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Mornings can be chaotic and it’s not easy getting kids back into the morning routine after summer holidays, late nights and sleeping in. It may be tempting to save time and skip breakfast, but breakfast gives kids the energy to learn and play better. Kids who don't eat breakfast can lack focus and concentration. Breakfast doesn’t have to be hard work - it can be the easiest and cheapest meal of the day.

Breakfast frittata – takes about 30 minutes
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A tasty breakfast or lunch idea using the classic Kiwi vegetable - kumara. Make the night before and you are ready to go in the morning.

Makes 6

400g kumara (2 large)
6 eggs
½ cup milk
seasoning
½ cup grated cheese

Preheat oven to 180ºC. Spray a Texas muffin pan tray with a little cooking spray.
Scrub kumara, pierce skin with a fork a few times and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until soft.
When cool, cut kumara into cubes and divide evenly between the muffin pans.
In a bowl, beat eggs with milk. Season to taste. Pour the egg mixture over the kumara, dividing it evenly. Sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven, or until set in the middle. Remove tray from oven and place frittatas on an cooling rack until cool. Refrigerate until use.

Suggestions:
Add different ingredients depending what is on hand: e.g. one piece of chopped or sliced tomato per frittata, chopped ham, kernels or creamed corn, very finely sliced onions, chopped spring onions, frozen peas, blanched broccoli or cauliflower florets, precooked pieces of pumpkin or potato.

Edited from recipe on breakfast-eaters.org.nz