Monday, August 24, 2009

Start the day off right- cook once, enjoy breakfast all month long.

With time in the mornings at a premium and a need to come up with a better breakfast before school or work than Pop-Tarts and cold cereal during the week (not that there is anything wrong with that occasionally) we’ve taken to making foods for the freezer that they can just heat and go with in the mornings.

I prefer to have a variety so instead of just making a huge batch of pancakes or waffles this week and a couple loaves of bread worth of French toast sticks the next. I like to do several varieties once a month. Since several of them use a lot of the same ingredients it really is time-effective to do it this way. A lot of the ideas I get from the freezer section in the supermarket.

I package each in serving sizes or with waxed paper in between and then put them in large Freezer bags or containers. Everyone then grabs whichever they feel like that day and heats it for themselves except Ian, we make his since he’s only 2 1/2.

While you can buy these pre-made they are pricey and you can’t control the ingredients. Some of the things it is nice to have on hand that you can easily make yourself are

Breakfast sandwiches, breakfast burritos, muffins, granola or granola bars, pancakes, waffles, French toast or French toast sticks, sweet breads (slice and wrap individually), flavored instant oatmeal (you can whir half the oats up and add sweetener, spices, dried fruits and powdered milk.

You can easily make enough breakfasts for your family for a month or two in 3 or 4 hours for a fraction of the cost of buying them out or even the pre-made equivalent in the market

Most of the time I just use basic recipes, Maybe add chocolate chips or fruit to the waffles or pancakes or look for something new to get inspired, but if you want specifics just shoot me an email or leave a comment and I’d be happy to provide them.

Breakfast sandwiches
Makes 2 dozen

12 English muffins
12 Bagels
24 eggs, scrambled or baked in a rectangular pan to you liking (can do a little soft since they will be reheated) then cut them about the same size.
24 slices cheese
Ham, bacon, Canadian bacon, sausage patties or combination if desired.

Toast the muffins and bagels in the oven (low broil for a about 4-6 minutes, watch carefully)
Divide the eggs evenly and put one portion on half of the bagels and half of the English Muffins.
Add meat then cheese, top then wrap up (I use the really cheapy plastic sandwich bags the foldover kind) and put in a larger Freezer bag til needed.

*Sometimes we use other breads like croissants or biscuits. They all work equally well.

Try it and let me know what you think- or if there is anything your family loves that you can or want to know if you can make up ahead - if I don’t know I can for sure find out, and I am always looking for new ideas. Just email me @ dddiva62 at gmail dot com or leave a message here.

If you are anything like me mornings are not your best time, but if you spend just a few hours once a month preparing, you can feel really good knowing you got your family off to a nutritious start to their day.

If anyone is interested, next time I do one (shortly) I would be happy to show you step by step how to accomplish this in 3 hours


Posted by Sherry of Loon-atics In The Kitchen

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