Ideas for breakfast that can be made at home and taken to/eaten at work
- kimeats Apr 18, 2008 03:56 PM
Everyday I am tempted to go to our cafeteria at work and get a big greasy egg, bacon and cheese sandwich. In order to curb this, I would like some ideas of breakfasts that I can make at home and take to work. My work commute is about 8 minutes from door to door, so not too bad.
I would prefer that these ideas be nutritious and not junk/grease. Thanks so much!
We get stuck on thinking breakfast has to be 'breakfast food'. I will often have a sandwich. Make an egg salad sandwich or ham and cheese. Use an English muffin if that makes it feel more like breakfast. Sliced fresh fruit, yogurt smoothie ( should last 8 minutes if you use frozen berries or fruit in it). Bagel-wich. Use whole grain bagel or muffin. Other question - why don't you eat breakfast at home?
For me the idea is to cook it at home and take it.
I went through months of successful Atkins dieting by making breakfast for 4 days on Sunday night. In a small saute pan make 4 plain omelets. When each is done slide it out onto a small paper plate. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes to cool. Add a slice of good cheese ... pepper jack or sharp cheddar for me. Top with 2 slices of micro bacon.
Pop the whole thing into a plastic bag. The quart size is great.
Each morning grab one for the trip to work. I micro the bacon for 10 seconds and remove. Add the paper plate and micro the omelet with cheese. Eat.
You can also add things like mushrooms, spinach, etc. Or vary the meat by taking sausage links or deli ham.
Not on Atkins, I now take it and slip it between a split croissant, bagel or English muffin. And lunch is a snack as breakfast is my favorite meal.
Not on Atkins
On the days when I'm in a hurry to get out the door I'll either grab a yogurt or one of those instant oatmeal packets and heat it up at work. Don't forget a spoon.
Or, you can toast a bagel, schmear some cream cheese on it, put the two halves back together and wrap it in a paper towel.
I bring instant oatmeal to work a lot - I pour it into a microwavable tupperware and add a little bit of brown sugar, dried cranberries and a few nuts, then just add hot water when I get to work. I also bring pb&j to assemble and toast at work. I hate waking up early just to have time to eat at home, so I eat breakfast at work a lot! I also bring cereal in a tupperware and then those single-size juice box things of soy milk, and a banana. Great breakfast.
I've done this before and it's great. Seems like a pain in the ass to make muffins for 1 person, but just do it. Then pack in individual zippy bags and freeze half or all. Toss one in the fridge the night before and it defrosts fine for the next morning. For ease, I would even add crumbled peppery bacon and shredded cheddar to Jiffy Corn muffin mix. Crack open and heat for a few seconds in the micro or in toaster oven until light brown. Tiny pat of butter if needed, and everyone is asking what smells so good.........
Now I just grab leftovers or a Fage (if I can find one) and a squirt of honey plus some fruit. Or a protein shake (but that's another thread!)
I rotate between the following things for breakfast:
-homemade granola (I make a bunch, then bring it along in small single-serving tupperware containers).
-this week, I made bread. I freeze most of it and defrost 2 slices the night before. I usually eat it plain (the bread itself often has lots of things in it already), but I keep a vat of almond butter at work, in case I want something more.
-yogurt (either home made or store bought)
-steel cut oats
All of these I make a bunch over the weekend, and then it typically lasts the rest of the week. Now if you're a family of a few breakfast eaters, then it might last you only a few days. . ..
It's not as good, but sometimes, I even bring leftover waffles/pancakes, etc. and heat them in the toaster oven.
I'll usually supplement that with a piece of fruit.
Those breakfast sandwiches are frighteningly good. You can make them at home yourself. I get Thomas' English muffins, ham and cheese, and fry up half a dozen eggs. These freeze really well, and it only takes a short zap in the microwave for a nice hot sandwich. Don't know what your preference for breakfast foods are, but since I can eat anything at any time of day, leftovers also do the trick. Other ideas that have worked well: hard boiled egg with those tiny salt packets; peanut butter sandwich with honey and bananas, and any other bread + condiment such as a biscuit with jam or croissant with ham and cheese; yogurt, nuts, fruit; quiche; granola and a separate cup of milk; cut up fruit with cider and nuts; rice/congee with pickled vegetables; steel cut oats with whatever you like on top; coffee and a cigarette...
The trick is to get some of those one cup reusable plastic containers and fill them at the beginning of the week, or night before, so all you'd have to do is grab one from the fridge. Admittedly, it's also kind of cool to open your fridge and see 14 cups all lined up ready to go.
I was going to suggest baked oatmeal, too. The flavor possibilities are endless--pumpkin spice, caramel apple, mixed berries are a few of my favorites--and it's insanely healthy, fast, and portable. I like mine cold straight out of the fridge, and don't even bother heating it up.
