Easy Breakfast for a Family of Five

Breakfast is a killer for a family that eats real food. No pop tarts, no cereal, and no toast [unless I’m sick and L. tries to help by making breakfast for her sisters]. That being said, I also have picky eaters: none of the girls will eat steel cut oats, nor will they eat regular oatmeal that has been cooked the day prior and reheated. S. won’t eat oatmeal at all – only eggs, and A. wants to eat both eggs AND oatmeal. And feed herself, of course. And don’t forget the fact that we try to stay carni-vegan most of the time.

In my quest to make a healthy start to our family’s day a little bit less harrowing [for  me] I’ve come up with the following truths:

1. Making individual bowls of oatmeal that I microwave is much quicker and much less messy than cooking on the stovetop [even though I know stove cooking is better, I just can’t take the extra pan mess in the morning right now]. I can also quickly and easily customize their breakfast based on their requests, which vary from day to day.

2. Getting fresh or frozen fruit in them at breakfast = happy momma.

3. Regular rolled oats provide more nutrition than instant oatmeal, and literally only take 2 1/2 minutes to cook!

4. If all else fails the girls will always go bananas for a bowl of frozen blueberries. [But remember to keep lots of towels handy and make sure they are NOT wearing a favorite outfit!]

5. Scrambled eggs cooked up a pan with a bit of bacon fat is quick and easy to clean up.

6. I can buy organic frozen fruit and oatmeal at Costco – making less shopping trips for me and giving us a constant supply of healthy, quick, food.

Kelly's Blueberry Oatmeal

Recipe: Quick ‘n Healthy Oatmeal


  • 1/2 c. rolled oats (such as Quaker)
  • 1 c. water
  • small amount brown sugar or honey (may not be necessary depending on fruit added!)
  • fruit (frozen peaches, diced apples, dried cherries, bananas, or frozen blueberries)


  1. Add oats and water to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
  2. For fruit additions: Frozen Blueberries: add immediately after cooking oatmeal and stir to combine and thaw blueberries. Let sit for a few moments then add brown sugar or honey. Frozen Peaches: Add diced frozen peaches to bowl before microwaving (do NOT use canned as these are all sugar!) Apples: dice 1/2 of an apple and peel if necessary and add to bowl before cooking. Add small amount of cinnamon after cooking. Dried Cherries: Add immediately after cooking and let sit for 5 minutes to plump and rehydrate. Bananas taste delicious added to this! Preparation time: 1 minute(s)

Cooking time: 3 minute(s)

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