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Jun 19, 2008 05:43 PM

Yet another desperate call for Breakfast ideas...

Hello all, I was hoping I could get some suggestions for breakfast ideas from all you creative folks out there. I recently started a new job which entails me getting up at 4:30 in the morning (if you can even call that morning yet!) and biking about 30 minutes to work. I will need fuel for my ride, obviously and am looking for substantial breakfast ideas that can be prepared the night before and heated up or assembled in a few minutes in the wee hours of the morning.

I get bored kind of easily, so I'd love a variety of options. I've already tried the basics: oatmeal with fruit and nuts mixed in, pb&j, cereal... would love something a bit more interesting.

(I eat basically everything, but tend to avoid meat, especially in the morning)

I'd greatly appreciate any feedback! Thanks!

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  1. Since you are a Yankee, fish cakes and beans, my Longfellow wife's favorite. Breakfast tacos, Tex Mex style, not McDucks, my favorite. Both can be prepared the night before, even as dinner left overs and nuked the next morning. I wish I could sleep until 4:30!

    1. Frozen waffles, smoothies (frozen bananas, other frozen fruit (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, mango, etc) and oj), leftover brown rice with fruit and nuts/seeds.

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      1. re: lgss

        You can easily make waffles yourself in large batches, then freeze them. Pop them in the oven when you are getting dressed. They can probably be put in the toaster too, I would think. I have a waffler that makes three small round ones and those are a nice manageable size.

        You could make stratas too, and freeze them. A square of strata reheated is a nice hearty breakfast.

      2. When we travel we often have chips and salsa or sometimes chips and hummus for breakfast. At home we make bread (zucchini/tahini, banana, etc) or muffins (peanut butter/apple, blueberry, banana/nut, etc) and have those as a quick breakfast with smoothies. If we make a dozen muffins on Sunday night and each eat two per day, that's breakfast for 3 days. Sometimes we freeze some ahead and move them from the freezer to fridge the day before we need them.

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        1. re: lgss

          I like to do the same thing with pancakes. We usually have them with link sausage on a Sunday morning. I’ll make a dozen or so extra and then freeze two or three of them with a couple of sausage links in sandwich style zip lock bags. Then during the week I’ll pop them on a plate with syrup and microwave them for 2 ½ to 2 ¾ minutes. They're as good as new.

          A nice alternative to oatmeal is Hodgson Mill’s cracked wheat hot cereal. Unlike steel cut oats, it only takes seven to ten minutes to make after the liquid boils. Like oatmeal you can make it with either water or milk. I find that it tastes better and creamier with milk and a little salt and sugar or splenda. I like to add golden raisins to it during the cooking cycle so they plump up and rehydrate. Like oatmeal, I suppose you could make a big batch of it in a crock pot overnight and then refrigerate individual portions to be heated up in the morning.

        2. bagels with ricotta, topped with toasted pine nuts

          huevos rancheros--corn tortillas topped with poached eggs & salsa on bed of refried beans. Sub frozen waffle if desired. Canned La Costena refries are wonderful.

          Burritos stuffed with leftovers and sauced with salsa and guacamole--heated in a toaster oven.

          1. In colder weather, I like to heat up a can of soup. In warmer weather, cottage cheese with fruit. My husband eats omelets: put frozen asparagus tips in a pan and heat for a couple minutes, throw in some onions you have fried up in advance, then pull that stuff out, pour in eggs (or Eggbeaters), cook, toss in the veggies and maybe some goat cheese, plate it up and slather on some salsa. Vary the veggies, fry up a batch of mushrooms the night before, etc. I like to toast English muffins, then melt cheese on top, then add salsa. Protein is important. I also love granola and pourable yogurt or kefir.