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    Updated on Mar 26, 2019. Posted on Aug 17, 2018

    12 Simple Tricks For Anyone Trying To Cook Breakfast More

    There's always time for breakfast.

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    Mornings can be super hectic, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a home cooked breakfast before heading to work or class.

    With a few time-saving tricks, you can make yourself breakfast without the risk of running late. Here are 12 of our favorite time-saving tips for getting breakfast on the table:

    1. Utilize your slow cooker to get the hard work out of the way the night before.

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    The night before a big day, why not get breakfast going so you can wake up to a warm meal without any work? Oatmeal, grits, and egg casseroles are all great recipes to make in the slow cooker. Just dump everything in and breakfast practically cooks itself as you're sleeping.

    More: Get the recipe for this slow cooker overnight breakfast casserole.

    2. Make overnight oats for a quick grab-and-go breakfast that doesn't require any cooking.

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    Just add oats, milk, and whatever else you want (sweetener, fruit, etc.) in a mason jar and stick it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, the oats will be perfectly tender without having to heat them.

    More: Get the recipe for these cinnamon apple overnight oats.

    3. Stock up your freezer with homemade waffles, pancakes, and other morning staples.

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    Waffles and pancakes freeze surprisingly well. Just throw them into Ziploc baggies and stick them in the freezer. That way, you can just grab and heat them — either in the microwave or stove — and enjoy without having to do any actual cooking.

    More: See a step-by-step guide for making and freezing pancakes.

    4. Meal plan certain components — like boiled eggs and pre-cooked oatmeal — so you can easily throw breakfast together in the morning.

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    If you meal prep on the weekends, why not include a few breakfast items in your lineup? Keeping staples like cooked eggs, grains, and potatoes makes it easy to throw together an impromptu breakfast without putting in a ton of work.

    More: Get a recipe for Greek yogurt and quinoa breakfast bowls you can make with meal-prepped grains.

    5. Make homemade dry mixes for pancakes and waffles so all you have to do is add the wet ingredients.

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    Many pastry chefs pre mix their dry ingredients to make baking easier — and you can adopt this same hack during breakfast time. If waffles are a staple in your house, just mix all the dry ingredients together in a Ziploc baggie and write what wet ingredients you need to add right on the bag. It'll save you time and make cooking easier.

    More: Get a recipe for DIY pancake mix.

    6. Make one big breakfast casserole on the weekend and eat it all throughout the week.

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    Casseroles are the perfect thing to cook and reheat. Make one big recipe on Sunday, then just slice and reheat during the week. You can always dress it up with different toppings — like avocado, sour cream, or pico de gallo — to change things up and keep it exciting.

    More: Get a recipe for this bacon, potato, and egg casserole.

    7. Make smoothie kits on Sunday so all you have to do is dump and blend for the perfect smoothie.

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    Pre-portion everything you need to make your morning smoothies (without the liquid) in baggies and store them in the freezer or fridge. That way, all you have to do is dump and blend in the morning — no cutting or measuring required.

    More: Check out five smoothie kit ideas to get you started.

    8. Quickly cook omelets and scrambled eggs in the microwave in a matter of seconds.

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    Mug omelets = a serious game changer. Just throw everything in a cup, microwave for a minute or so, and breakfast is done. You can customize the recipe to your liking, adding cheese, veggies, or whatever else you typically put in your eggs.

    More: Get a recipe for this Western omelet in a mug.

    9. Repurpose dinner leftovers — such as salsa — into flavorful dishes like breakfast tacos.

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    Think beyond scrambled eggs and waffles and start getting creative with how you repurpose your leftovers. Brown rice can be transformed into a hearty breakfast bowl, and roasted potatoes can be chopped up into a hash. Mixing and matching leftovers can save you some serious time.

    10. Make a big batch of breakfast bars on the weekend and eat them all throughout the week.

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    They're easy, filling, and pretty darn easy to make — and even the busiest of mornings have time for a breakfast bar.

    More: Get a recipe for these peanut butter banana oatmeal breakfast bars.

    11. Make a week's worth of parfaits on Sunday — just make sure you layer them strategically.

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    Parfaits can last quite a few days, especially if you assemble them strategically. Keep crunchy ingredients (like granola) on the top — or separate — and bury items like cut bananas on the bottom so they don't oxidize.

    More: Get a recipe for these make-ahead blueberry banana breakfast parfaits.

    12. Make muffin tin egg cups perfect for freezing and quickly reheating in the morning.

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    The perfect size for you to grab and run out the door — and easy to make, too. Customize them with whatever ingredients you like, and store them in the freezer.

    More: Get a recipe for these breakfast egg muffins.