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What Did YOU Eat for Breakfast?

Thanks to the inspiration of Mikemax this page will be up for those of you who have not yet weighed in on the frugal breakfast comments that have popped up serendipitously.

The Inspiration Lady herself has weighed in for Tuesday:

“I’m warning ya–we’re eating a lot more eggs than usual this week. I got 2 dozen fresh out of the hen and they are soooooooo good!

Mother Connie here:  Mikemax, we are blessed to have farm fresh eggs from The Normanator’s sister and we often have those for our morning fare.  They are a great source of protein and quick and easy to prepare.

Our 1:30 AM breakfast was not what you might expect: slices of whole wheat home made bread slathered with roast beef salad.  Grape juice and water.  It was QUICK because we had to be out the door before 2 AM!  *I was grateful to crawl back into bed at 5 AM!  grin

Can’t WAIT to hear from other members! ~Mother Connie

Here is Carol’s comment:
“I’m reporting in:
-2 kids: each had hot cocoa, 2 pkts apple cinnamon oats from AF
-one kid at colleg
-one kid never eats first thing, weird stomach
-I had cup of Aldi’s reconstituted OJ, 1 1/2 bowls of Kellogg’s raisin bran with 1% milk (that 325 calories and 11 grams fiber), 1 cup Aldi’s hot coffee with sugar, Aldi’s 1/2 and 1/2

DH? He had a slice of Angel food pie: mrs smiths apple-raisin spice. Hot coffee, plain. Since the colonists also ate pie for bfst, I guess it’s better than nothing.

Next-”  ~Carol

Who’s next?  grin

Iamtheworkingpoor broke her fast with this:

Oh my, my face is red. Why couldn’t you ask on a more nutritious day? I’m just so honest I have to tell the truth.

Three slices of leftover salami, mushroom and garlic  pizza followed by a Dove chocolate bar. I don’t eat like this every morning. I swear. Is that the food police I hear?

Now who is up?

OH, Goody!  It’s Mikemax again!

Straight outta the hen poached egg
Pumpernickel toast with about 1 tsp. Smart Balance light spread (I’m dieting, otherwise it would be butter)
1/2 glass Florida’s Natural OJ–on sale; and did you know that this brand is 100% grown in the USA?
Two cups of tea

I start every morning with 2 cups of tea! Like CarolM’s kid with the weird stomach, I’ve never enjoyed breakfast first thing in the morning, either.  My mom said I was a weird little kid about this.

My idea for this topic (we’re gonna do lunch next week, LOL) is to present a variety of cheap breakfasts–the good, the bad and the truly ugly. Lest you think I believe Carol’s hubby had an ugly breakfast–I wanna eat with him as long as it lasts! I am dieting (more or less Weight Watchers) but pie has always been my favorite breakfast!

OK, guys–there are more people here than just Connie,Carol, Rainy, Donna and myself. What did YOU eat today?  ~Mikemax

Next we hear from Mike:

I ate toast and eggs and yesterday I had poptarts. ~Mike

Sheila is up next with a whole day’s worth of menus:

first brought water to a boil and chopped up an apple skin and all fine, added handful of golden raisins let boil few minutes before adding oatmeal.  Cooked like normal.  Put in bowls and sprinkled heavily with cinnamon and some 1% milk.  Had with small glass of v8 juice.
Met gals for coffee at nine.
Home at 10:30 and ate some yogurt.

Lunch was half of a whole wheat Eng. muffin with slice of Havarti cheese and slice of tomato and pepper on top and placed in broiler til cheese melted. Side of celery and carrot and glass of water.

Dinner was fish/ steelhead/ stewed tomatoes, fresh spinach with slivered almonds/ and slice of sourdough bread with garlic.

OK, we’re ready for the next entry:

Mother Connie rose early – 1:30 AM –  to whip up some scrambled eggs with leftover baked potatoes chopped and added.  There was tomato juice and whole wheat toast and big tall glasses of filtered water.   We stopped mid-way through delivery of the morning papers to grab a slice o cheese and a handful of dried cherries.  At 5:30 we were well ready for a cuppa joe!  Now to plan our lunch…

Who’s up next?

Rainy weighs in here:

Ok Connie…
you talked me into adding an egg to my 12 whole grain toast, my coffee and my piece of fruit and handful of nuts.

If I had cottage cheese still, I would have topped it with l/2 cup of frozen blueberries & some flax seed. Such is life!

