The widely considered ‘most important meal’, is something that sets you up for the rest of your day. While there are many different ways you can ‘break your fast’, here are 10 simple and easy breakfast ideas for the hard working man, or woman, who needs to save time.
1. Overnight Oats (Prep – 8+ hours, Cooking – 0-2 mins)
I’m starting off the list with a personal favourite, and probably one of the quickest easy breakfast ideas on this list, after preperation. Overnight oats is a recipe that can be so easily set up the night before, and can be eaten hot or cold in the morning, and is incredibly versatile and customisable. All you need is:
- 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Milk/Almond Milk/other (More if you want it thinner)
- Choice Extras
You can add other toppings to it, but they are the essentials. All you need to do, is pour the desired amount of oats into a sealed container, and pour the liquid of choice in, until it soaks through all of the oats and they just begin to rise in the container. Here are some ways to spice up the meal:
- Add fruit. Chop up some banana, throw in a handful of blueberries, simply add any fruit you desire, and let it sit in the container with the oats overnight.
- Add sugar. This was the only thing I added to mine, as I preferred them a little sweet, without any other flavour, as I liked the taste of the otherwise plain oats. Brown sugar is a favourite, although any will do.
- Add honey. Honey is another great idea.
- Add yogurt. Adding yogurt will make it a lot creamier, and you can add in Greek yogurt for an extra boost of protein.
- Add chocolate. Everybody loves chocolate, and chocolate oats should be no exception. Add chocolate chips, and either eat it cold to add a little crunch, or microwave to melt the chocolate with it. Chocolate sauce is also an alternative, although I’m definitely partial to Nutella.
Leave in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours, although 8+ is best. They can stay in the fridge for up to 5 days, and will continue to soften over that time, so if you prepare well in advance, you will be left with a very creamy texture. As they’ve softened up just by soaking overnight, it isn’t necessary to heat them up, although you can if that’s what you prefer.
2. Scrambled Egg (Prep – 5 mins, Cooking – 5 mins)
Scrambled egg is one of the simplest easy breakfast recipes on this list. All you need is:
- Salt and Pepper
Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl. Add seasoning to taste. Beat them until they turn a pale yellow colour, trying to get as much air in as possible. Heat a sauté pan over a medium-low heat, adding some butter, and let it melt.
Once the pan is hot enough to sizzle a drop of water, pour the eggs in, without stirring. Let them cook for a minute, or until the bottom begins to set. Once it has, gently push one edge of the egg mix into the center, while tilting the pan to allow the uncooked egg to flow underneath. Repeat this process until there is no liquid left. Once there is no liquid, turn off the heat, and gently stir and turn the egg until all the uncooked parts are firm. Do not break it up, but try to keep the curds as large as you can. Now it’s ready to serve on whatever medium you like – Toast, with bacon, e.t.c.
3. Fried Egg and Avocado Toast (Prep – 5 mins, Cooking – 5 mins)
This is a great combination, and can be adjusted to drop some of the extra fat by removing the yolk. The ingredients are:
- 1 Avocado
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Slices of Bread
- Seasoning (Salt and pepper, lime juice, parsley topping)
Firstly, make sure your avocado is ripe. You can check this by ensuring it’s a dark green colour, bumpy texture, and is firm to the touch, but with some give. Too hard, it’s not ripe, too soft, it’s overripe.To prepare this, take your avocado, slice it in half, and remove the pit. Scoop out all the meat with a spoon, and mash the avocado in a bowl, adding some flavourings such as lime juice, salt, and pepper. This will serve as your avocado spread. You can also add some red pepper flakes or Sriracha if you want to spice it up.
With the eggs and bread, it’s personal preference how cooked you like them. Toast your bread for the desired brownness, and crack a couple eggs, removing the yolk if desired. You can scramble them to evenly distribute it over the toast, or you can fry it normally. Once the toast is ready, and the eggs are cooked, simply spread the avocado on your toast, and add the egg, and there you have it, a quick and easy fried egg and avocado toast. You can jazz up this easy breakfast with other additions such as cheese, and/or bacon. The only limitations are your imagination.
