Breakfast is just that, after all- breaking the “fast” from sleeping. As such, it’s not surprising that breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, the one meal you should never skip. Oh, and if you can eat something healthy, that helps too.
For years I skipped breakfast. As a night owl, the last thing I wanted when opening my bleary eyes in the morning was a full meal- a cup (or two) of strong, kick-me-awake coffee was all I could face. Then my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, and one of the cardinal rules in managing diabetes is never skipping meals. It was for love, then, that I rediscovered breakfast- and now it’s my favorite meal of the day.
However, because I’m still a night owl, I’ve had to find breakfast foods that didn’t have me slaving over a hot stove while half-asleep. That meant that pancakes, unfortunately, were out. But the following breakfasts are quick, easy, and can be prepared with eyes half-shut:
- Strata. A breakfast casserole, if you will. The simplest strata- and my favorite- is made of buttered bread laid in a casserole dish, sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, and drowned in a mixture of beaten eggs and milk. Cover and stick in the fridge the night before. On the morning of, stick in a preheated oven for around 30 minutes- and voila. All the goodness of french toast without all the work.
- Overnight Porridge. We first saw this on Alton Brown’s Good Eats, and it’s our favorite way to make oatmeal now. What you do is start the oats with water (tip: add extra water if you like to sleep long) on low in a crock pot the night before. In the morning- hot steaming cereal. Mmm.
- Scrambled Eggs. I’ve posted previously on how to make perfect scrambled eggs. It’s fast, and luxurious, and delicious.
- Danish. Yes, a basket of old-fashioned danishes, served up with some good coffee and fresh orange juice, is a classic, and one of the best things to wake up to. I like to heat up the danishes and wrap them in a large white napkin in a pretty basket.
What are your favorite breakfast foods?