Morning meal ideas

Need a hot meal on the table in the morning? These cafe-worthy meals have easy-to-follow directions and come together in less than 30 minutes. From the creamy filling in the omelet to the loaded potatoes to the best scrambled eggs, your family will be hooked for life. – Pat

Cream cheese and chive omelet

 1 tablespoon olive oil

4 eggs

2 tablespoons minced chives

2 tablespoons water

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 ounces of cream cheese, cubed


Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Whisk the eggs, chives, water, salt and pepper. Add egg mixture to skillet (mixture should set immediately at edges).  Push cooked edges toward the center as eggs set, letting uncooked portion flow underneath. Sprinkle cream cheese on one side when the eggs are set; fold other side over filling. Slide omelet onto a plate; cut in half. Serve with salsa.


Loaded breakfast potatoes

1½ pound red potatoes, cubed

¼ pound bacon strips, chopped

¾ cup cubed fully cooked ham

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

sour cream

Place potatoes in a microwave-save dish and cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium heat in a large skillet until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon. Drain potatoes; sauté in drippings until lightly browned. Add the ham, cheese, salt, pepper and bacon. Cook and stir over medium heat until cheese is melted. Serve with sour cream.

Best scrambled eggs

8 eggs

5 slices process American cheese, chopped

¼ cup cubed fully cooked ham

¼ cup 2 percent milk

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper

Heat a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Whisk all the ingredients; add to skillet. Cook and stir until set.


Orange oatmeal

1 cup water

¾ cup orange juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup quick-cooking oats

¼ teaspoon grated orange peel

1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar

In a saucepan, bring the water, orange juice and salt to a boil. Stir in oats and cook for 1 minute or until oatmeal reaches desired consistency. Stir in orange peel. Serve with brown sugar.



• For an efficient refrigerator deodorizer, try using a few charcoal briquettes on a small plate.

• Dry eggshells in the oven then pulverize them in the blender and make a high-calcium meal, which is excellent for plant fertilizer.

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