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Instant Oatmeal Mixes

This is a great substitute for costly packets of instant oatmeal. Make them up ahead of time, for quick morning meals. My kids love them!! I make them up assembly-line style and the kids tuck the used baggies into a storage container to be reused with more oatmeal at the next assembly session.

3 cups Quick Cooking Oatmeal
8 plastic sandwich bags
Dash of salt

Take ONE cup of Oatmeal, and blend in blender till very coarse.

In each sandwich bag put:
1/4 cup quick cook oatmeal
2 tablespoons ground oatmeal
a scant dash of salt
Add one flavoring

Label bags and store in airtight container

To make a serving:
Empty packet into a bowl or large cup. Add 3/4 cup boiling water, stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water.

Special Flavorings:
Add any one of these additional flavorings to each bag to suit your taste.

Dried Fruit and Cream:
1 tablespoon dry milk (nonfat) or non dairy Creamer, and 2 tablespoons chopped dried fruit

Raisins and Brown Sugar:
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar and 1 tablespoon raisins

Spice Oatmeal:
1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a scant 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Wheat Germ and Brown Sugar:
2 tablespoons wheat germ, and 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar

Breakfast Casserole

You can speed up the prep process by finding those bags of precut and par-cooked potatoes.

5-6 medium size potatoes–peeled and cut into 1/4 inch chunks
5-6 strips bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
6 eggs
1 cup shredded cheese–whatever kind you like
salt & pepper

In a large, deep skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Reserve enough of the bacon grease to cook potatoes. Place potatoes, onion, & bell pepper in skillet and cook until done. Then make 6 small wells in the potatoes. Crack 1 egg into each well. Cover and let cook about 5 minutes or until eggs are set. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon, salt & pepper, and cheese.

Turn fire off and cover for about 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Serves 6.

Easy, Frugal Breakfasts!

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And that children that eat breakfast do better in school than those who don’t. However, we also all know that it isn’t always easy to find time to prepare that all-important meal or to convince our children to eat it!
One way to create a positive attitude toward breakfast in your children is by showing them that you enjoy breakfast! Eating breakfast as a family is a great opportunity to spend some quality time together. Spending time together, making breakfast can turn out to be a child’s favorite part of the day!
By being creative and maybe just a little bit organized, you can make a variety of tasty and healthy breakfasts. Try these ideas:

  • for a quick and easy breakfast try a toasted bagel spread with low-fat cream cheese. * or peanut butter spread on whole-wheat toast.
  • how about a fruit smoothie? Toss whatever fruit you have in the blender with milk.
  • when you have a little time, prepare a large batch of pancakes or waffles. Freeze in a single layer, then stack in a zip-top bag. In the mornings, pop one into the toaster, then top with fruit and yogurt. * or spread peanut butter and jelly between 2 pancakes.
  • try some non-traditional foods, like leftover pizza–kids nearly always go for it!
  • kids don’t want to drink their juice? Try this easy recipe for Orange Juice Smoothies.

1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 or 6 ice cubes
Mix all ingredients in blender till smooth.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be ham and eggs anymore! Nor does it have to be cold cereal. By using a little creativity you can have a healthy breakfast every morning!
Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the bi-weekly newsletter “1 Frugal Friend 2 Another”, bringing you practical, money-saving tips, recipes and ideas. Visit her online at www.cynroberts.com to subscribe and receive the Free e-course, “Taming the Monster Grocery Bill”.