I spend most weekday mornings frantically trying to feed my girls breakfast, while getting us all dressed and ready, packing our bags, and hoping we’re on time for pre-school drop-off. As a mom, it’s so easy to skip breakfast, or just eat frozen waffles or pancakes, but neither of those options are my first choice. Instead, these easy ideas are my go-to breakfasts, and are almost guaranteed to make you feel more like an adult than a 4 year old!
This has been my favorite breakfast for the past couple of years. Most days, I just mash half of an avocado and add a little sea salt. Some days, I add olive oil and/or lemon juice, too. Our favorite bread is multi-grain Rustico Bread from Trader Joe’s… toasted, of course.
Peanut Butter Toast with Berries
We love Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter, and I especially love The Bee’s Knees (peanut butter with honey). I spread a light layer on toast, and then slice a few strawberries or halve some raspberries, and add them on top.
There are many ways to make this, but the key is finding Acai purée packets. I blend mine with frozen strawberries, 1/2 banana, and some juice; be sure to keep it thick. Then, I top the bowl with the other 1/2 banana and granola.
In my family, we call smoothies by their color, instead of their ingredients. If I’m just making one for me, it’s usually “green” with spinach, mango, banana, and orange juice. My girls prefer “pink” or “purple” smoothies with yogurt, berries, banana, and either orange juice or almond milk.
I’m the only one in my house who eats quiche, so when I have the chance to make one, it lasts me a few days. I buy pre-made pie crust, and then mix 6 eggs with 1 cup milk and the fillings of my choice. My favorite combinations are broccoli and cheddar, spinach and mozzarella, and asparagus and swiss.
We love the (frozen) mini croissants from Trader Joe’s. They also come in chocolate and almond. The only downside is that you have to remember to pull them out of the freezer the night before, so they have time to rise. In the morning, add an egg wash and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Lastly, some days you just want (or need) to eat breakfast out, so my co-contributors and I are sharing our favorite breakfast foods in Fairfield County:
· Crepes at Meli-Melo in Greenwich
· Avocado Toast or Yogurt Parfaits at The Granola Bar in Greenwich and Westport
· Donuts or the Black Bean Omelette at Lakeside Diner in Stamford
· French Toast Muffin at Lorca in Stamford
· Silvermine and Garden Omelettes or Pancakes at Silvermine Market in New Canaan
· Greek Omelette, Egg Sandwiches, or Avocado Toast at SoNo Baking Company in Norwalk and Westport
· Huevos Rancheros at Valencia in Norwalk
· Donuts at Coffee An’ Donut Shop in Westport
· Pancakes at Chip’s in Fairfield and Trumbull
· Egg & Avocado Sandwich at Firehouse Deli in Fairfield
· Egg Sandwiches at Country Cow Deli in Fairfield
· Sausage Egg & Cheese at Harborview Market in Bridgeport
· Donuts or a Bacon Egg & Cheese at Donut Crazy in Bridgeport, Stratford, and Shelton
· Bagels or a Chocolate Chip Muffin at Bagel King in Bridgeport
· Orange Cranberry Muffin at UCBC in Trumbull
· Bagels at Uncle Louie G’s in Trumbull
· Bacon Egg & Cheese at Billy D’s Full Belly Deli in Shelton
· Pancakes at King’s in Newtown
· Donuts at Daily Fare in Bethel
What’s your favorite breakfast?