When I was three years old and my brother was four, we decided to treat our mother to breakfast in bed. Now, keep in mind that this was the early 70s when kids were a little more free range. We had mad skills including a deep and abiding self-preservation instinct that involved not waking our single mom up at 6 am.
So anyways, we thought we would make her breakfast. And of course, since we weren’t even in kindergarten, our logic extended as far as 1. We are absolutely not allowed to use the stove and 2. Chocolate is king. Therefore, as my mom told and re-told the story for years, she received, upon being awakened, a bowl of cereal with chocolate milk, bread spread with butter and decorated with chocolate chips, a chocolate bar on the side, and a big glass of chocolate milk to wash it all down with. Mmmm… DELICIOUS!
Those were the good old days.
Now Mother’s Day is coming up on us pretty fast. I’ve lowered my expectations about the day as far as they can go (so as to be very pleased with whatever does play out) — including my breakfast-in-bed. I don’t know about you, but while I’ve never been the recipient of a repast as delicious as the one I describe above, I have been victim to a 7 am feast of congealed eggs and cold toast. Gross. It’s hard to put a smile on your face when you’re choking down a disgusting mess which was served to you before you even sat up.
If the Dad-of-the-house cooks, then you’re lucky. Mine doesn’t (I’m pretty sure he was the one who made those eggs). So I asked Loblaw Companies to share a couple of VERY easy recipes that your kids could make themselves (or with a little help from Papa). My main criteria? That they would be yummy, palatable the second you opened your eyes, and that the preparation WOULDN’T MAKE A MESS (that I would later have to clean up).
You won’t be disappointed, I promise. And in fact, I think these two fabulous brekkies are going to become a staple in your kitchen.
Recipe #1: Jazzed up Oatmeal
This super-simple recipe is sweet and colourful and a delicious spin on everyday atmeal. It’s so easy that Dad just has to supervise and the kids can brag and say they made it themselves!
What They’ll Need:
- 1 packet (45 g)PC Blue Menue Instant Steel Cut Oatmeal
- 2 tbsp (25) ml PC Sweetened Drifed Fruit Berry Blend
- 2 tsp (10 ml) liquid honey
What They’ll Do:
In a large microwave safe cereal bowl, stir together oats dried fruit, and 3/4 cup (175 ml) water. Heat uncovered in microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir to cool slightly. Serve drizzled with honey.
Recipe #2: Easy Fruit Danish
This short-cut danish is one Dad and the kids can make why Mom sleeps in!
What They’ll Need:
- 1 sheet PC Butter Puff Pastry, thawed (1/2 the 450 g pkg)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 brick cream cheese
- 4 tsp (20 ml) PC Pure Seedless Raspberry (or blueberry) Jam
What They’ll Do:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Unroll pastry, using parchment paper it was rollin to line baking sheet.
- Cut puff pastry in half crosswise, then in half lengthwise to create 4 squares. Place pastry squares on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush each square lightly with beaten egg.
- Cut cream cheese into four slices. Place one slice in centre of each pastry square. Top each slice of cream cheese with 1 tsp (5 ml)jam. Loosely draw corners of puff pastry almost to the centre of the square, forming square parcels with some filling still visible at the centre. Lightly brush top of pastry with beaten egg.
- Bake in centre of oven for 13-15 minutes or until pastry is deep brown and filling is bubbly.
One last instruction: hand these recipes off to your partner and go take a bubble bath, OK?
Note: I was not compensated for this post. Loblaw Companies generously provided the recipes and the ingredients so I could taste taste them. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.