Some mornings are more hectic and rushed than others, but that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on breakfast. There are plenty of recipes for healthy meals you can prepare ahead of time that are easy to grab and go when you’re in a hurry. Instead of setting your alarm early to get up and cook breakfast, spend some time in the kitchen the night before and you’ll be able to sleep in a bit longer. Below are 3 quick breakfasts you can try this week!
These are a fantastic choice for active families. You can make a bunch at once, toss them in your freezer and reheat them in the microwave. The best part is that they’re portable, so if you don’t have time to sit down and eat, you won’t have to worry about skipping the most important meal of the day. You’ll need eggs, cheese, your favorite breakfast meats and veggies, and tortillas. Cook the sausages or bacon in a frying pan, adding any onions or peppers you may want to cook them a bit toward the end. Then, scramble your eggs and combine all the cooked ingredients. Soften your tortillas so they are easier to wrap up, and layer your egg mixture with some cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Wrap up the burrito, and make more until you’re out of ingredients. Then, layer them on wax paper and stick them in the freezer for at least overnight.
Betty Crocker recommended wrapping the frozen burritos in tin foil and baking them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes, but you can also pop them in the microwave for about three minutes and still have tasty results.
While pancakes cook up quickly, the prep work and cleanup time make it hard to have this sweet treat for breakfast during the week. However, the next time you and your family are having breakfast for dinner, you can make extra batter and cook up a store of pancakes for warm, home-cooked meals whenever you want. It’s as simple as waiting for your excess pancakes to cool and then freezing them between sheets of wax paper, so they don’t stick together. When you want to reheat your pancakes, just pop them in the toaster or the microwave and enjoy.
Oatmeal is a healthy, hearty meal that will keep you fueled with energy for hours. Instant options that you can buy in the store are loaded with chemicals and additives, so it’s always best to make your own when you can. You can use steel-cut oatmeal to prepare a week’s worth of meals in mason jars (or any container that is microwave-safe). Steel-cut oats can take up to 45 minutes to cook from scratch, but The Kitchn has a way to speed up the process. Combine enough oats and water to make five servings, and then bring them to a boil on the stove. Let this simmer for about three minutes and then allow it to cool.
Once the oatmeal is around room temperature, pour it into the containers, seal them and leave them on the counter overnight. In the morning, put all but one in the refrigerator, and pop the last jar in the microwave for a few minutes. Then, you can add a bit of milk, sweetener or fruit. Stir and enjoy.
Prepping breakfast ahead of time gives you some breathing room when you’re getting the kids ready for school. These are just a few options you can try in your kitchen, and you can get the whole family to help out preparing these and other overnight recipes. Let your kids choose their favorite ingredients for burritos and oatmeal, or just put them on dish duty while you cook.