Breakfast Ideas On The Go

School Days, School Days, Good Old Golden Rule Days-- It's that time of year again. Schedules are hectic, buses and car pools are running and you're all trying to be at school and work on time.

Try these make-ahead and quick breakfast ideas for tasty breakfasts in a hurry!


  • 1 cup cooked ham, diced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup margarine, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Grease muffin tins.

Cook ham over medium heat until browned. Drain well to remove excess grease. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center of mixture. Combine egg, milk and melted margarine and stir well. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients. Stir to mix well. Stir in cheese and diced ham. Fill greased muffin pans ¾ full. Bake at 350°F for 12 - 15 minutes until light brown. Makes 24 muffins. (Can be made ahead and frozen. Heat 2 - 3 muffins in microwave for 1 to 1½ minutes on high.)


  • 1¼ cups egg substitute or 5 eggs
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 3 cups country-style hash brown potatoes (thawed)
  • 1/3 cup onions, chopped or grated
  • ¼ tsp. hot sauce or pepper sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1½ cup fat-free sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 4 slices turkey bacon or regular bacon, cooked and crumbled or 1/3 cup bacon bits

Beat together eggs and milk in medium bowl. Stir in potatoes and onions; add salt, pepper and hot sauce. Stir in one cup cheese (grated) and half of the crumbled bacon. Pour into a greased 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 350°F for 25 - 30 minutes or until center is set. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bacon on top of pie. Continue baking 3 - 4 minutes until cheese melts.


  • Waffles -- Use frozen waffles. Toast them and spread with Peanut Butter.
  • Cereal -- Dry or with milk. Dry cereal can be put in sandwich bags to grab quickly.
  • Leftovers -- There’s nothing wrong with a piece of leftover chicken or a bowl or rice left from the day before. Eat it cold or heat it in the microwave.
  • Toast or Breads of all kinds -- Wheat, White, Raisin, etc.
  • Sandwiches -- Ham, Ham & Cheese, Cheese & bread only, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter & Jelly, or with fruit to name just a few.
  • Biscuits -- Plain or with fillings.
  • Milk -- In a small carton or chub bottle. Ready for grabbing.
  • Bagels -- Blueberry, Cinnamon, Cinnamon Raisin, Wheat, plain, etc.
  • Juices -- Look for the word “juice.” There are lots of fruit beverages and breakfast drinks that have some vitamins & minerals as well as some fruit juice, but they are mostly sugar and water. Try the juice boxes or small cans.
  • Crackers -- any kind, plain or with cheese or peanut butter.
  • Fresh Fruits -- banana, strawberries, apple, grapes (frozen grapes are great!)
  • Hot Cereals -- instant oatmeal and instant grits (they come in flavors too!)
  • Pretzels -- avoid the candy coated ones.