Breakfast should always be the main meal of the day. A good breakfast can literally see you through until lunchtime and is extremely important to children as well as adults. It’s been shown to help people concentrate better at work or school. When we are in a rush it’s all too easy to go down the toast or cereal route, so here are some ideas for breakfast dishes that won’t take too long, or break the bank! Some require a little prep the night before, but it’s worth it to save that rush in the morning.
Beat two eggs with a cup of milk and a pinch of cinnamon, if you like it. Pour into a shallow dish and use to thoroughly coat 4 thick slices of wholemeal bread. Fry in melted butter and top with warmed strawberry jam mixed with a little maple syrup. Delicious and filling.
Pancakes with Peanut Butter and Banana
Make up a pancake batter the night before and store covered in the fridge. (It’s often better for standing a while anyway.) Make pancakes and layer in a stack with a teaspoon of peanut butter and sliced banana on each layer. Peanut butter and banana are extremely nutritious and will see you through the morning no problem.
Fry sausage and/or bacon, (depending on budget). Warm some tortillas in the oven while you are making scrambled eggs. Add grated cheese to the egg and spread into the centre of a tortilla. Top with bacon/sausage/mushrooms/tomato; (whatever you fancy.) Wrap up into a parcel and serve. These are also good if wrapped in foil and carried to eat ‘on the go.’
No Bake Breakfast Bars
These bars are great for breakfast in a rush and also good for an after school snack for the children.
Melt equal quantities of butter, brown sugar and honey in a saucepan for a few minutes until all the sugar has dissolved. Leave to slightly cool and then stir in some vanilla extract, (better flavour than essence, if you can afford it). Pour over two cups of porridge oats and one cup of rice crispies which have been stirred together. Stir well and pour into a greased rectangular oven tray and leave to set. Sprinkle with some mini chocolate chips if you wish. Mark into fingers and cut and serve. Can easily be made the night before and stored in a biscuit tin.
All-in-One Pot Breakfast
This can be prepared the night before and even half-cooked so it won’t take too long in the morning. Alternatively, it’s ideal for a lazy Sunday morning.
12 ounces sausage, chopped into bite-sized pieces
3 slices bread, torn into bite-sized pieces
Thin slices of strong cheddar cheese, plus 4oz grated
8 fl ounces low-fat milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Brown the sausage over medium heat. Remove from the heat, draining off any fat, and leave it to cool.
Place the bread in the bottom of a baking dish which has been lightly coated with cooking spray. Throw the sausage on top of the bread, and top it with the slices of cheese.
Whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the grated cheese. Pour the mixture into the dish, and top with the grated Cheddar. Pre-heat the oven to 180 and bake the casserole for around 25 minutes. Leave to cool and then cover with cling film and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning bake again for around 15-20 minutes until golden and puffed up. Serves 6 .