Make Ahead Breakfasts for a Busy Season
We all go through busy seasons in our lives and it’s nice when we can prepare for them as much in advance as possible. Summer and fall are always busy seasons for me because we are gardening and harvesting. This time it’s been extra busy with my hubby starting a new job during this time as well, plus we are officially starting school as of this week!
I love planning and putting together make ahead meals so that I know no matter what we are going through, my family will be well fed even if I don’t have all hours of the day to get meals on the table. Make ahead meals are also especially nice for those that work outside the home and don’t have as much time to spend over the stove.
Today I’m sharing with you some great ideas for make ahead breakfasts as we go into another busy time for most of us…back to school season. I hope that you can use these to plan out your weekly menu and to get your family fed and happy before they head off or start school in the morning! Make sure you share your favorite make ahead breakfasts in the comments section.
Smoothies are always a great make ahead breakfast ideas! You can put them together fairly quickly but they can come together even faster by doing a little prep work in advance. Simply measure out your smoothie ingredients and freeze in serving size bags when you have time. Then when you are ready to make a smoothie just pop the bag out of the freezer, into the blender, and tada! Here are 25 great smoothie recipes to try.
These Savory Breakfast Scrambles are another great idea. I love that you make them in a muffin tin for perfect proportions. These would be a great full-of-protein breakfast on the go.
These Beef N Bean Burritos can be customized and are easily frozen so you have another hearty meal you can make in advance. Swap out the beef for scrambled eggs for a frugal and more breakfast like alternative and you’ve got a great meal that can be warmed up and taken on the go. These are great for lunch as well. For an alternative to this recipe you may also want to try these Beef and Potato Burritos.
We definitely love oats and oatmeal in our home. It’s very frugal and it’s gluten free so our entire family can eat them! Oatmeal is easy to soak and make over night as you can see with this Overnight Peach Cobbler Oatmeal recipe. If you are looking for some different flavors to try, use the same method for soaking the oats as that article uses but check out these Oatmeal Flavor Suggestions to try as well.
Utilizing your slow cooker to create a breakfast overnight is a great idea! We especially love to do this in the winter months when a warm breakfast is very welcome. There are some simple casserole, oatmeal, and french toast recipes in this Slowcooker Breakfasts article that you should try.
Crepes are a great item to freeze and a great item to have on hand for meals. What I love about them is that you can stuff them with practically anything so they are a great way to use what you already have on hand! Check out this recipe for Freezeable Crepes.
Although not something I make often, French Toast is a great breakfast to plan when we have guests. You can make a simple Make Ahead French Toast the night before with this recipe. For something a bit different you might also want to check out these recipes for Pumpkin Pie French Toast and Peaches and Cream French Toast. You also may want to take a look at this recipe for Make Ahead French Toast Sticks.
What about Muffins? Muffins are simple and basic to make and you can make them in almost any flavor. Here are a few of the recipes for muffins that we have on Little House Living (Banana Mini Muffins are picture above):
- Banana Crumble Muffins
- Blueberry Muffins
- Breakfast Muffins
- English Muffins
- Melt in Your Mouth Mini Muffins
- Pumpkin Bread or Muffins
- Zucchini Muffin Recipe
- 25 Healthy Muffin Recipes
So now I want to know! What are some of your favorite make ahead breakfast recipes?