Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

I’m always looking for fast protein rich breakfast options.  When I start my day with a protein filled breakfast I feel full longer.  Plus, I don’t know about you, but my kids will eat carbs all day if I let them. It’s important for me to try to keep their meals balanced.  I came up with this quinoa breakfast bowl recipe because both my sons are currently on an oatmeal strike. No matter what I put in their oatmeal they reject it. I wanted to change it up their breakfast options.

This adds a different texture to the mix and since my kids love granola and nutty, this was worth a try!

Quinoa Bowls

This is also great for oatmeal lovers. It looks very similar to  oatmeal right? It does however have a slightly different texture.  If your child is extremely picky you can always mix in some cooked quinoa first into their oatmeal to ease them into it.

If you’ve been following me a while, you know I’m big on introduction and exposure of foods and textures. From the beginning, I tried to expose my kids to different textures. It creates a diverse palate and it’s great to introduce a variety before they form opinions. It’s great to introduce different textures to younger children early. We followed baby led weaning, and in my opinion it’s paid off.

Quinoa is also a great alternative to rice cereal. The super food has a ton of nutrients.  t has twice the protein content content of rice or barley. It’s also a great source of calcium, magnesium, manganese, and vitamins and fiber.

You can also make this the night before, warm it up when needed and add a little more almond milk if your kids it less thick.

Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Quinoa Breakfast bowl recipe

Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Quinoa
  • 2 c. Almond milk
  • 1 tbs. peanut butter (optional)
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium size sauce pan, add quinoa, almond milk, peanut butter, and maple syrup
  2. Simmer in medium heat for 15 minutes or until quinoa is cooked
  3. Add more almond milk if you'd like a thinner consistency
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Looking for more breakfast options? Try this  No cook Overnight Chia Oatmeal recipe

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Sunshine Egg Pies

Keeping an egg on a piece of toast is never easy with toddlers. One part falls to the ground, the other lands on their head.  You feel me? After months of getting my youngest to eat a breakfast sandwich, I threw in the towel. At least for now anyway.

No toddlers? Not to worry – both my husband and I devoured these! These sunshine egg pies are perfect for breakfast. If you cook it long enough it would work for on the go car rides too! You can even scramble the egg if you choose prior to filling the rectangle.

Trying to get your family to eat more veggies? Rest assured, there’s a one in these. I  get comments all the time about how their kids would pick out vegetables off anything and everything.  This one is nearly invisible and is also hidden under an egg. I mean peel a  zucchini and it’s pretty much white.  Just saying.   The entire dish  takes less than 10 minutes to make so it’s definitely doable on weekday mornings! You can even cook the night before and throw it in a convection oven for fast heating.

Sunshine Egg Pies

These egg pies are customizable too! Add any seasoning you like. You can go bland, salt and pepper, or our favorite is  Everything but the Bagel Seasoning . If you’re adventurous you can try other seasonings as well. If you’re looking for a no-salt seasoning we often use 21 Seasoning Salute as well!

I’m huge on offering foods in its natural state and colors. You can leave a little peel on the zucchini and then grate it.  It will look like something below. Showing the green vegetable helps kids’ become more adventurous when it comes to eating.  Have them take a bite of the hidden kind and a bite of the other. They’ll soon realize it tastes no different.  I know, i know It’s hard to convince a toddler sometimes, but it’s always good to try.  It takes some effort, but in the long run it’s paid off for us.

P.S. I  completely understand it may be impossible for some of your eaters, but  it’s just a suggestion! I personally, do lots of hidden veggie recipes for my readers, but I always try to always serve the hidden foods in its natural state.

