Hot Breakfasts for Cold and Busy Mornings

updated Jul 3, 2023
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Cold, dark winter mornings put us in the mood for something warm, soft, and comforting. So here are ten recipes or a hot, nourishing breakfast. From quick morning recipes, to dishes that can be made ahead and reheated at the office, you can find something here to start your day off right. Put away the Pop-Tarts and have a home-cooked breakfast this week.

Hot Breakfasts for Cold and Busy Mornings

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Steel-Cut Oats in 30 minutes

These are my favorite hot breakfast. They are also the easiest, and the fastest. The night before you want them, bring the oats to boil with hot water, then turn off the heat and cover the pot.

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Zucchini and Olive Breakfast Cake, French-Style

This savory “cake” is absolutely delicious when griddled. Heat up a little olive oil in a skillet, and toast this on both sides. Totally quick – easy to do even on a busy morning.

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Slow Cooker Ginger Chicken Congee

Wake up to a comforting bowl of gingery chicken congee that's been bubbling all night long.

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Mid-Winter Spiced Porridge for a Crowd

For those mornings when you've got many mouths to feed, here's a porridge fit for a fairy tale morning.

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Baked Apple Streusel Pancake Bars

Another make-ahead morning treat that can be warmed up in the microwave or toaster oven.

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"Ham and Cheese" Breakfast Casserole

Three cheers for breakfast casseroles! This is so good heated up in the oven or on the stovetop.

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Tex-Mex Migas

A quick, hearty scramble that uses leftover tortillas.

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Crustless Zucchini and Basil Mini-Quiches

A great make-ahead recipe with lots of adaptation potential. Throw in whatever you want, and just heat up a handful before you run out the door. These freeze well too.

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Butternut Squash, Sage, and Parmesan Pasties

Make ahead, and reheat in the office toaster oven. So warm and nourishing.

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Hobakjuk (Korean Pumpkin Porridge with Rice Dumplings)

A pudding-light porridge with earthy pumpkin flavor and rice dumplings for when you're up for something special.

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What’s your favorite hot breakfast for cold, busy weekdays?

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