You know that age-old cliché: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And that's especially true for kids. But, as parents, we know breakfast is not easy in the midst of the busy morning rush, even when working from home and the kiddos learning virtually. That's why preparation is key for breakfast success; by preparing ahead of time, you can knock out all the stress and start your day off on the right foot.
The breakfast ideas below are simple, delicious and perfect to prepare ahead of time and enjoy throughout the week. Plus, these easy breakfast ideas are budget-friendly—each only $10 or less.
1. Hardboiled Eggs
For our first easy breakfast idea, we’re highlighting a breakfast staple - eggs, hardboiled style! Prepare your eggs at the beginning of the week in your Instant Pot. Simply place the eggs at the bottom of the pot and set it to manual for five minutes. Once finished, release the steam, cover with ice water and peel the shells for a perfect hard-boiled egg!
Then, store your eggs for up to a week for a quick breakfast that’s ready to eat when you are. You can also slice an egg and enjoy it on a piece of buttered toast.
2. Customizable Oatmeal Muffins
Oatmeal muffins are the perfect quick and easy breakfast option. You can make them ahead of time with your own toppings and keep them refrigerated for up to a week. Test out different recipes each week.
Here’s one recipe you can try - our Cran-Banana Oat Breakfast Muffins! These tasty baked muffins are made with bananas, rolled oats, eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, allspice and dried cranberries. They’re flavorful, filling and taste great with a warm cup of coffee or breakfast tea.
3. Veggie & Egg Meal
Sauté onions, green peppers and sweet potato. Top with a poached egg and store ahead in the refrigerator. This meal is absolutely delicious and filling! Want to add some other ingredients? Here are some ideas:
- Breakfast sausage crumbles
- Shredded cheese
- Chopped bacon
- Fresh cilantro
4. Simple Parfaits
Yogurt parfaits are another easy breakfast idea that you can make ahead of time. Pick up a mason jar or plastic storage container and layer things like fruit, granola and yogurt until full. Then, seal it up so you and your family can enjoy them throughout the week!
Looking for some parfait inspiration? Our Protein-Packed Key Lime Pie Parfaits are a nod to the classic dessert, but perfect for breakfast time. To make them, you’ll only need key lime flavored Greek yogurt, graham crackers, honey and shredded coconut, plus whipping topping, cinnamon and lime zest to add on top. Sounds pretty delicious, right?
5. Microwave Omelet
For our next easy breakfast idea, grab a coffee cup and start chopping some peppers and onions. Add those to your mug then, top with two eggs. At that point, it’s time to cook your mixture in a microwave for one minute and season with salt and pepper. Just like that, you'll have an omelet in a cup ready to go. Yum!
6. Make-Ahead Burritos
Take a little time at the beginning of the week to make your family’s favorite breakfast burritos with things like sausage, bacon, peppers, onion, black beans, shredded cheese and scrambled eggs. Then, place them in the refrigerator to enjoy within a few days. You can also store them in the freezer, then thaw, warm and eat your burritos whenever you’re ready!
7. Smoothie Packs
Clean and prepare your favorite fruits and greens then, separate into single-serve Ziploc bags. Next, throw the bags in the freezer and grab them when you're ready for a delicious smoothie. Simply mix the frozen fruit, yogurt and your preferred liquid (water, milk and/or juice).
Here’s an example of this easy breakfast idea in action! Our Green Goddess Smoothie recipe is a combination of baby spinach, cucumber, avocado, banana, honey and milk. You can also add some yogurt if you would like to. It’s an earthy, sweet and refreshing take on a morning smoothie.
8. Breakfast Bowls
Using a Rubbermaid container, fill it with cooked potatoes, peppers and onions, as well as scrambled eggs. Then, top with shredded cheese. Cheddar, pepper jack and Mexican blend cheeses are all tasty options.
Next, seal the container and place it in the refrigerator. When you're ready, simply pop into the microwave for about 45 seconds and you're ready to eat your breakfast bowl!
9. Make-Ahead Oats
Making this easy breakfast idea is extremely simple. All you have to do is fill a mason jar about halfway with dry oats and top with your favorite freeze-dried fruits. When you're ready, fill with hot water or milk and you'll have delicious oatmeal. Feel free to add a little honey or brown sugar too!
10. Smoothie Bowls
Hands down, delicious and nutritious. Start by creating your favorite smoothie, this will be the base of the smoothie bowl. The easiest and most customizable are banana smoothies — simply blended frozen bananas and your choice of milk. Then, pour the mixture into a bowl and add your favorite toppings, whether it be fruit, granola, chia seeds, almond butter, cacao nibs or a combination of each. The choice is yours!
Easy breakfast dishes don't necessarily have to come out of a box. Although who doesn’t love a bowl of oatmeal or cereal from time to time? With our 10 easy breakfast ideas above, you can plan your morning meals ahead of time by simply prepping at the beginning of your week. You'll find these budget-friendly ideas really hit the spot! And as you probably already know, when you shop for your breakfast needs at your local Food Lion, you can find everything you need at low prices.