“On-the-Go” Breakfast Ideas

Being a college student, we are unfortunately constrained by our timely schedules and our lack of an accessible state-of-the-art kitchen. However, who says that delicious food can only come from top of the line ingredients and five star restaurants? Well, it doesn’t. All you really need is a few appliances (a microwave, a mug, and a decently stocked mini-fridge) and some imagination.

If you’re like me, then you are the type of person that waits until the last possible minute until having to get ready for the school day. My need for more sleep (minimum of eight hours) has inhibited my ability to eat a decent meal before my classes. Usually, a granola bar or a Pop Tart would be the best thing to grab on my way out the door. However, an hour later my stomach would be howling for a second breakfast, or first lunch. So, in order to avoid the embarrassment and distraction of a wolf-like stomach, here are some filling breakfast recipes if you are an on-the-go college student (or simply a really busy person):

Quiche in a Cup:

quiche in a cup

This has become my new go to breakfast meal! Making eggs on the stove can be a time consuming and tedious process; however, in the microwave you avoid all of these inconveniences. While eggs may seem like an odd item to have in your mini fridge, this idea makes it so worth it to make eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Microwave
  • Mug or glass bowl
  • Fork


  1. Spray non-stick cooking spray in the inside of your mug
  2. Crack and beat two eggs in the mug
  3. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Microwave eggs for 2 minutes
  5. Enjoy!
    • P.S. Add cooked meat or veggies to gain more protein and flavor. Additionally, if you feel bad about wasting your expensive food, feel free to use up a day-old bagel, or the tragic, end slice of a bread loaf. Just rip up the bread and coat with the eggs.
    • Another Suggestion: Cinnamon Oatmeal

This super quick and delicious breakfast is packed with protein and will be sure to fill you well beyond your first class. The end outcome should have a well cooked texture. I would suggest avoiding any end product that is too liquid in case of contamination.

French Toast in a Cup:

french toast in a cup

If you prefer sweet over savory, this will be the perfect breakfast-for-one to make (or two, after your roommate discovers that you have been secretly hiding this recipe from her). Even better, it takes only two minutes to bake!

What You’ll Need:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 slices of bread (cubed)-The bread can be pretty much any type of bread; use what you like.
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 splashes of milk
  • Couple sprinkles of cinnamon
  • Syrup
  • 2 microwavable cups


  1. Spray your mug with non-stick cooking spray
  2. Stuff pieces of bread in the mug
  3. Mix egg, milk, and cinnamon sugar in a separate mug.
  4. Pour egg mixture over bread pieces-let soak for 20 seconds
  5. Microwave between 90 seconds to 120 seconds (or until the egg is no longer runny)
  6. Drown in syrup! (and enjoy.)
    • This recipe trumps the routine vapidness of dining hall food. Overall, your masterpiece should be cooked well. You should be able to taste the egg, but the most flavor will come through from the cinnamon and syrup.
    • Anther Suggestion: Monkey Bread. This recipe would be great for weekends where students have slightly more time before they hit the books…on a Saturday…right.

So…do your stomachs a favor, and try these recipes!