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Need quick portable breakfast ideas

I'm not a big breakfast person. I need to be awake for a couple of hours before I eat. Mornings are hectic around my house, so I don't have time to make anything before I go to work. I need some breakfast ideas. Something that can be made ahead and reheated at work, or something I just grab and take with me. I prefer savory over sweets. A little sweetness is ok, but I don't go for things like cinnamon rolls or donuts. At work there is a fridge, a microwave and a toaster oven. What kind of ideas do you all have for me? Thanks!

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    1. re: c oliver

      Scrambled egg, chorizo with some salsa rolled and folded in a flour tortilla. Used to take this on fishing trips.

      1. re: Antilope

        NO NO...corn tortilla! <just kidding> though today I made one scrambled egg with some leftover Herdez Salsa Verde and onions...OMG...loved it in a corn tortilla! Okay okay, I added a little bit of shredded Mont Jack cheese, too...Jcattles: would this be do-able for you? Also, what about oatmeal? You can make it spicy (cinnamon) or savory (canned pumpkin) and definitely add some walnuts please for your Omega-3's...you could even make that the night before and then heat it up in m/w at work, which I personally have done a number of times.

        1. re: Val

          I also prefer savory breakfasts to sweet. I love oatmeal with salt and pepper or with a tiny bit of chili powder and cinnamon

      2. I'm the same way. I can't eat when I first wake up. A container of yogurt and a banana was my breakfast standby in college when I was always running late for work. You could make a frittata and take individual slices to work to reheat or make mini-quiches in muffin cups for individual servings. In the fall and winter, I like to pre-cook a batch of Scottish oats, portion out and add dried fruit and a little brown sugar for breakfast for the week. Reheat in the micro at work.

        Bagel and cream cheese, plain or cheese scones...or do something less traditional, like cheese and crackers with a piece of fruit, or a tortilla spread with PBJ or PB and raisins and rolled up. Or make mini-sandwiches with small rolls or biscuits and ham and/or cheese and a savory spread.

        1. I like to make home versions of Egg McMuffins. Just buy English muffins, cheese (I admit I like American but you could use whatever), Canadian bacon (or just sliced deli ham), and eggs. I microwave the eggs in a pinch (1 minute in the 'wave). But just scramble the eggs real quick, assemble the sandwich, and pop in the microwave at work for 20 seconds or so.

          1. I am also the same way, and I must have my 2-3, (sometimes more) cups of coffee FIRST, before I eat. I am not a sweet roll, donut or cereal person, unlike the rest of my family. I wll even sometimes make leftovers from dinner the night before as my breakfast, usually in sandwich form.

            The suggestions are good, love eggs, mcmuffins and breakfast burritos. I've found that smoothies are a good way to get rid of over ripe fruit. And, I've been known to nuke commercially available eggs & bacon plates, even for my kids, on hectic weekday mornings. But mainly I will do sandwiches - turkey & avocado, fried pork cutlet, salami or ham, even tuna. But it has to have sliced cheddar cheese on it.

            1. Muffins: apple/peanut butter, blueberry, banana nut, etc.

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              1. re: lgss

                Savory corn muffins with or without cheese are good to take on the go

              2. Microwave quesadillas -- tortillas with low fat cheese, and bring some salsa for the side
                Hummus and Pita
                Toast with some cheese (gruyere :), arugula, tomato, and some sliced hardboiled egg
                Fruit Salad with Lime and Sliced Almonds
                Lentil and Rice Pilaf
                Egg Salad on a Scooped Bagel
                Baked Potato with low fat cheese and broccoli
                Almond Butter and Jelly Toast

                1. My on-the-run standby has often been peanut butter and sliced banana on multigrain bread, maybe with some apple butter or pumpkin butter for extra moisture. Easily chomped in the car and can be made the night before.

                  Or, my winter fare consists of taking the time to make a big pot of McCann's Irish oatmeal (original unrolled oats) and packing up a number of microwavable containers with about a cup and a half each. If you pack with a lump of butter and some brown sugar, you can microwave at work and add milk/cream there if desired.

                  I mention these as both of have remarkably high satiety factors, especially the McCann's. I've often worked through lunch without a pang of hunger and been satisfied until after four o'clock without even thinking about the vending machine. Try it. Its a great source of sustained energy and appetite suppressant in one.


