Kids in the Kitchen Part 3 – Breakfast

Okay, it’s that time again… have the kiddos drop the iPad, get outta the pool and get back to the kitchen for another lesson in cooking, Gourmet Dad style! They already know how to make a killer lunch and a dinner good enough to raise their allowance. Now it’s time to start the day right with the most important meal of the day. And these are pretty fool-proof, so getting up a bit early and surprise you with breakfast in bed is possible – hey, that might help with their allowance, too!



These are the best. You can use just about anything in the fridge, there’s no oven required, and they are deliciously packed with all kinds of good-for-ya stuff. Let your kids experiment with their favorite combination of fruits and cereal – and let them name their special creation (they’ll love this part)!


  • 1 cup granola or crunchy cereal
  • 2 cups yogurt (you can do regular or Greek yogurt, in any flavor you like)
  • 1 cup fruit (berries, sliced apples, peaches – any yummy combo)


This can be made in a large bowl or individual cups – just try to find a clear container so you can see the layers!

Layer the yogurt, granola and berries and repeat until the glass is full. Your kids can top off the parfait with any remaining fruit bits.

Now sit back and enjoy!

Nutella-Nut Butter English Muffins


Partly inspired by my own little chefs, this is a super yummy way to start the day.


  • English muffins (however many you need for your family)
  • Nutella
  • Any nut butter you like – peanut, if no one has allergies or almond 


Let the kids toast the muffins (if they’re old enough!). Then slather on the Nutella and nut butter on one side, top with the other side and you are ready to enjoy!

Mint ‘n Melon



  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • Juice of one lime
  • Handful mint leaves 


Using a melon baller, allow your kids to carve out as many balls as they can get. Put melon balls in a serving dish and refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, squeeze fresh lime juice over the melon & toss. Tear the mint leaves into bite size pieces and scatter over the melons, tossing lightly.

What do your kids make for you? Share your best breakfast, lunch or dinner-making experience below! 



Photo credit: 123rfTumblr, Be Deliciously Healthy
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  • Kathleen O

    I absolutely adore yogurt parfaits. The best one I ever had was on Vancouver Island, in Tofino. There’s a little restaurant that makes their own granola on the premises, and the fruit is amazingly fresh. So tasty!

  • Jun Alapag

    i’ll go for the Parfaits instead. a wonderful big break for breakfast. lol. lovely the Parfaits is.

  • Dean McDermott

    Could we expect any less from Canada? haha ;)

  • Dean McDermott

    They are so easy and delicious!