I don't even like regular oatmeal (was forced to eat it for too many years every school day as a kid), but baked oatmeal is a different thing entirely.
3 c oats
1 c ff milk
2 eggs (or eggbeaters)
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1 t baking powder (though it seems to work equally well when I've forgotten this)
sweetener of your choice to taste (I often play with sugar free monin syrups here. also good with brown sugar, splenda, stevia, regular sugar.)
throw in any fruits you might want.
spices to your liking--I like cardamom and cinnamon usually.
Mix it up, bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
For those on Weight watchers, it's 3 points for 1/6 of an 8x8 pan. Also CORE if you use splenda or another core sweetener. It's incredibly filling and will keep you satisfied for hours.
I just tried making this-- the recipe below says to make it in a 13x9 inch pan and calls for 1C sugar. I ended up making it in a 9 inch pie pan (so about half the size?) and only added 2 or 3 tbsp of sugar. The top is crispy (almost oatmeal-cookie like) but the middle is just very dense. Is this the consistency it's supposed to be?
I make these in muffin tins... you can eat them cold, or reheat in the office micro.
You can also vary the veggies and add meat if you like.
1 lb ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice (I like jack and/or mozzarella)
1 pkg frozen chopped frozen spinach thawed and squeeeeeeeeezed dry
4 eggs, beaten
1 small onion diced
salt/pepper to taste
(optional: diced peppers, ham, bacon, shredded zucchini, mushrooms, sausage etc).
Mix all the ingredients together.
Pour into greased muffin tin.
Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Not eggy... more like the center of spanikopita, but creamier... and could even taste more like that if you use feta.
I make this all the time for meatless guests in a quiche pan. The ricotta is the key. It helps bind without it becoming too omelet like. I use full fat, but part skim works too. I'd avoid the fat free... it's like plastic.
re: Janet from Richmond
Janet, I just made mini quiches (or mini frattata) with Egg Beaters. I got the cheddar and chive version, added brocolli and chopped turkey keilbasa - awesome!!! I've figured with Weight Watchers plan - it's about 1 point each (one carton of egg beater made 12 muffins). I didn't use much keilbasa. They are delish and low low low in Cal/fat. Next time I'll use Thin n Trim ham.
I like the Trader Joe's Greek Cheese style yogurt (thick, like sour cream, and mild) and Costco's Frozen Tropical Fruit (pineapple, mango, strawberry and papaya) . Yogurt in a cup, throw on frozen fruit....and by the time you get to work the fruit has defrosted enough to be edible. Drizzle with honey, maybe ?
On a weekend day, I'll make a big batch of breakfast burritos. Small ones in the little corn tortillas, larger ones in the flour ones.
The good thing, is you can make them as healthy or not as you like. Filling options- hash browns, black beans, eggs, cheese, chorizo, soy-rizo, corn, sauteed squash, salsa.... or any combination. Or, other stuff I haven't considered.
I usually make a big batch, then freeze them individually and nuke then at work. I'm one of those "just can't eat first thing in the morning" people, so I'll pop one in the microwave around 10.
We eat Paula Wolfert's Biblical Breakfast Burritos. They're really tasty and also very healthy. You make a salad of tomatoes, bell peppers, green onions, feta cheese, and mint. Sprinkle some chili flakes over and mix in. Add some olive oil, stir and eat right away in pita halves or leave in fridge overnight and take to work in the morning. If you heat up the pita in the microwave for a short spell, it's even better. This is great stuff. We got so addicted we ate it every morning for months. You can also add cukes, radishes, whatever.
Have you ever tried a Clafoutis??? Oh my!! It is seriously delicious. It is a French version of a pancake - and baked in a tart pan. It's a beautiful dish and it tastes wonderful. I actually have pics and a recipe on my blog - and I'm not trying to point you there - but if you want to see pics, it'd give you an idea. I also know that Ina Garten has a recipe as well, but I haven't personally tried it.
I apologize for not having it in a word doc - but here is a link: http://velvetlava.blogspot.com/2008/0...
I hope that links correctly...you could make it in the morning, then perhaps wrap in aluminum foil. It's best warm, but can be room temp as well. Perhaps if it cools too much, you could micro it quick at work, is that an option?
I could say what I say to my girlfriend every day, but it might be insulting. She skips breakfast every day,because she hits snooze 3 times. If she woke up 15 minutes earlier, she could make an english muffin or have a bowl of cereal.
