Today I would like to talk about breakfast. You know, the most important meal of the day?
I do not know about you, but I wake up every morning bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to make a big breakfast. We love our breakfast of hash browns, pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon. Even though we have it several times a week…
Well. Maybe not. Now that you have seen this picture of me, I hope we are forever friends. I’d hate to be blackmailed with it.
I used to be a morning person, waking up at 4, 5, or 6. Then I had kids. My three year old does not even sleep through the night and I have struggled with not sleeping soundly for a couple years now. Mornings can be are rough here. Honestly, Mark often goes to work with nothing but fruit for breakfast (which he is fine with, but I prefer to not happen).
A good solution? Make breakfast ahead of time. In the evening when you feel like a human being. It is easier to cook when you feel like a human being.
photo by michaelaw
Porridge is a very easy food to cook in the crock pot overnight. Throw the ingredients in the crock pot and wake up to a hot meal.
All you need is:
1 PART Whole, or mostly whole, grains (steel cut oats, brown rice, quinoa*, amaranth, millet, ect.)
4 PARTS liquid other then milk, or 3 for brown rice
A bit of salt
Optional: Flavorings such as zest, pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, blueberries, ect.
Cook for 8 hours on low.
The next morning add butter, milk, sugar, dried fruit, ect.
Do not try this with white rice or rolled oats. Unless mush is what you are going for.
*Soak the quinoa ahead of time for at least five minutes, then drain and rinse. It has a bitter coating that soaks off, but is HORRID cooked into it.
Breads make a filling breakfast. Add some bacon, sausage, or eggs if you need some more protein. Not to the bread… to your breakfast. I don’t want some husband haunting me down because their wife fixed scrambled eggs stuffed cinnamon rolls per my suggestion.
I give instructions on how to make an overnight breakfast pastry here.
Muffins freeze well, so make a batch of your favorite ones and freeze them.
Homemade bread makes a GREAT breakfast. Just slather on a little butter. And serve with bacon because you can.
If you have an oven that you can set to turn on, and off, you can have baked potatoes waiting for you in the morning. Simply scrub and prick them like you normally would, then put them in the oven, and set the oven to cook for one hour at 350 ending a little before you get up. You might need to adjust the time depending on the size of your potatoes. The next morning serve them with some sour cream, bacon and cheese or chop up and fry in a little butter and then add a few eggs to scramble with them. Sweet potatoes also work and tastes delicious mashed and served with granola on top.
Potatoes can also be cooked in a crockpot, but I prefer baked ones.
A few more to check out
Overnight Breakfast Strata
Now, if you will excuse me. I need to start some overnight porridge.
What are some of your favorite make ahead breakfasts?