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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.

                    2. My breakfast every morning for the last several months has been an everything bagel with cream cheese and avocado. Lots of salt and pepper on the avocado, and you can stack the halves with waxed paper between them in a square plastic container and snack at your desk when you get to work. It's very comforting...

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                      1. re: delaneymae

                        Oooh you should try this:

                        bagel, mustard on one side, cream chz on the other
                        put on it some lettuce, tomato, avacado and a some cheddar (yes more chz!)
                        salt and pepper

                        Something about this combo on a bagel is sooo good!

                      2. I usually just grab a granola bar on my way out, but I know that isnt always the most satisfying, sooo if you're willing to do prep work, how about making yourself some scrambled eggs and putting them in a tupperware container? You can probably do that with just about any breakfast food...pancakes, waffles, etc. Just make something the night before and pack it up!

                        Wow, how come I didn't think of that for myself? ;)

                        1. Make quesadillas. You can re-melt the cheese in the microwave or toaster oven (the latter is better).

                          Trail mix is good, or you can make granola and bring it in baggies.

                          Leftovers are great for breakfast. Soup rocks in the winter; you can eat refried rice, pizza, burritos, Chinese buns or samosas year-round.

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                          1. re: piccola

                            Leftover fried rice is not a good idea. Bacilius cereus, etc.


                            1. re: MobyRichard

                              But this is only for unrefrigerated rice. Refrigerated is okay. You had me worried there ... I refrigerate rice all the time.

                              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                                Um, leftovers of all kinds (not just rice) should be refrigerated. And eaten the very next day.

                          2. Get out a tin of oatmeal and follow the "vanishing oatmeal cookies" recipe except for one thing: Substitute mashed ripe banana for the butter. You save a lot of fat and get a lot of flavor, a nice cakey texture, and good vitamins! I throw in raisins, nuts, craisins, coconut - whatever I feel like. It makes a bunch, they keep well, and they're a great breakfast or snack.

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                            1. re: katecm

                              Kate, can you please paraphrase the recipe you're talking about? I've googled "vanishing oatmeal cookies" and a number of different ones come up, though many refer to Quaker Oats...thank you! I mean, one recipe calls for 1/2 POUND of margarine or butter....yikes!

                              1. re: Val

                                Yes, Val. It's the Quaker Oat recipe. Just replace the butter with the same amount of banana. It comes out very cakey, not like regular cookies, so be prepared for that when cooking! They're really fun.

                            2. could you post the baked oatmeal recipie? it sounds good!

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                              1. re: geminigirl

                                3 cups oatmeal
                                3/4 cup brown sugar
                                1/2 cup margarine
                                2 eggs
                                2 cups milk
                                2 teaspoons baking powder
                                1 teaspoon salt
                                Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
                                Mix all ingredients together and pour into 13 x 9 inch buttered pan.

                                Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

                                Delicious! I cut it into squares and bring a square and warm it up at work. I also add a dollop of honey to the recipe!

                              2. I did the traditional breakfast for months while I was on Atkins. Sunday night I got out the no-stick pan and cooked 5 plain omelets. I set each one on a paper plate. When cooled they each got a slice of good quality cheese ... then 2 strips of micro bacon.

                                I slipped each into a ziplock bag and put in the frig. Pulled one out each morning when going to work.

                                Can't tell you how many people were envious as I micro'd my egg, cheese, bacon. And I lost a lot of weight as well!

                                1. That King Arthur wholegrain cookbook has a lot of good recipes for muffins and quick breads. I make up a dozen muffins from time to time and it's nothing to toss one in a baggie and throw it into Mike's lunch box, and either take one with me or eat it while I'm doing other stuff in the morning. Our especial favorites are the banana-chocolate chip ones and Morning Glory Muffins with apples, raisins, carrots, and coconut in them.

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                                  1. re: revsharkie

                                    another great trick is to freeze them in muffin tins unbaked then when frozen pop them into ziplocks and bake later depending on how many you need...

                                    1. re: revsharkie

                                      I second their Morning Glory muffin recipe. They are delicous and really filling. In fact, my husband can't eat two of these for breakfast, which is a small miracle (he's a big eater).

                                    2. Along the same lines as the mini sandwich is a ham or turkey and cheese melted on a croissant. Always makes a yummy sandwich and only has to be nuked. Toaster oven is better for a crip croissant, but microwave works too.

