The birds are chirping, the sun is rising, I’m in the kitchen whipping up a batch of Zucchini and Apple Muffins while the kids cheerfully start getting dressed and ready for the day.
I’m sure this scenario is NOT how you start your day either. It’s more like the birds are chirping, the sun is rising and the kids are pawing at the side of the bed begging for breakfast that isn’t even a thought in my groggy mind.
The first situation is not going to happen. So I need a plan for breakfast if I’m going to keep the kids from going a little crazy before I get my coffee.
As the primary meal planner and maker, it’s easy to thing that every meal must be a feast with bells and whistles to boot. Thankfully that is not the case. Breakfast meal plans don’t need to be complicated.
Everybody sigh in relief!
Follow these two main ideas when it comes to breakfast plans:
- Keep it simple – Smoothies and toast, oatmeal with fruit, scrambled eggs and greens are all easy to make and inexpensive. You don’t have to go overboard with breakfast. You can list ideas instead of planning for specific days if that makes it easier.
- Make a double batch – When you have the time to make a bigger breakfast, bake a double batch. Save for later in the week or freeze for the next week. This saves you a ton of time, especially for mornings that are rushed.
Planning for breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated or detailed – it just has to be planned. Whether it’s seven days of oatmeal or one day of pancakes with six days of leftovers – just plan something!
These are our favorite breakfast recipes to double or prepare ahead of time:
- The Very Best Protein Pancakes
- Homemade Instant Oatmeal
- Zucchini and Apple Muffins
- Cranberry Orange Scones
- Molasses Breakfast Cookies
- Strawberry Lemonade Donuts
This month’s meal plan is still only dinners, but I highly encourage you to add breakfast ideas to your meal plan. It makes the mornings a whole lot smoother and parents less grumpy. Hand over the coffee please!
Cheap Dinner Recipes: March 2013
A note on cheap dinner recipes:
- This meal plan is designed to feed a family of four for approximately $350 a month. The prices in your area will vary and change with any adaptations.
- Many of the meals on this plan use portions from a prior meal. Keep in mind the cook-once-eat-twice mentality if you make any changes.
Cheap Dinner Recipes: Week 1
(S) Mexican Potato Chowder
(M) Oven “Fried” Baked Chicken
(T) Grilled Vegetable Paninis
(W) Hearty Spaghetti with Dinner Rolls
(T) Tortilla Soup with Dinner Rolls
(F) Homemade Pizza
(S) Lemon Caper Chicken
Cheap Dinner Recipes: Week 2
(S) Baked Potato Bar
(M) Italian Beef Sandwiches
(T) Greek Quesadillas with Couscous
(W) Chickpea & Rosemary Frittata
(T) Butternut Squash & Apple Bisque
(F) Chicken Taco Pizzas on Homemade Tortillas
(S) Chicken Alfredo
Cheap Dinner Recipes: Week 3
(S) Classic Shepherd’s Pie
(M) Oven Roasted Chicken
(T) Greek Chicken Couscous
(W) Stovetop Spaghetti
(T) Hearty Minestrone Soup with Man Bread
(F) Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
(S) Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches
Cheap Dinner Recipes: Week 4
(S) Italian Pasta Salad
(M) Buffalo Chicken Wraps
(T) Orange Chicken Stir-fry
(W) Strawberry Balsamic Spring Salad with Artisan Bread
(T) Baked Potato Soup with Artisan Bread
(F) One Pan Buffalo Chicken Potatoes
(S) Coconut Fried Shrimp and Coconut Rice