Easy answers for breakfast

By Staff
Michelle Blaylock, Mom's Corner
"What's for breakfast?" I get to hear this at least five times every morning and with school starting I have to be not only economical but also have to worry about time conservation. I'm not a great morning person and I absolutely refuse to crawl out of bed earlier than 5:30 a.m. to fix a big "Brady Bunch" breakfast. So my only alternative was to come up with some economical short cuts so my family isn't stuck with cereal every morning
1. First, try cooking a whole package of bacon over the weekend and then wrap it in the paper towel it was drained on, store in a zip lock bag in the fridge. To re-heat, I either pop it in the oven at 350 for about 5-10 minutes (comes out just like it's fresh from the skillet) or I use the microwave at 50 percent power and keep the bacon wrapped in the paper towel I drained it on. I've found these methods give the best flavor.
2. Over the weekend, I sometimes fix a large breakfast pizza. I use pizza crust pressed onto a cookie sheet or pizza pan, thaw 1/2 package of tator tots and crumble them over the top of the pizza crust, fry 1 lb. of sausage, drain well, then sprinkle over the tator tots, cover with cheddar cheese, beat six eggs with 1/4 cup of milk and pour over the entire thing; bake at 375 degrees for about 30-45 minutes. This keeps well in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the microwave. You can also add green peppers, onions, or whatever you like. My hubby likes to top his slices with salsa.
3. Here's some other quick breakfast ideas: Bagels and cream cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, toast with peanut butter – use fruit to make faces, yogurt with granola and fruit, scrambled egg on toast with cheese.
You can add all sorts of goodies to scrambled eggs, like lunchmeat, green peppers, onions, sausage, bacon, or tomatoes.
4. When we fix pancakes or waffles during the weekend we make extra and freeze them. They can be reheated in the toaster or microwave.
5. Fruit smoothies have become a favorite in our house, too. I have a basic recipe of ice, milk, juice, fruit and vanilla. I also sometimes add a bit of sugar if the fruit is a little sour. I also sometimes add a yogurt. A fruit smoothie and some toast for bulk is a good quick way to start the morning. They're also good as an after school snack.
Do you have a idea to share? I'd love to hear from you! E-mail: moms-corner@juno.com

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