“His companions had long been awake, and had had time to get hungry and have breakfast.” Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Boy, what a week! Labor Day weekend and my brother’s birthday collided to form one big bustle. Barbecue on Sunday . . . cake the next day . . . whew! Monday night, I was stuffed and yearning for Tuesday morning: a trip to the library and back = 40-50 minutes of glorious walking. Take that, extra calories!
Needless to say, I was not in the mood to do a “prepare-the-night-before-breakfast.” And though I do that a lot—a batch of overnight oats, a fragrant frittata, or a muffin wrapped up and waiting for me is beyond convenient—things don’t always go as planned.
For example, this post.
I wanted to have it up Tuesday, and Wednesday has already crept in for us East Coasters. (Technically, I made my deadline over on the West Coast—come on, don’t say that doesn’t count!)
Ever happen to you? Do you wake up not having a clue what’s for breakfast, certain only of the big cup of joe you’ll gulp down? (Oh, wait, that’s me.)
Here are 5 super-simple, super-quick breakfast fixes:
1. Less-Than-a-Minute Egg
Whisk and egg (or two) in a bowl with 1-2 tablespoons of water. Season to taste. Microwave for 30 seconds. If still too moist, tack on a few more seconds until desired doneness. (One egg cooks up in 40 seconds in my microwave). Should slide out in a neat circle. Look at that! A mini sun to brighten your morning.
Top with whatever your heart desires. You could try add-ins prior to microwaving (I think I’ve sprinkled in some cheese before), but most of the time, I reserve veggies and stuff for my fancy-schmancy skillet eggs.
2. Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl
Leftover brown rice from dinner? How ‘bout some rice pudding? In a bowl (as if “bowl” wasn’t in the title!), microwave the amount of rice you desire. Maybe you get up ridiculously early for work and barely have an appetite for water . . . maybe you go for a long run and come rampaging back home like a ravenous lion. I haven’t a clue——only you know how hungry you are for that first meal of the day. Back to the bowl . . .
Heat rice till steamy. Plop in raisins; sprinkle in cinnamon and nutmeg. Have an overripe banana cluttering up your counter? Mash it in! Finish with a splash of milk, if you like. Voila! Good to go. Leaning toward savory? Give your rice bowl a Middle Eastern flair. Got any sprouted chickpeas? Toss them in, along with a few dashes of curry powder. A pinch of cayenne, a dollop of plain yogurt . . . hey, what else do you have in your kitchen? Poke around: you never know where it will take you.
3. French Toast (Literally!)
Take two slices of whole-grain bread; drop them in the toaster. Once popped, place the golden squares on a plate. Smear with butter, cover in cinnamon, and pour on the maple syrup! Could also do a version with yogurt, fruit pieces, and granola. Varieties are endless! How would you make yours?
4. Real Instant Oats
Grab a bowl. Measure out a serving of old-fashioned oats (can use the quick kind if that’s all you have). Slowly pour in regular, old water from your kitchen sink (doesn’t need to be hot); stir until water is completely absorbed. (Ah, don’t worry about adding too much water: tip your bowl over the sink, hold your oats in with a spoon, and drain off the extra liquid. See? Fail-proof!) Prepare and eat as you normally would. Here’s an idea: swirl in raspberry jam, sprinkle in cocoa, sweeten more, if needed . . . yum! Raspberry cordials by the spoonful: pure morning decadence!
5. Protein-Packed Cereal
Pour a hearty cereal into a container or bowl: bran flakes, shredded wheat, cereal shaped like“Os” . . . you get the point. Drop in a tablespoon or two of your favorite
nut butter (love me my natural pb!). Stir like crazy! Don’t mind the crunching sounds—embed each grain with gooey nuttiness. Drench the cereal in your milk of choice (almond and coconut are my faves) or eat dry the way my mom does. (She’s been a “peanut butter and frosted flakes fan” for as long as I can remember, and was the inspiration for this idea.)
That’s it—we’re done!
Actually, no, we’re not.
Now it’s your turn. Have a quickie breakfast to pass along? Breakfast/brunch is my favorite meal. Tasting your creations would make it even better!