The Lazy Girl's Guide To Easy Brunch Ideas for Kids

At the risk of sounding basic: I'm a gal about brunch.  If you've been following along on Instagram you've probably spotted our weekly brunch set up at home via stories. I'll admit, I'd much rather be sipping mimosas at a trendy restaurant on the avenue but wrangling an antsy toddler in a high chair has me reluctant to drop $20 a plate every weekend. So, brunch at home it is. But like other moms running on empty from lack of sleep and basically everything else, I really don't love spending a whole lot of time whipping together brunch for 5. So over the last several months I've found a handful of brunch ideas that look and taste like you spent hours in the kitchen perfecting the recipe while in reality it took about 15 minutes to throw together.

One of my favorite ways to keep it simple is skipping the stove and using the oven. Just mix, drop it in a dish and let the oven do it's magic. Thus, the idea of the Lazy Girl's Guide To Making Brunch for Kids came to mind. So, we're keeping it simple with five of my favorite brunch staples that lack the huge effort but pack huge results...

For Eggs
Forget scrambling eggs that stick to the pan no matter how much butter you use. Make it a FRITTATA in a ceramic dish and bake for 30 minutes. All you need is 6-8 eggs, a smidge of milk and the toppings of your choice. We've used everything from black beans, tomotoes, peppers and cheese. Bonus: it looks better than simple scrambled eggs and the kids ALWAYS ask for seconds. 

French Toast
Easily one of my favorite brunch foods but let's be real when you're cooking for 4 boys you're spending quite of bit of time dipping slices of bread and cooking them. Forget that noise, bake it. Cube up 2-3 cups of the bread of your choice (challah and day-old ciabatta breads are my favorite) and place on a greased 13x9 baking dish. Preheat oven to 350˚. Whisk up about 6 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 2 tbsp. of vanilla and a 1 tbsp. of ground cinnamon. Drizzle oven bread and coat evenly. Let sit about 10 minutes to let it absorb and bake for 25-35 minutes. Bonus: Sprinkle with brown sugar before baking or top with bananas or blueberries. 

Another way, is to slice up French Bread and arrange it in a cast iron skillet and bake for about 20 minutes. Top with fresh cream and blueberries. 

Spice Up (Canned) Cinnamon Rolls
We almost always have Cinnamon Roll dough in the fridge and it is the easiest food to just pop in with zero effort. I'm all about jazzing them up to make them even better like unrolling and adding cream cheese, pumpkin puree, chocolate chips or banana. I'm putting together a recipe for the Bananas Foster Cinnamon Rolls I created a few weeks back (stay tuned). 

Bake Your Bacon
Forget flipping bacon in a skillet when you can bake it in the same amount of time and double the crispness. I've been using a broiler pan at 400˚for 15 minutes. 

I liked this idea so much that I gave it it's own post. Honestly, it's the easiest brunch idea to date and the kids are constantly asking for a repeat. Get un-iced toaster pastries (I love Glutino and Annie's ), make your own icing and let them pile their pastries with fruits, sprinkles and whatever else until their little hearts are content. 

What are your favorite "Lazy Girl's" To Easy Brunch Ideas for Kids