One of the most important life skills for teens is cooking. It’s one we work on regularly in our house. Get your middle schooler into the kitchen with these simple breakfast recipes.
Teens love to eat, however, not all are interested in the process of cooking. But it’s a skill they all need to learn. Whether your older kids enjoy cooking or don’t know their way around the kitchen, these easy, yummy dishes will get them excited about fixing their own meals, plus have them looking to getting up and starting their day.
Simple Breakfast Ideas for Teens
Here are a few easy and delicious recipes that your teens will enjoy and will help them get comfortable in the kitchen and excited to cook.
1. Fruit Smoothie
Looking for a quick and delicious way to start your day? Try this smoothie made with your favorite berries.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup of ripe strawberries (or berries of your choice)
- 3/4 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 tbsp honey or another form of liquid sweetener
- 1/2 plain yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)
To make this recipe, your teen will also need a knife, cutting board, measuring spoons, a blender, and a glass.
To Create the Smoothie:
- Rinse off the strawberries and cut off the stems. Cut them in half.
- Peel the banana and slice in half.
- Put all of the ingredients (the banana, strawberries, milk, honey, and yogurt) into the blender. Blend on high speed until the mixture is completely smooth.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
This recipe is so good! It makes it very easy to take regular french toast “up a notch” for any special family occasion.
Kids can use their favorite cookie cutter shapes to make this hearty breakfast with a grilled cheese-like twist.
These colorful and delicious muffins require just 4 ingredients and are ready in less than 25 minutes!
This yummy breakfast treat is not only fun to eat, but will it will also make your house smell amazing.
This might just be the BEST way ever to practice kids’ vocabulary words.
Use up leftovers with these easy to make “muffins.” They also freeze well so kids can microwave them for a quick and filling breakfast.
Mini waffles, fresh fruit, and a delicious dip made with Greek yogurt. Kids will have fun making them AND eating them!
My teens love overnight oats. They’re simple to make and eat, especially if you need breakfast on the go. They’re made the night before, so even if your older kids are in a rush in the morning, they can still have a healthy breakfast.
10. Potato Rosti
This dish is made from grated potatoes that are fried until crispy. Sounds a lot like hash browns to us and we love it!
One of our favorite cookbooks is DK’s Complete Children’s Cookbook. If you’re teaching your teen how to cook, make sure to have a couple of kid-friendly cookbooks on hand. They’re great tools that will make it easier. Once they’ve mastered a few recipes, consider showing them how to make their own DIY cookbook.
If you don’t know how to get started cooking with middle schoolers, I’ve got some ideas you can use.
It’s time to get your teen out of bed and into the kitchen!