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Vegetarian low-cook breakfast ideas please!

Please save me from breakfast bars! I normally get to my office very early and have a Clif or a protein bar for breakfast. I'm really getting sick of these and am looking for other things to eat. What can I take to work that involves not much packing at home (I usually have to pack lunch in any case) and little or no effort to prepare at the office? We do have a toaster oven, a microwave and a hotpot at the office. There is also a Trader Joe's nearby, so if there are particular breakfasts from there that you like, please let me know.

By the way, I'm vegetarian, and try to get at least some protein in my morning meal, so if it has a goodly bit of protein, all the better. I'm not a vegan, so things involving egg and cheese are good too.

Thanks so much.

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  1. It depends on whether you're into sweet or savoury. But you can try these (all of which get my sceal of approval):

    Instant/canned black bean soup or minestrone
    Gardenburger (or is it Morningstar Farms?) frozen burritos
    Brown rice with vanilla yogurt
    Cottage cheese with fruit
    Babybel cheese with V8
    Trail mix and fruit
    Quesadillas (reheat in the toaster oven)
    Steamed veggie buns (either frozen or leftover)
    These guys http://www.pitabreak.com/en/products_...
    This stuff http://www.superiortofu.com/products/...

    That's a good start.

    1. I like to make oatmeal or quinoa at home, mix it with almond butter, maybe a little vanilla and a touch of sugar or honey and add frozen raspberries to the warm oatmeal. By the time you get to work the warm oatmeal will have defrosted the berries and it will be moist due to the water in the frozen berries.
      Another option is to premake a batch of muesli - oats, yogurt, dried fruit, nuts, vanilla, etc.you can keep this mixture in the fridge and take out a daily portion.
      Brown rice cakes with slices of cheese and a little jam are good too.

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      1. re: pescatarian

        Big fan of the muesli idea. I have a selecton of nuts, pepitas, dried fruits - dates, cranberries, raisins, apricots and some oatmeal at my desk in little jars. I make up a daily plate in the morning - usually adding a banana, peach or apple and then I drown it in soy milk. Delicious.

        1. re: katp

          I like the Ezekiel Bread too. I'm using it for lunch today with lox :)

        2. Thanks, those are all great suggestions. For the record, I prefer savory to sweet, though I don't mind a sweet breakfast every now and then. Piccola, the brown rice and yogurt suggestion reminds me of our typical breakfast when I was growing up in South India -- cold rice with plain yogurt, which we would eat with very spicy lime pickle! Most of my American friends don't think this very appetizing, but invariably love it when they try.

          1. i second the peanut butter (no jelly, its just sugar) on ezekial or any good bread. you can also take quaker or some oatmeal and put it in a to-go cup with hot water. by the time you get to the office itll be ready to go. of course, i dont personally think this is a good way to start your morning but if you really cant do anything else, itll do i suppose. but, if you eat eggs, why dont you just hardboil a bunch and then take them to work with you? or, you could toss a hardboiled egg in there with the oatmeal in your cup. do NOT try this with hardcore oat products like steel cut or anything, tho. you only want old-fashioned or instant (tho instant is not really healthy at all) oats for this approach since they dont require the intense heat and time that the less processed oat products do.

            1. Make a frittata or even a quiche -- I find that frittatas are really easy to make in the morning while getting ready, but you can just as easily make them at night then refrigerate and wrap and then grab and take with you to the office. You can make a big one a few days earlier and then individually wrap wedges of it and bring with you, I particularly like a potato/spinach/feta combination, but you can experiment with lots of different vegetables and cheeses.

              1. Egg salad or egg white salad in a toasted whole wheat pita

                TJ's has those frozen individual serve steel cut oats bowls that to which you can add savories

                Hummus w/ whole wheat pita

                TJ's has different veggie patties... I like the southwestern and the italian ones... Good heated and chopped with some salsa or beans

                Beans, rice, cheese and salsa and avocado if you like all tossed up... naked tostada

                Personally, i like a whole wheat tortilla w/ TJ's blend soy cheese mix for quesadilla

                My grandmother used to make my grandfather cottage cheese w/ noodles and S&P... it's of eastern european origin i believe

                1. man it really seems that Trader Joe's is popular with hounds. i wish there wereone here in NYC that werent soo damn crowded ALL the time. plus, in a borough would be nice. we could use one in Bklyn. got the whole foods coming to 3rd and 3rd but TJ's is a different beast than WHFoods isnt it? i know also that we have no shortage of smaller, kickass health food stores but there is something kind of kid-in-a-candystore about going to those larger places like TJ's, WHFoods, and Wild Oats, isnt there?

                  1. I make a bunch of mini-"quiches" in muffin cups - eggs, add whatever you like (I usually do spinach and feta) and bake until solid enough to take out but not all the way done. Freeze one or two in a baggie, and grab on your way out the door. Dependent on access to a microwave though.

                    Food & wine magazine had a recipe for a homemade energy bar a couple of months ago, and I make those often. Lots of dried fruit and nuts and whole grains.

                    1. This involves a little bit of prep and doesn't travel, but it covers your protein requirement and is a personal favorite -- sliced pears with a dollop of peanutbutter on each slice. Because of the high protien and fat content, I find that when I eat this in the morning I'm not craving snacks throughout the day and I end up eating less junk food.

                      1. I used to pack cereal to take to work for breakfast. Put the cereal in a covered tupperware, put the milk in a half-pint mason jar with a screw-on canning lid, combine and eat at my desk. The milk never leaked, and it was the fastest breakfast I could possibly pack.

                        1. I believe TJ's carries 4-packs of microwaveable egg whites. Add a bit of cheese and salsa, and an english muffin if you wish. I also like overnight oatmeal, just put your rolled or steel-cut oats in a container with whatever milk and toppings you like. I usually do cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts, with soymilk or almond milk, vanilla flavored. Not too sweet. I'm sure you could do some savory variation...

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                          1. re: atomic

                            The oatmeal is a good idea! Just don't put bananas in it, or if you do watch it carefully when you heat it up. I have never made such a mess in the microwave as when I tried to reheat banana oatmeal at work. Bananas apparently go nuclear in a microwave.