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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Make Breakfast a Required Subject

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Back to school for most kids means new shoes, a cool backpack and an unspoiled 64-pack of crayons. It also means getting back to a morning routine. This year, make breakfast a requirement in your house. All you need is 15 minutes, plus these quick and easy breakfast ideas, tips, tricks and hurry-up secrets.


Start with the basic recipe, and then customize with what's in the refrigerator. Pour 1 cup juice, 1 cup water, 1 egg (optional), 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup crushed ice in the blender. Blend until smooth. Customize your shake by adding fresh fruit, yogurt, protein powder, leftover pudding, applesauce -- even leftover Jell-O.

Keep peeled banana slices in plastic bags in the freezer. Add them to any fruit shake or just plain milk.


Blend together a frozen banana, 1 cup milk and a few drops yellow food coloring (optional).



Blend grape juice and milk.


When you bring home bacon, cook all of it (fry, bake or microwave); drain well; and then place the strips into a zip-type freezer bag and into the freezer. In the morning, remove a few strips (they won't stick together in one big clump, as you might expect). Microwave for 30 seconds or until sizzling. While the bread is in the toaster, scramble the eggs.


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