Sunshine Egg Pies

recipe

Sunshine Egg Pies

Ingredients

  • Crescent rolls, store bought in the tube - we love the organic ones, but any will do
  • Zucchini, peeled and grated
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Eggs
  • Seasoning of choice - we used Everything but the Bagel Sesame Blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat at 400F
  2. Roll out the dough on parchment paper. Depending on what brand you use you may or may not need paper
  3. Pinch perforations together in each square to seal the dough
  4. Form rectangles and fold up edges about 1/2 inch around each rectangle
  5. Sprinkle grated zucchini
  6. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese
  7. Crack an egg in each rectangle
  8. Top with seasoning of choice (we used Everything but the Bagel Sesame Bland)
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on how cooked you'd like your egg yolk
  10. Note: Depending on the size of the egg and rectangle, you may have to reduce the egg white to prevent spillage
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Note: To be safe, cook the eggs well done for kids. The shot below was my portion, lol.

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Looking for more breakfast ideas? Try these Mummy Egg Boats 

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5 Minute Apple Crisp

Breakfast is the most challenging meal to fix because I’m always running out the door.  This 5 minute apple crisp recipe definitely saves the day. It’s so delicious and is our family’s favorite. The tasty delight is fiber rich with fruit and tasty butter. If you didn’t know, butter is  great for brain development!

Often times I’m so slammed in the mornings trying to get my oldest off to school on time. Sound familiar?  Even though I’m busy, I always strive to provide a healthy breakfast to start out our day. I tried this on a whim on one busy morning. It’s super easy to make, just pop it in the microwave and voilà. It was a hit!

If you don’t want to use a microwave I’m sure you can cook it over stove top as well. You can check out my buttered bananas recipe for something similar.

Apple Crisp

Also, if you’re an apple pie lover, this is really a yummy alternative. I use maple syrup instead of traditional brown sugar. Syrup gives it a wonderful aroma and is also much healthier than its cousin sugar. It’s an unrefined sweetener, which contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants than white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. There are so many sweet options these days that I really try to start our day with a healthy punch.Best of all my kids think they’re having dessert for breakfast. because it’s just that good.

If you’d like to make it a dessert, you can always add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or for a healthier treat, freeze banana and blend it in a blender. It makes for a great ice cream alternative.

recipe

5 Minute Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 5 tbs. quick oats
  • 3 tbs. pecans, chopped
  • 3 tbs. Horizon salted butter, melted
  • 1-2 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Dash of cinammon
  • 2 tbs. Horizon Organic Whole Milk

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix oats, pecan, butter, cinnamon and butter, set aside
  2. Chop apples in small pieces, sprinkle cinnamon on top and mix
  3. In a microwavable mug, add apples, then oats mixture
  4. Add milk
  5. Place in microwave and heat for 2:30 minutes
  6. Eat immediately or top with banana ice cream or regular ice cream
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Spinach Egg Sandwich

We add spinach to everything. From smoothies, dinner dishes, and sandwiches it’s one of my favorite veggies to sneak in. My son recently participated in some fun activities involving leprechauns for St. Patrick’s Day at school. My old spinach egg sandwich trick came to mind. This is a super easy way to include vegetables in their meals.

This time of year is a perfect excuse to try green things because kids are a little more open to eating it. Most kids anyway. It’s worth a try because spinach is relatively tasteless.  You can make regular sandwiches or  use some fun cookie cutters to make it even more festive.

Most of know how healthy spinach is already, but if you’re wondering. It is an excellent source of Vitamin K, A, B2, B6, C, and E. It also has fiber, folate, and protein.

You literally just have to add some spinach to some eggs, blend and season if desired. It’s incredibly versatile. You can make egg “rolls”, an omelet, or eat it over rice with some sausage or bacon.

Spinach Egg Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • Handful of spinach
  • Seasoning if desired, we use a dash of onion powder
  • Shredded cheese (optional if making omelet instead of sandwich)
  • Slices of cheese
  • Cookie Cutter

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add eggs, spinach, seasoning
  2. In a pan, add spray olive oil.
  3. Add egg mixture and cook eggs
  4. Use cookie cutters to make shape eggs and cheese
  5. Assemble sandwiches
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Looking for more green foods? Try my super popular Green Monster Muffins recipe!

