Tasty Thursday: Breakfast Foods

I was at my apartment on Monday, realizing that I hadn't shopped in quite some time and didn't have many options for dinner. This was an issue because I was quite tired. I looked through my cupboards and saw that I had some various canned soups. I then realized I don't have a can opener so that crushed my hopes of enjoying some chicken noodle soup. After looking and seeing I had not much around, I decided to do breakfast for dinner. I don't know why I don't do this more often because I absolutely love breakfast food, even though I don't generally make breakfast for myself. I'll eat a yogurt instead, but regardless. How can you not love starting your day with the smell of bacon cooking and permeating your house?

The great thing about breakfast is that there are so many options that you can literally have a different breakfast creation pretty much every day and not have it get old. Here's some tasty and cheap things I like to eat for breakfast. What can cost upwards of eight or nine dollars at a diner, you can make for significantly cheaper in your own home.

Skillet Creations

You really can't mess this up. It's really hard to anyway. I like to start off with grated or thinly sliced potatoes, chopped onions and green peppers. Saute those up and then pour in two or three scrambled eggs right after. It takes almost no time at all to create a tasty dish and you can do it at a very cheap price. If you figure eggs are around $1.29 for every half dozen and potatoes, onions and peppers you can generally get for about a dollar each (depending on the sales. Normally I get small ones because I live alone and save money), you can feed yourself a good and filling breakfast for about $3 a serving. That's not bad if you ask me. Want to add a little flair to the meal? Add some tabasco sauce or some salsa and you've got a nice spicy treat that will wake you up and get you ready for the morning.

 

*Mr Honey Nut Cheerios and Cinamon Toast Crunch Dude....I'm on the right

 

Pancakes

I absolutely love pancakes and if you want to go the real cheap route, buy a box of Bisquick mix and all you have to do is add water. You cannot get any easier then that. Bisquick is cheap as well (You can get a 40oz box for about $3) and there are lots of variations on pancakes that you can try. Add chocolate chips, berries, bananas or candy pieces to get some more flavor out of your flapjacks. The benefit of having Bisquick, or any other kind of baking mix is that they are normally versatile. They have recipes for various different foods you can make with the mix. You could make waffles, muffins, biscuits, pizza dough, and tons of other foods. In a pinch, Bisquick pancakes can calm any hunger you may have.

Granola

Granola is probably one of the best breakfast foods to have on hand because you can eat it with milk, eat it like trail mix or add it to yogurt for a little crunchy stir in. You can buy this in the store in a box, or try and make your own at the house. Making your own batch is easy. My mom always used to make granola when we were younger, and it was definitely a favorite among the Poplaski children.

Smoothies

Smoothies are amazingly tasty, healthy, and a great way to start the day when you're on the go. A smoothie only really takes about three ingredients. If you have juice, berries or fruits and some yogurt, you're golden. I like to buy fresh produce, freeze it and then use that to make a smoothie. It cuts out the need for ice, and makes sure you still get a tasty frozen treat to enjoy. I mean really when you think about it, who doesn't like smoothies?

Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you the boost you need to get through the day. Calories are good in the morning because it helps your brain function. These are just a few of the seemingly infinite possibilities when it comes to breakfast. To this day, I don't know if I have found a breakfast food I didn't like. Just remember, at the end of the day, you'll be happy you ate breakfast. It prepares you for the day and makes sure you'll be able to function to your full potential. Just don't forget the coffee to go with your meal!

What are your favorite breakfast foods?

Seth P.