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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Quick Breakfasts - 30+ Ideas

I'm on a new quest....

I have quit buying breakfast cereals.  They're expensive, and I haven't been using coupons lately.  To be honest, I feel guilty feeding them to my family.  I, personally, am a leftover type of girl.  I will pretty much eat anything for breakfast--the easier the better--pizza, left over spaghetti, whatever....My family, most of them, don't do things the way I do.  So, it's for them, that I have embarked on this quest.

I buy granola in the bulk food section of the store, but my family loves it so much that it's gone so quickly; best when stirred into yogurt.  We eat oatmeal frequently.  #6 very often runs out the door with a paper cup full of oatmeal and a plastic spoon.  Half of the family leaves by 7:10am, so whatever we eat has to be prepared early and quickly.

My hope was to end up at least 30 options.  I think I've ended up with a few extra.  Enjoy!

Things that go together rather quickly:
  • fruit and yogurt parfait - layer berries or chopped up fruit with any flavor of yogurt in a cup.
  • yogurt and granola
  • hard boiled eggs - make ahead and have on hand.  We mark our hard boiled eggs with an "x" in pencil on the shell, so we can assure that it's not a raw egg.
  • scrambled eggs - throw in veggies or cheese.
  • French toast in a mug
  • smoothie - you can throw pretty much anything you like in a blender along with a little bit of milk, blend it up, and you have a smoothie.  Freeze bananas, blueberries, peaches, etc. to throw in, or use fresh fruit and ice.  You can also throw in a tablespoon or two of frozen apple or orange juice concentrate for a bit more sweetness or sprinkle a bit of cinnamon in for a bit of spice.
  • oatmeal - throw in brown sugar and a little bit of milk.  Add a bit of pumpkin pie spice--my kids love it.
  • English muffins - topped with whatever you like or make into a sandwich with ham and eggs.
  • bagels - with peanut butter or cream cheese and /or jam.  I like my cream cheese softened in the microwave for a few seconds until creamy on a toasted bagel.  Yum!
  • fruit and cheese - or anything and cheese.  Seriously, how can you go wrong with cheese?  Can you tell I'm an addict?
  • scones - Rhodes rolls left to rise overnight, flatten and deep fry; top w/jam or make elephant ears by sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar.
  • poached egg on toast - fry an egg in a bit of water (1/4 C. or so), cover and let simmer until the white of the egg is no longer gushy.  Butter a piece of toast and put the egg on top.
  • rice sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and a bit of milk
  • toast topped with whatever you like


Things to have ready in the freezer (throw them in the toaster or microwave, and voila!):

Other items to premake that don't require a toaster:
  • muffins (make them yourself the night before or buy the muffins at the store)
  • banana bread (I've linked you to my favorite)
  • zucchini bread (there's a really good recipe in the Madhouse cookbook)
  • pumpkin bread
  • ...you get the idea.


Alyson said...

I don't remember when we made the shift, but it was before I was pregnant with #5 so it was very early on. Cereal is expensive, but cereal + soymilk is astronomical; so for the last 13 or so years cereal has been a General Conference-only treat, and we eat toast every morning. Sometimes we have Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal with it, sometimes smoothie (I'm on a huge smoothie kick right now, got a huge box of oranges), but always toast. I make it all while the kids are getting ready and doing chores. When the whole fam of 9 is here, it can take me 45 minutes, but that's not 45 minutes solid, since I can unload the dishwasher or even put on make up between toaster dings.

91 School PTA said...

My kids love breakfast burritos -- basically scrambled eggs wrapped in a tortilla. You can toss in bits of bacon or sausage or even salsa. Yum! They're great for eating on the way out the door!

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