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Breakfasts

Leo’s Smoothies

These smoothies are great for kids who need to put on some weight or have a low appetite for other foods. (But whatever you do, please don’t tell Leo they have avocado in them.)

Yield: 3 kid-sized servings Total time: 15 minutes
Breakfasts

Grilled Brunch Skewers with Spicy Maple Glaze

The pandemic has driven all socializing outside this summer, but these brunch skewers of pineapple, bell pepper, sausage, and maple glaze prepared on the grill allowed us a Sunday morning with friends.

Yield: 6 skewers Total time: 30 minutes
Breakfasts

Sunny Side-Up Eggs

Eggs have to be done just right for Leo to eat them. He’s perfectly happy with scrambled eggs or egg ribbons, where the yolk is incorporated in with the whites. Forget about a dry, crumbly hard-boiled egg yolk. I was surprised when he asked for, and then devoured sunny side up eggs, but I’m happy to oblige.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 10 minutes
Breakfasts

Baked Egg Cups

During the school year I have zero time to make breakfast, but making sure kids have a good, protein-filled breakfast can make a big difference in their school day.

These egg cups are easy to make ahead of time and reheat in the morning, and because they’re made in individual portions, they can be customized for individual tastes. At their base, they’re nothing more than eggs, milk, and cheese. Add leftover veggies, caramelized onions, jalapeños, or whatever you like for the grown-ups.

Yield: 12 cups Total time: 35 minutes
Breakfasts

Fluffy Pancakes

After years of using the pancake recipe from the red plaid Better Homes & Gardens cookbook I got in college, I decided to look for a recipe that was a little more special. These pancakes are truly fluffy and delicious. The recipe makes a big batch, which is great if you have houseguests, or you can refrigerate leftovers and heat them in the toaster later in the week.

Yield: 12 pancakes Total time: 30 minutes
Breakfasts

Egg Ribbons

Leo doesn’t fall for recipes that trick kids into eating healthy foods, but he loves eggs in almost any form, and having another way to prepare them is great.

To make ribbons, you gently cook a circle of eggs like a crepe, then roll the crepe and slice it into ribbons.

Yield: 1 serving Total time: 10 minutes
Breakfasts

Cheese Grits

I grew up on cheese grits — as a kid, I’d happily lap up a bowl for breakfast or lunch. For a more grown-up meal, serve them topped with barbecued shrimp or pork.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Breakfasts

Pressure Cooker Sous Vide Egg Bites

If you’ve had the Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites, you know they’re delicious, but they’re also expensive. These copycat egg bites are easily made at home with a blender, silicone baby food mold, and pressure cooker.

Yield: 6 egg bites Total time: 45 minutes
Beverages

Guy & Leesa’s Iced Coffee

Now that we’ve learned how to easily make our own iced coffee at home, we no longer brew hot coffee in the morning. We go through a batch of this iced coffee every day and a half.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 24 hours
Breakfasts

Cheesy Egg Wraps

Fill tortillas with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, and sautéed bell peppers, bacon, and jalapeño. Fold into a burrito and toast in a hot skillet until crispy and golden. These are perfect for breakfast or for a weeknight dinner, and they freeze well.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 40 minutes