Best Breakfasts on a Budget

Beginning your day with breakfast provides fuel for your morning to help you focus at work or school. Even when you’re on a budget, you can whip up plenty of delicious breakfast dishes/recipes/ideas with ingredients you already have on hand. You are sure to be able to put together an omelet with miscellaneous vegetables and leftover meat from dinner, or to pull out your baking ingredients for some pancakes or waffles. Try some of these delicious breakfast recipes next time you need inspiration but can’t don’t want to break the bank.

Pancakes: This classic breakfast is very inexpensive because you can make pancakes from scratch with basic baking ingredients. As long as you have flour, baking powder, milk, butter, and eggs, you’ve got yourself a batch of pancakes. Make things a little more interesting by preparing banana pancakes, which make use of one of the least expensive fruits available.

Egg Bake: If you are looking more for brunch than breakfast, an egg bake is the way to go. Eggs are a good source of protein and can be quite inexpensive. You can add whatever other ingredients you have on hand, including cubes of stale bread, a handful of shredded cheese, a variety of vegetables, and small pieces of meat. If you’ve made your favorite strata recipe, the leftovers reheat well as part of/enjoy at breakfast time the next day, etc.

Oatmeal: Whether you prefer steel-cut oats, classic old-fashioned oats, or easy instant oatmeal, this breakfast staple can be easy on your budget while being filling. Plus, you can add all sorts of flavorings to a bowl of plain oatmeal to make it interesting. One idea to add protein to your oatmeal is to add peanut butter protein is to make peanut butter oatmeal. Just stir a tablespoon of peanut butter into your favorite type of oatmeal and toss a handful of fresh fruit on top. You can also add slivered almonds for added crunch and a protein boost!

Because breakfast tends to focus on grains and eggs, rather than more expensive meats, it tends to be the best meal of the day for your budget. Money should never be an excuse to skip breakfast, especially with the help of these simple and delicious ideas. You might even find that you love the recipes so much that you start cooking breakfast for dinner sometimes, too!