One of the great things about working from home is the lack of commute. No wasted time driving to and from work anymore in rush hour traffic! No more being squashed onto a train into the city and no having to scrape the windows in the winter before getting into the car! It gives us time at the start of the day to make sure we are getting a proper breakfast and setting us up for the day ahead. Here are some of my favourite quick and easy breakfast ideas.
Getting your Oats
One of the easiest ways to enjoy a healthy breakfast which doesn’t take long in the morning is…..well…..to make it the night before! Okay, I know that is cheating slightly but the beauty of overnight oats is that they soak up the milk overnight and they are all ready when you need them.
The main ingredients for overnight oats :
50g rolled porridge oats
100ml milk (we use soya but normal milk is fine)
2 tablespoons natural yogurt
1 tablespoon of honey
We use a nice jar with a lid and pop in the porridge oats and milk. Give it a good stir and then add in the fruit and yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. Now I’ve been vegan for over a year now so I substitute the milk, yogurt and honey with vegan alternatives and its equally delicious. Close the jar and pop it in the fridge overnight and the oats will have soaked up the liquid and be nice and moist. You could even heat it up in the microwave if its one of those cold mornings when you fancy something a bit hot. Yummy.
Nothing is as versatile and nutritious as eggs. The beauty of eggs is that they are quick and easy to cook too. To make something a little different here’s a recipe that I’ve used a lot in the past (pre-vegan days obviously!)
Baby Spinach Omlette is really easy and requires the following:
1 handful of baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper
The recipe couldn’t be simpler, crack the two eggs into a bowl, give them a quick whisk and then just chuck in the other ingredients. Once you’re happy with the consistency, go ahead and pour the mixture into a frying pan and cook over a medium heat for about three minutes. Flip the omlette over on to the other side, another three minutes or so and then reduce the heat until it gets to a good level of “cookness” (is that even a word??) – you’ll know yourself what level that is, some people like them a bit runnier than others. To be honest, this is such an easy recipe and, like the overnight oats you can substitute the spinach for any number of things – sliced peppers, tomatoes, garlic flakes – just whatever takes your fancy (or happen to have in the fridge)
What a Lot of Crepe….!
Another simple idea if you’re not keen on eggs (and one that great
for the kids to make at a weekend if you like) is crepes. Equally, nice with either sweet or savoury toppings it’s quick and easy to make:
125 grams of flour
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 pinch of salt
2 drops of vanilla extract
5 teaspoons of butter
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and, using a small cup or soup ladle take enough batter mixture to create a thin layer in a frying pan or similar. Don’t have the heat up too high and, it being thin, shouldn’t need long (or even flipped like pancakes). Like in the picture you can dollop on some squirty cream and some fruit – or equally good would be jam, syrup, chocolate spread or even some fresh cream – as well as some powdered sugar or if you are feeling in a savoury mood you could always leave out the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and go for your favourite topping – anyone else like some melted cheese?
Go on – Avo-cado
I’m sure that in my previous healthy lunch ideas article I suggested avocado but why stop at having it for lunch?
One variation on this idea (and combining a previous favourite) is poaching an egg (or a fried egg if you prefer) and popping it on the top.
2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
1 dash of lemon juice
1 shake of some chili flakes
2 slices bread
Into boiling water add the vinegar then reduce to simmering. Swirl the water with a spoon and then crack the eggs into the centre cooking them for about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl mash up the avocado, feta, chili flakes and the dash of lemon. Make a couple of slices of toast and then spoon half the mixture onto each slice of toast. Then place the poached egg on top of the mixture and there you have it – simple and really tasty.
If you like avocado but don’t like getting it out of its skin I can thoroughly recommend those avocado tools that you can get on-line. They really do make it much easier to get the avocado out.
So, that’s just four quick and easy breakfast ideas to give you some inspiration in the morning. I know that there does seem to be a trend to skip breakfast (does anyone who is reading to those fasting days? If you to – can you tell me in the comments if it actually works or if it is, like a lot of things, just a bit of a fad?) but I, for one, believe that having a healthy breakfast sets you up for the day! With the opportunity we have while working from home to take advantage of the extra time we have not commuting, having a healthy start to the day couldn’t make more sense.
If you want to have a look at some of my quick and easy lunch ideas then head over to HERE and my follow up article HERE. Do you have any favourite breakfast meals? If you want to share them or have tried one of my recipes and would like to let me know how it went please don’t hesitate to send me a message in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.