Starting the Day Right with Breakfast at Home

When I was pregnant I ate a plain bagel with plain cream cheese nearly every day. But then I had a baby. And we put our house back on the market after using the services of a professional stager, who insisted that my toaster needs to be stored somewhere other than on my counter.

So mornings got harder and my toaster got put away and UGH, BREAKFAST.

I’ve mentioned before that a certain fast food place – the one that serves the best breakfast burritos – was built WAY TOO CLOSE to my house a couple years ago. And on those hard mornings when pulling out my toaster from underneath the counter just seems too difficult, I stop there. Even though I don’t really love those breakfast burritos anymore. {Yes, even though getting my toaster out is not actually that complicated.}

I realize it’s a terrible habit, and I need to stop. But until today I hadn’t found a great alternative.

[There’s no need to list alternatives for me at this point. I’m aware of things like getting up earlier or rebelling against the stager’s advice and – gasp! – leaving my toaster on the counter or nuking some instant oatmeal. The point is I wanted something exactly like the breakfast burrito, except not. I wanted not-expensive, fast, easy and tasty. And cheesy. No, I’m not demanding at all…]

Today I tried a Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwich – the egg, sausage and cheese flatbread, to be specific. Eggs, sausage and cheese – very similar to my beloved burritos, see?

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Now, I’m not going to lie. The Tyson® Day Starts™ sandwiches cost more than the fast food version I’ve been eating. But it is worth it.

While I’m not opposed to liquid cheese (who do I think I am? the Queen of somewhere? PLEASE.), the Tyson® Day Starts™ sandwiches actually have REAL cheese. And based on my stomach’s reaction, sausage that is more REAL than that used in that other breakfast choice, as well. The flatbread sandwich was really good.

It took me just two minutes to zap it in the microwave (and one minute to let it cool down again), and it was ready to eat. In my house. At my table. Like a civilized person.

Even better and more important? MY DAUGHTER LIKED IT. Yep, my typically picky daughter who refuses to eat anything that looks like a breakfast burrito (WHERE did she come from anyway?) liked her Tyson® Day Starts™ sandwich a lot.

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See? Well, I know. That’s a goofy face, but what would YOU do if your mom told you she was going to record you eating breakfast before you’ve even had the chance to watch a full episode of PAW Patrol or, you know, comb your hair?

Now, in case you’re wondering why I love breakfast burritos – or flatbreads – so much, it’s not because of my obsession with Mexican food. No, it’s because of the way one food item can contain several food groups and a whole lot of protein. Plus, you can hold them with one hand so the other is free to drive the car, feed the baby or aim the remote.

Because breakfast is not our sit-down-and-chat meal. And mornings are cuh-razy. (Or, in the case of the two adults who live here, cuh-ranky.) So having a quick, filling meal that’s going to stick with us (and taste better than anything we can get in a drive-thru)? Winning.

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Tyson® Day Starts™ breakfast sandwiches offer a protein-rich way to start the day with high quality ingredients like real cheeses, zesty vegetables, fresh eggs, and quality Tyson® sausage, ham and chicken. And they’re available in seven varieties, including biscuit sandwiches, breakfast flatbreads and wrapped omelets.

If you want to try them out for yourself, visit to download a $1 off coupon and check the product locator tool to find out where Tyson® Day Starts™ products are sold at a store near you.

What’s your favorite breakfast food for a busy morning?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

4 Comments Starting the Day Right with Breakfast at Home

  1. Lina May 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks Mary! I, too live way too close to a drive through. I am not a morning person & get up with barely enough time to get to work. Even now that I drop off the grandson & must get there early enough to avoid the crazy last minute scary driving parents!! I found yet another drive through that is even cheaper & I pass on the way to work. Temptation galore!!
    But this Tyson thing sounds like something I could make at work & eat at my desk…couldn’t hurt… Thanks!

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect May 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Hahahaha…those last-minute parents…they are AWFUL… (I mean, because, well, I am one of them!) :)

  2. Jessie Weaver May 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Sometimes I’ve great at breakfast, and sometimes it’s all Nutrigrain bars and cheese sticks chez Weaver. I try to make extra when I feel like cooking (muffins, waffles, oatmeal muffins, muffins, etc) and freeze them so we have options later. I like eggs, but I don’t really like how they taste after being frozen, so that is an issue.

    P.S. There is nothing appealing about the arches breakfast burrito to me. Now Sonic’s is another story …

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect June 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Yep, Mark loves Sonic burritos, too. I do have “bake and freeze muffins” on my to-do list…so maybe I’ll get around to that sometime this summer, too. :)

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