5 Minute bird’s nest breakfast! (With recipe)

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D and I have been working on a bird unit study to go with the Burgess Bird Book, and this easy 5 minute bird’s nest breakfast was the first recipe I surprised him with this week to launch the project! You can make breakfast for the entire family quickly and easily, and using whatever fruit you have around (as long as at least one of them is melon).

5 minute bird's nest breakfast


I’ve made a printable recipe card for you so that you don’t have to leave your laptop near a bunch of fruit juice!

5 Minute "bird's nest" breakfast

5 Minute "bird's nest" breakfast


  • -A melon, cut in half (I used seedless watermelon, but any melon would do)
  • -any other fruit that you can slice ....I used kiwi and pineapple
  • -Gay Lea Nordica cottage cheese
  • -a bird cookie cutter and an egg cookie cutter
  • -(optional) pumpkin, sunflower, hemp hearts, flax and/or chia seeds to sprinkle on top


  1. Take your cut-in-half melon and cut out a good chunk of the melon inside it. I used seedless watermelon because it gave me lots of extra flesh to work with.
  2. Slice the flesh you cut out into fairly thin slices (about 1/2 inch or so thick). Use your cookie cutter to cut out a bunch of egg shapes, about half a cup of fruit in all for each "nest".
  3. Slice your last fruit (in my case, pineapple) into slightly thicker slices and cut out your bird shape.
  4. Add half a cup of your Gay Lea cottage cheese into the "nest" melon. Arrange your egg shapes and your bird, add any additional toppings, and serve with a spoon!
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Here are the steps quickly:

Take your cut-in-half melon and cut out a good chunk of the flesh. Slice the flesh into slices roughly 1/2 inch thick and use your egg cookie cutter to make a pile of eggs for your family’s bird’s nest breakfast.

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Slice your next fruit about the same and cut out more eggs.

slicing fruit to make eggs for the 5 minute bird's nest breakfast

Take your last fruit (in this case, pineapple) and cut it a little bit thicker if possible. Use your bird cookie cutter to create a bird for each “nest”.

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Add about half a cup of Gay Lea Nordica cottage cheese to your melon “nest” bowl and arrange your eggs and bird. Add your additional toppings if you’re using them, or serve with whole grain toast to round out a healthy and playful breakfast.

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Why Gay Lea Nordica cottage cheese?

  • Gay Lea’s Nordica Cottage Cheese is made from 100% Canadian dairy milk?
  • High in protein. Just 1/2 cup provides 15g of protein that is low in fat.
  • A great source of calcium
  • Gluten and nut free

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  1. What a fun breakfast! We love eating fruit in the morning, but have never cut it with cookie cutters before. My kids will love this πŸ™‚

    • theusualmayhem@gmail.com

      February 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Cassidy! Pretty and tasty are a rare combination around here; presentation is not my forte πŸ™‚

  2. I think I might try this with yogurt! Both my kids have texture issues with cottage cheese, though I might try it that way myself. What a pretty breakfast!

    • theusualmayhem@gmail.com

      February 27, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      If they have texture issues, you might want to test out their Smooth Cottage Cheese. My texture-quirky kids found it acceptable as an alternative πŸ™‚

  3. “This healthy and playful breakfast takes 5 minutes to make for the entire family! I’ve included a printable recipe that you can lay on the counter as you work. Surprise your kids today!”

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