Fast Breakfast Ideas

September 10, 2018

When it comes to getting kids to school on time, planning is key. While parents like to make sure the kids get a healthy breakfast, sometimes moms and dads forgo the most important meal of the day because of a lack of time. These breakfast ideas are healthy and nutritious enough for parents, and tasty and fun enough for the kids too, so everyone can start the day off right.

Microwave Quiche25 Minute Microwave Quiche in a Mug 
This 5-minute spinach and cheddar quiche basically cooks itself in the microwave, while you do other prep in the morning. It’s the easiest recipe ever— all you need to do is mix up the ingredients in a cup or a container, and pop them in the microwave. You can experiment with the flavours too, in order to keep the flavours fresh. 


Omelet To Go 
Do you like making a nice breakfast, but you just don’t have time to sit down and eat it? This is the ideal option. Cook up a quick omelet and then wrap it in a bun. You can even add some veggies, sauces, greens, or whatever else you like. You can munch this one as you walk, the kids can nibble it on the way to school in the car, or you can wrap one in foil and save it for when you get to work.

Co-op's bakery department has a variety of single serve buns and many new kinds of bread like Calgary's Byblos Bakery's Ballads bread so you can serve a basic omelette with a fun twist. 


zesty guaccamoleAvocado Toast 
If you don’t want pretty much any cooking involved in your morning routine, then this is the recipe for you. Plus, avocado toasts are uber trendy right now.

Toast a couple of slices of bread and butter them generously. Then slice or mash up an avocado and hit that toast with this green goodness. A sprinkle of salt and pepper and lime juice is all you need, or you can get fancy and use homemade guacamole for a Mexi-flavour meal. Avocados are really healthy and nutritious, so they make a great way to start the day. Don’t forget to opt for healthy bread, such as whole wheat or whole grain. 

Try Chef Dale's Zesty Guacamole recipe.


Oatmeal smoothieStrawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl 
If you prefer a lighter morning option, then a smoothie bowl is the breakfast for you. A bowl is actually the secret weapon for smoothies, which can sometimes be too thick to drink easily.

You can pre-cut all of your fruit the night before or even get it prepped on Sunday and freeze it. You’ll use this to create a smoothie base. Then, in the morning, just pop fruit in the blender, add some milk and even nuts or veggies, and you’ve got yourself a smoothie. This idea works best if you make it nice and thick. Pour the smoothie in a bowl and add more fruit, granola, seeds or nuts on top for a fancier and Instagrammable quick breakfast. 


breakfast casseroleSlow Cooker Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole 
Overnight meals are the best for quick mornings! Throw some ham and sausage into the slow cooker, cover with eggs, milk and spices and leave overnight. Then, wake up in the morning to a perfectly cooked meal. Just like the microwave quiche, there are so many ways to mix this recipe up for a fun twist. Switch up the veggies, the protein and the spices for a new meal each day! 


OvernightOatmealBlueberry Almond Overnight Oats 
Another overnight alternative is to make oatmeal, and these are good eaten either hot or cold. Overnight oats just involves placing all of your favorite oatmeal ingredients in an airtight container and leaving them in the fridge overnight. This recipe calls for oats, milk, chia seeds, maple syrup and vanilla. In the morning, the oatmeal will be ready to go. Just add a few toppings, like blueberries or other fruit. 


Banana Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding 
If you are loving the overnight options, then the chia seed pudding is also fantastic. A really healthy and filling meal, it’s also incredibly tasty. Mix 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1 cup of your milk of choice (soy, coconut or nut milks work well) and a sweetener like honey or maple syrup, and leave them in the fridge overnight. Since chia seeds take up the liquid and puff up, the mixture becomes just like a pudding!  You can flavour the puddings with cocoa, fruit, cinnamon and more. Get creative! 


Yogurt PopsiclesFrozen Breakfast Parfait Pops 
Looking to spend less than a minute on breakfast? Then make frozen breakfast parfait pops, which you can store in the freezer. They’re tasty, and the perfect brekkie for hot summer mornings! Plus, they’re reasonably healthy thanks to ingredients like Greek yogurt, granola, berries and honey. All you have to do is mix up the ingredients, freeze them in popsicle molds. That’s it – your breakfast for the week is ready to go! 

Have you got a fast breakfast idea that you love and that saves time on busy school days? Don’t forget to share it in comments below.

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