Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hot weather, cold breakfast

Forget about lavish travel brunches--I need a vacation from breakfast!

What no-fuss morning meals do you make when it's hot?

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Smoothies....so easy to make, & the kids love 'em.

Brenda

Anonymous said...

This morning it is pumpkin pie! We make them year round using about half the sugar called for in the recipe. For the "crust" I simply spray the pie plate w/Pam (generic), and sprinkle that w/either dry cream of rice or cream of wheat cereal. I figure with the pumpkin, milk and eggs it is a very healthy snack anytime - even for breakfast! Of course, this was made yesterday when running the oven for another purpose.
Mrs. L.

Anonymous said...

a favorite dry cereal and fruit, simple, cheap and satisfying.
misty

Suzanne said...

The ever-popular fruit salad, though I'm often lazy and only keep it to one kind and not a blend. Now that the kids are older (2, 4 & 5), I have given them long string and Cheerios and let them make their own long necklaces. They then eat them off the string (knotted carefully by me to prevent choking). I like to make hard and soft-boiled eggs from time to time on toast. An egg slicer makes perfect circles for the kids with fruit on the side. Breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs are always yummy; we make them along the lines of a cheese omlette because the kids don't care for it Mexican style. Bagels are new for us, they didn't like them before. And some days we just eat Teddy Grahams and other similar snacks. Why not, right?

Darcy said...

Plain yogurt with honey and granola sprinkled on top is a favorite warm weather breakfast in our house. Along with fruit smoothies.

Green Tea & Kimchee said...

Boxed cereal and milk!

Anonymous said...

My very favorite breakfast is fruit of any sort, strawberries, banana, even pineapple and toast. I always keep cinnamon raisin bread in my freezer. So the toast, fruit, and a good cup of coffee gets me going in the morning. Hope your day is blessed. Roxie

Anonymous said...

Usually my favorite hot weather breakfast is a diet yogurt (always peach or cherry lol) and a granola bar. Simple and a good balance of carbs and protein. Not to mention no dishes to clean up :D.

Kat

Anonymous said...

cold cereal topped with fresh fruit and yogurt is a dandy hot weather breakfast. also cottage cheese and fruit or a fruit smoothie. hope it cools down soon. cb

Christie@tisbutaseason said...

Yogurt parfaits! The kids and I usually make a batch of granola and keep it in the pantry. I also keep frozen blueberries and occasionally strawberries in the freezer. Just layer up in a pretty glass or bowl!

Easy-peasy

Joy of Frugal Living said...

What I had today was extremely boring but works - dry cereal (bought cheap of course) with milk and some fruit or raisins if I feel like it.

Other ideas: apple or banana with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, peanut butter on toast. I always make sure to have some kind of a protein food so I'm not hungry again an hour later.

Jennifer

laurel said...

Green smoothies. My current fav: mango, banana, ice, water, spinach, ground flax seeds, honey. Yum. My kids love them too.

mummymac said...

My kids really like homemade Granola and Yoghurt.

Granola is new to me - you can find the recipe here.

http://homebutnotalone.wordpress.com/?s=granola

It's delicious and handy.

Katie said...

Fruit, fruit, FRUIT!! I just crave it in the morning!

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that looks really good. Cottage cheese is so good for you and I always forget about it as a breakfast option!

simplybrandy said...

Homemade granola (a batch makes 10-11 cups, so the oven's only fired up once) with milk.

Fresh berries on yogurt with maple syrup (we're plain yogurt folks).

Orange Julius or strawberry smoothie.

songbirdy said...

One of our favourite is cereal with yogurt. We choose a high fibre cereal, weigh out the 1 serving portion and mix in a small yogurt. Sometimes we top it with blueberries.

If I want something more oatmeal like, I've a home-made muesli recipe that I put in the freezer in single portions. I mix it with 1/3 cup milk, microwave for about 45 seconds. I remove and add a yogurt. This recipe has flax seed, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, bran, etc. And is fairly inexpensive to make/assemble.

Jordana said...

We've been talking about this a lot around our house, because I'm just tired of making breakfast some mornings and it is too hot to cook much.

The last two mornings we had strawberry cheesecake tart and some turkey bacon for breakfast. That involved a little cooking and some baking when I was making dinner the other day, but it made for a lovely breakfast.

Other things we do are smoothies, fruit salad, cheese and crackers and things of that nature.

livelaughlove95 said...

Well, since it wasn't really hot this morning (we have the windows all opened) I made eggs, bacon & toast. But normal summer mornings (actually any normal morning) are cold cereal, toater waffles and/or fruit. The kids also like to eat cut up bananas with peanut butter.

Malia

Anonymous said...

It is chilly here in Kentucky this morning, so definitely not a hot summer morning to think about something cool. Fruit and a bagel or toast works for me when it is hot, however. Will your children eat the cottage cheese and watermelon for breakfast, too, or did you still have to make their usual fare? P

Adventures In Babywearing said...

