It’s morning. You’re hungry, and quite possibly groggy. Not wanting to put energy into making breakfast, you grab that same old box of cereal, or throw some raisins in some oatmeal and call it good. This is what’s called a “breakfast rut”. You eat the same thing for breakfast every day, because it’s easy and quick, and it doesn’t challenge your groggy morning brain. It’s time to break out of the rut, and experience some new breakfast options! Some of them can even be made the night before, making mornings even less complicated! Here are four standout breakfast ideas that you should try.
Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal
Especially delicious and refreshing in the summertime, these overnight oats are eaten cold. They’re often made in a jar, but could be made in any sort of container that you can close for the night. Grab 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup milk, and 1/3 cup yogurt. Any kind of yogurt you want! Then, get creative about how you want to flavor it. Berries, other fruits, maple syrup, brown sugar, raisins, nuts, peanut butter, cocoa, pumpkin – anything you can think of! Mix it all together (shake if secured with a lid), then just stick it in the fridge. In the morning, the oats will be soft, and all the flavors will have melded. Add something crunchy on top, if you want, such as cereal or granola. Enjoy, and try a new mixture tomorrow! Try these recipes.
There are many, many ways to bake eggs. Plus, they can be made the night before, refrigerated overnight, and baked in the morning! There are many different recipes and ways to make egg bakes. Some use bread on the bottom, but you can make them without bread too. Just think about your ultimate omelet. What would be in it? Ham? Bacon? Lots of veggies? Grab a dish. Cook the meat you want, and chop up your veggies. Put some cheese in the bottom, then your meats and vegetables. Now scramble some eggs with a little milk and whatever seasonings you’d like (salt and pepper work fine if you don’t want to get fancy), and pour them in. Stick it in the fridge overnight, then bake in the morning. Here’s an example. You can also make single-serving sized portions in muffin tins, and even use ham slices as “crusts” in muffin tins.
When you think of muffins, do you think of those extra-sweet gas station kind? Or perhaps those really dry ones you choked down at your last family gathering? Muffins are better and more versatile than you’d think. You can make them as unhealthy or as healthy as you’d like. The specifics are pretty important here, so you’ll have to search for recipes. This is easy, though, because whatever kind you want, a recipe probably exists! Try blueberry muffins, whole grain apple & carrot muffins, flourless strawberry shortcake muffins, or whatever else you can think to search. Find lists of flavors like this one. The best part is, a batch of muffins will keep for several days!
Waffles and pancakes are just as versatile as muffins. You can make them virtually any kind you want! However, in terms of “quick and easy”, pancakes and waffles don’t belong. So, why are they on this list? Well, I’m sure you’ve probably bought frozen waffles or pancakes in your lifetime. If they can do it, why can’t you? Take your favorite pancake or waffle recipe on a weekend. Make a good amount of them. Then, just freeze them in Ziplock bags in the right portion size after they’ve cooled completely. For example, you’ll probably freeze 2 or 3 pancakes together in one bag. That way, they can just be grabbed in serving-size portions. Unless you make large waffles – then you might need to fill a big bag and grab one as needed. Stick them in the microwave for 45 seconds, turn them over, then nuke for another 30 seconds or until hot all the way through. Easy! These will last several months in your freezer.
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Joli D. writes for Become a Better Baker, where she enjoys providing people with baking tips and techniques, ideas for baking with kids, and more.