Breakfast is commonly referred to as the most important meal of the day, but how crucial is it? It turns out the fuss is worth it: Skipping breakfast has been linked to increased heart disease, weight gain, impairment of cognitive abilities, increased risk of diabetes and bone density loss.1
Even if you actively strive for a healthy lifestyle, you may feel as though your morning routine doesn’t allow enough time for breakfast. But even if you’re running short on time in the morning, there are some great options for you. We’ve compiled a list of quick and easy breakfasts you can make each morning, as well as some bigger breakfasts you can cook once and eat throughout the week.
Coffee Cup Egg Scramble: Beat eggs, milk, salt, pepper and other spices together like you normally would, but instead of scrambling it in a pan on the stove, expedite the process! Grease a microwave-safe mug with cooking spray and pour the egg mixture in. Microwave on high for 45 seconds and stir. Place it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds and top with shredded cheese.
Baked Hard-Boiled Eggs: Baking your eggs is not only an easy, hands-off way to make breakfast ahead of time, it also reduces the sulphur and makes the yolk creamier. Preheat your oven to 160°C and place a dozen eggs in a muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes, and when done, place in a large bowl of ice water.
Egg Muffins: Another egg-citing make-ahead breakfast, egg “muffins” are packed with protein and are easy to grab on the go. Beat eggs and milk together and add in your favourite vegetables (try mushrooms, green onions and spinach). Fill the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with the mixture and bake for 20 minutes on 170°C. Eat them right away or let them cool and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for a month.
Microwaved Poached Eggs: Poached eggs are tasty on avocado-topped toast or paired with a crumpet. Crack an egg into a coffee mug and pour in 70 millilitres of water and a splash of white vinegar. Cover the mug with a microwave-safe plate and cook for one minute on 60% power.
Breakfast Burritos: It’s hard to beat cheesy eggs wrapped up in a toasty tortilla first thing in the morning, but who has time for that? Lucky for us, breakfast burritos are a great make-ahead option. Scramble up some eggs with your favourite veggies or breakfast meat. Mix them all together in a large bowl with salt and pepper. Lay all your tortillas out and spoon the mixture onto them. Top with cheese and wrap each one individually in clingfilm. Store in your freezer for up to a month.
Overnight Oats: One of the most customisable options for a quick breakfast, overnight oats are not only easy to make but nutritious, too! Simply fill a bowl or jar with the ingredients called for and let it sit in your fridge overnight. Try one of these 15 delicious recipes.
Slow Cooker Oats: If you prefer your oats warm, try this alterative overnight option. Similarly to basic overnight oats, you’ll set up all the ingredients the night before and let them cook. Use steel cut oats for combos like banana bread overnight steel cut oats or apple cranberry overnight steel cut oats.
Breakfast Biscuits: Biscuits? For breakfast? It may seem counter intuitive, but recipes like this are actually filled with good fibre and protein. Bake a dozen at the beginning of the week and take a pair with you on your way to work each day.
Oat Breakfast Bake: Think casseroles are only for dinner? Think again! Spend an hour on Sunday making an easy oat-based breakfast casserole and eat it throughout the week. Add your favourite fruit or jam for an easy breakfast you can eat on the go or warm up quickly in the microwave.
Breakfast Quesadillas: Don’t let the crevices of a waffle maker throw you — it can actually double as a panini press very easily! Grease a waffle iron and place in a large tortilla. Fill with scrambled eggs, cheese, breakfast meats, vegetables and more. Close the waffle maker until the cheese melts and viola, an easy quesadilla.
Quick Cinnamon Waffles: Who has time to make fresh batter in the morning? Fortunately, there is a way to skip all the hassle but still have fluffy waffles. Buy refrigerated cinnamon rolls instead! Place the dough for one cinnamon roll in each wedge of the iron and allow it to cook just like you would typical waffle batter.
Hash Brown Waffle Bake: Shredding potatoes for hash browns can be time consuming. Instead, take advantage of the ease of frozen tater tots. Stack them across a waffle iron, close and cook! Hash browns have never been so easy (and crispy!).
Veggie omelette: If you don’t have a microwave or are simply looking for a great hands-off cooking option for your breakfast, look no further than a waffle omelette! The benefit to cooking your omelette in the waffle iron is the speed of two heat sources (top and bottom of the iron).
1University Health News. (15 August 2015). Why is breakfast important? Retrieved 21 October 2016, from http://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/why-is-breakfast-important-5-reasons-you-should-always-eat-breakfast/