That looks delish! We are big fruities here. Always have apples to cut up, watermelon, & lately my favorite- cherries!

Steph

Molly said...

Cereal and milk or a smoothie (but those are what I eat every day!)

Molly

Michelle Smiles said...

I love non-fat, plain yogurt with a packet of splenda, some fruit (either fresh or dried cranberries) and a little granola thrown on top. Yum! My absolute favorite summer breakfast is to take 1/2 a small cantelope and fill the hole in the middle with fresh blueberries. Then devour the whole thing (unfortunately, doesn't fit in the whole pregnant/diabetic thing so none of that this summer).

KimC said...

This is the time of year we indulge in cold cereal, though I never buy when it's over 10 cents/oz.
We also do granola if we can get around to making it in the roaster out on the deck (cooking outside keeps the house cool) and lots of fruit.
Smoothies for lunch, salads for dinner. Who wants hot food on a hot day?

Regina said...

a recent favorite of mine is the cereal bars from Trader Joe's, and I (gently) spread a chunk of cream cheese on top. It tastes sorta like cheese danish! yum. No cook, quick, and cool for those hot days.

Maren said...

We like to do breakfast shakes. This morning was bananas and peanut butter. A squirt of chocolate on the top and my 4 yr old thinks its the best.

Amy G. said...

Nonfat vanilla yogurt sprinkled with granola and drowned in fresh berries! It takes minutes to put together and everyone likes it. Also cottage cheese with berries, hard boiled eggs done well ahead of time, or dry cereal/milk and fruit on top or on the side....that would be my son's favorite. Homemade waffles with fruit or syrup, but the waffles made on the weekend and frozen for during the week--double a recipe. These are great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Waffles - make up big batches and freeze them. (you can do plain, pumpkin, blueberry - whatever!) Then you can just pop them in the toaster (or microwave - but they're not as good IMHO)

Serve with fresh fruit - yummy!

Stephanie

Twinsmom said...

On baking days, I make extra muffins, breads, cinnamon rolls just for this reason. On the relatively cool days of summer, I bake different breads and muffins: cinnamon, lemon, banana, strawberry, blueberry, pumpkin, peach, etc., depending on what I have on hand and/or using whatever fruits are in season, and then stick extras in the freezer, preslicing the breads. Then when you wake up and it is already 80 degress outside, it is easy to thaw in the microwave if you haven't taken them out of the freezer the night before. Carrot cake (minus a ton of frosting) also works as does pumpkin pie and even chocolate zucchini cake on a rare occasion. I have a recipe for a killer summer squash cake that tastes like spice cake but is moister and higher in vitamins, and that works well, too. I'm lucky in that my kids don't like frosting, so using vegetable cakes plain or with a very light dusty of powdered sugar makes breakfast seem like a huge treat!

Meghan said...

Yogurt & a cereal bar cut up.
Then again my little one is only 21 months old so I am Rachael Ray in his eyes! LOL

Becky said...

I made frittatas in a muffin tin the other night for dinner and the leftovers made a fabulous quick and easy breakfast.

Christi said...

Our favorites summertime breakfasts include fruit salad, fruit & yogurt, string cheese (or cut up block cheese) w/apples, or peanut butter & apples. Also, my boys love the ever-popular PB & J - anytime!

coffeemamma said...

Banana wraps- peanut butter and a banana wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla

Yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit and granola

Apple sandwiches- apples cored and sliced width-wise on an english muffin with either a slice of cheese or cream cheese

hsgbdmama said...

Dry cereal, cheese, yogurt and/or fruit here too!

I get the Gogurt sticks and toss them in the freezer and the kids love them (plus they last longer that way too!).

Anonymous said...

If you can trust your egg source:

A banana milk shake made with one banana, 1tbsp dried milk powder, 1egg, fill up with icy cold milk and a good scoop of real ice cream. I sometimes add a small tbsp of vegetable oil too if I feel the child needs the extra boost. It usually goes down a treat! (Perhaps made out of the child's veiw if s/he is picky!) Gill.

SK and Family said...

Peanut butter toast and a piece of fruit (my boys are eating a lot of bananas right now!). Ice cold milk!
:)

Anonymous said...

I put 6 eggs in the electric tea kettle at night, cover with water and push the button down. By morning I have perfect hard cooked eggs.

If you're worried about them not being refrigerated just allow about half an hour to cook.

It doesn't heat up the kitchen at all.

Rinse before making tea water, of course :)

Heather

Martha said...

Cereal and milk for me every day. I get hot getting ready for work and it cools me down. Love it!

Nancy said...

Yogurt and fruit - esp. berries. Leftover pizza (cold). Cold cereal. Nothing too different - just not much with the hot cereals or grits or anything.

It's not hot here in Chicago at all yet, though. Monday was hot, then we dropped 40 degrees. Coldest May I can remember!

Anonymous said...

We eat a Multi- Grain waffle covered with strawberry yogrut and fresh fruit on top.
Usually Strawberries, Blueberries and Bananas

gracemercyandpeace said...

