5 alternative breakfast ideas to make at home on a weekday

Since lockdown began a few months ago, we’ve really noticed ourselves falling into a bit of a breakfast rut. Toast, cereal, porridge, toast, cereal, porridge… anyone? 

While we work from home instead of commuting into our HQ in London, it’s fair to say our first meal of the day is looking a little more relaxed (some might say repetitive). But breakfast really really does help set us up for the day, providing the energy we need to stay focussed and happy. 

With that in mind, here’s a round-up of five tasty breakfasts you can create in the time you’d usually spend on a train, bus or car. They’re pretty healthy on the whole, the prep times are short and we’ve included a mix of sweet and savoury options, depending on which one you crave the most first thing.

5 alternative breakfast ideas to make at home on a weekday

1. Chorizo and scrambled eggs

One-up your usual eggs-on-toast breakie with chorizo sausage, spring onions and a generous handful of cheddar cheese. It’s the kind of speedy indulgence we crave on hard-to-get-up-for Monday mornings – plus, it’ll make your kitchen smell ludicrously good.

chorizo scrambled eggs

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2. Jam jar pancakes

We love cooking, but getting out a mixing bowl at 7am? Not every day of the week – please. Make this pancake mix by shaking everything up in a jam jar; all the ingredients go straight in, then off you head to the frying pan. Follow steps 2, 3 and 4 of the recipe and make the pancakes for another morning – they’ll keep for about two days in an airtight container.

Jam jar pancakes

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3. Boiled egg with soldiers
Maybe because the world feels so changeable right now, there’s something comforting about a good old-fashioned boiled egg. A beautifully cooked one is an art form in itself, so here’s our tips on how to nail the perfect boiled egg every time. If you’re feeling fancy and it’s springtime, steam or boil a couple of asparagus tips to dip, too.

boiled eggs with soldiers

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4. Cheat’s smoked kipper kedgeree

OK, so this might be one for a 9.30am start as there’s a little more effort required. But you’ll be rewarded with a deeply-flavoured, protein-rich brunch to see you through ‘til lunchtime. The cheating comes from using a pack of ready-cooked pilau rice. Beyond that, it’s merely a case of stirring and boiling of eggs.


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5. Mango overnight oats

Calling all sleepy heads! You get a lie-in with this one. These vegan overnight oats use a tin of mango puree for an intense wake-you-up fruity flavour. It’s something a bit different to tuck into!

mango overnight oats

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Not quite what you’re after?  We’ve got 100+ brunch recipes to tuck into.


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