                                      1. Lots of great suggestions thus far...

                                        Love the quesadilla idea esp w/ whole wheat la tortilla factory tortillas and the cheddar/mozzarella soy blend from TJ's.

                                        Cottage cheese w/ salsa is one of my favorite combos... simple, good protein, and satisfying.

                                        Do you have a toaster at work? You can also make this at home, but it's better fresh out of the toaster. Slice a bagel in half; scoop it, and fill with some cheese of choice. Toast til golden and melty; fill with cottage cheese and salsa or just salsa if you prefer.

                                        Couscous is so fast cooking, that you might consider making couscous salads either the night before, or the morning of. I love this combo that would benefit from marinating overnight--couscous combined w/ seasoned rice wine vinegar, lime juice, little olive oil, chopped tomatoes, julienned sundried tomatoes, marinated cippolini onions or shallots, currants and basil.

                                        Lavash spread w/ a little cream cheese, smoked salmon/lox, red onions (if you have a mint for later), a tomato slice or two, some capers, a sprinkle of lemon juice... roll up, slice and eat.

                                        Chicken or tuna or egg salad in a pita.

                                        Potato pancakes... spruce up in the toaster

                                        Salmon croquettes stored in the freezer, then defrost

                                        1. My son loves muffins bought from a good bakery! Hey...it's good and easy!

                                          1. also, hard boiled eggs, you can make a bunch at once and just leave them in the fridge unpeeled and peel easily at work...toast a couple pieces of toast with some butter and you have a great egg sandwich!

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                                            1. re: geminigirl

                                              How do you bake oatmeal???? That sounds perfect to munch on the road....

                                              1. re: pancake

                                                I don't know, it was in the oroginal post from Curlie, I'm looking for the recipie!

                                                1. re: geminigirl

                                                  Just posted it above! I love it! And you can always add extras like raisins or whatnot.

                                            2. This is an interesting collum.
                                              I too, must admit I have a bit of a "problem" when it comes to breakfast.
                                              Normally I crave sweet things, coffee drinks, pastries, and the like, but I'm trying to up my protien content of every meal, and I dont happen to be fond of scrambled or omlet type egg dishes. Also I detest pork and ham so my breakfasts are pretty limited.
                                              For a week or so I was living off a really great quiche made without cheese (used creme fraiche insted) spinach and chicken livers.
                                              Really, it was awesome. I used the quiche recipie from Tartine if anyone is interested.

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                                              1. re: Chef Casper

                                                I can't do eggs either.. but how about scrambled tofu? Well-seasoned, it's an excellent protein, and it will soak up the flavors of the rest of your ingreds. Maybe in a frozen burrito (as mentioned above), with squash, red peppers, mushroom, fresh herbs, and of course some *cheese*

                                                1. re: foxy fairy

                                                  Well, yes I have had tofu for breakfast, its just that I (and sorry if this makes me sound ike a full-on foodie retard) can't figure out how to scramble it, as its solid and not runny like eggs.

                                                  1. re: Chef Casper

                                                    If you get the "soft" or "extra soft" tofu, it will break down into something that resembles scrambled eggs. A lot of the tofu sold in super markets is "firm" or "extra firm" and you're right, I've found it won't "scramble" really. Even if it is the soft sort of tofu, it won't start out runny like eggs and set up, it will start out the consistency of cooked scrambled eggs and you really just need to warm it through and let it pick up whatever flavors you're cooking it with.

                                                2. re: Chef Casper

                                                  See what your local market has in the way of turkey sausage - it'll give you good breakfast protein without the pork.

                                                  1. re: mordacity

                                                    Yes, but if fat is a concern, read the labels carefully. Some turkey sausages are horrible about fat content!

                                                3. cottage cheese with cut up fresh mango -- or with peach butter and blueberries.

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                                                  1. re: chicgail

                                                    I've been experimenting with wheat-free lately, and I've been loving a soft corn tortilla spread with canned refrieds and sprinkled with cheese, warmed on the open gas burner and then rolled up with a little salsa. Takes about a minute to heat through, and the protein/corn combo really keeps me full.

                                                    1. re: ctscorp

                                                      I'm a fan of pre-making sausage balls. Not many ingredients, and they're tasty, tasty, tasty. I'll eat 'em right out of the fridge (yes, COLD), but they microwave/freeze really well, too. Make a huge bunch, and freeze/refrigerate in individual bags.

                                                      No one said anything about this stuff having to be healthy, right?

