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4-Ingredient Breakfasts to Get You Through Busy Mornings

These hassle-free breakfast foods, including omelets, parfaits and waffles, will take the stress out of hectic mornings.

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French Toast Fingers

Bite-sized French toast “fingers” are great for a buffet—and kids love them. —Mavis Diment, Marcus, Iowa
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Zippy Praline Bacon

We live on a lake and have many overnight guests, so I serve brunch often. I’m always looking for recipes to enhance the usual bacon and eggs. My husband came home from a men’s breakfast raving about this praline bacon. Just be sure to make more than you think you might need because everybody wants seconds. —Myrt Pflannkuche, Pell City, Alabama
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Rise and Shine Parfait

Start your day with a smile. This fruit, yogurt and granola parfait is so easy to make. If you like, use whatever favorite fresh fruits are in season and are looking best at the supermarket. —Diana Laskaris, Chicago, Illinois
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Curry Scramble

I have eggs every morning, and this is a delightful change from the classic scrambled egg meal. I like to add sliced peppers on top if I have them on hand. —Valerie Belley, St. Louis, Missouri
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Light 'n' Crispy Waffles

Club soda gives these crisp waffles a fluffy texture. With only four ingredients, homemade waffles don’t get much easier than this!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Caramel-Pecan Apple Slices

Here’s a warm, decadent side dish for brunches. Ready to eat in only 15 minutes, the apples are also good alongside a pork entree or spooned over vanilla ice cream. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
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Almond-Vanilla Yogurt Parfaits

I’m a night-shift nurse. When I get home, I make a crunchy parfait with yogurt as a protein boost before heading off to a good day’s sleep.—Meredith Brazinski, Neptune, NJ
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Meal in a Muffin Pan

This meal-in-a-pan breakfast is ideal for busy weekday mornings. I just add fresh fruit and beverages. —Michelle Plumb, Montrose, Colorado
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Maple-Glazed Sausages

These sugar-and-spice-kissed sausages are my first choice when I want to round out a morning menu of French toast and fruit compote. —Trudie Hagen, Roggen, Colorado
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Grits & Bacon Casserole

A Mississippi home cook gave me her recipe for grits casserole. It baked like traditional custard. I garnish it with parsley, crumbled bacon and cheese. —Theresa Liguori, Elkridge, Maryland
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Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

These pancakes have less sodium per serving than other pancakes made from mixes. Decrease sodium even further by stretching the mix with banana, oats and walnuts. In our house, we just sprinkle these with a little confectioners’ sugar because the fruit is so sweet that you don’t need syrup. — Patricia Swart, Galloway , New Jersey
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Grandmother's Toad in a Hole

I have fond memories of my grandmother’s Yorkshire pudding wrapped around sausages, a puffy dish my kids called “the boat.” Slather it with butter and maple syrup. —Susan Kieboam, Streetsboro, Ohio
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Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce

Here's a comforting, home-style treat that never loses its appeal. Dish up big bowlfuls and wait for the smiles! —Marilee Cardinal, Burlington, New Jersey
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Feta Scrambled Egg Wraps

My daughter jokes that I am so predictable when it comes to dining out. I always order chicken souvlaki. So I thought, why not incorporate my favorite Greek dish into a breakfast wrap? It's healthy, tasty and easy to make.—Mary Jo Kempf, West Seneca, New York
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Easy Glazed Bacon

Brown sugar, mustard and wine make bacon a little more special in this recipe. It's easy to prepare while working on the rest of the meal. —Judith Dobson, Burlington, Wisconsin
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Apple Yogurt Parfaits

Get the morning started right with this super simple four-ingredient parfait. Try chunky or flavored applesauce for easy variations. —Rebekah Radewahn, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Ham and Swiss Omelet

This easy omelet will be a snap to fix for breakfast or dinner. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario
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Bacon 'n' Egg Bundles

This is a fun bacon and eggs recipe! It can easily be doubled for a larger group. Make sure to use high-quality bacon so it doesn't fall apart in the muffin tin. —Edith Landinger, Longview, Texas
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Sweet Broiled Grapefruit

I was never a fan of grapefruit until I had it broiled at a restaurant—it was so tangy and delicious! I finally got the recipe and now make it often for my whole family. —Terry Bray, Auburndale, Florida
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Cheesy Chive Omelet

Fuel up for the day with eggs for breakfast. When you want a change, try using other herbs you enjoy. —Naomi Giddis, Two Buttes, Colorado

Annamarie Higley
Annamarie Higley is an Associate Print Editor for Taste of Home magazine, as well as the brand's special issue publications. A midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, trivia-ing, and—you guessed it!—all things cooking and baking.
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