Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Make ahead breakfast ideas from HousewifeHowTos.com Spend a few hours to put together these make ahead breakfast ideas and you can ditch the sugary, artificially flavored and colored cold cereals.

Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

Once a month, I spend a lazy Saturday morning in the kitchen cooking for my freezer while my husband and son go do guy things. In just two or three hours, I get to save time on dinner preparation and get a jump-start on breakfasts. Thanks to these recipes, making breakfast in the morning involves little more than pouring milk, setting out a bowl of fresh fruit, and pushing a few buttons on the microwave or toaster oven.

Oatmeal: Not only is oatmeal considered a super food, it’s a super way to fill your child’s rumbling stomach. But don’t mess around with those individual “just add hot water” packets; they’re usually packed with added sugar, preservatives and artificial flavors. Why not make a big pot of old-fashioned (not instant) or steel-cut oats, then freeze single servings in a muffin tin for busy breakfasts throughout the week? Add raisins or whatever dried fruit your family likes before freezing, then pop the frozen servings into a bag. To serve, just microwave a disc of oatmeal in a bowl on the defrost setting and serve with milk, brown sugar and more dried fruit.

French Toast Sticks: More nutritious than their store-bought counterparts when made with whole wheat, French toast sticks are very easy to prepare. Stir together 3 eggs, 3/4 cup skim milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Slice whole wheat bread into sticks 1 1/2 inch thick and dip them in the egg mixture. Melt butter in a skillet and cook the French toast sticks until brown on both sides. Arrange on a cookie sheet so they’re not touching, freeze until solid, and transfer to a plastic bag. To serve, heat them in the oven or toaster oven, sprinkle with powdered sugar if you like, and drizzle on some maple syrup. (See my recipe for homemade maple syrup for a low-cost alternative to the store-bought stuff.)

Pigs in a Pancake Blanket: Wrap fully cooked linked sausages in a pancake and arrange on a cookie sheet so they’re not touching. Freeze then transfer to a plastic bag. To serve, just microwave until warm and add a side of syrup for dipping.

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Not Mickey D’s McMuffins: Preheat the oven to 325F and grease a muffin tin. Crack an egg into each indentation, and pierce the yolk with a fork. Bake until eggs are cooked through (5-10 minutes). Meanwhile, split and toast English muffins. (Here’s a recipe for homemade English muffins!) When the eggs are done, turn them onto a rack to cool. Place one egg, a slice of Canadian bacon or ham and a slice of American cheese on a muffin half, and top with the other half. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze until solid, then store in a bag. Defrost these in the fridge overnight for best results. To serve, remove plastic wrap, roll in a paper towel and microwave until heated through.

Breakfast burritos: (These are my son’s favorites.) Brown pork sausage meat until fully cooked (or make homemade breakfast sausage). Scramble and cook 10-12 eggs. Stir sausage into eggs. Shred 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese. Wrap 12 whole wheat tortillas in a paper towel and microwave until warm. To assemble burrito, lay a tortilla on the counter and fill with 1/4 cup sausage-egg mixture. Sprinkle on cheese. Wrap into a burrito, and wrap this in plastic wrap. Freeze. Defrost the night before serving for best texture and either heat in the microwave or toaster oven to serve.

As a bonus, all of these breakfast besides the oatmeal can be eaten on the go. Yes, sometimes we run late and have to do that. Don’t you?

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  • http://www.mommywarriors.com Alyssa B

    This is such a great idea. Every once in a while I do the same thing and it truly makes the mornings much easier while still giving your kids a nutritious breakfast. I just have to make the time to do it more often!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      It really does make for easier mornings, and that means I actually get to change out of my pj’s before the school drive.

  • http://www.2dayswoman.com Raquel@2dayswoman

    What a great idea! I never even thought of making breakfast ahead and will definitely give these a go. We are ALWAYS running late in the mornings so breakfast on the go is not such a bad idea either ;-)
    Thanks for sharing.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      We used to run late every morning, too, and a lot of it was because I found it difficult to get up early enough to both make breakfast and make myself presentable enough for the school drive. This really does help!

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  • http://www.smalltownmommy.com Small Town Mommy

    These are some really amazing ideas. I will have to put them together and have breakfast ready for the kids when school starts.

    • http://housewifehowtos.com Katie B.

      They sure make mornings easier in our house. Hope you enjoy them!

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