These 5 Make-Ahead Breakfasts Will Make Getting Out of Bed a Little Easier

posted: 07/27/15
by: Blythe Copeland

Whether you're trying to get the kids to school, the baby to daycare, or just trying to get yourself to work without missing the first few minutes of your 9 a.m. meeting, getting out of the house in the morning can be the most hectic part of the day. Make breakfast a relief instead of a chore with one of these tasty, healthy make-ahead recipes: With just a few minutes of prep work on the weekend, you can have a simple grab-and-go meal at the ready all week.

1. Egg sandwiches

If your usual morning routine involves stopping at the deli or the drive-through for an egg sandwich, replace the fast food with a healthier homemade version to save time (and money). Bake eggs in muffin tins or ramekins, and then layer them with ham and cheese on English muffins. Store the sandwiches in the freezer and then microwave to reheat.

Try these Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches.

2. Baked oatmeal

Hearty oatmeal has many fans who swear it fills you up until lunch and tastes delicious with added fruit and spices. It's also easy to make ahead as a baked oatmeal casserole (from Food52) and store in the fridge--just reheat an individual portion each day. If you'd rather make one serving at a time, try overnight oats: With this technique, you combine oats and milk the night before and let it absorb in the refrigerator, so you wake up to fresh, delicious oats.

3. French toast casserole

This cranberry almond French toast casserole may be a bit rich to eat every day, but it's perfect for a Sunday brunch or holiday breakfast. Fresh cranberries and crunchy almonds are layered with chunks of French bread and brown sugar cream cheese, allowed to soak overnight, and then baked just before your guests arrive. It's a decadent treat that won't keep you in the kitchen all morning.

4. Muffins or bread

Not a big breakfast person? You can still boost the health factor of your morning muffin or baked good by preparing your own better-for-you version at home. One to try: Whole grain blueberry muffins, made with flaxseed, whole wheat flour, pecans, low-fat yogurt, and only 1/2 cup of sugar. Pair it with a bowl of yogurt or spread the muffin with peanut butter for a little extra protein.

5. Smoothies

Especially on hot summer mornings, a cool fruit smoothie with spinach, kale, or other vegetables; yogurt or milk; and protein powder or peanut butter is an easy way to get a complete meal. But if all the chopping feels like too much effort, prepping your fruits and veggies ahead of time can make the process a little quicker. Another option: Blend the smoothie ahead of time and freeze it in ice cube trays, according to the Kitchn. Then put a few cubes in a travel beverage container and let them thaw for a quick, refreshing meal you can take on your commute.