Now it’s YOUR turn, somebody:

Carol is the next somebody:

Connie, How about veggies for bfst? I am cooking ahead for tomorrow morning, and will be making a broccoli-havarti crustless quiche (a la Bisquick impossible pie) using homemade baking mix, instant milk,the last bit of Havarti with dill cheese, AF eggs, leftover broccoli that was bought off of the marked down shelf. A second crustless quiche will be bacon-onion-Cheddar, using the aforementioned ingredients as well as the last bit of Cheddar instead of Havarti, onions (3 lbs/99 @ Aldi) and the remaining 1/2 lb bacon that wasn’t cooked last week. My kids also love these for an after school snack (bottomless pit teen boys).

Mother Connie has threatened repeatedly to move to Carol M’s house…the above post is a good indication of why.  I wonder if she could afford to feed just ONE MORE MOUTH?  JUST KIDDING, Carol!

Who’s up NOW?

*Mother Connie had to leave town and in her absence these Club Members weighed in…are we havin’ FUN yet?…

This just in from iamtheworkingpoor: I have a small bit of time this morning before work, so I am scrambling eggs, with chorizos and green onions. I’m placing the eggs in a warm flour tortilla and topping with a slice of swiss cheese. Yum.

From Mikemax comes this tidbit:  Today was an unusual morning–I woke up at 0-dark-thirty and I was HUNGRY. Since everyone else was still abed, I passed on the hot cereal this morning…they want it hot out of the pan. Instead, I had an English muffin with spreadable fruit, a scrambled egg and a whole orange. (Oranges were .28 lb. last weekend!). And, of course, my usual two cups of tea.

About hot cereal–if yours does stick, just fill the pan with COLD water and let it sit for awhile. The stuck-on cereal will just rinse away. It also seems to stick less if you cook it on medium or medium low heat–just enough to maintain the low boil–and stir it occasionally.

I wish iamtheworkingpoor had invited me to breakfast! And Carol…is there any of that pie left?

Mother Connie is grinning and encouraging you to read further:

Carol M :  Max, we have 3 pies (one is still frozen), one had the last piece polished off by DH this morning for his bfst, but I still have a whole pie left! I saved you a slice.

 

OH, YOU KIDS!  My heart is going pitty pat!   ~Mother Connie

Paula popped by to share:

Here’s what I had for breakfast today:

Small yogurt cup (it’s cheaper to buy 4 ounce four-packs than 6 ounce singles).

Topped yogurt with walnuts we bought during Christmas season and are still using up (they stay in freezer).

Ate a blueberry muffin that I made maybe a month ago (I froze them in packs of three in the freezer).

Coffee lightened with milk in lieu of flavored $$ creamer.

 

Paula, you have Mother Connie beat by a country mile.  All the chatter about REAL FOOD inspired The Normanator to buy, of all things, COLD CEREAL.  That doesn’t work for me, so I added slices of American cheese to this unworthy menu for protein.  We had grape juice, along with our supplements, and a handful of dried cherries.

OK, now who’s up?

AHA!  It’s Carol!

Cup of OJ
Cup of coffee w/ sugar and 1/2 & 1/2
individual cup of raspberry yogurt
bowl of raisin bran w/ 1% milk

Mike says, “I ate a doughnut.  I’m sorry.”  Mother Connie replies: “No worries, Mike.  Honesty is the best policy.  I hope you drink lots of water along the way and maybe some yogurt will pop up in a lunchbox?  And perhaps the Food Police will look the other way…”

Who’s next? Oh, Goody!  It’s Mikemax:

We finally got around to that hot cereal this morning, but it was old fashioned oats, not Cream of Wheat. I added raisins that I got for $2/18 ounce canister that I bought at Walgreens. They have raisins for this price quite often, usually with a coupon from their ad. I also had half of a huge Fuji apple, despite the warning from a former doctor: “Anyone who would eat apples for breakfast will suck eggs and bay at the moon.” LOL

Over at the breakfast page, Mike commented that he had a doughnut for breakfast. I hope it was fruit-filled!! LOL Seriously, toward the end of the month, families who are food bank recipients often are overloaded with baked goods donated by in-store bakeries. A doughnut for breakfast isn’t a bad deal (and a nice treat), especially if you supplement it with some protein–an egg or even a glass of milk. I don’t really care what adults do in private (LOL) but a kid having to learn long division or algebra just before lunch period…that kid needs something that will stay with them.

