Weekday Breakfast Ideas for Rushed Families


weekday breakfast

Planning and preparing weekday breakfast for our family is brutal, and one meal I wish that my kids could tackle themselves. Given that I still feel like my two small children lack the knowledge of how to master a pan over an open flame, I concede and wake up early to make sure my kids are well-fed and out the door on time. 

My biggest challenge for weekday breakfast is to get them some nutritional value, including protein, while not spending a ton of prep time in the kitchen.

Can anyone out there agree that cereal can be so much easier than eggs?!

However I have found that if I take just a few extra minutes to really wrap my mind around breakfast during the week, it really isn’t that hard to get them to eat decent food. 

Not all mornings are created equal, and there are some that just don’t make it past the cereal box, but when they do, here are some of my favorite go-to meals for those jam-packed weekday mornings.

Weekday Breakfast Ideas:

Egg in a Basket – my son’s very favorite breakfast. It’s become the meal of choice every single day. This recipe boasts it takes four minutes. I’ve never timed it, but I’d say that’s about as much time as I want to spend on breakfast during the week!

Egg muffins – These take a bit more prep, but have the kids help! Add any items they might like into these little golden nuggets of goodness. Mine like bacon and cheese. 

Hash browns, eggs, fruit – Trader Joe’s has some frozen hash brown cakes that are easy to heat. Scrambled eggs. Banana. Done.

Egg sandwiches – Bacon or Canadian bacon, cheese, scrambled egg, bread. Easy and filling.

Pancakes – My kids love them, but I want them to pack a little protein too. Instead of butter, I spread nut butter on top (my kids like sunflower seed butter too) with just a drizzle of syrup.

Smoothies – One out of my two kids loves smoothies. Our favorite is 1 frozen banana, handful of spinach, almond milk, 1 tbsp. of almond butter, and Orgain chocolate protein, blended. 

Cheerios – This is my last ditch effort to get some protein in them if it’s a crazy busy morning where I don’t have time to fix eggs, smoothies or my hair. I will put 1 tbsp of peanut butter in with the cereal and the kids lap it up!  

Have anything different you’d like to share? I would LOVE to hear other ideas. Please comment below with your family’s favorite meals for breakfast. 




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Heather Moulden loves all things Orange County. Heather met her husband of 10+ years at Canyon High School and graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. degree in Communications. These days Heather juggles being a Realtor® in North OC, and keeping the family bonds tight. She has two wonderful, school-aged children who fill her days full of joy. She is active in the community, at church and makes her friendships a priority. (Because as we mamas know, friendships are important!) Some of Heather’s favorite things include staying active in the gym, finding new ways to cook healthy food and keeping up with current home design trends. Heather is happy to be a contributor to Anaheim Mom’s Blog because she has also been passionate about writing since she was five, where she used to create fake magazines with high fashion and intriguing articles.


  1. Good ideas as I need a break from the routine of oatmeal or cereal!
    Another easy one I’ve turned to takes 2 minutes, prepped the night before. Chia seed pudding. And I’ll add vanilla or chocolate protein powder for some extra yumminess. Then in the morning all I do is top with fruit and it’s ready to go!

  2. I will have to try it! I was on a Chia Seed pudding kick for awhile but never tried with my kids. I will have to make it again. Thanks for the idea!

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