We eat whatever is in the house, hot or not: Leftovers, cold cereal, toast...

But I'm commenting to say thank you to Laurel for posting about green smoothies this month. I have been making them almost daily based on her recommendation.

THEY ARE PHENOMENAL and YES, CRAVE!

I load mine with reduced-price baby spinach (1 bag/.99 makes 4 smoothies), handful of frozen strawberries, 1 TBS. flax, 1 TBS walnuts or almonds, and 1/2 banana (for creaminess), sometimes orange or grape juice, + water to thin.

Big energy + reduced cravings for junk. I guess it's the iron (spinach) + vit C. Funky color, but tastes so good. Slow and sippy like a milkshake.

Thank you Laurel!

deb meyers

Ewokgirl said...

Wait, I'm supposed to make morning meals? ;-)

I tend to bake muffins and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Easy to pull out and pop in the microwave.

Sometimes I have homemade granola that I just sprinkle liberally on top of yogurt.

And of course, there are always Poptarts and cold cereal. Or the donut shop down the road.

Anonymous said...

Cut a kiwi at one end and dig out the goodies with a spoon (with skin on), with a side of sliced peaches or watermelon - The kids love diggin out the goodies!
Meredith - Girlfriend, you must get you a juicer - We got a used one and we love it - Juicing in the morning is like a wonderful welcome to a warm morning - Carrots, Pineapple and Apples are the best!
Although they get orange teeth at the end when they drink with a straw, it feels them up and keeps them 'regular'...
Working mama in NW!
latrice

TJ said...

Fruit or cold cereal are my favorites.

Actually, although it's a hot breakfast, I love my Easy Huevos Rancheros recipe (on my blog) because it's quick, inexpensive, and I like Mexican food when it's hot out!

Frugal Finds said...

We love to make a big batch of home made muffins and freeze them. We can than pull a few at a time for a nice quick breakfast.
Frugal Carol

Danette said...

Sweetness. Try Florida with no AC, that would be a great breakfast. Goody for you.

Meredith said...

Malia's right--it wasn't even that hot here today.

I think my pregnancy thermostat is going through the roof, though, cause the idea of firing up the skillet makes me sweat : )

Thanks for the wonderful meal inspirations, friends! Just what I needed to get out of my eggs-and-oatmeal rut.

Amanda on Maui said...

I do a lot of smoothies.
1 cup almond/rice milk
1 cup frozen blueberries (Costco bag)
1 cup other frozen fruit
1 frozen banana
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 scoop soy protein powder
1 serving frozen spinach or fresh kale

Blend blend blend.

I often get into a battle with my blender though because it doesn't suck down the frozen stuff like it should sometimes. It gets irritating.

LISA said...

Cottage Cheese and Fresh Pineapple!

Lisa

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

I'm a huge fan of yogurt with granola mixed in - we add whatever fresh fruit we have around. Pineapple, blueberries, or strawberries are favorites. :-)

Caroline said...

Interesting to read everybody's breakfast choices, but I wanna know---how hot is it when you wake up? I live deep in the heart of dixie and we keep our central air-conditioning set on 68 degrees. We live in a very small house and we discovered years ago that keeping it set like this uses less electricity than constantly adjusting it all day. It helps the refrigerator to run more efficiently, too. I didn't mean to hijack the topic but when I think of a "cool" meal, I'm usually wanting just salads and sandwiches for supper!

Anonymous said...

yogurt with barley! Take some plain yogurt, add some cooked barley (or you can soak it overnight and rinse...but that might be less nutritious). Anyway, add some cut fruit and a little sugar. It's so good.

Martha A. said...

Sounds like you got some good ideas! I don't ever pretty much cook breakfast. We eat cold cereal, peanut butter toast or yogurt if we have it. I like to take a tub of plain yogurt and add half a pound of sliced strawberries and some honey for sweetening. Serve with grape nuts or granola.

Julie said...

Um.... I think I want to make what is in the picture!! Yum.
We like to do smoothies.

Jen said...

Hey Meredith,
We like Trader Joe banana waffles, toasted twice, with a schmear of p.b, a drizzle of honey, a flurry of cinnamon topped with raw almond slices. Accompany with ice cold milk and a cup of hot tea. Mmmmmmm.

Amanda on Maui said...

Today I found a wonderful deal on some delicious and beautiful strawberries. They're not the super sweet ones grown locally (which cost up to 7 dollars a pound!) but they're yummy anyway. Two pounds of US grown strawberries for 4 dollars! Hooray!

Karen said...

I like the idea of watermelon and cottage cheese! That sounds yummy!

The kids have been into mini-bagels lately and the portions are good sizes for them.

Jaime G said...

I'm a little late on this comment, I know, but still thought I'd share...

I love slicing up fruit and serving it with this simple fruit dip:

Mix 8 oz whipped cream cheese, one 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme, one tbsp of orange juice, and one tbsp of orange zest. Whip together and chill. Mmmmm! So yummy. Also makes a great light snack for company =)

Jaime G