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Leah Cooks Brown Butter Chocolate Oatmeal from NYT Cooking

You guys, I keep trying to make breakfast happen for my family. My kids, if given their druthers (they’re usually not because “Ugh Mom why do you hafta make us like HEALTHY STUFF??”), would much rather wolf down a couple of bowls of Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes (no, I did not make that up. Yes, there is such a thing as BOTH in ONE BOX. Endocrinologists of the world, rejoice!) each morning before school. But my kids also know that, when given their druthers, they wind up exhausted and cranky by nine o’clock, and that’s usually the time they’re headed into math or gym or their weekly mass at school (they love that last part no, no, not so much) or somewhere equally important that requires a focused child and not one who’s daydreaming about what would happen if sweater lint grew legs. So on a snow day recently, I saw a friend share this recipe and decided to try it. The kids sort-of-kind-of liked it (“Mom? Can I have more sugar?”), and it made so much that I ended up having leftovers…

Leah Cooks a Simple Breakfast Yogurt Bowl

This isn’t really a recipe, you guys. And I know any good nutritionist will tell you that a proper breakfast has green things (heretofore called “vegetables”) in it, but…well, it’s still my breakfast. Every. single. day. I’ll double up on the green things at lunch, okay? So excuse the cheating on every level, but I promised you the usual stuff from my family table, so here you go, in all its lame glory. Here’s what you get: some whole-fat Greek yogurt for protein and to fill you up, a little granola so you don’t gag on the yogurt at 6:30 a.m. (#truth), and a serving of fruit with a little coconut for good happy measure. BOOM. Done. This is in our kids’ breakfast rotation two or three days out of the school week (we save the sugary cereal for the weekends. I’ll let you guys guess which days are their favorites). The only modifications are that we add a little bit of honey to their yogurt for sweetness, and I’ll put ramekins of toppings on the table so…

Healthy-ish Pumpkin Muffins

My girls take a snack to school every day, and it’s turned into a struggle. If they had their druthers, they’d happily eat nothing but yogurt-in-a-tube or Swedish fish every day of their lives, but, unfortunately for them, they don’t have their druthers. They have mine. (And at this point I don’t even know what a druther is. But let’s carry on.) They’ll take fruit to school, but only if they don’t have to bite into it (“We don’t have time for all that!” they wail). They’ll ask for a bag of Doritos, and I just laugh and laugh (“But [insert classmate’s name here] [and here] [and here] always gets to pack Doritos! Why can’t we?” they weep). And then finally I give up and throw some pretzels at them and tell them if they don’t like it, they don’t have to eat it, but that’s a waste of food and sorry, no, I don’t think your teachers would really appreciate if I…