Monday, October 31, 2011

Make-Ahead Breakfast Meals

It goes without saying that sometimes mornings can be a little chaotic. Whether you homeschool or send your kids off to school, they still have to eat! Not only do they have to eat but your husband has to eat and if your lucky you'll get some breakfast too. I tend to save my "special" breakfasts like pancakes, waffles, eggs/turkey bacon/potato breakfasts for the weekends since they take more time to prepare and often, I don't want to get up early enough to pull it off during the week. I really dislike buying from the freezer section and I am not a fan of cereal because I feel like it leaves you hungry too quickly. So, I rely on these lovely go to recipes. They are either easy to make in under 5 minutes, prepared in the crockpot the night before or you can make them up quickly and toss them in the freezer. This ensures that you never (or almost never!) have to send off your husband and/or children with a less than nutritious and filling breakfast.
This recipe is adapted from Alton Brown's recipe and is a great one if you have a large family to feed and your on a tight budget or just really short on time in the morning. It is filling, versatile and ready when you wake up in the morning.

CrockPot Steal Cut Oatmeal:

4 servings (you can easily double or triple this)

  • 1 cup steel cut oats

  • 1 cup dried or fresh cranberries, chopped apples, raisins, blueberries, strawberries... the list is endless! (optional)

  • 1 cup pecans, walnuts, almonds, flax seed, dried coconut... again, the list is endless! (optional)

  • 1-3 tbs combined of your favorite spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger...)

  • 1/8-1/4 cup of honey (I like mine sweet, you can certainly leave this out)

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/2 cup milk (I use rice milk so any "milk" works here)

  • Dump all of your ingredients into the crockpot, give it a light stir to combine. Set the temperature on the longest setting. That's it! You can choose to flavor it with fruit, nuts and spices ahead of time or you can make it competely plain and let everyone make it to their liking with whatever fruit/nuts/sweetener you have on hand. Depending on your texture preference you will probably want to play with this a little so don't give up if you don't love it the first time! You can always add/reduce the ammount of water and oats.

    This is a very quick breakfast that will make your family feel like they are getting a special treat in the week. The great thing is your getting whole grains, eggs and you can top it with fresh fruit, honey or syrup.

    Quick French Toast:

    3-4 servings at 1 1/2-2 slices per person
    • 6 slices of whole grain bread
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp nutmeg
    This is pretty self explanatory. Crack the eggs into a bowl and mix the cinnamon and nutmeg in with a fork. Dunk bread into the eggs and put quickly into a hot pan. Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side. Serve. Protien, whole grains and fresh fruit. Quick, easy, minimal mess.

    Another easy make-ahead meal that you can keep in your fridge. This is one of my husbands favorites and often takes an extra to work for a snack or shares with work buddies. I usually make these in bulk for the week.

    Breakfast Burritos (bulk recipe)

    7-10 servings depending on how large/full your tortillas are
    • 10 eggs
    • 2 potatoes, grated
    • 1 cup of desired cheese, grated (you can add or reduce this ammount)
    • 1 lb ground turkey sausage/turkey bacon/turkey ham
    • 7-10 whole grain tortillas
    • 1/4 onion, chopped (optional)
    • 1/4 pepper, chopped (optional)
    • 1/4 cup mushrooms, chopped (optional)
    First, cook up your sausage. When it is nearly done, toss in your onions, peppers and mushrooms if your using them. Drain off grease and then dump them into a large bowl. Scramble eggs in the sausage pan. Once cooked, dump into the large bowl. Toss all of your grated potatoes into skillet (remember to salt and pepper them) and cook till crispy. Drain off grease and, you guessed it! Dump into the large bowl. Now dump in your cheese. Lightly mix all this together until its evenly distributed. Now you can just scoop out filling into the tortillas. I like to put my finished burritos in a long tupperware dish and keep it in the fridge. You can also wrap them individually and freeze them.le

    One of my favorite things to eat (though its been a couple years...) is McDonalds Breakfast Sandwiches. As I mentioned before, I don't like buying from the frozen section so Jimmy Dean was a nogo too. I saw this idea on Pinterest and find it makes for an easy breakfast sandwich!

    Sausage Egg McMuffins

    6 servings
    • 6 eggs
    • 6 slices of desired cheese
    • 6 whole grain english muffins
    • 1 pound turkey sausage
    Heres the fun part :) Grab your muffin pan and swipe a little butter in each one. Crack one egg in each slot. In the remaining 6 slots press in your turkey sausage to desired thickenss. Put in a preheated oven at 350. Cook until Egg is firm and sausage is cooked. Once your eggs and meat have cooled simply assemble the sandwich, wrap in tin foil or put in a large freezer baggie. Place in your freezer. Reheat like you normally would in an oven, toaster oven (my preference) or microwave.

    What are some of your go-to breakfasts on a busy morning? How do you make sure your family has a filling and healthy meal?

    Written By Happily Domestic Contributer: Brittney Thompson

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    Carol J. Alexander said...

    I sooo struggle with breakfast. Thanks for the great ideas.

    Lori said...

    cooking a bunch of whole wheat pancakes and flash freezing them is great! Make them to fit into your toaster. Also, premake mini quiche in your muffen tins and freeze.

    Brittney said...

    Carol- Glad you found it helpfull! I find its so easy to get in breakfast ruts, I love hearing new ideas too!

    Lori- Great idea! I love the toaster pancake convenience, I'll have to try this out :D

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