 

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

Grain free and refined sugar free. This paleo banana nut muffins recipe  is sure to become a favorite in your household.  While I’m not one to put my kids on any specific diet,  I always try to find healthier choices especially in muffins! That’s because my boys can eat two or three muffins in one sitting. No joke, my four year old eats like a teenager. Add chocolate to the mix and I have to stop him from eating them all.

It’s not your typical muffin texture because of the almond flour, but it’s a healthier alternative!

Banana Nut Muffins

It definitely satiates the sweet tooth. The recipe calls for agave nectar which is much lower in glycemic index than it’s cousin sugar.  You can also use honey.

This paleo banana nut muffins recipe is from Tamera Mowry.   I met her at an event a while back and we collaborated to bring her recipe to you in video form. She’s the sweetest person!

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. agave or honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. almond flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. vegan chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c. walnuts, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper cups and set aside
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients (banana, oil, eggs, agave, and vanilla)
  4. In another mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda and salt)
  5. Slowly blend wet ingredients by hand
  6. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts
  7. Pour batter into your muffin tin
  8. Bake for 25-30 minjutes, oruntil a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean
  9. Recipe Credit: Tamera Mowry
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2018/02/paleo-banana-nut-muffins/

Savory Veggie Waffles

Coming up with breakfast ideas is one of the most difficult in my house.  It takes me some time to wake up from my 6:30 am wake up call, aka my toddler smiling at my face and saying mommy mommy mommy? Most days I’m dragging my feet to the kitchen trying to scramble and fix something to eat. I actually came up with this at night! I’ve been trying to think ahead or make things the night before in preparation for the back to school rush.   These savory veggie waffles are so tasty.  It brings a different dynamic to the traditional waffle.

I was pleasantly surprised how wonderful these turned out.  My plan was to make our go to patties, but  I didn’t want to wake up the kiddos one late evening with noise in the kitchen. I made these in my office with a waffle maker instead of a pan and it turned out wonderful, the night before. The things we do right? I heated them the next day and breakfast was served.

This savory veggie waffle recipe is packed with fiber from cauliflower , protein from the milk, eggs, and cheese and more vitamins from the sweet potato. You can easily find riced veggies in your frozen aisle at most grocery stores. I’ve also made these with just riced cauliflower and it tastes great too! The sweet potato however, adds a bit of sweetness to it that makes it so delicious.

Tip of the year for this recipe: BE PATIENT and make sure you grease both sides of the waffle maker, each time you put batter in.

You can also make this dairy free by using almond milk and dairy free cheese.

Savory vEggie waffle Recipe

Savory Veggie Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen riced sweet potato/cauliflower
  • 1 c. shredded cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine frozen riced sweet potato/cauliflower, cheese, eggs, salt and pepper, and milk
  2. Heat a waffle maker
  3. Grease waffle maker and add mixture
  4. Cook until browned, depends on waffle maker but between 5-8 minutes. Don't open too early, it won't stick together
  5. Serve with ketchup or sour cream
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/08/savory-veggie-waffles/

P.S. I have a few in the freezer, I’ll update this if they keep well in the freezer!

Build Your Own Muffin

Ever since we got back from vacation my son has been a little more picky than usual.  It’s probably because I gave him a lot of snacks and treats on our 15 hour plane ride.

Every morning when I ask him what he wants for breakfast he’s asked for a muffin. One morning, I made his wish come true. When he asks for something I can make at home in a healthier way, I do it!

This build your own muffin recipe is so simple to make and it only takes 15 minutes to bake! Best of all your kids can help in the kitchen  by adding in  their favorite toppings. It’s summer time for most folks and this makes for a fun activity. This is also flourless,  refined sugar free  (depending on toppings used), and is protein rich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re wondering if it has an egg like consistency, it does not! You may have a hard time believing it has no flour. This easy healthy muffin is now my go to recipe for sure. Here’s how to make it:

Easy Healthy Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 C. rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. yogurt
  • 3-4 tbs. agave syrup or honey
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • Toppings: chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins , or even nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a blender, blend all ingredients except toppings until smooth
  3. Grease muffin tin and pour mix
  4. Mix in desired toppings in each individual circle (this is a perfect kids activity)
  5. Top with more toppings
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out smooth
  7. Enjoy!
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/06/buildyourownmuffin/

Recipe adapted from Well Plated.

