For my day one of our breakfast challenge I started easy.
Since this was my first day in months a while that I've made breakfast on a school day, I decided to start with something that was quick and easy: corn cakes.
I've used Jiffy cornbread mixes for years (although I did switch to using this great Alton Brown recipe for cornbread within the last year…way back when I was still cooking) but I never knew that you could make "pancakes" from the mix until recently. Of course, the recipe's right there on the box, but I'd never bothered to look for it before. In my opinion, regular pancakes don't even come close to the delicious taste of corn cakes.
Making up the batter is pretty simple. Just stir in 1 egg, 2 T. melted butter/margarine, and 3/4 cup milk to one 8.5-oz. box of Jiffy corn muffin mix. Then cook the pancakes on a greased griddle the way you'd make normal pancakes. They are so yummy!
Jaden doesn't care for corn cakes, however. (He's picky about the strangest things sometimes. The child doesn't like chocolate and peanut butter together, and yet he passes up pizza for broccoli on occasion. Go figure!) So instead he opted for a bowl of milk with a little cereal mixed in. This is an improvement from his normal breakfast which often consist of a mug of hot chocolate. He's a bit like his father, so he's not much of a breakfast person.
The girls gobbled up several corn cakes a piece, and there was plenty left over to freeze the extras for later in the week.
Tomorrow's breakfast is Lynn's oven omelets. It's a recipe I've never tried before, and I haven't had an omelet in ages, so I'm really looking forward to it.
And if you are up for a challenge, or need some inspiration and motivation to get back in the kitchen and cook, we'd love for you to join us in this adventure. Just focus on making breakfasts every day this week, trying out new recipes or bringing back some oldie-but-goodies. Then next Monday Amanda and I will each host a Mr. Linky and you can link up your post about the breakfasts you tried this week (of course, including pictures and mouth-watering recipes, too!).
For each of the the following three weeks, the breakfast challenge will change into challenges for lunches, dinners, and then snacks. Then, at the end of this 4-week cooking challenge, Amanda and I will be compiling master menu plans from which we can more easily plan our meals. So we're both looking forward to some new meal ideas from our fabulous readers. We'd love for you to join us!