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Mighty Bowls: Healthy Breakfast for $2 or Less

In my household, breakfast is a prerequisite for a good start to the day.

In order to streamline the process of getting breakfast on the table, we adopted a weekly breakfast schedule.

Oatmeal. Eggs and toast. Bagels. Yogurt and toast. Cereal. Repeat.

It's not that these dishes are particularly exciting – they're not, are they? But they're fast recipes, and the ingredients are handy and inexpensive. Admittedly, it's time to jazz up our breakfast routine.

We want tasty recipes that are easy on the wallet and the waistline. So when I recently stumbled across these hearty healthy recipes that match my family's needs and my pantry's contents, I was thrilled.

Mighty Bowls of Goodness, tasty recipe suggestions from our Health Starts Here program, are filled with nutritious foods and cost less than $2 a bowl for breakfast.

The recipe is easy: grain (such as quinoa, brown rice, rolled oats or millet) + cooking liquid (move beyond water with almond milk, soy milk, hemp milk or coconut milk) + fresh or dried fruit (like apples, cranberries, bananas) + topping (try spices, seeds and nuts).

From apple spice oats to mango quinoa, there are weeks full of healthy breakfast options to fill you up without emptying your wallet. If you're looking to add nutrition, flavor and convenience to your morning routine without added costs, try these Mighty Bowls of Goodness breakfast combinations:

Almond Rice

1 cup brown rice cooked in 2 cups almond milk. Top with a sliced banana, an ounce of chopped raw almonds and a chopped date or two to sweeten.

Strawberry Sesame Millet

1 cup millet cooked in 2 cups soy milk. Add some honey and frozen sliced strawberries at the end of cooking. Top with toasted sesame seeds and a dash of cinnamon.

Spiced Apple Oats

1 cup rolled oats cooked in 2 cups almond milk. Mix in a shredded apple and nutmeg. Top with slivered almonds.

Mango Quinoa

1 cup quinoa cooked in 1 cup water, 1 cup coconut milk. Stir in ¼ bag frozen mango at the end of cooking. Toss in diced dried apricots, a sprinkle of dried coconut and a dash of vanilla extract.

Banana Cinnamon Quinoa

1 cup quinoa cooked in two parts hemp milk. Top with banana, raisins, cinnamon and pumpkin seeds.

Warming Wheat Berries:

1 cup wheat berries cooked in 2 cups water. Stir in some allspice and dried cranberries. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds.

The breakfast possibilities for Mighty Bowls of Goodness don't stop there, of course. What's already in your pantry, fridge and freezer? Oh, I spy pecans and frozen blueberries. I guarantee my family's breakfast routine is about to get much tastier!

Have you cooked up your own Mighty Bowl of Goodness recipe for breakfast yet? If so, we'd love to hear how you are warming up your morning without burning a hole in your wallet.

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mctowne says …

how many do these Mighty Bowl breakfast recipes serve?

Frances Cain says …

can't wait to try these!

Sarah says …

What are the different cooking methods used for these delicious recipes? Stovetop? Microwave?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SARAH - I would suggest following the cooking instructions for the type of grain you are cooking. Then the additional items can be added on top once they are cooked!

Alles OK says …

I just made the Almond Rice recipe and it was DELICIOUS. It's just sweet enough for me to think of it as a dessert more than breakfast, though. I'll definitely be making it again! Thanks

Kim Childs says …

Was wondering if any of the grain/fruit combinations could be frozen in individual (or bulk) and reheated later? If so, freezer shelf life length?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KIM - The cooked grains can be frozen and will be fine for several months in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag, but I would recommend adding the fruit just before serving.

Elizabeth says …

Bob Bara was mistaken when he said that eggs aren't healthy. Nothing could be further from the truth.

cheri robertson says …

this morning August 31, 2015 I enjoyed the quinoa breakfast at Kahala Mall Honolulu Hawaii. Would you share this recipe with me? My husband and family just started working out at the 24 hour gym and we are on our way to a healthy lifestyle. Please help me my sending this recipe with us. Quinoa Breakfast ( we need this recipe)

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHERI - That's so great! The majority of recipes will be made in-house. Just check with the store directly to see if they have a recipe. If they do, they'll be happy to share it!