Sunday, January 6, 2013

Quick and easy breakfast ideas for kids

Aside from Saturday and Sunday, mornings are pretty hectic at our house: running around getting dressed, brushed, ironed... you know, the usual. Feeding Allie breakfast has to fit into the morning rush, and the food has to be something that's easy to prepare, quick to eat and something that I can have on hand most of the days. Here is a few items that Allie usually has for breakfast and perhaps you can get some ideas for your kids.

10 ideas for a toddler's breakfast

  • Whole grain kix cereal and cut up melon or other fruit
  • Whole grain cheerios and strawberries or other fruit
  • Peanut butter honey sandwich on a whole wheat bread, usually cut into a mickey mouse shape with a cookie cutter
  • On a day when we wake up earlier than normally, a quick french toast with some honey for dipping
  • Whole wheat toast with some butter and cut up apples or pears
  • This one is going to sound weird, unless you are Russian, but that's what I was eating growing up and still love it for breakfast (more importanly, so does Allie): buckwheat (or most people in the US call it Kasha) with some milk and a sprinkle of sugar
  • Oatmeal with some honey or some shredded apple
  • Greek yogurt with some strawberries or blueberries
  • Scrambled eggs (always with ketchup in out case, but use the homemade ketchup, if you want, or hopefully your child doesn't even want ketchup, in which case I am jelous)
  • Zapekanka (are you going "ummm... huh??" :) I know... Let me explain...

Zapekanka is a Russian word and I don't think it has an English translation. It's a baked dish that can be both sweet or savory and usually has eggs and milk or some kind of cheese in it. The 2 kinds that I usually make are either sweet rice zapekanka or a Farmer's cheese zapekanka, which is also sweet. It's a great idea for a quick breakfast or snack, because you can bake it on Sunday and it keeps in the refrigerator for a few days, so you can just get a slice, heat it in a microwave, if you want, feed your child with it and enjoy it yourself. Allie loves it, but it's a treat kind of breakfast, since it's pretty sweet and perhaps not the healthiest thing in the world to eat, but I prefer to think of farmer's cheese health benefits when I make it.

In case you want a recipe, here it is:

Farmer's cheese zapekanka.

Here it what you'll need:

2 packages of Farmer's cheese (7.5 oz each) or about 450 gr in total
4 eggs
1/2 C cream of wheat 
1/3 C sugar
1 stick of butter (about 100 gr) + a bit more for buttering the baking dish
1 tsp salt

Start preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
In the meantime melt the butter and cream it with the sugar

Add the eggs

Whisk everything together

Add all of the farmer's cheese and break it into smaller pieces with a spatula

Stir in cream of wheat

And finally the salt

Now mix everything together. You'll see little marbles of the cheese, that's good, it doesn't need to blend in smoothly. It should look almost like cottage cheese, but yellow.

Now transfer it into a buttered form (I usually use 8 x 8 form, but this time I used a new one which I don't really know the size of, but it ended up baking for the same amount of time).The standard pie baking dish is fine too.

Bake for 50 minutes. Remove and let cool a bit before serving.

Serve warm alongside some fruit.

Enjoy your breakfast!


  1. I'd love to try this--but what is Farmer's Cheese?

    1. Hi Lindsay, Farmer's Cheese is a kind of soft cheese. It would say "Farmer's cheese" right on the package. To describe it: it's kind of a cross between cottage cheese and cream cheese.Also very similar to ricotta. In my supermarket they sell it in the "fancy cheeses" section (with parmesan, brie, etc...)If you look for it at a store, just ask for Farmer's cheese. I hope this is helpful.

  2. I'm going to look for it today. Thanks! I'm always looking for fun new recipes.

    1. Oh cool! Let me know how it turns out and if you like it! (I just had some breakfast :))

  3. Russian cheesecake ))) love it! TC

  4. Russian cheesecake, wow! That is pretty genius! :)That's how I am going to describe it from now on! Thank you :)