You’ve probably heard the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Or perhaps you’ve said it yourself. The reality is — while a lot of people say that eating breakfast is important, not very many are actually doing it.
In fact, 93 percent of Americans agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but less than half (44 percent) are eating it every day, according to the 2009 International Food Information Council Foundation’s Food & Health Survey.
If the morning rush in your house means grabbing a toaster pastry, a fast food meal, or — even worse — skipping breakfast, take heart. It’s easier than you think to refuel the body, energize the mind and have some family time around the breakfast table. Here are a few tips to get your family back on track:
• Make a Plan. Get everyone involved in planning breakfasts for the week. The more they participate, the more likely they are to eat it. Keep the plan posted where everyone can see it.
• Keep a breakfast-friendly kitchen. Make sure you always have a ready supply of milk, yogurt, whole grain breads and cereals, fruits, and plenty of proteins such as eggs and sausage. Store them where everyone can find them easily in the morning.
• Get prepped. Set out dishes and non-perishables on the table the night before. Some heartier breakfasts, such as the Weekend Brunch Casserole, can be prepped the night before, then heated up in just 15 minutes in the morning.
To get more ideas for a better breakfast, visit www.bobevans.com/recipes.
Weekend Brunch Casserole
Preparation time: 15 minutes; cooking time: 15 minutes; makes 8 servings
1, 8-ounce can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 pound Bob Evans Original Recipe Sausage Roll
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Crumble and cook sausage in medium skillet over medium heat until browned. Drain.
Line bottom of greased 13-inch-by-9-inch baking dish with crescent roll dough, firmly pressing perforations to seal. Sprinkle with sausage and cheese. Combine remaining ingredients in medium bowl until blended; pour over sausage. Bake 15 minutes or until set. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into squares; serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers.
Sausage Cups are another hit with families on-the-go. This quick and simple recipe has the farm-fresh taste that has come to be expected from Bob Evans, and helps mom ensure that the family makes time during a busy morning for a breakfast together.
Preparation time: 20 minutes; cooking time: 15 minutes; makes 30 servings
1 pound Bob Evans Original Sausage Roll
1 package won ton wrappers
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup ranch dressing
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crumble sausage into medium skillet. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Drain.
Spray mini muffin tins and insert won ton wrappers to form a small cup. Bake 5 minutes in preheated oven. Allow wrappers to cool. Mix sausage, cheeses and ranch dressing together. Fill won ton wrappers. Bake for 10 minutes until bubbly.
Source: Bob Evans Foods
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