Breakfast is the most important part of the day. Yes, it really is. I do not care to eat in the morning, but I always feel better when I do! The most important factor in our breakfast eating is my planning. If I know in advance what we are eating, then it gets made. If I have to fumble around deciding, then it’s cereal. And cereal is OK. But not for every day. So, in Suzy Homemaker Style, here are my suggestions for QUICK breakfasts.
- Oatmeal. The real kind. Not instant, not quick cook. Never in the microwave. But the kind that takes 5 minutes for the water to boil and 5 minutes to cool. Steel cut takes a little longer and is far better tasting and healthier than rolled, but the rolled is faster. So, open up a box of Quaker Old-Fashioned oats and don’t smother them with a ton of stuff. A pat of butter, a sprinkle of brown sugar, and a splash of milk makes it the yummiest breakfast ever. And you’ll live to be very old. We know this to be a fact!
- Fruit and Milk. Take fresh or frozen fruit and rinse it, cap it, peel it, slice it whatever makes you happy, and then sprinkle it with sugar and the juice of half of a lemon and stick it in the fridge. In the morning just pour some milk over it. MMMMmmmm. Add a piece of lightly buttered whole wheat toast and even better!
- Peanut Butter Toast with a fruit smoothie. Toast the bread. While it’s toasting, fill a blender with yogurt, fruit (fresh, frozen, one or more kinds), some ice and some local honey. *pop* The toast is ready! Spread peanut butter on it. While the peanut butter is melting into the bread, blend the smoothie. One of our favorites!
- Cream of Wheat with fruit and syrup. Like the oatmeal, buy the real stuff, not the instant or quick cook. And make it on the stove. Add some sliced fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup. We usually have boiled eggs with this for our protein.
- Eggs and toast. Please. Eggs, scrambled or fried, are super fast to make. If you want a shortcut, blend your eggs the night before. Just take them out of the fridge and let them sit on the counter to knock off the chill while you get the toast going and the pan out. Could not be easier. We often have boiled eggs with breakfast as well. I just boil and peel them the day before, usually assigning the task to a child, actually.
- Flop. Hands down the most flexible recipe in the entire world. Yes. The entire world. It can be made quickly in the morning, the night before, the batter made the night before, etc etc etc. Add eggs and extract. Add fruit. Add whatever. This is good as is or fancied up. LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. The best thing to ever be produced by Gooseberry Patch.
Preheat the oven to 350F and oil 2 round cake pans or grease a cast iron skillet (I prefer the skillet!)
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 T melted butter
1 c milk
Mix it up. Pour it into whatever and dot it with butter pats and brown sugar and cinnamon. It takes about 20 minutes. MY favorite. It’s a great dessert, too!
So, as you can tell, we believe in butter, sugar, and whole milk. We have to. We’re Southern. It’s a commitment and we honor our commitments. And we are a very healthy family. Enjoy!