Quick breakfast ideas

Eating breakfast gets your metabolism going, supplies your energy for the day and stabilizes your blood sugar levels.

Breakfast is probably the meal that is skipped the most because people are either in a hurry and don’t have time, they don’t feel like eating or don’t have an appetite early in the morning. However, as studies have shown, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

A quick breakfast is better than none, so find some ideas to speed up preparation and give you enough time to have some food at breakfast time.

Hot breakfast on-the-run

Many parents wish they could give their kids a hot breakfast, but often feel like they don’t have enough time due to the quick paced lives most of us lead these days, so our kids reach for a cereal bar or a bowl of sugary cereal, or even go without. But with a little planning ahead and using ingredients you probably already have on hand, you can create these hot breakfasts that you and your children can eat on the way to school and work.

Preparation time 10 minutes or less

Egg Roll Ups - Scrambled eggs take only a few minutes to make, like 5 or less, making for a quick and healthy way to start the day because they are packed with protein. Roll scrambled eggs into a flour tortilla or a slice of bread. Add other ingredients on hand for flavor and nutrition, like shredded cheese, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, diced ham, crumbled sausage or sliced jalapenos while cooking.

Quick and Easy Breakfast Sandwiches - You can use either microwavable bacon, or pre-cooked bacon that you’ve saved. While the bacon is heating in the microwave, toast two halves of an English muffin. Then place two slices of bacon and a slice of cheese between the muffin halves. Wrap in a paper towel and go. This breakfast sandwich is easy to handle and delicious! You can do the same thing with a sausage patty if you so desire.

Pancake Roll Ups - Use pre-made pancakes, frozen or refrigerated. After re-heating, spread your favorite ingredients like peanut butter, your favorite jelly, honey or butter. Roll up and go. You can also use a sausage link or a slice of bacon if you have some already cooked in the fridge or freezer that will only take a few seconds to reheat.

Not So Typical Bagel - There are many ways you can turn an ordinary bagel into a hot breakfast on the go. Instead of just spreading cream cheese or butter on your bagel, top it with a slice of warm ham, pre-made sausage or bacon. You can also scramble some eggs with cheese if you prefer for a nice, warm and tasty on-the-go breakfast.

Breakfast doesn’t have to be skipped or cold incorporating the ideas above. With a little planning and imagination, you can start your family off with a hot breakfast that is faster and healthier than going through the drive through.

Freeze, heat and go breakfasts

Here are some great tasting breakfast ideas that you can make ahead and freeze to help with the issue of not enough time to make breakfast and to give you some added motivation to encourage you to eat breakfast. Then all you have to do is grab them, heat up quickly in the microwave, and go!

Quiche cups

Quiche cups are easy, quick and healthy to make. You can use a wide variety of ingredients and they heat up in as fast as 30 seconds in the microwave. Plus they are easy to eat on the go.

Simply whip up some eggs in a bowl; you can use egg substitutes if you desire. Then add any of the following ingredients you wish.

  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, Colby)
  • Chopped onion
  • Chopped, cooked spinach
  • Mushrooms
  • Diced ham
  • Crumbled sausage
  • Bacon, chopped
  • Chopped green peppers

You can use any combination of vegetables, meats and cheeses to suit your taste buds.

Mix well, and then pour the egg mixture into a muffin pan lined with small cupcake holders. Bake on 350º F for 20 minutes. Let cool. Place two to four cups in quart size freezer baggies and freeze. When re-heating, place in microwave for 30 seconds to one minute. Grab and go!

Peanut butter and jelly pancake roll ups

Another idea for a quick, easy-to-reheat, on-the-go breakfast is to make extra pancakes on Saturday morning. Freeze the extra pancakes in a large freezer bag. When you need a quick, hot breakfast, grab a couple, place on a paper towel or paper plate, then microwave for 30 seconds to a minute. Spread with peanut butter and jelly, roll up and go.

Sausage biscuits

When you are making Sunday morning breakfast, be sure to make some extra sausage patties for these delicious, on-the-go sausage biscuit sandwiches.

Prepare a can of refrigerated biscuit dough - usually makes about 8 biscuits - according to package directions. Place a cooked sausage patty between two biscuits and freeze in a quart size freezer bag.

To microwave, remove from freezer bag, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 1 minute to 1.5 minutes. You can add a slice of cheese if you prefer before heating. Grab and go.

Breakfast burritos

Those growing up in the Southwest are used to throw a Mexican or Spanish twist to lots of the foods the family eats. Here’s a favorite that can be made ahead, frozen and reheated.

Combine scrambled eggs with your favorite ingredients, like: chopped onion, chopped green pepper, diced ham, crumbled sausage, mushrooms, olives, diced tomato, sliced jalapenos and shredded cheese. Place on flour tortilla and sprinkle with hot sauce. Roll up and secure with toothpick if necessary. Place in freezer bag and freeze. When reheating, place burrito in a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds to one minute. Grab and go!

With a little planning and thinking ahead, breakfast doesn’t have to be a cold bowl of cereal, or non-existent!