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August 30, 2009

Breakfast OAM-Style (or, Once Every Two Weeks!)

School started on Tuesday of this past week for my oldest two children {pausing for a momentary happy dance}.

Along with all the other aspects of the back-to-school schedule (laying out clothes, packing lunches, bedtimes), it was time at our house to get back to breakfast.

I'm a big believer in breakfast; I could go find you a bunch of links to studies about the relationship between a healthy breakfast and success at school but I won't bore you. If you're a mom who's watched your child gobble up a bowl of Sugar-Smacky-Wacky-Pops only to end up in an utter meltdown within two hours, you know that a good breakfast can make all the difference in your kiddo's day...and yours as well! We Moms need to fuel our brains and bodies right, too.

Along with building a 5 Week Meal Plan for dinners, one thing I did as the start of school approached was some once a month cooking for healthy breakfast choices. However, given the sheer appetites of my family, my final amounts of prepped and frozen goodies are more likely to last us two weeks.

Here's what I made:



Left Freezer Box: Homemade Waffles & Homemade Pancakes

Center: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls a la Bread Machine

Right Freezer Box: Eggwiches and Breakfast Burritos

You can see I used plastic wrap to individually wrap serving sizes of the items in the freezer boxes; I also have several more of each item wrapped and packed into freezer bags in my spare fridge's freezer.

I doubled up my fave cinnamon roll recipe in my bread machine (I do this all the time), so I ended up with (2) full pans of rolls. One has already been devoured by my bunch; they love cinnamon rolls with fresh fruit on the side for breakfast.

My personal fave breakfast item is the simple little eggwich:



Yum! I can grab one from the freezer and nuke it for 45-60 seconds and either eat it at home or munch on-the-go as I'm dropping my kiddos at school. These are easy to make and are healthier and far less spendy than what you might get at your local drive thru. Here's my basic recipe for cook-and-freeze amounts:

Eggwiches

--> (12) English Muffins, toasted
--> (1) Dozen Eggs, scrambled (I use a big electric skillet for this)
--> (6) American Cheese Slices, halved
--> (6) Deli Ham Slices, halved
--> butter (optional, smear the toasted muffins)

Scramble eggs; while eggs are cooking, split and toast muffins (adding smear of butter if you wish). Once eggs are cooked, set up an assembly line of muffins, eggs, cheese, & ham; assemble and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze wrapped eggwiches in freezer bags or freezer boxes. Makes 12.

The beauty of the eggwich recipe above is that it is basic; you can spruce it up however you'd like with different cheeses, meats, veggies, and spices. I do the same with my breakfast burritos for which the basic ingredients are tortillas, scrambled eggs, and shredded cheddar cheese.

I've linked you to my fave cinnamon rolls a la bread machine recipe above - be warned! They are addictive!

Looking for more ways to cook ahead? Go visit my dear friend Tricia at Once A Month Mom; her site is a great resource for once a month cooking with recipes, grocery lists, and detailed plans on how to approach your big cooking day.



Are you a cook ahead kind of mom? What's your fave recipe to cook ahead and freeze?

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11 comments:

  1. I love the eggwich idea! I've seen the burritos a few times, but I would probably be covered in eggs if I tried to eat this in the car (which is where my breakfasts usually happen on the days I work). I think I could handle the sandwich though. So thanks!

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  2. Great ideas! I make sausage biscuits, egg muffins, and breakfast burritos and put them in my husband's lunch box. He goes to work at 6am and around 8am he will have one of these items, fresh fruit and a cup of coffee.

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  3. I make dozens of healthy pancakes. I load them with fruits, veggies and grains! I alternate this with waffles. I freeze them 8 to a bag and use my Food Saver. I also get fresh produce from my family's garden and am able to freeze corn, potatoes, carrots, even tomatoes for all year's use. I broke my stove the first year I did an all-night cooking session with all of my produce to freeze it all!!

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  4. This is one of my first visits to your blog, and I AM IN LOVE! LOL We have another week until school starts, and I need to get myself organized for school (I have my two older kids in school full days, and my little one off to preschool two mornings each week). I know mornings will be hectic and i won't have the time to make breakfasts to order. THANK YOU for sharing your freezer ideas! It's now on this week's to-do list!

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  5. Everyone: Thanks for your great comments!

    Cooking ahead/consolidated cooking/freezer meals have saved me so much time & stress over the years, especially when I was taking care of a newborn.

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one willing to sacrifice a few hours of cooking time for a freezer full breakfasts & dinners!

    ;-)

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  6. When making the eggwiches, do you have a problem with crumbly scrambled eggs not staying put on the muffin? I know that at McDonald's the egg is one solid piece.

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  7. Cincy: That's a good question. Yes, the scrambled eggs can be crumbly but when I make these, the cheese on top helps to act as a "glue" to stick everything together. I also wrap them very tightly in plastic wrap when I freeze them so when they thaw/get microwaved, they are pretty much "one" piece.

    Hope that helps!

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  8. Jennifer in GeorgiaJanuary 4, 2010 at 6:21 AM

    do you microwave these from frozen or do you thaw them first...either way, how long?

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  9. Jennifer in GeorgiaJanuary 4, 2010 at 6:24 AM

    do you microwave from frozen or do you thaw them first. Either way how long do you microwave for?

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  10. Jennifer: You can do either.

    When I microwave them straight from the freezer, I usually do them on HI for about 1 minute.

    If they're thawed, they only need about 20-30 seconds to fully warm the sandwich.

    Microwave models vary so you may need to see what time works best for your microwave.

    Hope that helps!

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  11. I loved the eggwiches. To help with crumbly eggs I blended the eggs with a little milk in the blender and then baked them in a muffin pan until cooked through. They pop out easy and are one whole piece!

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