You know that feeling of utter despair when you open your fridge in the morning to a barren wasteland of a solo yogurt cup and a carrot alone, exposed, and possibly shivering. We get it. Busy schedules and a busy life mean that grocery trips don’t always happen and by the end of the week you’re out of sustenance and your food budget is spent, but tell that to your growling stomach.ways to make breakfast that don’t require much more than a stale piece of bread, the final egg in the carton, and a half empty jar of tomato sauce. If you are looking to turn a tragedy into a gourmet meal you would be proud to Instagram, take a look at some of these winning breakfast ideas that will tide you over until your next trip to the grocery store.
Whether you prefer a sweet or savory start to your day, these quick and easy breakfast ideas use the minimal ingredients that you probably have hiding in your fridge or pantry somewhere.
1. French Toast
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With some stale bread and an egg you can make delicious French toast. If you have a tablespoon of milk to spare, even better for the French toast cause. Whisk the egg and milk together, and add a dash of vanilla extract, if you have it on hand. Then, heat your skillet with a tablespoon of butter, dip your toast in the egg, and cook until brown on both sides.
2. Egg in a Hole
With the same ingredients as French toast you can make a savory dish. Simply heat a tablespoon of butter in your skillet. Use a cookie cutter to cut a hole in the center of your toast. Add your bread to the pan, and crack the egg into the hole. Cook until the egg has set, about 2 or 3 minutes. Briefly cover the pan with a lid if you like your yolks a little more cooked. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
3. Overnight Oats and Chia
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If you don’t have enough milk for oatmeal the next morning. Combine your favorite breakfast porridges. Combine you leftover chia seeds and oatmeal with milk, almond milk, or soy milk and let the mixture sit overnight in the fridge. In the morning you will have the perfect blend of overnight oats and porridge and you won’t have to worry about cooking times. Top with a drizzle of honey for a nutritious breakfast.
4. Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce
Ever notice that you rarely finish a jar of marinara sauce before it spoils? Use your leftover sauce for this baked egg dish. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Add tomato sauce to each ramekin about half way up the sides. Crack your egg on top. Season the eggs with salt and pepper. If you have Parmigiano-Reggiano on hand, grate some cheese on top. Bake the ramekins in the oven for 15 minutes or until the whites are just set. You can substitute wilted spinach, sautéed onions, and a tablespoon of cream if you don’t have tomato sauce.
5. Yogurt Parfait
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Want to upgrade that yogurt cup in your fridge? Just add toasted nuts, coconut, seeds, chopped fruit, jam, granola, or any other topping you have on hand. Yogurt parfaits are simple, easy-to-make and require as few or as many ingredients as you want to add.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.