Do you make more of an effort with breakfast on the weekend? We certainly try to and I’ve partnered with Prestige Cookware* to tell you about how we enjoy family breakfasts together on the weekend. I’m also sharing some healthy breakfast ideas for kids here if you’re in need of inspiration.
During the week breakfast time is hectic to say the least. With three kids to get fed and dressed, packed lunches to make, missing school books to find and last minute recorder practice to be done (why does she always leave it until 8.25am?) there’s precious little time for making breakfast count.
All too often the kids end up with toast or cereal. It could be worse – I’ve seen kids eating crisps on the way to school before – but it’s not perfect.
While the days of lazing around all morning with coffee and newspapers are long gone I still try to make the most of weekend breakfasts. It’s the one time when we can all sit down together as a family to enjoy breakfast together and as a hidden bonus I’ve also found that breakfast is a great time to try new foods. The kids are often more receptive to trying something new first thing in the morning and if we’re all sitting down together sharing a meal. My picky eater does prefer to have cereal for breakfast most days but even he’s been known to try sweet potato pancakes and apple and cinnamon waffles on a weekend morning.
Pancakes and waffles are a favourite weekend breakfast with my kids but we also love to try different breakfasts from around the world. It wasn’t until I travelled to India in my early twenties that I even realised that people in different countries don’t eat toast and cereal for breakfast! It took a while but I learnt to embrace eating curries, dosas and yummy banana buns for breakfast in India.
I also love a middle eastern style breakfast. Shakshuka, a dish of peppers, tomatoes and eggs, is a brilliant weekend breakfast or brunch recipe. My kids like it with pitta breads or toast to dip into the sauce and eggs. I usually serve it family style with a few other dishes, such as Israeli salad (cucumber, tomato and herbs) and some roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes on the side. This way everyone can have a little one what they fancy.
We all enjoy eating shakshuka for breakfast as it reminds us of having it on holiday last year in Menorca. We were staying in a beautiful self-catering villa on a hill that overlooked the Mediterranean. The table was outside on the terrace and had the most beautiful view. Shakshuka, freshly made with gorgeous Spanish peppers and tomatoes, was the perfect meal to enjoy late morning when some people were just getting up and others (ie the kids and me) having already spent several hours in the pool were hungry and ready for lunch!
I made the breakfast in the picture at the top using my Prestige cookware. They sell a great range of frying pans including several that can go in the oven, which I find useful for cooking the eggs. They also sell bakeware for you to roast potatoes or vegetables in and the dish in the picture above which is split into two sections – perfect for roasting veggies in one half and heating bread in the other.
What’s your favourite family weekend breakfast? If you’re in need of inspiration here are 10 of my favourite healthy breakfast ideas for kids.
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*Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post with Prestige Cookware.
I’ve linked this post up with Cook Blog Share, hosted this week by Kirsty at Hijacked By Twins.