Friday, August 3, 2012

Breakfast Night

My son is the pickiest eater in the world!  I used to call him a camel, because he would try to go days without eating, then, when he found something he really liked, he would stuff himself to fill up.  One of the things he stuffed himself with was breakfast food.  So, I decided to make a Breakfast Night for supper.  If I cooked pancakes, eggs, bacon with cinnamon rolls for dessert, then I didn't have to worry about him not eating.  I knew that on Breakfast Night, he would fill up.  We all thought it was fun, so it became sort of a tradition.  Here are a few of the recipes I've made over the years.


1 slice of bread
1 egg
1 TBS butter

Cut a hole in center of bread with a cookie cutter or a glass.  Heat skillet over medium-high heat.   Add butter and let melt.  Place bread and circle you cut out into the skillet.  Let it toast up a few minutes.  Carefully crack egg into the center of the bread.  Try not to break the yolk.  Season with salt/pepper.  Let cook a few minutes until set.  Flip bread and circle toast.  Let the other side toast up a few minutes.  You can dip the circle toast in the yolk.  Yummy!


6 slices of bread
1 lb Jimmy Dean breakfast sausage
8 eggs
2 cups milk
shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook sausage and drain.  Break  bread into small pieces and put into a 9x13 casserole dish.  Scatter cooked sausage over the bread.  Beat eggs and milk together and pour into casserole dish.  Top with some shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until puffy and golden.
This is a base recipe.  You can add onions, peppers and/or veggies if you'd like.  Also, you can half this recipe and make it in a 9 inch square dish.  Don't cook it as long -about 35 minutes)


4 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon & salt.  Whisk together honey and apple juice.  Pour over oat mixture and stir to coat thoroughly.  Spread mixture in an even layer on a large baking sheet.  Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden, stirring twice during baking.  Let cool.  Add raisins and cranberries.  Store in an airtight container.
This is a great with milk as a cereal or with yogurt and fruit in a parfait.  It's even good plain as a snack!

So, if you have a few picky eaters, start a Breakfast Night at your house.  It's an easy, fun and delicious way to fill them up.

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