SOURCE: Special Fork

September 05, 2011 05:00 ET

Five Breakfasts in Five Minutes

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Sep 5, 2011) - (Family Features) "No time" is no longer an excuse for skipping breakfast. Not with this repertoire of easy ideas from Special Fork (, 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.

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Burrito
Makes 1 serving
This recipe concept, developed by the American Egg Board, is genius in its simplicity.

1 flour tortilla (6-inch size)
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
Makes 1 serving
Take a few minutes to core and stuff an apple; then bake for just 5 minutes.

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

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

In 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, ½ cup milk, 1 teaspoon sugar, a pinch of salt and ¼ 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.

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