Breakfast is my favorite meal to cook. I love nothing more than filling the bellies of the people I love before they start their day. Kids breakfast ideas can be tricky though.
I want to give them something nutritional, filling, and I need to do it efficiently. School mornings are “crazy bananas” as my sons says.
The last thing I want is a hangry kiddo throwing down in class at 10 in the morning because their breakfast didn’t do the job. When school started last year, my lazy summer mornings came back to bite me. These kids didn’t want to hear that mom wasn’t going to whip up the daily smorgasbord of french toast, chocolate chip waffles, or breakfast burritos that they’d become accustomed to.
So I came up with “Fun Friday.”
Fun Friday is THE day that I surprise them with something extra fun on their breakfast plate. It’s always a surprise. It’s always kid-friendly food. And it’s the glorious meal that I remind them of when I’m dishing up a hearty bowl of steel-cut oats on a Tuesday morning.
But here’s the logistical hiccup for me...IT’S STILL A FREAKING SCHOOL DAY.
I’ve still got to get it on the plate quickly.
There’s no getting around brushing teeth, combing hair, and wearing actual clothes. (“No. You can’t wear your Darth Vader costume to school. Yes, I’m sure.”)
PRO TIP: Fun Friday Breakfast is often made fun by a.) naming the item something fun and/or unique b.) presenting the food in a surprising way.
So, I give you...PANCAKE SAUSAGE STACKS!
Pancake mix and the key to making your breakfast dreams come true — Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage Patties! (And butter and maple syrup.)
Then, all you have to do is whip up a bunch of silver dollar pancakes and warm up those fully cooked sausages in the microwave (40 seconds, cooks up like a dream!)
Assemble your stacks! Pancake, sausage, pancake, sausage, pancake.
Slather in butter and maple syrup.
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Here they are. Regular old morning...one is finishing up homework, the other is fully committed to his Hot Wheels.
I made them close their eyes. I do this every Friday. Then I revealed their breakfast.
Fun Friday, indeed.
- Pancake Mix (Use your favorite mix.)
- Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage
- Maple Syrup
- Prepare pancakes on the griddle or frying pan, taking care to keep your pancakes about 2 inches in diameter. (Silver dollar style.)
- Prepare breakfast sausage according to package directions. (40 second in microwave.)
- Assemble stacks, alternating pancakes and sausage, starting and ending with pancakes.*
- Butter and bathe in maple syrup.
*These stacks are sturdy enough to use 3 sausage patties, depending on the appetite of your kiddo...or adult. Fun Friday is for everyone.
One thing I really loved about these Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage was that the package was resealable! Breakfast meats are usually a high-commitment ingredient—more time intensive and more messy than I like to tackle on a weekday. I’m so happy to have a delicious protein source that I can quickly add to our plates any day of the week. I’m also a big fan of the turkey variety...and my kiddos can’t tell the difference.
Come over! I’ll make you breakfast...the more the merrier.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville. The opinions and text are all mine.