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One editor is promptly rolling out of bed at 7 a.m. to nosh on this menu of make-ahead, British-inspired Cooking Light fare.

Zee Krstic
May 15, 2018

There is only one other time this year that I ever dared to set an alarm early on a Saturday morning—for the launch of Target's Hunter collaboration, and we all know how that went. But I'll be sacrificing a morning of much-needed rest this Saturday when I literally throw myself out of bed to watch the live proceedings of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding… at 6 a.m. local time.

I had visions of effortlessly whipping up plates of fresh fruit and delicate finger foods beforehand—cucumber sandwiches, anyone? But even the most peppy morning risers will be fumbling their way to live viewing parties in the wee hours of the morning (if you're in California, bless you). There's just no easy way to pull off a full spread for the intrepid fans who are joining me to celebrate the event, but that doesn't mean breakfast should be blegh. It's a party, after all!

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I'm utilizing a host's most essential cooking strategy—make-ahead items. All of the items that I'm making can be assembled on Friday night, or they can be prepped days in advance to be simply heated up right before I hop on the couch.

These delicious recipes are just one more reason to start the day right while cheering on Harry and Meghan as they get hitched this Saturday, May 19, at 7 a.m. EST.

1) Chocolate-Cherry Scones

Is it even a royal wedding party without scones? This iconic British breakfast staple is lightened considerably using a very simple homemade biscuit mix. You can reheat them just before the event kicks off—and pair them with a delicious brewed tea.

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2) Parmesan-Chive Scones

Greg DuPree

Maybe you'd prefer a savory option? These make-ahead pastries make use of whole-wheat pastry flour to chalk up just 4g of fat at 190 calories each.

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3) Orange Poppy Biscuits

Photo Courtesy of Oxmoor House

A classic British take on breakfast includes some sort of marmalade or jam—these gluten-free biscuits incorporate a fruity, citrusy glaze all their own.

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4) Blueberry Avocado Muffins

Photo by Mitch Mandel/Rodale Images

You can make these freezer-friendly muffins today and enjoy them all week: They have all the flavors of a classic scone minus much of the calories and saturated fat.

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5) Prosciutto, Fig, and Goat Cheese Toast

Photo: Sara Tane

The British love their toast at breakfast time, and you can prep all the elements of this loaded savory bite the night beforehand. A simple schmear of goat cheese is all you need.

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6) Fava-and-Ricotta Toasts

Jennifer Causey

These mini toasts are a lighter take on a canapé to pass around to guests at under 150 calories.

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7) Cooking Light's Best Fruitcake

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Have more of a sweet tooth? Enjoy our better-for-you take on a classic fruitcake, which you can bake and reheat ahead of Saturday's festivities.

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8) Strawberry Bulgur Bowl

Jennifer Causey

Our take on a bowl of porridge calls on bulgur to create a nuanced whole-grain breakfast that's a definite step up from instant oatmeal. Mixed with dates, topped with fresh strawberries, and ready to eat anytime.

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9) Maple-Bacon Baked Beans and Frizzled Eggs

Photo: Jennifer Causey

It's a little tough to enjoy a true pre-prepped, made-ahead English breakfast—but if you take the time to whip up a batch of these savory beans before hand, you can focus on frying up a very easy frizzled egg the morning of as well.

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10) Cucumber-Lime-Lavender Spritzer

Jennifer Causey

Yes, yes, yes—there's more than a good chance you'll daintily nibble on cucumber tea sandwich during the royal wedding. But what if you incorporate the cool, refreshing profile of a cucumber into a beverage you can share with your guests? And if your game, add a splash of London's best Beefeater gin to make things more interesting

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