If breakfast is the most-important meal of the day, and mornings are the most-hectic time of the day, how do you make a morning meal that’s healthy and timesaving? That conundrum led us to compile our favorite morning hacks.
Update Your Oats
- To cut the cooking time for steel-cut oats, try this trick: Cover the oats with water in a saucepan the night before. Bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and cover the pan. In the morning, bring it back to a simmer and your oatmeal will be ready to serve!
- Cook leftover oatmeal into little cakes, plus more tips from Food52.
- Make savory oatmeal. Think beyond sweet and top your oatmeal with a fried egg, grated cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and scallions — or even black beans and salsa.
- Make overnight oats (or chia pudding). Trust us on this one… it’s so easy and so delicious.
Use Your Microwave
- Use your microwave to make a single-serving “cake.” There are lots of recipes on the Internet for almost-instant cakes and muffins, but this one is actually healthy, using oat bran and buckwheat groats.
- Use it to scramble eggs or make omelets.
- Make bacon in the microwave. Say what? It’s true! All you need is some paper towels (and a microwave) to get a crispy strip or two for breakfast.
- Nuke frozen fruit (think berries, cherries, mango) and it’s ready to eat. Use it to flavor plain yogurt, or to top toaster waffles.
Other Tricks and Tips
- Try a new toast topping. We give you 50 ways to be more creative with toast.
- Assemble smoothie ingredients in your blender the night before (this works if you’re adding ice, rather than using frozen ingredients). Or, prepare smoothie packs for your freezer: Put half a banana and a cup of frozen berries in zip-close bags and they’ll be ready to go.
- Make a batch of these breakfast bread puddings on the weekend and they’ll be good to go for the week.
- Try this three-ingredient smoothie: banana, milk and peanut butter.
- Dip apple rings in pancake batter and cook them in a skillet for an all-in-one meal (try a whole-grain batter).