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5-Minute Breakfast Meals

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No time in the morning for breakfast? You'll never skip it again with these speedy meal ideas designed for moms on the go.

Susannah Locketti, mom of two and Next Food Network Star finalist, finds creative solutions for making the most important meal of the day in minutes.

Fast Food Style Egg Sandwich

While a whole grain English muffin is toasting, coat a microwave-safe cereal bowl with olive oil cooking spray. Drop in an egg and use the shell to break and swirl the yolk. Season and pop in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. Top with baby spinach and a slice of cheese. Microwave an additional 10 seconds and serve on the toasted English muffin.

Frozen Pancakes

For those hectic mornings when you are just about to put the kids on the bus and they announce they haven't eaten breakfast, try this. Buy a box of instant whole wheat pancake mix. Next time you make pancakes, triple the batch. You can even throw in blueberries or chopped bananas to add extra flavor. Freeze the leftover cooled pancakes in Ziploc baggies. When ready, put in the microwave, they'll heat up in 60 seconds and the kids will love them!


Instant oatmeal microwaves in under two minutes. Top the hot oatmeal with sliced almonds, fresh fruit, and drizzle with honey. Or, top with brown sugar, walnuts, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg. When choosing your oatmeal, look for instant varieties with at least 3 grams of fiber to keep you full until lunchtime.

Breakfast Burritos

Spread one 1/2 cup of refried beans on a tortilla, top with reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, and microwave flat until the cheese melts. Top with whatever veggies you have on hand, wrap, and roll on with your morning feeling satisfied. Or, spread some all natural peanut butter on a tortilla, top with sliced bananas and cinnamon, warm in the microwave and gently roll up.

Yogurt Parfaits

This is a great way to use up leftover fruit and yogurt before the next shopping trip. In a glass, add some yogurt. Top with a layer of chopped fruit, more yogurt and more fruit. Sprinkle some granola or leftover dry cereal on top and devour. When you are in a rush, just leave the ingredients on the table for the kids to build their own.

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6 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kate June 24, 2008, 4:29 PM

Just to be picky… that fast food breakfast sandwich is pictured with ham, but the meat is not mentioned at all in the recipe. And does anyone else think it’s gross to use the egg shell to break up the yolk? What if it crumbles? Eeew.

Anonymous June 24, 2008, 4:40 PM

I use the egg shell to break my egg everyday. You’re not assaulting the egg with deadly force, so there should be a reason for it to break!

Anonymous June 25, 2008, 10:44 AM

I think its gross to break up the egg with the shell. I hope if you are doing that you are taking a few seconds to wash the egg first. Since the egg shell could be contaminated with Salmanella (sp?)

meg24_83 June 25, 2008, 12:49 PM

What?!? First of all, you can get sick from raw eggs. Salmonella isn’t just on the shell. I hope everyone cooks their eggs before they eat them. That’s how you cut bacteria out anyways.
I find it amazing how clueless people are these days about bacteria and food.
And if you think its so gross, then break it with something else.
This made me laugh, thank you.

Anon June 25, 2008, 10:00 PM

Good ideas but nobody could make a breakfast sandwich that tastes as good as the egg mc muffin.

Ardell Reger February 10, 2011, 7:15 AM

There are many rehearsals to something what is impressive for me?.? thanks a lot. Its good to hear from somebody who has been in the same shoes.

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