Easy Mini Bird Nests

Just 15 minutes is all you need to make these super cute easy mini bird nests.  I came up with this recipe because my kids are a little bored of eggs. I always try to offer protein rich foods in the borning.  Since most breakfast choices have so much carbohydrates, I had to think outside of the box.  We all know most kids including my sons love toast and anything with bread. Who am I kidding, adults love bread too. This is perfect for the upcoming Easter holiday.

You can also just make these without the coconut and just add just fruit on top for an everyday meal or snack.

 

Easy Mini Bird Nests

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. coconut, shredded
  • 10-15 drops green food coloring (optional for grass)
  • yogurt covered raisins
  • Coconut oil spray, or any other spray for greasing tin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. In a blender, add eggs, butter, milk, salt, and flour
  3. Blend
  4. Grease mini muffin tin with coconut oil spray
  5. Pour egg mixture into tin halfway full
  6. Bake for 10 minutes
  7. Remove, from tin and let cool, the nests will sink down
  8. In a bowl, add shredded coconut
  9. Add drops of food coloring into coconut until desired color is reached
  10. Assemble nests with grass, and yogurt covered raisins
  11. Enjoy!
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Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Waking up in the morning and thinking about what to fix for breakfast can often be difficult. Some nights I think ahead and make this. It’s nutritious, delicious and easy! You’ll need just a few ingredients and all you’ll have to do i s grab it from your fridge in the am and enjoy.

There are so many benefits of chia seeds. It’s definitely a super food.  It has fiber, protein, fat, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, Vitamin B3, potassium, Vitamin B1, and vitamin B2. I won’t get into why all those are good, but I’m sure you can do a google search if you’re interested!

We served it in our Num Num bowl and also spoon. It’s a great starter spoon because it’s flat and there’s really no way to use it. the open ridged hole makes it easier for food to stay on and promotes self feeding. Check out the video of my baby using it!

Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. milk of choice
  • 1 tsp. agave or honey (more if you like it sweet)
  • 1 tbs. chia seed
  • Fruit (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a jar or bowl, add all ingredients together
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight
  3. Enjoy!
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Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

I love chocolate. I’m not going to lie, to me it’s the best thing since sliced bread. While we do have the occasional real ice cream treat, it’s always nice to eat something guilt free. It’s also nice to be able to share something with both my kids without thinking about the sugar content and what’s in it. That said, I’m all about balance! So do what you do.

This has a lot of healthy fat including avocado and coconut oil. The hardest part about this recipe is remembering to put some ripe bananas in the freezer the night before. That’s it super easy and clean.

Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 frozen bananas (sliced)
  • 1 tbs. Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbs. agave
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Slice bananas and freeze in a ziplock bag
  2. In a food processor combine all ingredients, and blend until desired consistency
  3. You can either freeze it for later or enjoy immediately
  4. If you freeze it for later, let it sit in room temperature for a a few minutes before serving for easy scooping, and a little bit creamier texture
https://easytoddlermeals.com/2017/03/healthy-chocolate-ice-cream/

Also, if you are ready for self feeding, or do Baby Led Weaning like us, you have to try out these Num Num spoons! There’s no wrong way to use because it’s flat. The innovative design requires no scooping or balancing.  My baby gets so excited to use it because it gives him independence. Better yet, you my friend, can eat YOUR food and not tend to your baby for at least 5 minutes. Now you know that’s priceless.  The non slip bowl is also top notch. The No-Slip,  No-Tip Design, facilitates learning to self=feed.

*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.**If you decide to make a purchase through the  affiliate link, Amazon will pay me a very small commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional. These commissions help to keep the rest of my content free. Thank you!