|May 14th, 2007|
Dine Without Whine's Weekly Newsletter
An Extension of our Menu Planning Service
Publisher ~ Christine Steendahl
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A Personal Note
Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids
A Personal Note
I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day! We didn’t do anything
too major, but we went to church, I took a nice afternoon nap and then Matt
barbecued steak. Then I went to bed early. I seem to have been catching up on my
sleep this weekend. I feel nice and refreshed today. It’s a good thing because I
think this is our last normal week before the craziness of summer takes over.
I am going to experiment some with some freezer cooking this
week. We’ll see how that goes. I would like to have some meals in the freezer
that are nice and easy for summer. Between grilling and things I can just pop
into the oven that will make life much easier – giving us more time to just play
with the boys and have fun. Speaking of grilling… we grilled a ham this weekend
by just placing it in a roasting pan with a bit of water on the bottom, covering
it tightly with foil and sticking it on the grill. It turned out really good!
(Good thing too, since we had guests over for dinner that night.)
Well, I am going to go do some laundry – maybe I will even hang
some out on the line to dry today since it is windy and 85 degrees – that should
take care of it fairly quickly. Then I need to take some time to just get
organized for the week, I feel a bit scattered at the moment. I hope you have a
wonderful week and I’ll see you next week!
“The Menu Mom”
Recipe of the Week
Exerted from this week's family friendly menu plan
and convenient grocery shopping list.
Have you tried our
Makes 6 servings
1 beef rump roast, thawed
5 potatoes, quartered
1 15-ounce can green beans
1 15-ounce can corn
1 onion, sliced
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 cup flour (optional)
1. Place roast in crockpot. Add peeled potatoes, carrots, beans, corn, onion,
and butter. Add water and flour for gravy. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
2. Cook on LOW for 6 to 12 hours.
Serve with Grapes
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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids
Most of us have heard the saying “Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the
Day” and it’s certainly true especially when it comes to children. Studies have
shown that children who eat a balanced breakfast are more alert in school,
perform better, and in many cases are less prone to bad behavior than children
who skip breakfast.
So how do you make a quick and delicious breakfast that children will like? Here
are some ideas for breakfast options that kid will enjoy:
Let Them Eat Eggs – Eggs are versatile and nutritious, plus most kids like them.
They can be prepared in a variety of ways. Scrambled eggs are a great option
because you can serve them plain or add a little chopped ham, cheese, chopped
tomatoes, or mushrooms for some added pizzazz. Boiled eggs are another easy
option and will go well with slices of toast.
Bake Ahead Muffins – Store bought muffins can be loaded with fat, making them a
poor choice for a healthy breakfast. However, if you bake your own muffins you
can control their nutritional value. Use mashed banana and a little honey for a
naturally sweet breakfast muffin. Replace half of the amount of white flour for
healthier whole wheat flour. Make a heartier muffin by adding savory bacon and
chive or cheese and ham. Baking them the night before will provide a quick and
healthy breakfast for busy families.
It can be as Simple as Fruit – Fresh fruit is a great way to start the day. If
your children don’t like fresh fruit plain, you can jazz it up with a yogurt and
Cheerio dip. Using a rolling pin mash a handful or two of whole grain Cheerios
in a plastic bag and transfer to a bowl. Fill another bowl with yogurt and let
your kids dip the fruit pieces in yogurt then in the Cheerio mixture. Whole
grains Cheerios have a lower sugar content then many of the cereals on the
Pancakes in a flash – Preparing a basic pancake batter the night before with
save you time. You can cover and refrigerate it until you are ready to use in
the morning. Then all you need to do is heat the grill and your whole family can
enjoy delicious homemade pancakes. They can be served with a little maple syrup
or jam and some fresh fruit on the side.
Try Pizza for Breakfast – Who doesn’t like pizza? So why not serve it for
breakfast. Split a couple of bagels or English muffins in half, top with a
little pizza sauce, grated cheese and some chopped ham. Place under the grill
for a few minutes and you have a nutritious breakfast pizza that anyone would
love. For added variety, use pita bread for the pizza crust.
Breakfast Burrito – Wraps are a great alternative to toast and cereal and are
easy to prepare. Items such as scrambled egg, ham, and cheese make a great
breakfast burrito combo. Or make a breakfast burrito pizza by adding cream
cheese and turkey.
Breakfast doesn’t have to always consist of the traditional
toast, cereal and eggs. You can experiment a little to keep things interesting.
Give your kids some control over what they eat in the morning and they will be
more willing to eat. Let them choose their breakfast pizza toppings. Or let them
create their own breakfast burrito combinations. Don’t make breakfast stressful
by putting too much pressure on yourself to always make the perfect family
breakfast. If your kids really aren’t hungry at breakfast time give them
something simple such as a banana and a glass of orange juice. It will give them
that boost of energy they need to get their day going.
The thing to remember is that your child needs to start the day
with one or two nutritious foods.