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Breakfast Remedies 
Oct. 4, 2012 1:34 pm 
Updated: Oct. 6, 2012 10:38 pm
I didn't often eat breakfast, as I never had time to cook something more than a piece of bread most mornings. Having lived a schedule that started at 3am and ran to midnight, I didn't have much time for cooking in general.  Having a strong sense of how important this meal is, I had to figure out a way to make my meals count each morning.

I tried breakfast shakes, but those still take time to prepare.  It was a good solution for those mornings I had five minutes to spare, and often worked for me.  However, I longed for hot meals.

I started making breakfast sandwiches that I could take on the go. Two pieces of toast, a slice of ham, fried a little bit, with a single egg fried with the yolk cooked solid. Build a sandwich and run out the door, and I had a hot breakfast. But the time still was a problem!

So I turned to another option, and one that caught me by surprise.  The idea came to me when getting ready to leave for work. I turned on my slow-cooker, and as I headed out the door, I thought about why couldn't I do this before bed? After hunting for a little online, I found out that I actually could do it before bed, and have breakfast ready when I woke up!

Since then, I've collected many recipes for Crock Pot Breakfasts, and it's more than just oatmeal.  I have tatertots and eggs, hash browns and ham, and other yummy, healthy foods that cook while I'm snoozing. It gives me a variety, and I can start the coffee while I'm in my shower, and still have time to eat healthy foods. I've noticed an improvement in my days since then.  I have more energy and I'm finding more time to do things as I no longer feel sluggish or distracted.

When in doubt, improvise! And this was a great improvison!
Oct. 4, 2012 4:08 pm
For days you don't set the crock pot, a slice of toast with some peanut butter is all you need to start the day. It gives you protein to keep your cortisol in check and carbs for a little energy.
Oct. 4, 2012 4:57 pm
you need more sleep than 3hrs, a candle burning at both ends.
Oct. 5, 2012 7:30 am
Marie: That's what happens on the mornings I don't set the crock pot. I like to try to keep a hot breakfast ready, as I feel it helps my concentration more. KingSparta: Oh yes, that I did. I now am able to, having finished summer programs and all the midgets are back in school, so I have a more normal pattern. Down to only 1 job instead of four right now.
Oct. 6, 2012 12:30 pm
Another quick and easy (and possibly healthy) idea are breakfast burritos. I made a batch of 40 and froze them individually so I just pull them out and heat them up. I made mine with scrambled eggs, grilled tomatillos, black beans, salsa and a sprinkle of cheese. They heat surprisingly well and really hold me over! But what a great idea to use the crockpot for breakfast too!
Oct. 6, 2012 10:38 pm
faithirene: That's a good idea too! I do that for lunches, which makes it odd that I didn't think to make breakfast ones either. I love to make 'frozen dinners' beforehand to eat through the week, because I don't often have the time or energy for lots of cooking. So on my second day of my 'weekend' I take it to cook my meals for the whole week ahead. Breakfast burritos are now going on the menu, which I'm happy about because I love them!
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I'm a full time university student who loves the simple things in life. Good food, good company, and good entertainment. I'm easy to please, and easily entertained as well!
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My favourite things to cook are Asian dishes. I also like making my own pasta sauces, and even made a tomato-based sauce that was sweet. I just like experimenting in general!
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My family cooks, and cooks, and cooks. I grew up learning that food is company's best friend, and so food was always available to offer to guests. For birthdays we make a Chocolate cake that has a secret ingredient that is always a hit. Kielbasa is also a staple 'comfort' food, always served with vinegar.
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When my older brother developed an allergy to soy products, I helped adapt many recipes to become soy-free so he could eat them. It was a lot harder than I first thought it would be - especially the more I discovered how many products have some type of soy in them!
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