Large Family Breakfast Recipes and Tips

http://www.smockityfrocks.com/category/4-momsI’m happy to be linking up to the 4 Moms, 35 Kids again. This time we are sharing our breakfast recipes, ideas, and tips.

In our house, a good day starts with a hearty breakfast.  We usually try to have a high-protein breakfast which usually includes eggs, sausage, or cheese – or all of the above!  Some mornings we have a steak and potatoes breakfast – usually on Saturday when we have a little more time and need energy for a lot of outside projects.  Other days you might find us frantically melting a little cheese on tortillas and heading out the door to go grocery shopping.  Occasionally we have this scenario – last night my husband bought some breakfast items to make at work for his crew (he has access to a full kitchen there!) and bought extra for us. So today we are having bacon, egg, and cheese biscuits made with canned biscuits. :-)

Here are some of our favorite breakfast foods and tips, with a lot of links – some of my own recipes, and recipes from others that we really like.

A staple of nearly every breakfast for us is our homemade kefir.  Our favorite way to consume this wonderful probiotic beverage is in a smoothie.

Cardamom’s Kefir Smoothie

  • 2 quarts kefir
  • 2 cups frozen fruit
  • 1/2 cup honey or sucanat

Blend.  Makes 10 servings. For blending, we put in the fruit and sweetener, then add kefir to the 8-cup max line on our VitaMix.  After mixing, we pour into a bigger pitcher with the remaining kefir and stir.  Occasionally we will add 8 egg yolks (from our own hens) and/or 1/4 cup organic coconut oil.  To prevent big lumps of oil, we add it in a thin stream through the blender lid hole while the blender is still running.

Kefir smoothie - good to the last drop!

A variation of this smoothie is what we call Honey Kefir – I just use the kefir, the honey, and add 1 Tbsp. vanilla.  This is best with chilled kefir – if we have just strained our kefir (which means it’s room temperature) we add some ice.

This smoothie alone is very filling (especially with the eggs and coconut oil), and can stand in for breakfast on those mornings where we have a chicken or goat emergency in the barn or we have a lot of sick children.  The kefir will tide everyone over until there’s time to make the rest of breakfast.

Cultures for Health

Our Own Favorites:

Oven Pancake – this is a simple and protein-rich breakfast that keeps us energized all morning. The little kids love to watch it puff up in the oven.

We love Bulgur Cereal.  I make this from our homemade sprouted, cracked grain – I wrote a sprouted grain/flour tutorial for a guest post at Kitchen Stewardship. Until I post the cereal recipe on my blog – you can find it in the 3rd comment on that post.

Old Yeller Breakfast – a desperate last-minute breakfast has become a favorite that reminds us of the movie.  It’s a great way to use up homemade whole wheat bread that is juuust beginning to dry out.

Homemade Granola – Original Recipe and Soaked Oats Version.  I developed this recipe because we like granola with lots of crunchy clumps.

Oh-So-Easy Biscuits – really great with Homemade Prune Butter. We make these multiple times a week, and not just for breakfast.

Favorites from Others:

Homemade Bagels – oooh, these are just the BEST – deliciously chewy!  It is such an easy recipe I actually made it twice in one week, and doubled it the second time.  I’m working on all our favorite variations – blueberry, cinnamon raisin, onion…

Oven Scrambled Eggs – found this because we do not have any non-stick pans, and scrambled eggs are no fun to clean off a 15-inch cast iron skillet.  Most of my children loved this – it was too “fluffy” for some of them – I will try reducing the milk a little.

Baked Egg Cups – if you have eggs and some sliced ham, these will seriously be ready in 15 minutes.  Delicious!  They remind me of a similar “meal in a muffin” my mom made – she pressed corned beef hash into muffin tins, filled with an egg, and baked it.  She always made corn muffins to accompany this.

Beyond Cold Cereal – a collection of large family breakfast recipes.  Many of these are staples that we make with little to no variation.

Tips:

If you have a lot of little kids, and are having French toast or pancakes – you know how much pre-cutting you have to do for little mouths.  For years, we’ve used a pizza cutter wheel to slice pancakes or French toast in record time.

No matter what syrup you’re using – save on butter by melting one stick and stirring it into the warm syrup. If I let all 9 kids put their own butter on pancakes, we can easily go through a pound of butter at one meal! ;-) It also saves time and frustration at the table.

Saving Money on Honey and Syrup – one of my crazy ideas that actually worked!  We don’t do this all the time, but it really does help save a little on these expensive items.

Homemade bagels

Bulgur Cereal

Granola

Oh-So-Easy Biscuits

Oven Pancake

Pancake breakfast

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