Breakfast Recipes

Cheese Danish
My family and I love a good danish, but they are very costly to buy from the store. So I came up with this simple and frugal way to make them at home. Enjoy!

2 tubes refrigerated bread sticks (on sale for $.50 each)
1 8oz. package of cream cheese (store brand @ $.99)
1/4 c. powdered sugar (aproximatly $.05)
1/2 tsp. lemon juice (pennies)

1/2 c. powdered sugar (aprox. $.10)
1-2 tsp. milk (pennies)

Seperate bread sticks but do not uncoil, place on ungreased cookie sheet. With your thumb make an indention into the tops of each coil. In a bowl mix cheese, sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Place about 1 tbs. of cheese mix into indentions. Bake at 400 for 15-20 min. Meanwhile combine remaining sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle frosting over warm danish. Yields 1 dozen. At about $.16 per danish you can't lose.

Submitted by: Brandy White

Peanut Butter Granola

cost - aproximately $4.12 for all ingredients. Fills a 1 Gallon (recycled) Pickle Jar.

1 1/2 cups Crunchy Peanut Butter. (I bought Home Harvest - 1.19 on sale)
1 cup brown sugar (.20, whole bag costs about .69)
1 can frozen concentrated apple juice. (.99)
10 cups of instant rolled oats. (Also Home Harvest brand. 1.39)
1/2 cup of oil. (I use Safflower oil, has vitamin E added to it. cost of 1/2 c. aprox .35)

Mix the apple juice, peanut butter and oil in one container. Mix the oats and brown sugar in another container, until brown sugar is mixed in well. Add in the liquid ingredients and mix well with a spoon until it gets too thick, then I use my hands to mix, like a cookie dough. The granola mixture will be thick.

Spread on two cookie sheets, making sure to keep the Granola no more than an inch thick on the pan. Toast the Granola at 225 to 250 in the oven for an hour or so. You want it lightly toasted, not dark brown. You will probably have to turn the granola once during cooking. Keep an eye on it, it might not take the full hour. If you are careful turning you will have both tiny flakes and lumps (the lumps are good for snacking, and the tiny flakes are good for breakfast cereal with milk.) Let the Granola cool and put it in an airtight container.

If you wish to add fruit or nuts to this you may, but it makes the cost go up. I use the Crunchy Peanut Butter because it has small pieces of peanuts already in it.

Submitted by: Meriah

Rice Cakes
My family loves these as breakfast, or as a snack.

2 c. cooked rice (about .65)
1/2 c. minced onion( about .25)
2 eggs ( about .25)
3 Tbs. flour (couldn't figure this one-sorry!)
salt and pepper
oil/fat for frying

In large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls into hot oil in skillet. Fry on each side until brown and crispy. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Makes 8 cakes.

Fruity Breakfast Oatmeal
This isn't entirely original, but has been a big hit with the kids (8,6 &3yrs). My kids were used to the store bought instant oatmeal. I tried to make regular quick cooking oatmeal but it didn't impress the kids. Then I tried this and it was a huge success!!! I now make a big pot at a time, freeze many servings in individual sized containers (purchased Styrofoam bowls with plastic lids from Gordon's - just pennies). This heats up from the rock hard frozen state, in the microwave in just 90 seconds!

Quick Cooking Oatmeal (Save-a-Lot-$.79 for large container)
water (according to package directions)
Preserves, jelly...any flavor! (pennies, especially if homemade)

First and most important step, to get it like the store bought instant oatmeal is to zip dry oatmeal in food processor until fine. Then cook as directed, add preserves (to taste). YUM!!

Submitted by: Molly, Otsego, Michigan

Macaroni Egg/Ham Casserole
This was a favorite while growing up. It's cheap and easy and my family loves it! It's easy to add other ingredients if this is a little bland for your taste...

Elbow Macaroni
6 eggs
1/4 cup - Milk
1 1/4 cup - Ham/Turkey Ham - diced
1/2 cup - Parmesan Cheese

Boil enough Macaroni to fill up your favorite casserole dish. Drain macaroni and place in the casserole. Whisk the eggs together & add milk. Add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese. Add Salt/Pepper to taste. Poor mixture over the macaroni. Add 1 cup of the diced ham and stir in. Sprinkle the remaining ham and a little parmesan cheese over the top. Cover and bake for approx. 1 hour (depending upon the casserole size). It's done when the eggs are set up. Take off the lid for the last five minutes to brown the top a bit. Sometimes I add broccoli or beans to it.

Submitted by: Irene Filipponi

Oven Omelette
10 eggs, beaten (80 cents)
2 shredded potatoes (about 50 cents where we live)
1 tsp. seasoned salt (pennies)
1/2 diced onion (35 cents)
1/2 diced bell pepper (40 cents)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or 8 oz. (1.50 a block)
1 pkg bulk sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained of fat (99 cents at Wal Mart)

Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes. This can be used for breakfast, or for dinner.

Submitted by: Vicky

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