Budget Breakfasts for Kids

We all know that kids who start the day off with breakfast do better in school, eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities.  None of us want to send our wee ones off to school on an empty stomach.  Cereal prices are skyrocketing and the frozen food breakfast goods are sharing the same sticker shock. 

Our kids love frozen toaster waffles and pancakes, but at $3.00+ a box and three children, the costs quickly add up.  

The solution?  Make your own batch of toaster-ready pancakes and store in the refrigerator.    Our favorite is Bisquick at $2.69 for the 32oz. box on sale.  At Costco, you can buy the larger box for much less cost per ounce.  Be sure and get the mix that requires eggs and milk as they tend to store better.

Simply follow the instructions on the box being sure to make the pancakes no larger than what will fit in the toaster slot.  Take the ‘cakes off the griddle and place in a large casserole dish.  Let the batch of pancakes cool before covering with plastic wrap and storing in the refrigerator.   Otherwise the “sweat” will make the ‘cakes soggy.

When breakfast time rolls around just pop the pancakes in the toaster for a quick, easy and budget-wise breakfast.   Top with syrup, butter or the healthier alternative – applesauce.