Meal Planning: Getting My Breakfast On

Used to be that I had a regular plan for breakfast all 7 days. And then FishBoy12 requested that I not feed them oatmeal on Monday mornings. And then FishBoy5 started requesting instant oatmeal every morning. And then I tried to do many things at once in the mornings, and it turned into a fend-for-yourself breakfast.

But I’m seeing the error of my ways. My kids and my kitchen will do better with a breakfast meal plan. But, obviously, it wasn’t working with the plan or without. So, time for a new plan! I’m giving it a twist by allowing a few more choices. I’ll let you know how it goes. With homemade convenience items, I think it will work well.

Sundaycinnamon rolls, fresh fruit, sausage, hot cocoa
Monday – french toast or bagels, fresh fruit, milk
Tuesday – eggs and toast, fresh fruit, orange juice
Wednesdaymuffins, smoothies
Thursday – cereal or oatmeal, nuts, dried fruit, milk
Fridaypancakes, sausage or bacon, fresh fruit, milk
Saturday – chef’s choice

As for our dinnertime, this is the outlook for the week:


 

16. Baked Chicken, Roast Potatoes, and Green Salad – The chicken is prebaked and frozen. Potatoes and Green Salad are easy side dishes.

17. Grilled Fish, Seasoned Rice, and Steamed Veggies – An easy dinner to throw together. I’m thinking I might be able to cook the rice and steam the veggies at the same time in the rice cooker.

18. Grilled Dijon Chicken, Couscous Salad, Green Salad, and Pita Bread – The chicken and marinade are frozen.

19. Family Field Trip

20. Family Field Trip

21. Birthday Dinner

22. Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Steamed Veggies – The meatballs and mashed potatoes are made and frozen. The rest is easy to pull together.

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  1. I just started planning our breakfasts as well…mostly to get away from eating cereal every day! That’s a good idea to allow for your kids to have a couple of options…my son is only 18 months, but I do try to give him choices whenever possible.

  2. I never plan breakfast but we often have breakfast for dinner!

    • @Debbi Does Dinner Healthy, We do the same thing at our house. Breakfast is usually fend-for-yourself, except when I make smoothies or french toast. But the eggs, bacon, grits, and waffle thing is “dinner” at our house! I can’t think well enough in the morning to cook too much at that time of day. :)

  3. I’ve planned dinner every night for the last decade; I’d never do without The Plan. So stress-free.

    Recently I have planned our lunches and it also has taken the guesswork out of the noon hour.

    Breakfast? I have a large freezer-stash of mini whole-wheat pancakes for the kids and muffins for me. If it takes more than 60sec to put together, it’s too much for me at that time of day.

    I love how you re-evaluate when things aren’t working….great quality!

  4. is that chicken in the picture or fish?? It looks so yummy! Recipe???

  5. Ok I am with fishboy12 I have that every morning 2 minutes in micro easy peasy but so boring. Olease adopt me so I can come and live with you and be fed wholesom nutrious breakfasts and fabiously interesting dinners.
    I need a food makeover since my husband left for number 7 affair I cant be bothered to cook my 19 year old and I are not starving but bored.
    Thanks for blog

  6. I am loving your meals plans for breakfast and dinner. I am doing a meal plan for this week, this morning. I am seeing that a meal plan is a great way to be prepared, & I’m tired of wondering what will I make for dinner every night. Thanks

  7. I am totally with FishBoy5. I eat oatmeal every day for breakfast, and I’m kinda cranky if I eat something else. (I do dress it up everyday, like this morning it was fresh blackberries on top – YUM!) At age 5, I wonder if he’s old enough to make his own instant oatmeal – especially if you make homemade instant packets (see The Simple Dollar post for an easy recipe to follow). I guess I’m just biased because I love it so much and would want to encourage this one!

  8. Looks like a yummy week:-)

  9. Fishmama, I love all your pictures…do you take them yourself?

  10. That couscous salad is a winner!

  11. I like having meals and snacks planned out. I usually can give them some good thought after the kids are in the bed. That way in the mornings, I can check my list and dole out the food. It keeps the food rotating in our fridge and pantry and we don’t have to worry about waste from expiring food.

  12. You are such a cool mommy to give your kids cocoa in the morning :) Love it!

  13. For breakfast, I have buttermilk pancakes frozen and fresh fruit around. I make eggs and bacon almost everyday, and on rare occasions, fried potatoes. People can eat whatever they want out of this spread and can choose to add cheese, juice, etc. if they want. My 10-month-old typically eats just the eggs; my 2-year-old will eat almost all of it, and I usually have eggs, bacon, and pancakes. It works because there’s hot breakfast, but there’s easy breakfast, and if I don’t feel like cooking there are still pancakes and fruit. lol.

  14. We are also planning breakfasts these days! It started when my husband and I were discussing how we don’t like breakfast because it seems so “blah”. Right now we’re working on a rotation of oatmeal, toast with peanut butter or jam, homemade waffles, muffins, and I just added in a breakfast soup with an Asian flare! I thought it was strange at first, but on a visit to Hong Kong we realized how commonplace it was to have a slightly savoury soup for breakfast and my husband is really enjoying it! We’ll see how our breakfasts come along as time goes on!

  15. AllieZirkle says:

    That salmon looks tasty! What a reminder that I need to get dinner going :)

  16. shirley says:

    Thank you for breakfast ideas! With school being out and my stepson on the way for the summer, I know I need some kind of plan or I am going to have 3 boys wanting 3 different things. Organization to start the day = Peace at my house! :)

  17. FYI- When you’re out of buttermilk you can make your own! Just add 1 tsp of white vinegar to 2 cups milk (I use 2%) and stir and let sit 5 minutes.

    Works just as good if not better than the real thing!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I don’t know if it works “just as good.” In my experience, things don’t get as light and fluffy. But, they do for you?

  18. I was just wondering what size and kind of bread machine you have. I am making these in my used Oster machine and am hoping it can handle such a large amount ;) The 4 cups of flour made me kind of nervous. I am hoping they turn out okay…

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