4. Spinach and Cheddar Quiche In a Mug (Prep – 2 mins, Cooking – 3 mins)
All you need for this tasty breakfast is:
- Spinach – Frozen or Fresh
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Depending on if you’re using frozen or fresh spinach, the preparation differs. For frozen, place it in a sieve, and run under warm water until it wilts and thaws. Press as much liquid as you can out of the spinach through the sieve. With fresh spinach, fill the mug with fresh baby spinach leaves, and add a couple tablespoons of water. Cover with a paper towel, and microwave for one minute, until the leaves wilt down. Drain the liquid from the mug, and press with a spoon to squeeze out any excess.
Now that the spinach is ready, simply add it to a mug if you have not already done so, add an egg, some shredded cheese, milk, salt and pepper, and anything else that you like such as bacon, then beat thoroughly with a fork to mix it well, cover with a paper towel, and microwave on high for 3 minutes, or until fully cooked. That’s it! Only takes a mere 5 minutes or so to make, and you’ve got a healthy, filling easy breakfast meal to start your day.
5. French Toast (Prep 5 mins, Cooking – 15 mins)
Now there are many variation of this, with many different names, but this iteration is the one where the bread is soaked in egg, then fried. Simple as that. To prepare, all you need per serving is:
- 1 Egg
- 1 Slice of Bread
- Optional Milk/Cream
Thicker bread is better, in my opinion. Crack the eggs in a bowl, add a little milk or cream, and whip it up until it’s a nice even consistency. The milk or cream isn’t necessary, but if you do, the more you add, the thicker your slices should be, otherwise it may end up too soggy. Heat up some butter in a skillet. Mix in a little salt and pepper, or other spices to taste, then take the bread, and soak in in the batter. The longer you leave it in, the more it’ll soak up, but remember that thinly sliced bread will get soggy quicker, so use thick slices if you want to soak it longer.
Once the butter has melted, foamed and subsided, add the bread, and start frying it. Once it’s golden brown on one side, flip it over, and fry the other. It should only take a couple minutes per side. Once it’s done, it’s all finished. You can add anything you like to this – Baked beans, bacon, egg, cheese, sausage, or all of the above! It’s a basic easy breakfast recipe that can be altered in so many different ways, to ensure you never get bored of it.
6. Fried Egg BLT and Cheese (Prep + Cooking – 20 mins)
Just like the old time bacon and eggs breakfast, and the grilled cheese, the BLT is another world favourite. This easy breakfast recipe combines all three into one mouth watering sandwich. The ingredients you will need are:
- 4 Slices of Bacon
- 2 Leaves of Lettuce
- 1 Large Egg
- 2 Slices of Cheddar Cheese
- 2 Slices of Bread
- 4 Tomato Slices
Coat a skillet with butter on a moderate heat. Once it’s ready, add the bacon to a skillet, turning often until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel after cooking. Take your toast, or bread, depending on if you wanted it toasted or not, and add the slices of cheddar on one, spread the mayonnaise on the other, and top with bacon, tomato slices, and lettuce. Add the butter to the skillet and melt, add the egg, either straight in, or pre-whipped, and fry over a moderate heat, turning once, until crispy around the edges.
Place the egg on top of the rest, the other slice on top, and you’re ready to go! You can add other treats to it if you desire. I personally love adding sausages that have been sliced lengthways, although this adds a longer cooking time. Another tip is to fry the bread on the skillet once prepared to help melt the cheese.
7. Banana and Berry Smoothie Bowl (Prep – 5 mins, Cooking – N/A)
The smoothie bowl is a very healthy and nutritious option is a great looking, and tasting idea for an easy breakfast. It’s has such a wide variety of recipes. For one example, this is the Banana and Berry option. All you need is:
- Frozen Sliced Banana
- Frozen Mixed Berries
- A Little Milk (Varies depending on how much frozen fruit is used)
- Optional Protein Powder
You can also add some protein powder for an added boost to your morning protein intake. Take the frozen banana slices, and place it in the blender, along with the other frozen berries. Blend it slowly, and once it’s into a fine consistency, with no large parts left, add some milk, and protein powder if you choose. Blend again on low, scraping down the sides, until it achieves a soft serve type texture and consistency. If it’s too hard, add more milk, but remember, you can’t remove the milk afterwards, so be conservative.
Once it’s the correct consistency, place it into a bowl, and add any toppings you like, such as slices of strawberry, chia, hemp, or flax seeds. This easy breakfast recipe can be changed in so many different ways, from switching the frozen fruit with others, or even frozen veg like spinach or kale. Experiment to see what your favourite is.
