Time is something that is usually not on our side in the mornings.
I stay home so I have more time at home in the mornings than most, but time in general, not really. I work from home, home educate my kids, take care of the house and garden, and will soon be participating in homeschool co-op, field trips, and other activities. You know the drill. I don’t have to tell you how busy the mornings are. I’m sure yours is like mine or even worse.
My husband either teaches at the community college in the morning and then heads to his full time job at our church, or he goes directly to church. He doesn’t have a lot of time to mess around either.
While I like to cook, I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen most days. I just simply don’t have time for it, and also don’t have the energy to cook elaborate meals every single day. My sanity can’t handle that. I’m sure you can relate! It needs to fit my requirement of taking only five to ten minutes for breakfast and lunch. For dinner, I like to keep it at about 30 minutes of hands on time.
Since schools are starting soon and schedules are going to get just that much more hectic, I thought it would be fun to show you what my husband and I typically eat on a busy morning (M-F). Here are examples of 5 five minute healthy breakfasts. My kids eat these too and sometimes I will throw in there a smoothie or pancakes and waffles that I have pre-made and just reheat.
These are real meals and not staged or taken with pretty lighting and with my good camera. This is real life and snapped every morning this week with my iPhone.
This was a very frugal week’s worth of breakfasts too. We used 2 dozen eggs ($3/each), half lb. of bacon ($3), half block of cheddar ($2.50), half block of feta ($2), and veg from our garden (free). $13.50 for breakfast for four people for five days is pretty good in my book. I should mention that my kids also had toast made from homemade bread, so I should probably add another dollar to that total.
I hope this gives you some ideas. I won’t make any promises because I’m usually not very good at following through with a blog schedule, but I plan to post more of these and show you lunches too. I just have to remember to snap the shots before I devour them.
Swiss chard cooks very quickly. While it cooked, I made the egg on my grilled. It’s FAST!
This was my favorite breakfast this week. The bacon and peppers, I chopped into small pieces so they would cook faster. I cooked them on my griddle again. After 3 minutes, they were done, and then added my egg. One more minute later it was on my plate and I topped it with cheese and cherry tomatoes.
Again, I quickly chopped the veg small so it would cook faster. I cranked up the heat so it would get some seared areas on it but still stay crisp tender. I made the eggs while the veg was cooking. The bacon went in the oven and cooked for 15 minutes. Yes this part did take longer than five minutes, but it’s not hands on time. You can get dressed or put on your makeup while the bacon is cooking.
Pretty self explanatory. Scramble eggs and add shredded cheese.
Again self-explanatory. I had a little more juice than this. I had already drank some. I admit, this juice was not our best. I usually like an apple in it, but didn’t have one at the time.