No-cook Breakfasts

No-cook Breakfasts

In my last post, I wrote about the pantry moth infestation we had in our kitchen, and said that my next video would show how we are keeping it bug-proof. Unfortunately, a plumbing issue prevented me from filming on the day I’d planned, and with Christmas coming up, I just haven’t had a chance to do it yet. So, in the meantime, I’ll show another video that I’ve already completed.

My post on Why I Don’t Eat Cereal has gotten a few comments. One commenter had several issues with my preference for making a breakfast out of real food ingredients, rather than cereal, such as:

  1. Most people don’t have time to cook breakfast.
  2. Cooking breakfast means you have more dishes to clean up.
  3. Some people do not feel very hungry in the morning, and don’t have room for something more substantial than cereal.

While I posted a comment to respond, I’d like to address these points further, for people who may have been thinking the same thing. Regarding point #1, I didn’t mean to imply that we should all spend our entire mornings at the stove cooking up gourmet meals. While many people do enjoy an elaborate breakfast such as omelets or waffles, those are usually done on weekends or special occasions. If you saw my video for Two Filling Breakfasts you saw that they each only took a few minutes to prepare.

As for point #2, having a real-food breakfast doesn’t necessarily mean lots of cleanup. Again, in the Two Filling Breakfasts video, the first breakfast only resulted in one dirty plate, which can easily go in the dishwasher, just as a cereal bowl can.

As for point #3, I can certainly identify, as I do not usually eat a lot in the morning. There is no reason why a real-food breakfast has to necessarily be larger than a cereal breakfast. When I used to eat cereal, I was eating around 250 calories, counting both the cereal and milk. In both the breakfasts I demonstrated (as well as the ones in the video below), the amount of calories is about the same. Granted, I did make a point of saying that the two breakfasts in my previous video were more filling than cereal, due to the higher fat content, which helps to keep me full throughout the morning. But since the calories are the same, I don’t think they would lead to someone being uncomfortably full. Although if that’s the case, check out the video below, which has some breakfast options that can more easily be scaled up or down, depending on how hungry you are.

When I explained why I don’t eat cereal, I didn’t mean to insult anyone who chooses to do so, but rather make people think. If you had asked me 5 years ago why I ate cereal for breakfast, my answer would have been something like, “I don’t know. It’s breakfast. What else am I supposed to eat?” Cereal for breakfast has become so ingrained, that we often don’t consider that there are other options out there. There are many people who wouldn’t dream of eating TV dinners every night, because they are so processed – but those same people, out of habit, will eat boxed cereal every morning.

The video below shows some more ideas for breakfast that involve zero cooking (although one does involve using the microwave to reheat something). They take only moments to prepare, don’t dirty any dishes apart from the ones you are eating off of, and they can be as small or as large as you want them to be. Some of them can even be eaten in your car, if you are very pressed for time in the morning. You may watch this video and think, “Yeah, but those breakfasts are boring.” And you’d be right – these are very basic, simple breakfasts, which are quick and easy, but also boring. But, I would argue that a bowl of Special K cereal isn’t all that exciting either.