7 Make-Ahead Breakfasts Even Novice Cooks Can Master

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If a busy morning means your breakfast routine is more slamming coffee than sitting for food, consider this: A new study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation found that people who eat breakfast daily are less likely to have high cholesterol and blood pressure, while those who skip the morning meal in favor of grazing until lunch are more likely to be obese or be diagnosed with diabetes. The good news is that committing to a square meal doesn’t have to mean channeling your inner Martha Stewart at 7 a.m. These easy breakfast ideas can be made the night—or weekend—before.

1. CHIA PUDDING

Move over, quinoa. The latest superfood to get serious attention is the chia seed, which swells when soaked overnight in milk or rice milk to create a velvety, filling pudding. Prep the pudding in a mason jar or plastic container and top it with chopped fruit, dried nuts, or a drizzle of honey, and your portable breakfast is good to go.

Get the Recipe: SELF

2. SLOW-COOKER OATMEAL

Overnight oats from the fridge are fine and dandy, but if you like your grains piping hot it’s time to pull out your slow cooker. Just dump everything in (steel cut oats, milk, sugar, a pinch of salt, a splash of vanilla), turn it on low, then get some shut eye. After eight hours of low heat, the oats will be perfectly creamy and ready to devour.

Get the Recipe: Chowhound

3. TORTILLA ESPANOLA

A slice of tortilla espanola

If you like to cook but just don’t have time most mornings, consider cranking out this dish on Sunday. A classic tapas dish in Spain, tortilla espanola layers potatoes with custardy eggs for a hearty egg dish that’s surprisingly tidy to eat. And because it keeps in the fridge for days—and can be eaten cold or reheated—cooking on Sunday will keep you fed until mid-week at least.

Get the Recipe: Bon Appetit

4. WHOLE WHEAT RASPBERRY RICOTTA SCONES

If muffin fatigue has hit you hard, give these offbeat scones a try: The ricotta and raspberries add subtle sweetness, and the whole-wheat flour helps them feel more virtuous than a giant bagel from the coffee shop.

Get the Recipe: Smitten Kitchen

5. SAUSAGE AND POTATO POCKETS

For those who prefer savory to sweet, pizza dough makes an excellent envelope for a mix of mushrooms, spinach, sausage, and potatoes. You can make these filled pockets over the weekend, then store them in the fridge to munch on weekday mornings.

Get the Recipe: Real Simple

6. BAKED OATMEAL CUPS

Baked oatmeal cups with berries

A casserole dish of fruit-studded baked oatmeal makes an effortless brunch for a crowd, but when you’re dining for one, monotony kicks in quick. That’s why these cups are so clever: Baking them in muffin tins means you can vary the toppings (nuts, seeds, dried fruit, nut butters) for a week’s worth of variety, already pre-portioned.

Get the Recipe: the kitchn

7. EGGS IN A HASH BROWN NEST

Eggs and potatoes that are portable and easy to prep the night before? Yup, possible. Fill a muffin tin halfway with shredded potatoes (or frozen tater tots), then cover with a mix of beaten eggs, diced veggies, and cheese. The baked result is an easy grab-and-go breakfast you can store in the fridge and eat all week.

Get the Recipe: Martha Stewart

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This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.