Does your day start like you are an air traffic controller? Everyone is racing around. You are heading out the door to work, to school. Make a hot breakfast? Really! You are happy if your shoes match.
The importance of breakfast lies in the word itself. By eating breakfast, we are actually breaking the fast that was induced during the long gap of time from the meal eaten the previous night. When we wake up in the morning, most of our energy is used up and it needs to be re-energized in order to go through our daily routines.
Starting your day with proteins and whole grains provides that long term energy needed to carry you through out your day. Fast and easy healthy breakfasts start with time-saving, easy recipes.
Slow Cooker Oatmeal – use your slow cooker to make hearty oatmeal overnight while you sleep. You can have fun and mix up the dried fruit to fit your family’s tastes.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried figs
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup half-and-half
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours.
Stir and remove to serving bowls. This method works best if started before you go to bed. This way your oatmeal will be finished by morning.
This recipe is designed to serve 4 – it is easily doubled for those with hearty appetites.
A Complete Breakfast in a Finger Food – Enjoy individual little pies you can make a head of time. Making up your pies is simple and quick, too. Then pop them in the microwave to heat and run.
- 1 pound breakfast sausage
- 1/4 cup minced onions
- 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
- 2 (12 ounce) cans refrigerated biscuits dough
- 6 eggs beaten
- 6 Tablespoons milk
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese – Mozzarella works good too, or both
Preheat oven to 400°F
Heat a large deep cast iron skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
Crumble and brown the sausage in the preheated skillet, add onions, and green pepper.
Cook until the sausage is cooked through. Remove, drain set aside to cool.
Wisk together the eggs, milk, ½ cup of the cheese and, set aside.
Separate the biscuit dough into 20 individual pieces. Flatten each biscuit out flat. Line the bottom and sides of the muffin cups.
Place cooled sausage mixture between the cups – pour the eggs mixture evenly into each cup. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until filling sets.
Eating a healthy start to your day provides rewards through brain power, energy, and a healthy beginning to a nutritious day. This is important whether you are a child or an adult. Having fun with these recipes equals delicious, easy, and quick, hot breakfast to your day.