I don't know the setup of your job and don't know if microwaving is feasible, so I'm going to asusme it's not, plus all this talk of microwaving eggs that were precooked is making me sick. What about individual cereal boxes or make your own servings? I know it's not low carb, but if you're going to go carbs have an apple, grapefruit, orange and/or banana for breakfast. Maybe bring yogurt or cottage cheese with you. And some people like fruit and cottage cheese.
Not sure how much you like baking, but what about muffins - I know people mentioned this, and it's a great idea. Although after a day or two, you might want to give up on muffins. If you have a toaster oven, what about salad pizza. Heat it up enough where the crust gets a little crusty. I love salad pizza the next day.
Honestly, If I have about a 5 minute commute to work, so I wake up at 7:30, throw on some coffee and a bagel or english muffin, byt the time I'm out, I am having breakfast and checking my e-mail. I'm dressed and ready to go by 7:50, at work by 8:00. Your best bet to eat healthy is to wake up 10 minutes earlier. Just ask my girlfriend, haa
Ya know - I'm so sorry - I think when I originally responded, I was combining 2 different questions (posts) in my head - I thought you were looking for dish to SERVE at work, my apologies.
Here is what I eat every morning, and I love it: vanilla yogurt, mixed with Peanut Butter powder (PB2) - then I toss in a cup of Kashi GoLean. I swear, it almost tastes like dessert - but not too sweet - just super healthy, and super yummy. :)
PB2 is awesome. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. You can make an incredible chocolate peanut butter smoothie that's healthy, filling, and makes you think you died and went to Dairy Queen. For quite a while it was only available directly from the manufacturer at www.bellplantation.com , but I think they're starting to distribute to some stores now.
I made peanut butter cake cupcakes yesterday using PB2, with peanut butter filling and raw honey buttercream. SO good.
You can approach this from a different angle and just keep your breakfast foods at work. An old boss of mine kept a box of cereal in a filing cabinet, and I followed his example and brought in a container of homemade muesli. We ripped off milk from the office's coffee set-up, although I sometimes brought my own soymilk instead. I went through another phase where I kept single servings of instant hot cereal in my desk drawer. Fruit (fresh or dried), nuts, and granola bars can all be kept at your desk. If your office has a fridge, you can bring in yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
For me, this is a better solution than trying to put together a breakfast (even a quick one) before leaving home.
Here's another good one. These have long been my favorite pancakes to make on a weekend morning. They taste incredible straight from the fridge for snacks, too, so I typically make a double batch so I have plenty of leftovers. There's some serious bran in here--my four year old daughter calls these "magic poo poo pancakes" for a reason. So be forewarned if you're sensitive to high fiber/bran content. But they're delicious, and only 1 point each if you're on Weight Watchers.
Mix and set aside to get mushy:
1/2 c all-bran
1/2 c bran flakes (also delicious with all all-bran. It'll be slightly higher in calories, but also higher in fiber, still 1 point per pancake)
3/4 c flour
2 T splenda
2 1/2 t Baking Powder
3/4 t salt
Add to the wet:
1/2 c applesauce
1 T healthy oil (I usually use canola)
1 egg (I usually use eggbeaters)
Combine wet and dry. 1/4 c batter on the griddle/pancake.
65 calories/1.6g fat/1.45g fiber per pancake. 1 ww point. 3 pancakes = 1 healthy oil.
I like them best just sprayed lightly with ICBINB when they're hot, and completely plain when they're cold. But they're also wonderful with syrup, fruit compotes, all of the normal stuff that's yummy on pancakes.
They're great hot, but they really are portable. Throw the leftovers in the fridge, and just grab and go during the week. They taste incredible cold.
As someone else said, smoothies are great and if you use frozen berries they're wonderfully refreshing in the summer months.
I like to do a muslei style thing--yogurt, granola or cereal (I like SmartStart), assorted fruit and/or nuts.
I *love* leftover pancakes for breakfast. They're great plain or spread with PB and jelly. Cold is fine, and warmed in a toaster is even better.
My current favorite is these oatmeal-buttermilk pancakes - I make a double batch on weekends, then freeze the leftovers. Just before I run out the door, I pop two frozen pancakes in the toaster until they're hot, then wrap them in a paper towel for me to munch on the drive in.
My other favorite portable breakfasts:
- A hard-boiled egg and a can of tomato juice.
- Whole-wheat toast with peanut butter (I fold the bread in half for easy transport).
- Yogurt topped with walnuts and honey (I love those tiny jars of honey in gift stores).
- A banana and a baggie of my favorite cereal (usually cheerios) - I eat it dry, but you could bring in some milk and a spoon.
- Muffins (any kind I have time to make) and a piece of fruit or cheese.
The baked oatmeal looks great - thanks for the recipe, modthyrth! I'm going to try this next.
