An easy hollandaise sauce that can be made in the microwave! We added veggies to make it a little more delicious – it’s the perfect topping for breakfast sandwiches. Be sure to check out some of our tips easier breakfasts and snacks, as well!
- 1/3 Cup of Butter
- 2 Large Egg Yolks
- 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Lemon Juice
- Quarter cup of diced tomatoes and peppers, 1/8 of a cup each
- Add butter to a microwave safe dish. Microwave for 15 seconds on high until butter is soft. Err on side of caution. If the butter was frozen continue to heat for 10 second intervals until soft.
- In a small bowl, mix egg yolks and lemon juice.
- Add mixture to softened butter. Let it set for a minute.
- Microwave on high, stopping to whisk every 10 seconds. The mixture may be lumpy after the first one or two times in the microwave. Sauce is done when it is stirred and the sauce ends up smooth and thick. Stir in diced tomatoes and peppers just before using the sauce.
I am not really a morning person, but I have often heard that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Yet, I usually settle on eating and serving cereal and milk. There is some fiber and protein in cereal and milk, but it usually doesn’t fuel me as long as I would like. Even though Katie and I currently work at home we understand how stressful and hectic mornings can be. My toughest mornings were when I had to get up with enough energy to work as a janitor at 4 am. Even now that we have lots of time to make breakfast, it still can be hard to motivate myself to actually make something decent. Here are a few things that we are trying to mix things up and make breakfast a little more interesting and filling.
Lately, I’ve been able to try some delicious Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches. We got a good deal at Wal-Mart on some Jimmy Dean Sandwiches and State Fair corn dogs. Katie’s parents seems to have a few of both of these in their freezer whenever we visit. Somehow, half the time I get there around lunch time without eating any lunch. So, it is nice that there is almost always something filling. I’m sure that a lot of parents keep near ready-to-eat food like this on hand for after school snacks, or for when friends or family come to visit.
Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sandwiches have good sausage, egg, and cheese on a croissant bun. It is delicious by itself, and it packs a lot of protein and flavor that keeps the hunger at bay. However, it is always good to mix it up and have a little variety. With a little extra effort ahead of time you can add some extra special elements to make these sandwiches extra delicious. I have enjoyed having some sliced bell peppers and tomatoes on my sandwiches, and you can slice enough for the week and store in the refrigerator to quickly grab in the morning. Another option is to add a super easy hollandaise sauce that can be made in the microwave. To make it just a little healthier you can add some diced tomatoes and bell peppers at the last second.
One tip is to put most frozen food that you are planning to heat up the next day in the refrigerator. They should be thawed when you are ready to heat them up, and they take less time to cook. Plus, I think that heat up more evenly.
Letting someone else do the work can make everything else a little easier. Letting Mr. Jimmy Dean make breakfast usually sounds good to me. It is the same with after school snacks. In my house growing up it always seemed like everyone had different schedules. School buses got home at different times, and those that drove had even more random schedules. Usually, we were tasked with fending for ourselves in finding an after school snack. There are always things to do, and spending lots of time making a fancy after school snack from scratch doesn’t need to be at the top of the list. One of my favorite childhood treats that still enjoy are corn dogs. It is kind of like a meal on a stick.
On little tip for younger kids and toddlers that might not be able to handle a corn dog very well is to slide it off the stick and slice it up. Jack really like his corn dog he had recently. It gives him the opportunity to dip his food into something, which he has always like for some reason. Ketchup is mostly just pureed tomatoes, so I’m happy to give him lots of that. Corn dogs are very easy to heat up. Sometimes we like to throw some little finger fruits and vegetables on the side. Jack loves strawberries, blueberries, and baby carrots. It might be a little messy, so make sure to have some napkins nearby.
It’s important to make sure you get snacks that will fill your kids up and that they will actually eat. This can be a bit of a challenge, since some kids are pickier than others. One thing we’ve found to be helpful is to include Jack in the process of picking out his snacks/meals and assist in the preparation process. He really seems to enjoy helping us, and it makes him more inclined to to eat the meal.
When Katie was younger, she remembers having corn dogs often as a snack at her best friend’s house. Although she really doesn’t like mustard – at all – they would always make a mixture of the ketchup and mustard. She thinks that’s the only way you should eat a corn dog – and Jack seemed to think it was rather tasty, as well! Sometimes if your kids won’t eat something one way, you can change things up slightly to make it seem like a whole new idea – so if your kids hate mustard, mix it together with ketchup, and they may just love it!
All in all, the most important thing is to keep things simple! While some people love doing extravagant morning and after school routines (which is totally fine if that’s your cup of tea), it’s important to do what’s easiest and best for your family. Not everyone loves frozen foods, but we’ve found that they help in making life a little bit easier.
We have found that Walmart has a lot of different options for quick breakfast and afternoon snacks. They seem to have more options than a lot of stores in the frozen food department, and the prices are always very reasonable. We picked up both of the items featured in this post at Walmart, as well as the fresh vegetables, so it was a quick one stop shop!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jimmy Dean®. The opinions and text are all mine.
Forrest lives in Colorado with the wonderful Katie Clark and their two sons. Forrest was raised in North Carolina, graduated from BYU with a degree in political science, and loves to dabble in lots different things. Plus, he is a big MLS fan.