Cheap Breakfast Ideas

Cheap breakfasts always throw me for a loop. I never know what to fix that my kids will eat. I don't have a lot of time. I need some ideas for foods that are quick and easy to fix, kid friendly, and frugal. Is that even possible?

Coleen, the Frugal Foods editor replies:

Classic Frugal Breakfasts

Yes, there really are such things as kid friendly, quick and easy, frugal breakfasts. Here are some ideas?.

Pancakes. (Also known as flapjacks or griddlecakes.) Make them from a mix that you just add water to. If that still takes too much time, make them ahead of time and freeze them. Better, yet, have breakfast for supper (eggs, bacon, and pancakes) and make extra pancakes for the next morning. Lightly toast the frozen and leftover ones. Serve them with applesauce and cinnamon, and glasses of cold milk. For on the go eaters, make pancake and peanut butter sandwiches.

Breakfast burritos. Fill soft tortillas with scrambled eggs and some leftovers. Beans, rice, and chopped up potatoes are the classic things to add. For variety, try cottage cheese, whole kernel corn, diced ham, or a few slices of sausage. Other good fillers are fresh spinach leaves, bell pepper strips, and diced tomatoes. These, too, can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Oatmeal. Get the regular or quick cooking kind in the tall cylinder shaped container. A generic or store brand is fine. If you need a large batch, put water onto boil, add the oats, stir, turn off the heat and let it finish cooking while you are getting ready. If you just need a bowl or two, put a single serving amount of oatmeal and water in a dish and microwave. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave. If your kids are used to eating sweet cereals, add a dollop of jam or fruit preserves. Serve with fruit, nuts, and glasses of cold milk.

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