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Not-so-Boring Breakfasts (on Weekdays)

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My husband says he's sick of cereal (come to think of it I am too), but I don't have a lot of time to make breakfast on workdays. So far I've tried whipping up smoothies (yummy, if messy) and also Wasa Crisp Bread spread with cottage cheese and honey. I need a few more things to go into rotation. Any ideas? Must be quick, and bonus points if it's make-aheadable.

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  1. We've had other threads about healthy breakfasts on this board....I've seen so many good posts here for steel-cut oats to make into oatmeal with a crock-pot overnight...would that count as "cereal"? I love oatmeal but the past few times I've prepared it for breakfast, I've had horrid cramps later in the morning...maybe too MUCH fiber? I do try to eat a high-fiber diet. Not sure what that's all about...anyway, you can jazz it up with pecans/raisins/honey, etc. Natural peanut butter on low-fat triscuits and fresh fruit is my mainstay these days; on other days, plain yogurt with fruit preserves mixed in, and then a handful of almonds or peanuts...I've read that protein is very important in every meal and does not need to be animal protein...it DOES help me stay full til lunchtime, that is for sure! My suggestions are not real exciting, I know that!!!

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    1. re: Val

      I made steel cut oats overnight one time and they were not very good. They wound up like mush, without any of the lovely chewy, nutty texture that makes it so delicious. The upside of this is that steel cut oats keeps very well in the fridge-- you can make a big batch and eat from it for a week. Just pack a to-go container, microwave it at work with a little half and half and a tiny drizzle of honey.

      Oh, and be sure to toast those oats before boiling them!

      Mr. Taster

    2. scramble some eggs and grate some cheese the night before and make a breakfast burrito. you can nuke it in the morning.

      1. Couscous mixed with milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and sweetener. Can add dried fruit as well. Five minutes to stand. Can make ahead and reheat.

        Total yogurt, jam, and granola parfait.

        I'm also addicted to cottage cheese, mixed with barley, cinnamon, vanilla, and splenda, then heated to make a mock rice pudding.

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          brooklynmasala

          I eat a combination of fruit and raw nuts such as pecans, cashews and almonds.

          1. I had the same issue not long ago. Here are some of my solutions - though you have to like savoury brekkies as well as sweet:

            1- Ww tortilla, spread with PB and honey; put a banana in the middle; roll up.

            2- Polenta. If you want to make it the night before, pour it in a loaf pan and slice in the morning. It's good sweet, with maple syrup and fruit; or savoury, with salsa and cheese.

            3- Baked sweet potato - again, the toppings can be savoury or sweet.

            4- Apple grilled cheese. Yum.

            5- Leftovers from dinner. Best bets: rice (if it's plain, you can mix it into yogurt and sweetener for instant rice pudding), pasta, pizza, soup (great in the winter), frittata, dumplings, etc.

            6- Instant fruit crisp. Chop up fruit (or drain some canned), top with granola/crushed graham crackers/nuts/the works, nuke for one minute or so.

            7- Veg or meat hash. Crumble up some burgers (veg or not), mix in leftover veggies (or fry some fresh), add ketchup.

            Basically, whatever's in your fridge can be eaten for breakfast! Although sometimes, nothing beats cereal...

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            1. re: piccola

              Cold pizza beats cereal any day, and then there is migas of which all of the components, chorizo and corn tortillas can be cooked in advance and scrambled together with eggs and topped with cheese and salsa at the last minute. Cold cereal? Not in my house.

              1. re: Candy

                I didn't say it was always the best, but once in a while, I like my cold cereal - if only for the nostalgia value.

                Plus, you can make some pretty nifty combos if you mix brands and add toppings. It's all about creativity.