Monday, October 29, 2012

Breakfast Freezer Meal Ideas

Have you had any time to prepare for your freezer cooking? After you have had time to gather all your needed items here are some recipes to try. I did all of these recipes in just a couple hours one morning. Even got the dishes washed and the kitchen cleaned up in about 3-4 hours.

1. Pancakes/Waffles

Make up several (I did 5) batches of your favorite pancake batter. And then cook them just the way you would if your family was going to sit down for a big pancake breakfast. Once you have a few done lay them out on a cooling rack with only the sides touching, and place the rack in the freezer.

Once the pancakes are cold and stiff you can now place them into a bag or container and store them in the freezer. And the next time someone wants pancakes for breakfast and you are busy that morning just let them warm some up from the freezer. We reheat ours in the toaster or the microwave. Just heat until warm and enjoy!!

2. Breakfast Casserole

This dish is way easier than it sounds. Scramble eggs. Add cooked and crumbled sausage or bacon or a combination of the two. Add whatever add in's your family likes. I use onions, peppers, mushrooms, cheese, and sometimes hashbrowns. Then you can freeze this in a freezer bag with enough to feed your entire family.

Or you can roll a small amount into some flour tortillas, place on a cooling rack and freeze for 20 minutes, then place in freezer bag. reheat these in the microwave covered with a damp paper towel or a baking dish in the oven. I have even frozen small amounts of this dish in small freezer containers for an individual "breakfast bowl" that can be reheated for a quick grab and go breakfast.

3. No-Bake Energy Bits

These are quick and easy to mix up and they freeze beautifully. I first got the recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots and I have been making them ever since. I mix up a double batch at a time and then freeze half and leave half out to eat. When we head to the park or out to grocery shop and I need a quick snack to fill little bellies for a long time I grab these frozen treats and by the time we are done with the first store they are ready to eat! Here is the recipe -

No-Bake Energy Bites-
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

(check out the comments on her original post for lots and lots of variations that keep these fun and interesting!)

4. Breakfast Bars -

Breakfast Bars
1 pint red or black raspberries (2 cups frozen)
1/4 cup water
2-1/2 Tblsp flour or corn starch
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup white flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1-1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter or margarine

Preparations -

Rinse the berries (fresh) in a colander under cool water. Heat the berried in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water until the berries are juicy. Drain the berries and reserve one cup juice. Add additional water if needed to make 1 cup.) Whisk the flour, sugar, and lemon juice into the reserved berry juice in the saucepan. Cook and stir until thickened. Stir in the berries and set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine oats, both kinds of flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix until well blended. Add the butter and mix with a fork until coarse crumbs. Generously spray a 9X13 baking pan with cooking spray and press 2/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for about 15 minutes, then spread the berries on top and cover with the remaining crumb mixture. Use the back of a spoon or fork to lightly press the crumb mixture into the berries. Bake for 20 more minutes or until the crumbs are browned and the berry filling is bubbly. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. When completely cool cut into 24 bars and wrap individually for an on the go breakfast treat. After you wrap these you can place the wrapped bars into the freezer to use at a later date. Just thaw in the fridge when ready to use.

I hope that these recipes give you some ideas and help to encourage you to start freezer cooking. Start small and do what works for you. Pick a day and cook all day or just double a recipe and freeze some for later. Either way with the busy holiday season approaching you won't regret having some meals in the freezer.

And coming up next, lunch and dinner freezer ideas!!

Written by Happily Domestic contributor - Amanda Sikes

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Pamela said...

Great ideas. I especially like the breakfast casserole and know my husband will, too. Thank you for sharing these recipes.

Teresa Livingston said...

That breakfast bar looks very tasty! I must try this. Thank you.

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