Simple Breakfast Ideas When You’re In A Hurry

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We all get into ruts with our routines, especially with what we eat for breakfast. If you're wanting to change things up a bit, but don't have a lot of time to mess with cooking, then these simple breakfast ideas are perfect. 

We hear all the time that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the most rushed. We often don’t have time to put together a complicated, healthy breakfast in the morning while getting ready to start the day.

That doesn’t mean, however, that we should give up on healthy and delicious breakfasts. That doesn’t mean just eating cereal every morning, either.

With a little planning ahead, you can make quick breakfasts that will get your day off to a great start without making you late. Whether you’re cooking for yourself of for your family, these simple breakfast ideas will help you start your day right.

Eggs & Smoked Salmon

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Scrambled eggs are a staple fast breakfast option, but they’re a little boring. Make them more interesting by adding smoked salmon.

This simple recipe by Rachel Ray includes classic scrambled eggs seasoned with salt and pepper, mixed with sliced smoked salmon and topped with chopped fresh chives.

Pair it with some toast, and you’ll have a tasty and filling meal. Best of all, it should only take about 6 minutes to cook. Anyone can fit that into their schedule!

Shortcut: Although the prep for this meal is pretty short, it  more than doubles your cooking time. To cut it down, slice the salmon and chop the chives the night before. You can keep them in plastic bags in your fridge. That way, all you need to do is beat the eggs and cook everything up.

English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas

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Making English muffin breakfast pizzas is super easy. You just need to top English muffin halves with tomato, bacon, and mozzarella and then bake them for about 10 minutes.

Kids love this breakfast recipe, and the ingredients are refined enough that most adults will love them too (these are certainly worlds better than bagel bites).

While you finish getting ready, your breakfast will get deliciously toasted and melted. They’re fast and easy, and your family might love them so much that they’ll start asking for them for lunch and dinner as well as for breakfast.

Shortcut: The recipe calls for Canadian bacon, but you can substitute with ham or American bacon. If you use normal bacon, buy it precooked or cook it in advance to save you time in the morning.

Chocolate Croissants

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These croissants may look like something you’d get in a fancy bakery, but you can prepare them yourself in just a few minutes. The trick is to get a head start by using store-bought crescent roll dough.

If you’re in the mood for something sweet for breakfast, these easy chocolate croissants will hit the spot. As an added benefit, they take just two ingredients, making them a prime example of simple breakfast ideas.

All you need to do is sprinkle some chocolate chips or chopped chocolate into the middle of crescent roll dough, roll them up, and make them. You’ll be having a delicious chocolaty breakfast in no time.

Shortcut: While the croissants will only take a few minutes to prep, they’ll need about 12-15 minutes in the oven. If you prep them first thing in the morning, you can finish getting ready while they bake. As an added benefit, the lovely smell of baking chocolate wafting through your house will make for an extra pleasant morning.

Avocado Toast With Eggs

Particularly if you’re exercising early in the day, you’ll want a breakfast with plenty of protein and some healthy fats. This breakfast has it all, plus some carbohydrates.

Best yet, it’s super simple to make. Just toast a couple of slices of whole-wheat toast, spread on some smashed avocado, top with fried eggs, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

It’s a delicious combination. You can also add on extras, such as beans, cheese, or some sliced tomato, according to your tastes. It’s fast and easy to make, and you’ll feel full for hours. Check out The Corner Kitchen for the simple recipe.

Breakfast Burritos

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Breakfast burritos are delicious, fast, and full of protein. If you’re making breakfast for the family, kids will love them and will feel full in school until lunch.

All you need to do for this recipe is scramble some eggs (or egg whites) with black beans, salsa, and cheese. Then wrap up the mixture in a tortilla, and enjoy.

Feel free to change this one up by adding rice, some pepper, sour cream, or anything else that strikes your fancy. With minimal prep, a breakfast burrito only takes about as long as it takes to scramble your eggs, so you can have a hot and filling breakfast in just a few minutes.

Shortcut: The filling for the burritos freeze well, so to save extra time in the morning make as much as you need in advance, wrap it up in Tupperware or tinfoil, and then just heat it up for a minute in the morning.

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are another perfect simple breakfast idea that you can make in advance. The idea is that you leave oats to soak overnight, then just pull them out of the fridge and eat them in the morning.

You can soak them in whatever your favorite liquid is (such as coconut or almond milk), but the classic combination is milk and yogurt, plus a bit of banana for a thicker consistency and a bit of sweetness.

Follow this recipe for the base of oats, then feel free to add in anything you want to add extra flavor. You can throw in fruit, nuts, or crunchy cereals. If you want the flavor to seep into the oats, add it the night before.

If you don’t want it to become mushy, sprinkle it on in the morning right before you eat it. This is also a great meal to pack in a Tupperware container and bring along with you to school or lunch. You can eat it hot or cold, depending on your preference.

Egg and Cheese “Cupcakes”

If you thought your muffin tin was just for muffins and cupcakes, then you were wrong. You can also use them to make delicious, single-serving eggs.

These egg and cheese “cupcakes” will take a little bit of time to make, but if you make a batch over the weekend, they’re perfect for breakfast on the go all week.

With this recipe from Glow Kitchen, all you need to do is crack an egg into each cup of a muffin tin, add in some onion, tomato, and cheese, and bake. They look impressive, and they make a delicious and filling meal.

You can make a tray (or multiple trays!) in advance and either refrigerate or freeze them. Simply pop one or two out, heat them up in the microwave, and breakfast is ready.

Shortcut: If you want to make these extra portable, use individual silicone muffin molds for each egg “cupcake.” Then you can simply grab one, bring it with you, and heat it up at work.


All of these simple breakfast ideas are healthy, filling, and quick to prepare. If you have a favorite go-to fast breakfast, we’d love to hear about it. Leave your breakfast ideas in the comments below!

About the author

Meghan Woolley

Meghan is a graduate of Hamilton College and has a Masters from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She enjoys trying new foods, exploring tasty recipes, and writing about her experiences.

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