Mikemax makes a good point.  Can’t wait for the next entry…which is another from Mikemax:

This morning:
Scrambled eggs
Leftover fruit salad
Toast
Tea

I could have saved the fruit salad for dinner again tonight, but it does not improve with age…so we ate it this morning. Three tips: If you use canned fruit, drain it VERY well (couple of hours) before putting it in the salad. The salad will hold up much better without the excess juice. Also, a 6 ounce carton of pina colada yogurt makes a yummy dressing! It’s better for you than some fruit salad dressings and cheaper, too. Finally, to prevent darkening, slice banana into the salad just before serving. If you know you won’t eat the whole bowl at one sitting, put the banana on top of each serving. OK, here’s a fourth tip–if you use fresh apple, use Golden Delicious or another variety that does not readily oxidize (turn dark).

Mother Connie here:

We each had 2 eggs that had been gently cooked in EVOO with a slice of whole wheat toast; I had a glass of milk and we both had grape juice.  It kept us going the distance.  That’s the main thing.

Where IS everybody today?  SURELY not EVERYbody skipped the most important meal of the day?  Maybe you have not had time to check in.  It’s getting close to the weekend, after all.  grin

On Sunday  morning The Normanator and Mother Connie had a quick breakfast at 1:30 of wheat toast w/peanut butter and grape juice.  Then again at 9:30: 1/2 a cinnamon roll; 1/4 bagel spread w/strawberry cream cheese; deviled egg; and coffee.  THIS fine spread was found at Fellowship Hour at church!

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12 comments

  1. Carol M says:

    Cup of OJ
    Cup of coffee w/ sugar and 1/2 & 1/2
    individual cup of raspberry yogurt
    bowl of raisin bran w/ 1% milk

  2. mikemax says:

    We finally got around to that hot cereal this morning, but it was old fashioned oats, not Cream of Wheat. I added raisins that I got for $2/18 ounce canister that I bought at Walgreens. They have raisins for this price quite often, usually with a coupon from their ad. I also had half of a huge Fuji apple, despite the warning from a former doctor: “Anyone who would eat apples for breakfast will suck eggs and bay at the moon.” LOL

    Over at the breakfast page, Mike commented that he had a doughnut for breakfast. I hope it was fruit-filled!! LOL Seriously, toward the end of the month, families who are food bank recipients often are overloaded with baked goods donated by in-store bakeries. A doughnut for breakfast isn’t a bad deal (and a nice treat), especially if you supplement it with some protein–an egg or even a glass of milk. I don’t really care what adults do in private (LOL) but a kid having to learn long division or algebra just before lunch period…that kid needs something that will stay with them.

  3. admin says:

    Mikemax, methinks that former doctor of you did not like the adage about apples keeping the doctor away! Gave me a good giggle…

    You are totally correct about the baked goods. They are a treat and may contribute to obesity in some cases but they are readily available. I did suggest to Mike that maybe he’d find some yogurt later. Mike is new to the Club and I don’t have much info but I strongly suspect he is a single guy. We welcome them all, don’t we?

    The membership of this club continues to astonish and delight me. There are people from every walk of life who pop in or send messages on gmail and it is just phenomenal to me that we can have this warm community atmosphere among folks who have never had their toes under the same table!

    Thanks, Mikemax.

    Hugs
    Mother Connie

  4. mikemax says:

    I have often seen 12 packs of those huge muffins go out the door of our local food bank. If I had a 12-pack of those muffins–which are loaded with fat and sugar–I would cut them in half and freeze individually for breakfasts. Then, I’d serve the half-muffins with some protein–an egg, cup of yogurt or even a glass of milk. Add fresh or canned fruit, and you’ve got a good breakfast for cheap…and it will stay with you until lunch. Pigging out on a dozen mongo muffins really isn’t their highest and best use, LOL.

  5. Webmaster says:

    Muffins are as muffins do, huh, Mikemax? They are good and they fill you up for the moment but you run outta gas if you don’t pair them with good protein. Now, when it comes to the bottomless pits that teenagers are, as Carol reminds us...they might need a whole ginormous muffin, all right!

    Even if a muffin muncher has a handful of nuts, that might be enough protein to get them through the morning. Or algebra class, as the case may be. Those muffins could have some peanut or almond butter smeared on them, too.

    Grinning,
    Mother Connie
    PS/Are we having FUN yet? For MY part, I’m having a BLAST. This is my kind o fun! Thanks for all your great input!!!

  6. mikemax says:

    I did a little research on those ginormous muffins and this is what I found at about.com: Costco has done a complete analysis of its product, and with a little prodding over the telephone a company representative was willing to give me some details. A Costco blueberry muffin, it seems, contains 32 grams of fat, 71 grams of carbohydrates and has a total of 610 calories. The almond poppy seed variety contains 670 calories per muffin, and the chocolate chip tops the scales with 690 calories and 38 grams of fat. As far as I can tell, the number for Sam?s Club muffins should be similar. So much for a light breakfast. The muffin holds about 40 percent of the calories from fat recommended by the USDA for a 2,000 calorie diet. Formulated for shelf life and crumb-free consumption, muffin nutrition falls by the wayside. According to my rough calculations, two eggs and toast, with butter, have fewer calories than one Costco double chocolate muffin.