                  1. Another easy item is hard boiled eggs. Not to mention, nutritious. I often make four at a time, then just refrigerate until I need them. They are easy to reheat by cracking the shell, then immersing in hot water for 5-7 minutes or so, to take the chill off. You can always leave them at room temp for an hour or so, no harm. And it gives you some way to use up all of those takeout s&p packets that litter your desk drawers at work ;)

                    1. Scotch Eggs. My last batch I baked instead of fried, so less fat. They keep many days are really easy to eat on the run or pack.

                      1. I used to make little ham and cheese (deli stuff) sandwiches. Easy to eat at my desk and if I got busy it didn't suffer from sitting around.

                        1. When traveling we often have rice cakes, corn thins, or tortilla chips with hummus for breakfast.

                          1. We sometimes have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast and I used to take frozen waffles to work to eat for breakfast (plain, nothing on them).

                            1. These are some great ideas. I have a list made and now I need to go to the store to stock up. Thanks everyone

                              1. I dont like to eat a big breakfast so I make a smoothie to take with me the next morning every night. I try to hit some big nutrient groups by blending together fat free greek yogurt, banana, blueberries, almonds, wheat germ and green tea. It makes for a really delicious smoothie and it has a ton of great vitamins.

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                                1. re: fmcoxe6188

                                  You make it overnight - doesn't it tend to separate a little?

                                  1. re: Phurstluv

                                    maybe a little- but a quick shake and it comes right back together. The only issue Ive had with it is when I get impatient when making it and dont blend it long enough to completely puree the almonds- then its a little chunky in the morning :-). But its quite portable and very filling

                                  2. re: fmcoxe6188

                                    and if you don't want to "make" it the night before, pre-portion everything out, then set the blender out. in the morning, dump, whirl it around, pour and go...

                                      1. re: Phurstluv

                                        Definitely a good call- sadly Im way too short on time in the mornings to be able to do anything :-)

                                  3. I make a frittata on Sunday nights...with left over veggies, pasta, cheese and take a wedge each week day morning for breakfast. I, too, am a savory breakfast eater. And this fills the bill.

                                    1. These are good; and the variations are endless. Make sure you spray your muffin tins really, really, well.

                                      Egg and Sausage Muffins

                                      These are great for a breakfast on the go because they can be frozen and reheated. Use a sausage, cheese or milk that you are comfortable with. You can also add sauteed mushrooms, peppers or onions to the mix.

                                      1 lb (500 g) sausages or sausage meat

                                      12 large eggs

                                      1 cup (250 ml) milk

                                      1/4 tsp (1 ml) sea salt

                                      1½ cups (375 ml) shredded cheddar cheese

                                      Preheat the oven to 325°f (160°C).

                                      If you're using sausages, remove the meat from the casings. Fry the meat in a large frying pan over medium heat, crumbling into small pieces until cooked through. Drain or not as you prefer.

                                      Beat the eggs with the milk and salt. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray and distribute the sausage meat evenly into the tins and top with the cheese. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage and cheese. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the eggs are cooked through. Cool slightly and remove from the tins.

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                                      1. re: beggsy

                                        I like this a lot! How long do you think they'll keep in the fridge?

                                        1. re: scuzzo

                                          I think just a couple of days - I think I had them for 3 days. They seemed to 'sweat' alot. I like them because you can add just about anything you have on hand. My picky children love them too.

                                      2. http://blog.kingarthurflour.com/2009/...

                                        Make ahead, freeze, pull out and reheat - they are awesome.....

                                        1. I created " Grand Spanish Breakfast Cups " for a recipe contest; it won the grand prize and the theme was "Best Breakfast to Go" , sponsored by Embassy Suites. Their website, myomelet.com has it posted. You can bake them the night before (I'd suggest underbaking them by a few minutes so that you can reheat; the toaster oven or even the mike will do good).

                                          Go to: http://www.myomelet.com/contests_past...
                                          Just scroll down and you'll see the recipe. Enjoy!

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                                          1. re: Cherylptw

                                            Wow, congrats! Looks like a great recipe!