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13 Instant Breakfasts for Busy Families

Hack your morning meal with our favorite time-saving tips.


Add Fish For Flavor

Smear toasted whole-grain bread with whipped cream cheese and top with smoked salmon, sliced tomato, sliced red onion, and capers. (Why not make an extra one for lunch, too?)


Make Eggs a La Tomato Sauce

Simmer a few cups of your favorite tomato sauce in a skillet. Crack eggs directly into the sauce and swirl in the whites, while leaving the yolks untouched. Cook until the whites are firm and the yolk is set, but still runny. Top with lots of cracked black pepper and fresh parsley, if you like. Eat with crusty bread.


Serve Polenta with Toppers

Cook polenta or grits according to package instructions. Top with two poached or fried eggs, chopped scallions, salsa, and a bit of crumbled bacon.


Make Your Own McMuffin

Spread toasted English muffin halves with a spoonful of pesto. Top with scrambled eggs and shredded mozzarella cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese melts and bubbles.


Add Spice to Eggs

Simmer half a can of black beans with a cup of chicken stock. Crack two eggs directly into the mixture and cook until the whites are set. Hit it with plenty of hot sauce.


Warm Up with Quinoa

Combine cooked quinoa in a pan with a half cup of milk, a pad of butter, golden raisins, a touch of brown sugar, and toasted walnuts. Heat until hot and creamy.


Bake Up a Gooey Treat

Add salsa and grated cheese to a small oven-safe bowl or ramekin. Crack two eggs over the top and bake in a 400 degree F oven until the whites are just set, about 10 to 12 minutes. Eat with whole-wheat toast or corn tortillas.


Go to Waffle Heaven

Toast two whole-grain waffles until crispy. Spread one with a thick layer of peanut butter, then top with sliced apples and ham. Top with the other waffle and eat it like a sandwich.


Sweeten Up Your Grains

Cook polenta or grits according to package instructions. Top with a scoop of ricotta or mascarpone cheese and chopped fresh figs.


Butter It Up

Spread a toasted whole-wheat English muffin with almond butter. Top with sliced bananas, a drizzle of agave syrup, and crushed almonds.


Nutty Up Oatmeal

Stir a spoonful of peanut butter into a bowl of plain instant oatmeal. Top with diced apples, crushed walnuts, and agave syrup.


Go to Mexico

Breakfast tacos! Scramble eggs with chopped scallions and hunks of chicken sausage. Serve in warm tortillas topped with black beans, sliced avocado, and salsa.


Reinvent Nachos for Breakfast

Heat a cup of spicy, not-too-chunky salsa in a skillet. Add a few handfuls of tortilla chips and cook until slightly softened, but retaining pockets of crunchiness–about 90 seconds. Top with a fried egg, thinly sliced onion, crumbled cheese, and a squeeze of lime.
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