Easy Make-Ahead Breakfasts Kids Can Help Prepare

Kids will surely eat breakfast if they helped make it, right?

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Food Network Kitchen’s Healthy snacks secret strawberry chocolate chip muffins as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Growing up, I was always in charge of my breakfast before school. My parents had to get themselves, plus three kids out the door, all while making sure our German Shepherd couldn’t get into any trouble while we were gone. Needless to say, mornings were a bit chaotic.

Being in charge of my own breakfast gave me a sense of responsibility and forced me to sharpen my skills in the kitchen. As a kid, this equated to cheffing it up with extra crunchy peanut butter and a slightly overripe, perfectly sweet bananas.

If your kid is also mastering their breakfast game every morning, might I suggest something a bit more creative? Back then I would’ve said buh-bye to peanut butter toast and hello to homemade quiches, muffins or peanut butter balls! These breakfasts are healthy, easy to make and more well-rounded than some basic PB and banana. Plus, they're simple enough that your kids can help.

These make ahead muffins are perfect for a busy, running-late kind of morning. With a fun strawberry surprise in the center, they’ll be the breakfast your kiddos need to prepare themselves for the rest of the day, too! Both big and little hands can line the cupcake tins with muffin liners. They can also help scoop the batter into the cups. Bigger kids can place the strawberry surprise in the center of the muffins and the little ones can sprinkle chocolate chips atop the batter before they go in the oven.

FNK KIDS CAN MAKE: HASH BROWN TOMATO AND MOZZARELLA QUICHE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Olive Oil, Hash Browns, Eggs, HalfandHalf, Red and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Chives, Mozzarella

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Matt Armendariz, Copyright 2015

The great thing about a quiche is that it can be made ahead of time, stored in the fridge and reheated whenever it’s time to enjoy it. The other great thing about this Hash Brown, Tomato and Mozzarella Quiche is how hands-on kids can be while making it. Let little kids squeeze all of the moisture out of the potatoes. They can also help measure different ingredients and mix everything together. Bigger kids can take on the more difficult jobs, like shredding the cheese and cutting the chives. Bake this quiche on a Sunday and store it in the fridge for during the week. Your kiddos can go into the fridge in the morning, grab a slice and pop it in the microwave for a quick and easy breakfast before school.

Food Network Kitchen’s healthy snacks crunchy peanut butter truffles as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

These Healthy Peanut Butter Balls are the protein and fiber packed breakfast snack that is going to save your mornings. A balanced mix of peanut butter, crispy brown rice cereal and dried cherries, these bites are a new take on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that is portable, easy for kids to make and perfect for breakfast. Have both your little and big kids help measure the ingredients and roll the balls. Bonus points if you can get them to work together, so all you have to do is supervise! Store them at room temperature for up to two days for maximum Peanut Butter Ball breakfast action.

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