Give mornings a jump-start with these easy recipes and ideas.
Eggspress breakfast sandwich
The beauty of this recipe is in its simplicity. In less than three minutes, you can turn five simple ingredients into one protein-packed meal.
1 egg (beaten)
1 heaping teaspoon shredded cheese
A dash of Worcestershire sauce (to taste)
1 English muffin
Pat of butter
Coat microwave-safe dish with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
Pour in egg and then stir in cheese and Worcestershire sauce.
Place dish in microwave and cover with a paper towel. Cook for on high for 50 seconds to two minutes (depending on microwave).
While egg cooks, toast English muffin and top with butter.
Place cooked egg on top of English muffin and enjoy breakfast-on-the-go.
Thank you to Lee S. for sharing this recipe.
Bake-and-freeze protein bars
I love these bars because they taste great and are packed with healthy goodness, including iron and other minerals and vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Another bonus? They can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer for up to one month, making them an easy go-to breakfast food.
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup walnuts (coarsely chopped)
1 tablespoon flaxseed
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (such as Arrowhead Mills or Kashi brands)
¼ cup dried cherries
2 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons dried blueberries
¼ cup creamy almond butter
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon salt
Lightly grease an 8” x 8” pan with cooking spray.
Combine oats, walnuts, flaxseed, wheat germ, cereal and dried fruit in a large bowl.
Combine almond butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan.
Heat saucepan over medium to low heat, stirring frequently until lightly bubbling (about two to five minutes).
Immediately pour almond butter mixture over oat mixture and mix with a rubber spatula or spoon.
Gently press mixture into prepared pan, smoothing top evenly. Refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).
Cut into 10 bars. Store in airtight container up to one month.
Thank you to Kristina from www.whippedbaking.com for sharing this recipe.
Peas-ful mango smoothie
Peas in a smoothie? It might sound unconventional, but this smoothie offers the perfect balance of taste and nutrition.
2 cups frozen mango
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup frozen peas
6 oz. peach yogurt
Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Serve over ice. Makes two servings.
Thank you to Jennie from www.mysweetgreens.com for sharing this recipe.
How do you save time in the morning?
We asked our Facebook friends to share their timesaving systems.
“YELL. LOUDLY.” — Sara F.
“Organize as much as I can in the evening. Even lunch is prepped as much as I can the night before. I personally try to be in a good frame of mind because tweens tend to need lots of TLC.” — Christine C.
“I use lots of bribery.” — Marci B.
“Give everyone false deadlines 45 minutes ahead of time.” — Rob S.
“Keep clocks in every room.” — Kelly W.
“My younger kids often sleep in their clothes for the next day. All they have to do in the morning is brush teeth and go to the bathroom. They can eat cereal in the car. They always sleep late and I don’t want to wake them, so this way I only have to wake them five minutes before they are out the door.” — Jane C.
“I have my kids do everything the night before, including untying shoe laces and putting shoes by breakfast table. Checklists also can work well with picture cues for the little ones.” — Julie F.