Does your work kitchen have a toaster and a fridge? I keep a container of margarine and a jar of jam in my work fridge and sometimes bring in two slices of bread. Quick and easy breakfast. As long as you've got a knife and a paper towel, you're good to go.
No one's mentioned banana or zucchini bread - also good options which can be frozen. I like to make banana muffins and keep them in my freezer.
A handful of nuts (you can keep a tin at work) will keep you feeling satisfied for awhile. Smoked almonds are my favourite.
Another fave - an old standy - leftover pizza!
Lastly, if you're a milk person...a glass of milk goes a long way. I bought some tall tumblers from Tupperware which I fill with milk just before I leave for work. Squirt in some chocolate syrup, snap the lid on and throw the tumbler in my purse (yes, my purse! This is why I swear by Tupperware - they are still completely leak-proof after 6 years of constant use). Just before drinking, I give it a good shake. Yum! Frothy chocolate milk. And if you dip some graham crackers in it, so much the better :)
I'm a cottage cheese freak lately and love adding things to jazz it up: cocktail sauce, salsa, chili sauce.
someone mentioned similar but mini frattata's - Giada has a nice recipe:
and heres a little healthier version:
Do you think the Giada recipe could be made and then re-heated for breakfast? I get so lazy that if it isn't already cooked I just don't eat breakfast. I don't mind re-heating though. Oh, and cottage cheese is one of my favorites, also! You can add herbs, fruits, whatever, and it hits the spot.
I am a smoothie breakfast girl. It is amazing how you can power pack these suckers. here is what I put in mine.....
berries, juice, flax meal, 2 raw eggs, hemp protein, spinach, udo's oil blend.
very well balanced meal of protein, carbs, fibre & fat, keeps me full for the morning without a problem. dairy could easily be added, however I don't eat dairy right now.
another quick breaky is one that I make the night before when I am eating dairy. it is basically a cold make ahead muesli
1/3 cup quick oats
3/4 cup to 1 cup plain yogurt (the more you use the more liquidy)
honey or chosen sweetner to taste
berries or other fruit
mix all ingredients and leave in container in fridge overnight, consistency will vary according to taste.
nuts or other seeds added in morning.
If you've got a toaster or microwave at work...
Whole Wheat Quesadilla w/ low fat cheese
Beans and Rice w/ a little low fat cheese
Hummus and Pita
Apple and Peanut Butter
Protein Shake (takes 30 sec to blend) - frozen fruit, protein powder, yogurt, ice (optional), flaxseed, greens
Blintzes made over the weekend and frozen, then pop in the fridge the night before to defrost
Total yogurt mixed w/ fiber cereal
Scooped bagel filled w/ a little low fat cheese, toasted and filled with salsa
Smart Start Chili
frittata-style omelette sandwiches are great for people who love eggs in the morning but want to make it ahead of time. they keep better than omelettes in freezer. they are also great for lunch.
- Preheat oven to a high heat or broiler.
- sautee an onion in some olive oil. add veggie of choice to mixture and cook.
- separately mix eggs, maybe some milk for fluff effect, and parmigiano, black pepper and salt.
- mix the mixture and the veggies in the bowl.
- re-heat the pan you cooked veggies in with some olive oil.
- put in the egg/veggie mixture and wait until the bottom has clearly been cooked (use a spatula)
- then stick in the oven to cook the top.
- eat with bread, salad, or tators.
Muffins: banana nut, apple peanut butter, blueberry, etc. Make a dozen, take 2 per day, freeze some if you like.
I'm glad to know that I'm not the only morning-challenged person out there. If I hear one more person give me a lecture on not eating breakfast, because it's the most important meal of the day... oy! ;-) I saw these toaster tarts in a King Arthur e-mail the other day and thought they looked like a fun and tasty idea: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/r... A homemade pop tart, if you will!
re: Katie Nell
They look great Katie....but the recipe calls for a CUP of butter. Gulp. I guess if the butter is spread out over 12 tarts it's not that much. Didn't notice how large or small the tarts were. I checked and they're 3" x 5"...my problem would be trying to eat only one...or even two.
I like to make fruit crisp in the winter for breakfast. I use frozen fruit--blackberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches--toss with raw sugar & cinnamon, topping of rolled oats, a bit of flour, more raw sugar & cinnamon, and butter. I eat it hot the morning I make it, and eat the leftovers cold (with a glass of milk).
Sure, here is the recipe danhole and lexpatti. So quick and dead easy.
1 container (500 gr.) 2% cottage cheese
1/4 pd. butter, melted
3 tbsp. sugar
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spoon mixture in to paper lined muffin tin. Bake in preheated 325 oven for approx. 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top. This recipe makes 1 dozen small muffins.
Hope you like them as much as I do. Cheers