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3 breakfast meals that cost pennies to make

3 breakfast meals that cost pennies to make

Too many Americans are skipping the most important meal of the day. Some do it out of habit, others so they can forego the prep time and catch a few extra minutes in bed. Still, there are more who are skipping breakfast - or worse, spending too much on the meal - solely because they don't know how many cheap fixes are out there.

Instead of squandering that cash from paid online surveys for to-go options at a fast food restaurant, consider some of these easy and cheap morning meals you can make right at home.

Fruit medley oatmeal
Cost effective, filling, easy to make and healthy - oatmeal is a champion's breakfast. Don't waste your time buying packets of instant oatmeal. For one, they're expensive. For two, you can make a better breakfast without them.

Buy the big cannisters of rolled oats - Amazon sells 108 ounces of the stuff for $10 - and pick a few other things to throw into the mix for flavor. Raisins, bananas, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar are all healthy, cheap and tasty options. 

Best of all, preparing oatmeal is a cinch. Pour the oats in a bowl, add the extra ingredients for flavor, pour in some boiling water and let it sit for a minute. Breakfast is served in no time at all.

Parmesan baked egg sandwich with peppers
If you have a little extra time on your hands and want to get fancy, this egg sandwich was made for you. You don't need much for a decent sandwich - eggs, cheese and toast are the basic ingredients for a cheap and easy-to-make breakfast sandwich. Then again, adding a few peppers really gives the meal some taste.

Fry a couple of eggs sunny side up while you lightly toast two slices of bread. Toss the eggs onto the toast, throw on some chopped bell peppers and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Add a little pepper or salt for flavor, and you've got a nice to-go meal for cheap.

Home-made breakfast burritos
This is strictly for people who like making food in bulk beforehand. The burritos can be wrapped and frozen and then taken out in the morning. Put them in a toaster oven for 2 minutes and it's as if they're freshly made all over again.

Here's what you'll need to make a batch of 40.

  • 36 eggs
  • 2 lbs sausage
  • Medium jar of salsa
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 small cans of chilies
  • 40 tortillas

The grand total for all these ingredients should come to approximately $30. 

Cooking is easy, but doing it in bulk can be a little tricky. Make sure you have all the equipment necessary and a lot of room to work.

  1. Finely chop the peppers and onion and stir them into a large mixing bowl with the salsa and chilies.
  2. Crack and scramble the eggs in a skillet. Meanwhile, cook the sausage in a large pan until thoroughly brown. Depending on the size of your kitchenware, this can take some time. Don't be afraid to do it in batches.
  3. Add the sausage and eggs into a separate large bowl or pot beside the mixing bowl with veggies.
  4. Throw a tortilla on a skillet with low heat. Flip after around 8 seconds and take it off after around 16 seconds. Add an appropriate amount of eggs and sausage with a scoop of the veggie mixture, roll the burrito and set it aside. 
  5. Repeat the last step until you're out of tortillas.
  6. Wait for the burritos to cool. Wrap them individually in saran wrap and put them into freezer bags. 

Voila, you've just made breakfast for the next 40 days.

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