I mentioned last month that we go through a lot of eggs in our house and once again I’m working with the American Egg Board to bring you some quick, easy, and filling breakfast ideas. Did I forget to mention cheap and healthy*, too?
*Oh sure, you can certainly ruin the healthy part with your preparation choices, but on their own, eggs are a great source of protein which helps prevent that blood sugar crash that makes your own leg look appetizing right about 10am.
It doesn’t take any time to fry an egg. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee you can fry a couple of eggs in less time than it takes to go through the drive through during rush hour.
You don’t know how?
You’re in luck, I already have a how to fry an egg tutorial ready to go for you. Sure, your first few won’t be gorgeous, but the amount of money saved by cooking at home will certainly outweigh the few eggs you scramble -heh. Right now, the average cost of an egg is around $0.15.
Currently my favorite quick and easy breakfast is a Tex-Mex twist on the whole breakfast skillet idea and it’s a great way to use up leftovers* to prepare breakfast in less time than the drive through.
*Ok, you caught me, I double the recipes required to ensure there are plenty of leftovers for the next few mornings.
Tex-Mex Breakfast Skillet
Now, hang on to the edge of your seat, this dish is incredibly difficult to prepare.
Need some variety? It’s also delicious with refried beans.
And don’t be scared to try out other combinations of rice, beans, and eggs. I’ve been known to scarf leftover Hoppin’ John with my eggs. Dirty rice, red beans, and some andouille sausage? Don’t knock it until you try it.
More quick and easy breakfast ideas
Need some breakfasts that are completely ready to grab and go? Then you’ll want to turn these into breakfast burritos which can be frozen ahead of time. If you’re going to prepare a big batch of breakfast burritos, I’d suggest creating an assembly line and scrambling the eggs to speed up the process. Fill and fold your burritos and place them on a sheet pan to freeze quickly; once the burritos are frozen, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and store with the rest in a gallon size freezer bag. On your next busy morning, pull it out of the freezer, unwrap, nuke, and go. My kids are huge fans of breakfast burritos on any morning, it doesn’t have to be a busy one.
If you want to get fancy or just change things up a bit, you can scramble eggs with chorizo -personally I prefer Spanish style chorizo to Mexican, but that’s up to you. This make excellent filling for breakfast burritos, Mexican chorizo and regular pork sausage work just as well.
Remember that broccoli cheddar frittata from last month? The leftovers are perfect for a quick microwave breakfast. If you want to get super creative, you can also cook that frittata in a muffin tin. Just be sure to spray the tin with baking spray, then bake at 350°F for 20 – 25 minutes -watch carefully. Once the eggs are fully cooked, remove them from the tin, freeze on a sheet pan, and then store in a gallon freezer bag for another grab, microwave, and go breakfast idea.
Easy peasy, no?
Head over to the Incredible Edible Egg Facebook Fan Page where there are a lot more ideas on the Virtual Refrigerator Door application. Fans who provide their email address are also eligible to win a few cool prizes (iPads, digital cameras, etc)
What are your favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas?
Jenn Fowler has some great egg ideas at Frugal Upstate.
This post was sponsored by the American Egg Board, all opinions are my own.