Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Bodies!
September 14, 2021
While those frozen toaster waffles are just the thing when you’re in a hurry and have little or no time for breakfast, you can top the grocery store’s freezer food with something homemade that’s noticeably healthier and more delicious. Just set aside one hour a week—at a time that works for you—and you’ll have delectable, nutritious, convenient breakfasts all week long.
Breakfast on the Run
If you and your family are in the habit of breakfast on the run, check out these sweet and savory take-and-go meals so you can head out the door without missing a beat.
Tasty and nourishing variations of the baked oatmeal phenomenon can be made in muffin cups, or 9×13 pans. These gluten-free options come in great flavor-combinations like blueberry-almond and apple-cinnamon. After
the baked cups have cooled, just pop each one into a sandwich-size baggie and freeze for up to 3 months! Eating Bird Food has a yummy looking sweet potato baked oatmeal recipe with pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup – plus six more versions!
For healthier versions that emphasize vegetable combinations like sweet-potato-and-black bean or kale-mushroom-and-feta, check out Self’s curated collection of 12 Healthy Breakfast Burritos. Once you taste these homemade breakfast burritos, stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs, cheese, and your favorite salsa, you’ll have a hard time going back to the grocery store brand!
Special Breakfast Days
When you DO have time for breakfast at home – maybe it’s the Saturday after a high school football game. Or maybe you can take a four-day holiday when Veteran’s Day rolls around next month. Wouldn’t you love to create a really exceptional breakfast without having to set the alarm like it’s a school day/work day?
Make sure you’ve got a batch of these gourmet Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from Baker By Nature in the freezer, and you’ll always be ready to whip up a restaurant-style breakfast at a moment’s notice! The ricotta makes these pancakes lighter than regular pancakes, and the fresh lemon zest makes them pleasantly fragrant. For even fluffier pancakes, whip the egg whites before gently folding them into the rest of the batter.
These pancakes freeze and reheat like a dream! After cooking, allow them to cool completely, then stack with a sheet of waxed paper between each pancake, put in a gallon plastic bag, and freeze for up to two months! When you are ready to serve, reheat the pancakes on a microwave-safe dish, uncovered, for one-to-two minutes or until hot. To balance the tangy flavor of the lemons, serve with blueberry syrup!
And When Company Comes…
If you’re ever required to serve breakfast to a small army of guests, these breakfast dishes can be made in advance, frozen, then reheated the morning you’re serving—and no one will ever know you got to sleep in!
For a hearty twist on quiche that will have guests asking for seconds, try this Hash Brown Quiche from Taste of Home! Instead of the usual pastry dough, this quiche uses hash browns for the “crust”, with a flavorful ham, pepper, cheese, egg and milk filling. There’s no end to the alternative ingredients you can substitute—here’s one with bacon and zucchini.
A holiday favorite, Blueberry Stuffed French Toast from Creative Culinary will be every kids’ most requested breakfast! Make sure to have whipped cream on hand the day you’re serving it – fresh is the best – as well as maple syrup. With a dozen eggs in the recipe, this dish is more substantial and protein-packed than it looks!
These breakfast casseroles are delicious, easy to make, and freeze beautifully—what’s not to love? Be sure to bake these casseroles in a glass dish, so you can go straight from the freezer to the microwave. To serve, thaw uncovered in the microwave on the defrost setting. For best results, reheat the thawed casserole in a 350-degree oven until hot, about 15-30 minutes.
Breakfast to Go or At Home in Southshore
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