Monday, January 21, 2013

Starting the Morning off Right with #JennieO4Kids

The hardest part of the day for me is mornings. I'm always super busy trying to get myself togehter and the kids ready for school. I'm running around so much I can honestly say that I've had a morning or two when I've forgotten to give the kids breakfast! Yes, I know! Put me on the terrible mommy list. :(

Then I start to think. There are children out there who are hungry. They want breakfast and don't have the money or means to get it. Last year, I participated in several SIMPLE service projects with the group Champions for Kids (CFK). This organization helps to bring awareness to issues that our children are facing ranging from hunger, education, good health and good hygiene. Everyday people, like you and me, are encouraged to join in with their community and complete SIMPLE service projects each month that bring awareness to these topics. For the month of January CFK has partnered with Jennie-O to "Give Breakfast A Wake-up Call" with #JennieO4Kids.

"A nutritious breakfast helps growing bodies develop and thrive, and it can have a substantial long-term impact on children’s educational achievement.  Children who do not eat a nutritious breakfast have a harder time focusing and staying awake in class, which can seriously affect their future educational and professional success." (CFK website)
To complete this service project you were encouraged to get together with other families, youth groups or even your child's classroom to provide a healthy breakfast to children in your community.  I wanted to surprise my neighbors (who have children the same age as mine) with a healthy breakfast featuring Jennie-O sausage. They just had a baby a few weeks ago so I know it's not always easy to get up and cook a breakfast after being up through out the night with the newborn. I headed to Walmart, armed with my Jennie-O coupons to pick up the ingredients.

I decided to whip up these easy and super yummy English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas featuring the Jennie-O Turkey Sausage (recipe below) and put them on a tray with some fresh strawberries and K-cups of coffee for the parents and apple cider for the kids. My neighbors are big Keurig fans like me and it's all about being quick and easy.

We walked over and surprised the family with  breakfast! The kids loved it. No one could tell the difference between the Jennie-O turkey sausage and any other pork sausage. And everything is yummy with some cheese and fresh fruit. I think it definetly gave the kids some energy. As soon as they were finished they all wanted to go outside and play...LOL.

Now that I know how easy it can be to throw together a healthy breakfast I'm going to try and do this for my kids every day. These make a perfect make ahead meal. As a matter of fact I fixed a few extra pizzas and put them into ziploc bags to be frozen. Now I can just pull one out, pop it in the toaster oven and we are ready to go! As an added bonus they are portable! This means I can also put it on a plate and the kids can eat it in the car on the way to school. No big mess and no more forgetting breakfast!

If you want to learn more about CFK and the Jennie-O SIMPLE service project then head on over HERE to learn how you can participate. And to learn more about Jennie-O and their other great turkey products then follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

And as promised the recipe:

1 lb of Jennie-O Turkey Sauage
1 package of English Muffins (brand and flavor of choice)
shredded cheddar cheese
6 eggs
2-3 tablespoons of milk
1 package of gravy mix

Pre heat oven to 400. Slice muffins in half and place on baking tray and put in heated oven. Meanwhile, brown sausage in a skillet, drain and set to the side. Prepare gravy mix as directed on package and then set to the side. Whisk 6 eggs with milk and then scramble in skillet. Mix in cooked sausage with the eggs.

Remove muffins from oven. They should be slightly toasted. Put about a spoonful of gravy on each muffin. Next, place a heaping spoonful of the susage and egg mixture. Finally top each muffin pizza with cheese. Place muffins back on baking tray and put in oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the tops of the muffins start to brown slightly. Serve with fresh fruit and juice (or coffee) to make a complete breakfast.

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