actually breakfast appropriate.  Dad slices the banana on the bottom of the bowl and adds a couple small scoops of cottage cheese.  We garnish with chopped nuts and fresh fruit.  A maraschino cherry on top would be the perfect finish!

cottage cheese banana split

Baked Oatmeal

I know, I just wrote oatmeal but apparently baked oatmeal is a totally different entity when you are seven.  Ok, it’s always a completely different thing because it tastes more like cake or bread pudding! I make so many different flavors of baked oatmeal but our favorites are probably apple and pumpkin. We are all ready for fall around here!

baked oatmeal
Normally I’d top it off with vanilla yogurt but whipped cream looked prettier!

And finally – OATMEAL!

Once we started adding a little variety to breakfast, my son actually asked for oatmeal for breakfast.  Apparently he likes oatmeal – just not every morning!

I hope this gives you a few new ideas for those busy mornings and please share your favorite “get the kids out the door quickly” breakfasts!

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