Mornings can be rough, especially with the whole family buzzing to get out of the door and get to work or school. Who actually has time to prepare a meal?
The key to a hassle-free breakfast is a stocked pantry, make-ahead dishes that you only need to reheat, and easy-to-assemble meals. Once you have the first requirement down pat, these quick and easy recipe ideas will only take you a few minutes to make in the morning.
1. Easy Beef Tapa
If you want something filling in the morning, the Pinoy favorite Tapsilog is the way to go. Making your own from scratch is not as difficult as you think either. Prep it the night before and all you have to do for breakfast the next day is fry it with egg and turn on the rice cooker (or turn last night’s sinaing into sinangag).
Makes 4 servings
1/4 cup brown or coconut sugar 2 tablespoons thai fish sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons light soy or tamari soy sauce 2 1/2 teaspoons calamansi juice 1/2 teaspoon baking soda black pepper, to taste 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced 500 grams beef sirloin, sliced into thin strips
For a Pinoy breakfast you can eat on-the-go, try this classic Pinoy longganisa recipe with a twist. It even comes with its own garlic mayo. Make it and the patties the night before and take out when ready to use. Just fry, spread and assemble in the morning. Makes 6 patties
1/2 cup light mayonnaise 2 teaspoons garlic, grated or minced 1 teaspoon lemon juice salt and pepper, to taste 1/2 kilo lean ground pork 1/4 cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons garlic, minced 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons cane vinegar 1 tablespoon liquid seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper canola oil for frying 6 pieces whole-wheat english muffins, halved 6 slices low-fat American cheese 6 pieces eggs, fried sunny side up (you can use an egg ring, if desired)
This sticky rice concoction needs only four ingredients to make. Plus, all it really is, is a dump-and-stir dish. Warm and chocolate-y, this is exactly what you need on sleep-deprived mornings. Top with milk and tuyo for added protein.
Packed with fiber, these bars are sure to give the kids the jumpstart they need in the morning. The best part? You can make them in a big batch and they can last in the fridge for up to a week. Just grab and go in the morning!
Makes 4 to 6 bars
1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup instant oats 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/3 cup butter 3/4 cup strawberry jam 3/4 cup dried mangoes, chopped