Five Breakfasts In 5 Minutes

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“No time” is no longer an excuse for skipping breakfast. Not with this repertoire of easy ideas from Special Fork (www.specialfork.com), a free mobile recipe cookbook where recipes are geared to people with more taste than time.

All workweek long, Special Fork bloggers address the cooking needs of busy home cooks.

• On Mondays, co-founder Sandy Hu writes for the entire Special Fork community.

• On Tuesdays, Katie Barreira, senior test kitchen associate at Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, educates cooking newbies.

• On Wednesdays, Lori Powell, food director of Prevention magazine, supports singles and couples.

• On Thursdays, chef Andrew Hunter of Culinary Craft and his wife, Marilyn, help busy families.

• On Fridays, Special Fork features how-to video blogs.

The five easy recipe ideas below cook up in just minutes, and will get any morning off to a great start.

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Scrambled Egg Breakfast Burrito

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Burrito

This recipe concept, developed by the American Egg Board, is genius in its simplicity.

Makes 1 serving

1, 6-inch flour tortilla

1 egg

1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon salsa

Line 2-cup microwave-safe cereal bowl with microwave-safe paper towel. Press tortilla into the bowl. Crack egg into the center of the tortilla and beat egg gently with a fork to blend. Microwave on high 30 seconds; stir and microwave 15 to 30 seconds more until egg is almost set.

Remove tortilla to a flat surface. Top egg with cheese and salsa; fold bottom of the tortilla over the egg and fold in each side.

Microwave-Oven-Baked Apples

Take a few minutes to core and stuff an apple; then bake for just 5 minutes.

Makes 1 serving

1 small Braeburn or Granny Smith apple, peeled

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon rolled oats

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 teaspoon flour

Pinch salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup apple juice

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Freshly grated nutmeg

Yogurt

Use a melon baller to core the stem end of the apple, then hollow a 1-inch cavity in the center.

In a small bowl, mix together butter, oats, brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon; fill the apple.

Set apple in a small microwave-safe dish, add juice; sprinkle apple with sugar and nutmeg. Microwave on high until apple softens and liquid is bubbling, about 5 minutes. Serve with yogurt.

Recipe by Katie Barreira, cooking newbie blogger.

French Toast

Dip French bread slices into mixture of 2 beaten eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, a pinch of salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg. Fry in butter or oil until golden.

Bagel Breakfast

Toast bagel, spread with peanut butter mixed with raisins, and top with sliced banana or apple.

Parfait to Go

In paper cup, layer granola, yogurt and quartered dried plums.

Source: Special Fork

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