Even though summer is here and kids are out of school, we adults are still very much working and/or taking summer classes. And thanks to the heat and humidity, we still don’t feel a whole lot like cooking up elaborate breakfasts for hungry anyones, including ourselves. It’s nothing new to hear that American’s don’t eat breakfast. I’m suspicious that many of you are like me – hate getting up early, hate getting out of bed in general, and hate having to actually attempt to make breakfast in the foggy-brain state right out of bed. It’s why insta-breakfast are so popular, in my opinion. Oh, but they are so unhealthy! Yeah, we know that. We really do, but the convenience wins out over science 99.9% of the time. And that is my totally unscientific percentage right there.
Those convenient foods are also expensive, and just don’t taste as good as the homemade. Although I will never be able to make a homemade s’mores pop-tart that tastes the way I want it. When I want a s’mores pop-tart, I go buy a box. And try not to devour them all in one day.
But like I said – cost, taste – I decided way back when I was single and poor that I needed to find a way to make breakfasts cheaper, still quick, and tastier. Now that I’m not subsisting on frozen waffles and pretzels anymore, we (my husband and I) are using these recipes again. Some are actually the Norseman’s (hubby’s) creation. He’s a pretty good cook.
- English muffins
- Cheese, sliced
- Meat (optional)
- Avocado (optional)
- Any other add-on you can think of (optional)
- Microwave-safe plastic wrap
Toast the English muffins in the toaster. Fry up the eggs any way you like them. Just make sure you have a ratio of one egg to one muffin. Slather the toasted muffins with butter or mayo, or leave them plain – your call. If you are using bacon or sausage, be sure to cook it up. Frying lunch meats for added deliciousness is totally optional. Stack everything together and wrap the sandwiches up in microwave-safe plastic wrap or foil if you are anti-microwave. Keep in the refrigerator, and grab one each morning on your way out the door.
- Flour tortillas
- Sausage (crumbly kind)
- Rice, cooked (left-over rice works great)
- Cheese, shredded
- Your favorite add-ins (mushrooms, veggies, onions, etc.)
- Microwave-safe plastic wrap
- Gallon-size ziplock bags
Scramble the eggs and fry up the sausage until crumbly. Place all ingredients in tortillas in the amounts you desire. Don’t forget you do have to wrap these things up still. Don’t overstuff. As each tortilla is assembled and wrapped, place in microwave-safe plastic wrap, and wrap tightly. Tortillas can be refrigerated or frozen. Store wrapped tortillas in gallon-size plastic bags for easier storage. To re-heat, microwave for 1-2 minutes. Remove with a paper towel, because these get hot fast.
Norseman’s Yogurt, Fruit, & Granola
- Greek Yogurt, plain or vanilla
- Delicious granola of your choice
- Fruit of your choice
- Pint size mason jar
Mix granola and yogurt together in the jar. Ratios are up to you. Top off with fruit. Leave overnight. Grab along with spoon on the way out the door in the morning. (Note: this makes the granola soft and chewy. If that texture grosses you out, mix up the morning of.)
Bake a dozen muffins ahead of time. Here are some of our favorites:
Whip up a batch of these Norseman-approved egg muffins.
- Protein Packed Bacon Omelet Bites – I recommend using foil pan liners unless you love scraping baked egg off of muffin tins.
If you have been on Pinterest for any length of time, and have not seen these, well, then you mustn’t be on Pinterest very often. A few of my favorites –
- Simple No Cook Overnight Oats
- Overnight Refrigerator Steel Cut Oats
- The One The Only Overnight Oatmeal
- Apple Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
And Instant Oatmeal packets – the homemade kind.
- Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets – So easy, and so much tastier than Quaker.
Yes, you just make up a batch one day, place them all in a ziplock bag (or individual sandwich bags for quicker grab-n-go, pop them in the toaster on the lowest setting, and voila! Instant heated up pancakes. These are not recommended for in-the-car eating. My two favorite recipes:
- Scottish Pancakes – mouthwatering amazing
- Pam Anderson’s Multi-Grain Medallions – perfect pancakes, every time
Generally I don’t recommend smoothies for breakfast because I believe that you should get some solid food in your stomach in the mornings. But everyone is different and some people swear by their breakfast smoothie, and some can’t stomach solid foods early in the morning. I do recommend kefir smoothies because a.) they are even better for you than yogurt smoothies and b.) they seemed to fill me up better than a yogurt smoothie. My two go-to recipes:
If you need any further breakfast pinspiration (see what I did there?), wander on over to my Pinterest page and check out the Breakfasts Board. You won’t be sorry. But you might get lost for an hour or two. 😉