Breakfast in a Hurry: 4 Ideas to Start the Day

July 17, 2008 at 1:32 am 5 comments

For some people, breakfast means nothing more than a steaming hot cup of coffee or tea. But there are those who get out of bed with stomachs grumbling, ready to eat ravenously as soon as feet hit the floor.

This can present a problem if you have an 8-to-5 schedule during the work week. Once you factor in getting yourself ready (and any others you may be responsible for), dropping kids off at school or daycare, and then the commute itself, time for breakfast fades into nothing more than a luxury for weekends and vacation days.

But take heart. There are ways to grab a quick, nourishing breakfast, even on the most hectic days, without always resorting to cold cereal. In addition to the beverages of your choice – coffee, tea, orange juice, tomato juice, milk, etc. — here are four fast and easy breakfast ideas to satisfy your grumbling stomach and get your day off to an energetic start.

Quick Scrambled Eggs
Time: 10 minutes

Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute. Melt 1 tablespoon butter or margarine and swirl it around the pan to coat. While the butter is melting, crack 4 eggs (for two servings) into a bowl and beat them until the yolks and whites are combined. Add a splash of milk or water, if you like.

Add the eggs to the heated skillet and turn the heat down to medium low. Stir the eggs often, and cook until they lose their runny quality, but no longer. This should take 3 or 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and serve. (To make clean-up easier, let the pan soak while you’re at work.)

Not Your Mother’s Cinnamon Toast
Well, it’s not my mother’s cinnamon toast. Sorry, Mom: this is better. Put away the toaster.
Time: 10 minutes

2 slices white bread (or wheat, if you prefer)
Butter or margarine
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the broiler of your oven for 3 to 4 minutes. (If you are using a toaster oven, omit this step.) Toast the bread lightly on one side. Remove from broiler, turn bread over and spread butter generously on untoasted side. Then sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on each piece. Put bread back under the broiler for 30 to 45 seconds, just enough to melt the butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Basic Oatmeal
Time: 15 minutes
This is much better than the instant, microwaveable stuff, especially on a cold morning. To make your oatmeal thicker, use about ¼ cup less water. Makes two servings.

2 ¼ cups water
Pinch of salt
1 cup rolled oats
Sugar, maple syrup, sweetened preserves, honey, or other optional sweeteners

Boil the water, salt, and oats in a medium-sized sauce pan over high heat. When the mixture boils, turn the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the water is absorbed. This should take 4 to 5 minutes. Add a dab of butter if you want, then put a cover on the pan and turn the burner off. Let the oatmeal sit for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the sweetener of your choice and serve.

Yogurt and Granola

This is incredibly easy, quick – and portable, if need be.
Time: 2 minutes

1 container low-fat yogurt (flavor of your choice)
½ cup granola

Mix granola and yogurt in a small bowl and serve.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Theresa  |  July 17, 2008 at 4:09 am


    I’m going to try the cinnamon toast tomorrow. I’ll bet the kids like it.


  • 2. Judy Ferril  |  July 17, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Mary,
    What great ideas for quick, no stress stress breakfasts. I have got to try the cinnamon toast. I don’t like buying the pre-packaged for the sugar overload and with your recipe, I can choose my bread.


  • 3. Lisa Kirby  |  July 19, 2008 at 4:13 am


    I loved your opening on the Cinnamon Toast recipe! That’s one I’ll have to try. Sounds delicious.

    Thanks for another new recipe.

    Lisa Kirby

  • 4. Suzanne  |  July 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Hey, Mary,

    Super breakfast ideas! Much better than some 2,000 calorie breakfast burrito from a fastfood joint.

    Three Angels Gourmet Co.
    A Virtual Company with Real Food

  • 5. Terri Forehand  |  July 28, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Great ideas. I love your site. Keep up the good information.

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