Let's face it. Breakfast should be the most important meal of the day, but it's often the meal we put the least amount of effort or thought into making. Sugary cereal, a piece of toast - our first meal of the day consists of lots of sugar and empty calories that leave us feeling unsatisfied and thinking about lunch way earlier than we should.
That's why everyone in the family needs a nutritious, hearty breakfast that'll give everyone the energy to tackle those early morning tasks and keep tummies feeling full until lunchtime. Done with the eggs and bacon game? Try these simple and quick Pinterest-worthy breakfast ideas that both you and the kids will love!
Quick and easy? Check.
Bursting with delicious flavors? Check!
Muffin cups have to be one of our favorite creations in the breakfast game! They're super easy to make - just put all the ingredients into a muffin tin and bake. Added bonus? They're great for breakfast-on-the-go when you or the kids have a busy morning.
If you want to cut down on time even more, simply make the night before and put in the fridge! Who says getting a full breakfast can't be as easy as a bowl of cereal? These Amazing Muffin Cups from Johnsonville combine their Original Breakfast Sausage with hashbrowns, Mexican 4-cheese blend, red onion, and chives or green onions for plenty of tasty flavors packed into one muffin-sized bite!
Get the recipe here.
Breakfast in a mug is one of the greatest breakfast inventions for when you want your eggs and cheese and sausage but don't want to get out of bed or spend time cooking over a stove!
That's where breakfast in a mug comes in—make your favorite breakfast in a cup by microwaving the ingredients, then take your creation back to your bed or the couch.
This recipe for Wake-Up Cups by Johnsonville is easy to make and worth every bite. Combine and microwave eggs, throw in Johnsonville's new fully cooked Original Breakfast Sausage Links or Turkey Sausage Links, plenty of cheese, milk and hash browns, and you've got a yummy morning meal to start your day!
Get the recipe here.
Put foods you love most for breakfast in between two pieces of bread, and you're good to go! You can go classic with ham, cheese, and egg sandwich or get creative with eggs and bacon in between french toast slices—oh yes. Check out lazy morning breakfast ideas including intriguing sandwiches here.
Combine sweet and savory elements by putting your breakfast sausage or eggs on top of a waffle and drench with syrup. Yum!
Breakfast casseroles are hearty, delicious, and they always satisfy. They're also deceptively easy to make. Get plenty of veggies and proteins in a casserole bowl, cover with cheese, and you're set to bake! Check out these delicious recipes for breakfast casseroles full of classic ingredients and exciting flavors.
One of our favorite parts of the whole movie-watching experience at home is the extra-delicious snacks that the whole family can dig into while watching everyone's favorite flick. Check out these five movie snack ideas that are easy to whip up and that the whole family is sure to enjoy!
Grilled cheese sandwiches are a classic comfort food, and they're the perfect snack for family movie night because you can cut them up into bite-sized pieces, so they're easy to eat. Plus who can say no to cheesy goodness? Check out easy and yummy ways to upgrade a basic grilled cheese sandwich!
Popcorn is almost synonymous with going out to the movies, but who says you can't make your own delicious popcorn at home? We all love classic buttery popcorn, but check out these unique, delicious ways to flavor popcorn.
A steaming mug of hot chocolate is the perfect remedy for cold weather. Snuggle up on the couch with the family with these unique cocoa ideas that'll leave everyone feeling warm and satisfied.
Have members of your family who are gluten-intolerant or just trying to eat a little lighter? Check out these different options for nutritious but yummy gluten-free movie snacks that everyone will want to eat!
One of the worst parts of eating at the movie theaters is that almost everything is drenched in butter, cheese, sugar or all three. Luckily at home you have more control over what you put into your body. These healthy munchies will ensure your family can marathon your favorite show all afternoon without the guilt!
Whether someone in the family is on a diet or dinner just needs a break from hearty meals, there are still yummy recipes that fill tummies and warm hearts. This Good-For-You Chicken Parmesan not only has great Italian taste, it mixes in a rich, hearty sauce that is actually a great heart smart option. It will have your family saying delicioso!
Since you’re eating light, set the mood with relaxing, zen-like music. Everyone will chill out from the controlled chaos of everyday life and have time to enjoy a heartwarming meal.
When the weekend comes around, the last thing you want to do is spend hours toiling in the kitchen for, let's be honest, a dinner your family will gobble up in 15 minutes or less. Plus factor in the cleanup times of all those dirty pots and pans when you could be sitting down for family game night or a movie? It makes even the most ambitious cook consider doing takeout - again.
However, putting together a quick meal for Sunday night doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor or quality. Try our favorite trick in the book - one-pot meals - that guarantee the ease of a slow cooker with the hearty flavor of a home-cooked meal. Another plus? You only have one pot to wash!
Have you ever heard of the culinary trick of reserving the liquid after boiling spaghetti and using it in your dish for a fuller flavor? The one-pot meal does that for you already, adding rich tastes that you might not get from cooking all the ingredients separately, instead letting the flavors marry to create a dish that won't have any leftovers.
Check out these tips for other ways to make sure your creation is jam-packed full of flavor!
Meaty Meal: One of the quickest ways to add flavor to your dish is with the addition of proteins that can put a delicious twist on any classic. What better choice than Italian sausage from Johnsonville, which adds nuanced Italian spices to enhance any pasta or rice dish?
One Pan Italian is a hearty take on your classic spaghetti dinner with savory bits of Italian sausage, plus you can also choose from Johnsonville's sweet, mild or spicy Italian sausage depending on your mood!
Stock Up: Another way to pump up a pasta dish is by using vegetable broth or chicken stock to cook your noodles instead of just water. You won't have to drain any liquid, and the broth will add some major flavor to your noodles as well as any vegetables or meats.
Spice Rack: This might seem like an afterthought, but fresh spices and herbs are especially important for one-pot dinners, especially if you are trying to go for cooked-for-hours flavor in just 30 minutes. Fresh basil is always a good bet for Italian and fresh rosemary adds a delicious, fresh twist on any poultry dish. One of our culinary golden rules is to use bay leaves to add depth to pretty much any dish. We also recommend checking out already made herb-infused oils as a way to quickly add tons of flavor, or you can easily make it yourself at home and keep it in your pantry.
The Finale: One of the best parts (Ok, the best part for any busy mom)? After everyone is sitting stuffed and satisfied after the delicious one-pot meal of your choice, you'll be thrilled knowing there is just one pot to wash. At this point, someone else can take on the task because you've done dinner justice.
Also, when in doubt of how your cooking is going or what to make, remember Miss Child's famous words.
When gathering around the dinner table with your family, there’s often nothing better than serving up a rich and flavorful comfort food like mac and cheese. It’s always a favorite of kids and adults, and adding a vibrant flavor twist, like in this Buffalo Mac & Cheese recipe, you can turn a basic meal into a family favorite.
When cooking a classic dish, you definitely need a playlist that you can sing along to. Lucky for you, we already have the perfect one made.