    Also, forgot to mention that a slice of cheese is right up there for protein with eggs, milk and yogurt, and equally quick.

  7. Webmaster says:

    Hey, Mikemax, the journalist in you serves you – and us – very well! Thanks for all that good info.

    Hugs
    Mother Connie
    PS/too bad we’ve no Costco here; I think I’m working up to a muffin fix…

  8. mikemax says:

    This morning:
    Scrambled eggs
    Leftover fruit salad
    Toast
    Tea

    I could have saved the fruit salad for dinner again tonight, but it does not improve with age…so we ate it this morning. Three tips: If you use canned fruit, drain it VERY well (couple of hours) before putting it in the salad. The salad will hold up much better without the excess juice. Also, a 6 ounce carton of pina colada yogurt makes a yummy dressing! It’s better for you than some fruit salad dressings and cheaper, too. Finally, to prevent darkening, slice banana into the salad just before serving. If you know you won’t eat the whole bowl at one sitting, put the banana on top of each serving. OK, here’s a fourth tip–if you use fresh apple, use Golden Delicious or another variety that does not readily oxidize (turn dark).

  9. mikemax says:

    Breakfast this morning was the long-awaited:
    Cream of Wheat with frozen blueberries
    Glass of skim milk (some poured over C of W)
    Toast with 1 tablespoon peanut butter

    This morning’s breakfast gave us protein in the milk and peanut butter, fiber, and a slow-burning carb that will hold us until lunch.

    Cream of Wheat with frozen berries tastes a lot like a berry milkshake! C of W is kind of bland on its own, but incredibly yummy with any kind of fresh, frozen or canned fruit (especially peaches with brown sugar and cinnamon).

    Occasionally I run across someone who has never eaten Cream of Wheat. Its generic name is “enriched farina,” which I buy for $1.29 lb. at the bulk foods store (but the stuff in the box is nearly as cheap if you have a coupon). Three servings takes 3 cups of water and 1/2 cup C of W, which works out to about .11 per serving. C of W is also a good source of iron. It tastes a lot like Malt-o-Meal cooked cereal (minus the “malty” flavor) and bears a resemblance to grits–another good breakfast choice.

    The point of this page is to demonstrate that there are lots of good alternatives to cold cereal for breakfast that don’t take any more time, possibly less $$$ and give you a better start on the day (don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get!).

    BTW, you might be wondering about the traditional bacon-and-egg breakfast. I love those, too, but they take longer to prepare and I don’t always have breakfast meat. I like to fix a big breakfast on the weekend…sometimes. On nights when I don’t want to cook, or don’t have time, my go-to menu is “breakfast for dinner” (or “brinner,” if you are a fan of Scrubs).

  10. Webmaster says:

    Oh, how I love farina/cream o wheat-call it what you will. So yummy and smooth. Comfort food.

    You did far better than I did but I was surprised how well fueled I was, after all. We used up the last of the pizza I had made a few nights ago. I reheated it and it was delish…at 1:30 AM it could have been washed down with a glass o beer if we weren’t going to be DRIVING! Just kidding. While the pH of beer is good, the alcoholic content is not and besides, we don’t have beer in our budget.

    I anticipated that the pizza would “wear off” before we finished dropping papers and that would be a problem. Turned out NOT to be. YaY! Good on us!

    This breakfast thing has been fun for your Webmaster. Next week we will feature a NEW PAGE: Is LUNCH ready?

    See what you’ve started, Mikemax? Whatcha gonna come up with next? We are depending on you, aren’t we, kids? Carol? Rainy? Sandra? WP? Donna? Mike? What say all of YOU? And the new kids. Can’t WAIT to hear from THEM.

    Hugs
    Mother Connie
    PS/Using leftover bacon to toss into scrambled eggs is a quick hot breakfast idea. I do that a lot. Then I toss in some cheese. YUM. Of course the problem with leftover bacon is that there often ISN’T ANY. grin

  11. Carol M says:

    Quick bfst this morning: 2 slices each, homemade white bread with homemade plum preserves I put up last Summer, OJ for me, coffee and me and DH, cold “cocoa” milk for the kids. Now I am off to grab my mini yogurt