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9 Breakfast Shortcuts That Will Save You Time in the Morning

posted: 03/06/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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  • A healthy morning meal starts the day off on the right foot.
    A healthy morning meal starts the day off on the right foot.
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    Start Your Day Off Right

    If coffee and whatever cereal your kids left at the bottom of their bowl is your go-to breakfast, it’s time to change things up in your kitchen. We don’t have time for an omelet station on a Monday morning, but you do need something tastier and healthier than a few leftover Lucky Charms. So try these breakfast hacks this week for a yummier start to your day.

  • Bacon can be made in the oven.
    Bacon can be made in the oven.
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    Bake Your Bacon

    How about crispy bacon for the whole family and zero mess in the morning? Then cook bacon in the oven. Set your oven to 450 degrees and put the bacon on a wire rack and set it over a rimmed baking sheet. This allows the fat to drip away so the bacon cooks up even crunchier and you can cook a lot of pieces this way. You don’t even need to flip the bacon while it cooks. The bacon should be done in 20 minutes.

  • Prep these ahead of time.
    Prep these ahead of time.
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    Make-Ahead Egg Sandwiches

    Try this trick for make-ahead breakfast sandwiches. Using a lightly greased muffin tin, crack one egg into each cup of a muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. Build your sandwiches with English muffins, cheese, ham, and veggies. Wrap the sandwiches in foil and freeze. When you’re ready to eat, just heat up the sandwich in the oven or microwave.

  • No need for a pot of water!
    No need for a pot of water!
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    Hard-Bake Your Egg

    Use that same muffin tin to make a hard-boiled egg. Just bake your eggs at 350 degrees for 30 minutes for the perfect hardboiled—or hard-baked egg.

  • Waffle makers can make more than waffles.
    Waffle makers can make more than waffles.
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    Use Your Waffle Iron to Make Hash Browns

    Want perfectly crispy hash browns? Throw them on the waffle iron! It gives them the perfect sear and divides them into four servings easily. Plus you don’t have to worry about flipping them!

  • They're healthier than store-bought varieties.
    They're healthier than store-bought varieties.
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    Pre-Make Cereal Bars

    Make these healthy 5-ingredient cereal bars for a nutritious grab-and-go meal.

  • Just grab and go!
    Just grab and go!
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    Put Pancake Batter in the Freezer

    Put pancakes on the breakfast menu all week by mixing up several servings of pancake mix and putting it into several freezer bags. Store the bags in the fridge and be sure to leave room for the batter to expand a bit. When you’re ready to make the pancakes, cut a bottom corner of the freezer bag and squeeze the mix into a hot pan. Yummy!

  • Put your rice cooker to work.
    Put your rice cooker to work.
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    Make Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker

    When you wake up, add 1 cup of regular old-fashioned oats and 1 3/4 cup water or 1 cup of steel-cut oats and 2 1/2 cups of liquid. Then turn your rice cooker on, and let it cook to perfection. It’ll be ready in about 40 minutes, leaving you time to shower, get dressed, and get the kids ready.

  • Just grab the blender and press puree.
    Just grab the blender and press puree.
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    Prep Your Smoothie Ingredients

    Have a breakfast smoothie any morning by chopping up and freezing all the ingredients for a smoothie, like fruit, veggies, and yogurt in individual sandwich bags. When you’re ready, grab a bag and throw the ingredients into a blender and enjoy.

  • This idea will be a lifesaver.
    This idea will be a lifesaver.
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    Make Overnight Oats

    Serve delicious oats and not cook a thing by mixing equal parts milk, yogurt and rolled oats with a banana and some cinnamon. Place in the fridge overnight and in the morning, add fruit or nuts and serve.