8. Banana and Almond Butter Pancakes (Prep – <5 mins, Cooking – <5 mins)
All you need for this recipe, is:
- 1 Large Very Ripe Banana
- Slices of Banana
- 1/4 Cup smooth almond butter
- 2 Large Eggs,
Pancakes are loved across the world, and this tasty combination is another addition to your easy breakfast recipe list. Take a bowl, and mash the ripe banana with the almond butter until smooth. Crack the eggs in, and whisk them. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat, and add spoonfuls of batter, roughly 2 tablespoons each, to the skillet, and cook until bubbles start bursting around the edges and center, taking around 2-3 minutes.
Flip, and cook for another minute, ensuring the underside is a golden brown colour. Transfer to a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil, and keep warm on a low heat. Repeat with the rest of the batter until it’s all gone. Once it’s all finished, plate the pancakes, and add the sliced banana and honey to taste! This easy breakfast recipe shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes, depending on how many pancakes you can cook at a time.
9. Italian Baked Eggs (Prep – 10 mins, Cooking – 20 mins)
This is an incredibly tasty option, almost so tasty you’ll feel guilty for eating it! All you need is:
- 1 Cup Marinara Sauce
- 4 Large Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Shredded Cheese
- 2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan
- 1/4 Cup Low-Fat Milk
- Salt and Pepper (To Taste)
Pre-heat the oven to 425 F (Gas Mark 7), oil two 10oz ramekins or similar ovenproof bowl with non-stick spray. Divide the marinara sauce evenly, then top with the eggs, milk, cheese and parmesan, and season with the salt and pepper. Place into the oven, and bake until the egg whites are fully cooked though, usually taking around 10 minutes. That’s all ready to eat now! Serve immediately, and enjoy with a baguette to dip!
10. Freezer Easy Breakfast Burritos (Prep – 25 mins, Cook – 20 mins)
Like the overnight oats, we’ll end with another one that is prepared in advance to minimize waiting time to eat in the morning. While the cooking time for this easy breakfast recipe is the longest on this list by far, the fact that you can prepare weeks worth of food in this time makes it one of the best go-to breakfast ideas. And who’s to say you can’t go crazy and eat it for lunch or dinner too? This recipe will contain:
- 12 Large Eggs
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Medium White Onion (Diced)
- 1lb Gold/Red Potatoes (Diced Into 1/4″ Cubes)
- 1 Large Red Bell Pepper (Diced)
- 4oz Green Chillies (Chopped)
- 1 tsp Ground Cumin
- 15oz Black Beans (Rinsed and Drained)
- 16 Large Burrito Flour Tortillas
- 8oz Shredded Cheese
It’ll yield roughly 16 burritos, so make sure to evenly distribute the mixture. If you want to add anything else, the great thing about burritos is that you can add pretty much anything to them, sausage, diced ham, bacon, jalapeño, other vegetables, the options are nigh limitless.
To prepare, this, you will start with scrambling the eggs. Whisk the eggs together with the milk, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper until smooth. Add cooking spray or a teaspoon of oil to a large sauté pan, and place on a medium heat. Add the eggs, and cook for 4-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fully scrambled and cooked. Place the contents onto a separate plate and set it aside.
Add another 2 tbsp of olive oil in the large sauté pan (or another one if you want to save time washing mid-cooking) over a medium-high heat. Dash in the onion, and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mostly cooked and a little translucent. Add the bell peppers and potato, and continue stirring and cooking for another 7-10 minutes, ensuring the potatoes are fully cooked and tender at the end. Finally, add the green chillies, black beans, salt, and cumin, and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove it from the heat and set it aside.
Now for the fun part. To assemble the burritos, place a large sheet of plastic wrap on a flat smooth surface, and lay the tortilla in the center. Add a large spoonful of the scrambled eggs in the center, followed by a similar spoonful of the potato mixture, then a few tablespoons of the shredded cheese on top.
Fold the sides of the tortillas so they overlap, and fold in the other two ends so the burrito is sealed.
Tightly wrap in plastic wrap to prevent spillage, then transfer to a freezer, and these will last up to 3 months.
To thaw, simply microwave for 60-90 seconds, or until warmed throughout. Serve with salsa if desired.
That’s the list of 10 great tasting, and easy breakfast recipes. Hopefully you’ll be able to have tasty, and healthy breakfasts from now on! Post your own recipes in the comments!