Busy school mornings require quick and hearty breakfasts. These protein-packed omelette waffles are so easy to make, and they will give your kids the fuel they need for a great day of learning. It’s just two weeks until I send Little Man off to kindergarten for the first time. I can’t believe I’m a mom of a school-aged kid! When did I get old?
The good news: I think we’ve got pretty much everything prepped. He has a backpack and lunch box. We made him a nifty (easy) clothes organizer to make sure he wears reasonably appropriate and matching clothes each day. We’ve talked about first day jitters and how much fun it will be to make new friends. He’s excited for the change, and so am I.
The bad news: I have no idea how he’s going to make it from breakfast until lunch without his beloved morning snack time.
This kid is ALWAYS hungry. As in, if he’s not actively playing with something super interesting…he’s telling me he needs food. And judging by his height to weight ratio, he needs every calorie he gets.
We’re not big snackers at home, but we do have one morning snack and one afternoon snack each day, in addition to our three main meals. This routine has always worked well for us, but it’s about to go out the window for Little Man because he’ll be at school.
Hopefully he’ll be so busy learning and playing that he won’t think about his stomach, but the change in schedule has made me aware that I need to make sure I send him to school tanked up on healthy, protein-packed food that will last him till lunch time. Cereal and milk just isn’t going to cut it for this kid…much as I love the convenience.
So I’ve been brainstorming ways improve our breakfast routine, looking up ideas and recipes for quick and easy breakfasts that will keep Little Man full for hours.
We already have several good breakfast options–like our favorite breakfast burritos and our hearty “Mountain Man” breakfast skillet–but I wanted more. I especially wanted to figure out some more protein-packed options for busy school mornings.
I started by looking up which breakfast foods have the most protein per serving. Did you know that Greek yogurt has 18 g of protein in a six ounce serving? Whoa. Other good sources of protein are cottage cheese (14 g), ham (14 g), nuts (6-7 g), milk (8 g), cheese (7-8 g), and oatmeal (6 g). For a more complete list of protein content in common foods, see this handy chart.
Now that I knew what I was looking for, I went hunting for recipes that were rich in the foods on my list. Here are some of the best protein-packed breakfasts I’ve come up with so far.
Protein-packed breakfast ideas for busy mornings:
- Favorite breakfast burritos
- Mountain man breakfast
- Mini frittatas
- Mini German puff pancakes
- No bake granola bites
- Applesauce oat muffins
- Greek yogurt breakfast bowls
- Greek yogurt pancakes
- Breakfast banana split
- Easy overnight oats (6 ways)
One other fun idea I tried this week was the concept of omelette waffles. I’ve seen them floating around the Internet for a long time, but we hadn’t made them before. We’ve been missing out!All you have to do is take your basic omelette ingredients and jazz them up by cooking them in a waffle iron instead of a pan. So simple!
They only take a few minutes to make, are totally adaptable to individual tastes, and make for really easy clean up. My boys especially loved dipping them in ketchup. School morning winner!
This week, we made ours with spinach, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese. I love how the cheese kind of grills against the waffle iron and gets a little crispy…reminiscent of the edges of a grilled cheese sandwich. Yum. You can use whatever toppings you like for your own omelette waffles: peppers, onions, ham, bacon, sausage, etc. I’m looking forward to doing some experimenting in the near future.
Notes: The possibilities for toppings are pretty much endless in these waffles. Try things like cheese, spinach, tomatoes, onions, peppers, bacon, sausage, ham, etc. Just make sure you chop everything up small enough that it cooks into the waffle rather than sticking up and out of it.
Yield: One large waffle (4 squares)
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- a dash of salt and pepper, if desired
- toppings of your choice (*see note)
- Beat together eggs and milk with a dash of salt and pepper.
- Chop up your desired toppings.
- Spray waffle iron lightly with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture into waffle iron. My large waffle iron was pretty full by the time I poured all the egg into it. If you have a smaller iron, you may have to cook in multiple batches. Be careful not to overfill.
- Sprinkle toppings over the egg mixture in the waffle iron. Close lid and let it cook. Serve immediately.
Source: Adapted from Kirbie’s Cravings
Lauren | also known as mama
Ok, these sound delicious! I don’t think I would even share with my kids, haha! In all honesty though, I can never get my picky 4 yo to eat eggs and this might just do the trick!
Sometimes all it takes is reinventing a food in a new way for kids to decide they like it, right? Good luck!
UM YUM!! Love this idea.
I know what you mean and he will adapt like the rest trust me and depending on his school they may offer something to help those hunger pains. I have one in Kinder and one in second grade and they still have to adjust from having summer break and a more lax schedule. I love this idea of making an omelette in a waffle maker!
Thanks for the encouragement, Nicole. I’ll have to see if the school does allow any kind of snack time. If not, at least we have some good breakfasts planned now.
What an awesome idea for both an omelette and waffle: just put them together! My daughter is all about eggs and waffles…can’t wait to try this out! Pinned for later ?
So glad you like it, Clair. Enjoy!
This looks so great! I really want to try this. Making a note to give it a go this weekend.
oh my gosh! I love omelets and waffles, so what a great way to marry them! I NEED to try this!
Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms
Yum! These sound delicious! Breakfast is my favorite meal and I am always looking for new ways to spice it up. We will have to try these.
What a great idea for a protein filled breakfast!!!! Love this idea!
Justine Y @ Little Dove
This is such a great idea! I really need to include more protein in out breakfasts.