Dear Home-Ec 101:
I am in need of some breakfast food that can be eaten at my desk at work. I admit it, I’ve been spoiled. For the first 4 years after college I worked for a bookstore in a mall with a multitude of restaurants. The next 8 years I worked in an office building with an on-site cafeteria & coffee shop. My office has just relocated to a new building with no cafeteria. There are lots of restaurants nearby, but they cost more and take longer than running across the street to the cafeteria or down the hall to the bagel shop. I’m a person that can’t eat until I’ve been awake for awhile and I’m already getting up at 4:30 AM to make it to work by 7 AM so getting up earlier and eating at home isn’t really an option, and there are only so many days in a row I can eat cereal.
Do you have any suggestions for easy breakfasts that can either be made at home the night before and reheated in the office microwave, or made at work? I have access to a microwave and instant hot water, but no toaster. My normal breakfast is a caramel light frappucino – but not only is that not particularly budget friendly, I know it’s not good for me so I am trying very hard to cut back. Also, sometimes it’s not enough and then I’m starving at 10 AM and hitting the snack machine. I’m getting desperate, today I had a breakfast Lean Pocket. Help!
Starving in Stanford
I can sympathize with not being able to eat until later in the morning, I’ve been that way my entire life. I have coffee to stave off the crazy, but actual food has to wait until I’ve been up for a while.
We eat a lot of eggs in our home. My mother raises chickens and we reap the reward. How lucky is that?
Breakfast burritos are extremely quick, can be made in large batches and are kept in the freezer for quick, microwaveable breakfasts. Just scramble some eggs and cook bacon or sausage and wrap in a tortilla. I usually chop up a little cilantro to add to mine. Wrap these individually in plastic wrap and freeze.
Frittatas are another very flexible egg dish. Here’s a basic outline of how to make a frittata. I find the leftovers microwave just fine. To keep this idea from getting tiresome, change up your ingredients. Use different kinds of sausages and a variety of vegetables or take a tip from the Spanish and use potatoes to make tortilla -not the flour kind.
I have a granola recipe I triple and bake. I store the granola in an airtight container and it’s perfect as a cereal, in yogurt, or heck eaten out of hand.
In the near future I’ll try to pull together a tutorial for pasties (not the kind you find in adult establishments, rather the type you find in upper Michigan bakeries).
As I’m supposed to be on vacation right now -at least I’m writing outside, right?- I’m going to open this question up to the Home-Ec 101 audience.
So Home-Eccers, what suggestions do you have for quick, microwavable breakfasts?