Breakfast Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

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We’ve all been told that breakfast is the
most important meal of the day, and yet most
of us probably skip it far more often than
we’d like to admit. Sure, fixing a balanced,
nutritious breakfast is all great when you
have the time, but what about all the mornings
when you can hardly get your teeth brushed,
much less think about cooking? Well, say goodbye
to those days of running on pure coffee, just
to be starving by lunchtime.
“Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.”
With these hacks in your culinary toolbox,
breakfast will be easier and tastier than
ever.
Overnight oatmeal
Save yourself some time in the morning by
skipping the hassle and mess of making oatmeal.
A few easy steps the night before ensures
a perfect serving in the a.m. Combine ⅓
cup of milk, ¼ cup of rolled oats, ¼ cup
of Greek yogurt, chia seeds, ground
cinnamon, and honey in a half-pint jar with
a lid. Cover and shake! Remove the lid and
top with your favorite fruit or berries, then
re-cover and refrigerate overnight. By the
time you get up, the oats will be perfectly
softened for a delicious morning meal.
Easy freezy
Another way to save time and enjoy warming
oatmeal for breakfast is to make a batch on
the weekend and divide it up into a muffin
pan. Freeze the pan for a few hours, then
transfer the oatmeal mounds to a resealable
bag and place in the freezer until ready to
use.
That’s not all you can freeze ahead of time,
either. If you’re a fan of smoothies for mornings
on the run, prep all your drink ingredients
ahead of time and freeze them in pouches or
Ziplock bags. When you’re ready to make your
smoothie, just blend one of these pouches
along with the liquid of your choice. Done.
Finally, forget about moldy bread forever
by storing your bread in the freezer. Your
bread will last much longer and you can even
toast frozen slices.
Waffle iron hash browns
Put down that skillet. There’s a better way
to make hash browns for breakfast, and it
involves your waffle iron of all things. If
you only order hash browns at diners because
you think they’re a hassle to make, think
again. Just flop your hash mixture onto your
trusty waffle iron and close the lid. The
hash browns will cook to an irresistible crispiness
on both sides without requiring you to do
any fancy maneuvering. No flipping and no
mess.
Mini muffin frittatas
Make half a dozen personal frittatas and have
them ready to roll for every day of the week?
Yes, please. Fortunately, it’s easier than
you’d think. Just grease a muffin pan and
throw in chopped onions, peppers, or whatever
you like, then top with eggs. Bake the frittata
babies in a 350 degree oven until they’re
set and cooked through. Wrap them up and store
in the fridge, reheating as you move through
your week.
Make an egg-ocado
An avocado makes for great breakfast food
because it’s naturally full of healthy fats
and nutrients.
“Avocados… deeeeelicious.”
And eggs, well, they aren’t too shabby either.
So why not prepare them together to save time
and to enjoy maximum morning nourishment?
Cut an avocado in half and crack an egg in
each cavity. Place on a heated cast-iron skillet,
transfer to a 425 degree oven, season the
tops as desired, and bake until the whites
are just set and the yolks are still runny.
This energy-boosting breakfast is magical.
And while that oven’s burning, you might as
well try…
Bakin’ bacon
If you’re like everyone else on the planet,
you probably cook your bacon on the stove.
Well, give this a try: Cook that bacon in
the oven. This allows you to make more, avoid
shrinkage, and easily discard the excess fat
drippings. Even better, the bacon cooks while
you go about your morning routine.
“Good morning, apartment! . Morning doorway.
Morning ceiling, good morning floor.”
Simply put a wire rack inside a rimmed baking
sheet and arrange bacon strips in a single
layer. Set the oven to 450 degrees and cook
about 20 minutes.
Perfect pancakes
Hate those misshapen pancakes and gooey messes?
Transfer your pancake batter to a squeeze
bottle to squeeze out the exact amount of
batter you want. Pro-level pancakes every
time, guaranteed. Of course, you can also
go the healthy route with fluffy two-ingredient
pancakes. Using only eggs and a banana, you
can whip up nutrient-packed pancakes in less
than five minutes. Just mash a banana in a
bowl, stir in two whisked eggs, and cook like
a regular pancake.
“Mmmm, flippin fantastic!”
Round eggs
If you’ve ever wanted to make round eggs that
fit perfectly in a breakfast sandwich, try
using Mason jar lids. Whisk the eggs in a
bowl and grease the insides of the lids with
some butter or oil. Place the rings on a griddle
or pan and pour the egg mixture into them
almost to the top. Add cheese and an English
muffin, and you have yourself a stellar homemade
breakfast sandwich.
Easy hard-boiled eggs
Another time-saving egg hack is to make hard-boiled
eggs in a muffin pan. Place an egg in each
muffin cavity, transfer the pan to a 325 degree
oven, and bake for about half an hour. Cooking
a large batch of hard-boiled eggs ahead of
time is a great way to save yourself time
on those hectic weekday mornings.
Cereal flip
When all else fails, there’s always cereal
to start your day. But if you hate getting
to that last bowl that’s just a bunch of crumbs,
then try this quick hack. Before opening new
cereal, flip the bag so bigger pieces get
redistributed throughout. Doing so means you
get to enjoy a tasty bowl of cereal every
time instead of ending with soggy cereal sand
at the end of the bag.
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