Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, but today’s busy schedules leave many Americans too little time to eat before rushing out the door. It needn’t be that way. Cheap and fast meals are plentiful, including many that can be prepared quickly and easily the night before to get you going at top speed. Here is about a month’s worth of morning meals that should appeal across all age groups. They’re easy to scale up for feeding school-bound youngsters, and many of the ingredients stretch over numerous preparations.
Doctoring up a bowl of oatmeal is an easy and economical way to start the day. A 42-ounce canister of plain oats can feed about 30 people for just over 13 cents a serving. A spoonful of maple syrup or honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon adds a touch of sweetness — without all the sugar and sodium of instant oatmeal packets.