It’s Better Breakfast Month, and I’d say it’s an important month to take notice of because all of our breakfasts could probably use some improving. In fact, if you do skip breakfast occasionally (or always, in which case, try these tips to get into breakfast), that’s probably because you’re just over breakfast foods. Eggs. Toast. Grapefruit. All perfectly nutritious foods but, I get it: breakfast can be pretty boring. And, that’s because it’s the meal we have the least time to dedicate creativity to. Lunch you perhaps buy out, or prep in the evenings. Dinner is something you’re excited to try new recipes for. But in the mornings, you’d rather dedicate your extra minutes to putting that last hair in place or giving the dog a longer walk. In honor of Better Breakfast Month, here are hacks to make breakfast much, much better.
Turn dinner into morning hash
Take the ingredients from last night’s dinner—lasagna, fajitas, casserole, whatever it was—cut them up, and scramble them together with cubed potatoes and eggs for a unique twist on breakfast hash.
Try breakfast pizza
Get some of your favorite flatbread, and cover with a few eggs, bacon bits, potatoes, cream cheese, and chives, and you’ll have one tasty breakfast pizza on your hands.
Use your Panini maker
Breakfast paninis are something sandwich lovers can get on board with. Try a bacon and egg grilled cheese sandwich, a lox and cream cheese sandwich, a prosciutto and egg Panini, or a hash browns, ham, bbq sauce, and egg Panini.
Make a breakfast taco bar
Taco bars are always a treat, including for breakfast time. Get some hash browns, salsa, scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, and chorizo in bowls and build your own yummy morning south of the border meal.
Get creative with omelet muffins
Did you know you can whip up your omelet ingredients—bell peppers, zucchini, ham, bacon, chives—pour those into muffin molds, bake, and have little portable omelet muffins?
Do more with pastry dough
Get creative with dinner roll pastry dough. That canned stuff is good for more than biscuits. You can roll it up around nutella and bananas, or bacon and cheese, for fluffy, crispy breakfast pastries.
Try something different than oatmeal
You don’t need to have oatmeal as your morning oats. You can try muesli, brown rice, millet, buckwheat, teff, or quinoa. Depending on if the oat is savory or sweet, you can adjust toppings accordingly.
Make hash browns in a waffle iron
Lay your raw hash browns over the grill lines of your waffle iron, close, leave to cook, and lift it up to find perfect little triangles or squares of holdable hash browns. Then smother with your favorite sauce.
Try savory pancakes
Pancakes don’t have to be sweet. Have you ever tried cornbread and bacon pancakes? Green chile and cheddar cheese pancakes? Curry pancakes? Add any of these ingredients to your preferred white pancake mix and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Make healthy “krispy treats”
Make a twist on this childhood favorite with healthy cereal. Use the same process you would to make rice krispy treats, but instead use…whole grain cereal with flaxseed or brown rice flakes.
Use your crockpot more
You can use your crockpot to make French toast, egg casserole, oatmeal, and even cinnamon rolls in your crockpot.
Disrupt the pancake recipe
If you do love sweet pancakes, you can rediscover your appreciation for this food by using something different than pancake mix….like cake or brownie batter.
Try yogurt parfait popsicles
Instead of eating regular old yogurt parfaits, blend up yogurt, chopped fruit, and freeze it in popsicle molds. That’s one refreshing portable breakfast.
Caffeinate your shake
Add a little pick-me-up to your breakfast smoothie by putting caffeine right into it. Brew your regular coffee, chill it, and then mix it into a chocolate or carob smoothie.
Make breakfast banana splits
Rethink the banana split. Instead of ice cream in the middle, put Greek yogurt, chopped fruit, granola, chopped nuts, and a drizzle of honey or agave.