I am not much of a cook. I actually really dislike it and consider it a necessary evil – we have to eat, therefore I have to cook. So, given my philosophy, I am a fairly basic, borderline mediocre cook. Ironically, my husband and son both love to cook but my son is 6 and my husband gets home late, so for now, I do the bulk of the cooking.
Mornings in our house are really hectic and by the time I get the kids ready to get out the door, I barely have time to pour my coffee in a travel mug. The problem is, aside from breakfast being the most important meal of the day, I am one of those people who really needs breakfast. I get hangry if I don’t eat and I have to take medication in the morning, so an empty stomach is not ideal.
These are my top 3 breakfasts that I can have in less than 3 minutes.
Pancake Muffins (pictured above)
Ok, this one takes more than 15 minutes to initially make, but if you take 20 minutes on Saturday or Sunday morning to make these, you can re-heat them in 30 seconds and enjoy all week.
I use this pancake recipe to make a from-scratch version, but you can also use your favorite pancake mix.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Make pancake batter using your favorite recipe or pre-made mix
- Spray a muffin tin with Pam or any non-stick spray
- Place 4-6 frozen blueberries or cut up strawberries in each tin
- Spoon batter into tin a little more than half way
- Put it in the oven and keep an eye on it, checking after 10 minutes – the longest I’ve needed to leave them in is 15 minutes
- The tops should be light brown and a knife should come out clean
- Once they’ve cooled, you can put them in a ziplock bag and heat two in the microwave every morning
I have seen pancake muffin recipes that suggest adding maple syrup to the batter for a touch of sweetness, but honestly, once I’ve added the fruit, they are sweet enough for me.
Oatmeal in the Microwave
I see a lot of wonderful recipes for overnight oatmeal and crockpot oatmeal, but quite frankly, I’m the only person in my family who likes oatmeal, so those don’t really work for me.
My “recipe” is simple, and the only reason I’m sharing it is because I recently spoke with an past client who is 92 years old and she mentioned that she misses hot oatmeal but doesn’t have it in her to “cook” anymore. I shared my little recipe and now she eats oatmeal daily and loves it.
- Purchase a tub of any old-fashioned oatmeal recipe – I use Quaker Oats, but I have used generic and it tastes just fine
- Measure a ½ cup and put in microwave safe glass bowl
- Pour just enough water to cover oats and a bit more, depending on how wet you like your oatmeal. I like it dry-ish, almost like a cookie, so I only add enough to cover with a little extra
- Add one tablespoon of honey (read this for the health benefits of honey)
- Add one tablespoon of cinnamon
- If you have blueberries, you can add a handful. You can also add bananas, raisins or nuts
- Put in microwave for 1 minute, stir and put back for 1 minute, 30 seconds. Let it sit for a minute or so to cool down
Toast and a “Poached” Egg
My husband started making this for me when I was pregnant to help me eat more protein and it is a great quick breakfast that I still eat regularly.
- Toast two pieces of bread – I prefer sourdough or whole wheat, but you can use your preference
- While you bread is toasting, take a glass bowl or a cappuccino cup (you want it to be fairly wide, but not too large so the egg won’t fit on your bread
- Spray the bowl with non-stick spray, crack one egg into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap
- Place in microwave for 30 seconds. Depending on your microwave and how “done” you like your egg, you may need to add another 15 – 30 seconds. Don’t leave the room, your egg can go from underdone to exploding very quickly!
- By the time your egg is done, your toast likely will be too. I usually put a light layer of butter on my toast and place the egg on one piece. Done, easy, quick and you can eat it standing up.
You can also vary this recipe by toasting a mini-bagel or English muffin and making an egg sandwich with a slice of cheese and the egg.
Do you have any quick on-the-run breakfasts?