                                                      Here's the standard recipe:


                                                      * 3 C. Bisquick
                                                      * 2 C. Cheddar Cheese, grated
                                                      * 1 lbs. sausage, hot or mild

                                                      Preheat over to 350 degree; mix all ingredients together. Form into 1" balls. Bake for 15 minutes; drain on paper towels.

                                                      Note that it'll take some arm power to get 'em mixed. Sometimes I add in garlic powder, extra Tabasco, or a different cheese (just make sure it melts well).

                                                      I like them with plain ol' yellow mustard. Or just plain.

                                                      1. re: cussbucket

                                                        All bets are off when one is pregnant - I need the protein anyway! This sounds like something my husband would love.

                                                        1. re: cussbucket

                                                          Thanks so much, cussbucket! This'll be the recipe I make for my pregnant friend this weekend. :)

                                                          Does it need any sort of liquid for the Bisquick?

                                                          1. re: silleehillee

                                                            Nope, no liquid--the sausage/cheese provide just enough. It does take some arm power, though...you'll mix (I use my hands) for awhile. You'll know it's ready when it's a pleasantly thick consistency. Think slightlier thicker than biscuit dough.

                                                            1. re: silleehillee

                                                              Maybe the recipe doesn't call for liquid, but it cries out for a healthy squirt of sriracha.

                                                      2. Get a waffle maker that makes small waffles. Make up a big batch of waffles. (I use a yeast waffle batter recipe from Mallie Katzen called Amazing Overnight Waffles.) Freeze em. Then reheat in the stove or toaster.

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                                                        1. re: karykat

                                                          I have done the Trader Joe's banana waffles - they reheat well and I smear them with peanut butter.

                                                          1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

                                                            I LOVE the banana waffles. Sometimes in the morning I toast them, smear strawberry jam on one and make a waffle sandwich.

                                                        2. This is probably more dinking around in the morning than you would like, but may work for some people: refrigerator muffin batter. There are batters that you can keep in the frig for days at a time. You can then bake up a fresh muffin or two while you're getting ready for work, and it's fresh baked, not frozen thawed. Just an idea.

                                                          1. Spiced nuts of various sorts can be very satisfying for breakfast and easily made ahead. Toss the nuts with some egg white, then whatever spices you like. Could be sweet spices, like cinnamon, cardamom, or nutmeg. Could be hot, or savoury, like chipotle powder, or chili powder, or something like that. After you've tossed it with the spices, bake it in the oven (hmmm maybe 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit) until toasty, but watch it carefully so you don't over toast it.

                                                            You can mix these into a lot of different recipes to give them some oomph and variety factor. :)

                                                            1. I often do a free-form sort of miso soup. Make a batch of dashi, keep miso in fridge at work. Put together tofu or odds & ends of veggies left over. At work, heat dashi & additions, then stir in miso. Also, if you like them, grits reheat well & you can add cheese, cooked sausage, shrimp, etc. & a little hot sauce if you are so inclined. Polenta too reheats well & works with almost any flavor of topping. If you lean towards sweet, make tea-sandwiches with quick breads, cream cheese and dried fruit. The mini quiche idea might work with hash browns as the base for a change of pace.

                                                              Good luck! Food in the morning is a challenge for me. A juice extractor has been my the thing that has worked best for me.

                                                              1. On Sunday Mornings I make a HUGE batch of pancake batter and make a ton of pancakes. I then cool them on a rack and then freeze them in one layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen I transfer to a Ziploc Bag. When I get to work I pop two of them into the toaster over to warm them and then put a slice of cheddar cheese in between and I eat it as a sandwich. The sweetness of the pancake and the sharpness of the cheese is a nice combination and does not take long at all.

                                                                1. Here's another baked oatmeal recipe from my MIL- it makes a huge panful and you can heat it up throughout the week:

                                                                  1 cup vegetable oil
                                                                  1 1/2 cup sugar (we cut it down to 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup honey)
                                                                  4 large eggs
                                                                  6 cups quick cooking oats (not instant)
                                                                  1 TB and 1 tsp baking powder
                                                                  1 tsp salt
                                                                  1 tsp cinnamon
                                                                  2 cups milk
                                                                  2 chopped peeled or unpeeled apples
                                                                  1 cup raisins (or any other fruit)

                                                                  Mix oil, sugar, eggs with mixer until yellow and glossy. Add remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed until blended.

                                                                  Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes (we find it usually takes about 40 minutes).


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