There are 500 million cables in my house, and I can’t find the one that connects my camera to my laptop. That’s frustrating because I’ve taken pictures of everything my boys have eaten for breakfast during our “everything is fair game for breakfast” experiment week, and I can't get them out of the camera now.

If I were able to show you the pictures, you’d see that they ate things like leftover chicken, a big bowl of peas, homemade macaroni and cheese, a quesadilla (which did get off of my camera before I lost the cable), oatmeal, and yes, even cold cereal with milk.

I would say that my experiment was very successful.

  • The boys were quite happy with being able to choose anything they wanted for breakfast.
  • We got a lot of leftovers eaten without having to find creative ways to incorporate small amounts of leftovers into new dinners.
  • Vegetables got eaten before school.
  • There was a lot less grumbling about choices because there were a lot more choices.
I didn’t end up cooking anything from scratch, except the oatmeal. I would just open up the fridge and let the boys know what their options were. There was plenty to be used up.

We got also got a lot of great comments about everything being fair game for breakfast after my original post.

when I was a kid all I wanted was either a hamburger or a pork chop for breakfast. Even at restaurants. My mother, a firm believer in raising thoroughly independent children, taught me to make my own hamburger or pork chop without burning down the house by the time I was seven.
-       anonymous

I love leftovers, especially thai food, a grilled cheese, or slicing up an apple and coating each slice liberally in peanut butter. Another recent favorite is small corn tortillas toasted with black beans and a sprinkle of cheese. Variety makes it much more interesting and I find I have more energy and don't get as hungry midmorning when I start the day with a solid dose of protein. I save my cereal to enjoy as an afternoon or evening snack. Ultimately though, breakfast should come down to whatever helps one in the wakeup process and provides energy for the day.

- anonymous

Our Korean exchange student told us that in Korea there are no special breakfast foods- it's all just food. I'm happy with that; things like donuts and pastries, (while tasty) make me ill a couple of hours after eating them, and cold cereal leaves me, well, cold. The traditional breakfast foods I do like- eggs, pancakes, oatmeal- I like just as well at other meals.

-       Willa

my kids (4yrs. and 1yr) asked for waffles, sweet potatoes and green beans for breakfast. I agree, as long as it's healthy, it's fair game.

-       Mandi

Did you give this experiment a try and allow anything to be fair game for breakfast as long as it was healthy and you had time to make it? How did it go? I think I'm going to make this standard in my home from now on.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

The 'everything is fair game' experiment
After one week of allowing "everything is fair game for breakfast," I recap how it went.