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Aug 31, 2007 07:15 AM

Breakfast - Easy, On the Go

Okay. I need to start doing better with breakfast without stopping on the way to work. I'm looking for things I can eat at my desk. I'm picky about breakfast for some reason or rather it's just that I'm not a fruit eater and I'm not into yogurt, which people always suggest for breakfast.

I'm willing to prep the night before. I've made baked oatmeal which is delicious and then taken it during the week and heated it up at work.

I've done the peanut butter thing to death.

Any suggestions?

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  1. If you're willing to do non traditional breakfast stuff, a mini-turkey sandwich might work. I've done that a few times and its very satifying...also works with veggie burgers.

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    1. re: bullygirl

      I've eaten leftover lasagne for breakfast, so I'm willing to do anything! A mini sandwich sounds great - thanks!

    2. Frittata. Easy to make, endlessly variable, travels and reheats well.

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      1. re: MobyRichard

        Ooh - never thought of that - didn't know they reheat well either - thanks!

        1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

          Conventionally. They do less well in a microwave. Also, and this is a big plus, IMO, frittatas are great at room temp.

          1. re: MobyRichard

            I make a quiche with potatoes, chopped breakfast sausage and cheese and bring that in. I take it out of the fridge while I'm getting ready in the morning and by the time I'm at my desk it's room temp and just perfect.

      2. What about homemade granola bars?

        I have made burritos in large quantities and flash froze them. Scrambled eggs (sometimes leave out some of the yolks), low fat sausage, cheese and maybe some salsa. Just grab out of the freezer and pop in the microwave.

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        1. re: jules127

          WOW! What a great idea... how do you wrap the burritos? In foil? I don't like eggs, so I guess I'd make mine packed full of veggies and cheese... maybe some FULL-FAT sausage or bacon. :) I've tried those icky frozen burritos from the market, but somehow I never thought of making a huge batch of my own and freezing for later. Thanks for the idea!

          1. re: foxy fairy

            Once I roll up the burritos I put them on a cookie sheet that I've sprayed with non-stick spray and put the in the freezer until frozen. Then I wrap them individually in plastic wrap and put all of them in the a ziploc freezer bag. Then when you want to heat them, remove the plastic wrap, wrap in a paper towel and heat for 2 minutes (though I think my microwave is off). Alternatively they can be wrapped in foid and baked at 350 for 10 minutes. Be careful with the veggies, as they can cause a lot of liquid to be released but I still love with veggies just the same.

            1. re: jules127

              What a great idea - definitely something I could do on a Sunday evening to prep for the week.

        2. I make mini omelets in muffin tins and heat them in the micro.

          You just beat some eggs... add in diced up whatever you like: onions, sausage, peppers, cheese, any veggie any meat.

          Pour into greased muffin tins. Bake about 20minutes or until brown on top. Cool... pop them out, wrap them in tin foil and refrigerate.

          When you get to work, heat them up. (obviously without the tin foil).

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          1. re: Jennalynn

            Genius, I will try this next week, thanks for the great idea.

            1. re: Jennalynn

              LOVE this idea Jennalynn! My kids would love this too and can heat them up themselves!!

              1. re: Jennalynn

                If I add bacon or sausage to the mini-omlettes, do i brown the meat first?
                Same with the veggies, do i fry them in a pan to rid of the excess water first?
                They sound like an awesome snack to have on hand....

                1. re: pancake

                  Meat... yes. Precook it first. Or you can use the microwave bacon and then you just chop it up, no need to nuke first.

                  Veggies... either way. But I usually sautee because 20 minutes doesn't get them as soft as I'd like.

                  1. re: Jennalynn

                    Thanks. I can't wait to make these.

                2. re: Jennalynn

                  I do something very similar but make mini-quiches! I line each muffin tin with a few squares of filo dough....non-stick butter flavored spray is essential here. It is fastest to spray the whole pan, stuff in one layer of filo in all muffin tins, spray again, stuff second layer a quarter turn from the first layers placement, spray again, etc. till your 4 or so layers deep). Filo dough can be bought in the freezer section of your grocery store and is very low-calorie and low fat. Traditionally you are supposed to use butter and a pastry brush for each layer, but butter flavored non-stick spray is much less fat and faster. Pour in beaten eggs and veggies, sprinkle with a little lowfat shredded cheese, bake, and enjoy!

                  1. re: Jennalynn

                    I tried this and it was mostly great. I sprayed the tins with canola oil. But it came out kind of squishy and a little greesy, how is that? I used the Egg Beaters stuff for the eggs and added sauted onion, red pepper, cheddar and breakfast chicken sausage chunks. It was fully cooked. I wonder if I added some corn starch or flour... to thicken it up? Any thoughts?

                    1. re: Lemonii

                      You could add a 1/4 c of Bisquick... or I often add ricotta cheese, it helps bind. But you may just need more egg or real eggs. I've never used egg beaters so I don't know their cooking properties.

                  2. My comfort breakfast food is an egg and cheese sandwich. I use whole wheat bread, quickly fry up an egg, put on some mayo and cheddar and I'm set. Sometimes I add spinach and tomato.

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                    1. re: Lemonii

                      I do sort of the same thing. I found this neat microwave egg poacher; it poaches one egg in about 35 seconds, and two eggs in just less than a minute. Meanwhile, I toast an english muffin. I get some deli meats - salami, pepperoni, ham, whatever - and sliced cheese (I'll admit, I'll use processed cheese slices in a fix). Then just slap it all together, and voila - two "egg whatevers" in less time than it takes to order at Mickey D's. (You can briefly zap the muffin halves topped with the meat and cheese if you like; I sometimes do, depending on how much of a hurry I'm in.) I spice them up with different sauces - one day it's HP, another it's asian sweet chili, etc. I drive to work, and I can usually get one finished before I hit my first stop light. The great thing about them is they have a lot of protein, so I never feel hungry until lunch time.

                      1. re: KevinB

                        I think you need to copyright that name: "Kevin's Egg Whatevers"

                        I could easily do this the night before and just nuke the sandwich in the morning to melt the cheese.