Breakfast time is difficult for many people. Just getting up and getting yourself ready for work while maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard enough, let alone seeing to it your kids eat a healthy breakfast every day. However, what you eat first thing in the morning is essential for setting up a good day.
Healthy Food Can Be Make Ahead Food
Just because you need quick meals doesn’t mean you need to get fast food or pre-made cold cereal and pop tarts. You can eat healthily and not even resort to standby oatmeal. Although oatmeal is an excellent choice for fast, easy breakfast, I’m going to focus on making food ahead, for the on the go family.
Fast, flexible, easy and even portable waffles are a great breakfast food. I know what you are thinking frozen waffles ick, or homemade waffles– a lot of work.
First, if you have a waffle iron, waffles are not much work. If you don’t have a waffle iron, you can just stick to pancakes. Amazingly, as far as recipes they are nearly the same thing, waffles have just a bit less water and oil in them.
- 3 tbsp melted butter or oil
- 1 ½ c self-rising flour
- 2 tbsp of sugar
- 1 ½ milk or water
- 2 eggs
A handful of anything you want to add to your waffles. You can use chocolate chips, blueberries, or anything you want to add. Also, you can add a pinch of spice like pumpkin spice, or cinnamon. Just have fun and make them to your taste.
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and stir folding your batter until combined.
Count 60 stirs with a wooden spoon. Do not go over 60. Your goal is just to combine, too much stirring will leave you with tough waffles. Leave mix lumpy and set aside while you heat your iron.
Waffles or pancakes can be made ahead and frozen or saved in a sealed bag. So, make plenty when you are making them and have them on hand anytime. This recipe only makes eight large waffles so double or triple as you need. After tasting homemade waffles, you probably will never buy frozen waffles again.
Homemade Oat Bars
An easy, no-cook option these bars put protein bars to shame.
- 1 c peanut butter
- ½ c sugar or honey
- 3 c rolled oats
Melt your peanut butter and honey in the microwave—this will take about a minute— add oats. Press mixture into a pan lined with wax paper. Allow to set overnight.
Make ahead, although they will not last long—at least they are eaten fast in my house— you can feel good that your kids get healthy oatmeal every morning even if they don’t like oatmeal.
Make Breakfast Burritos Ahead
Breakfast burritos are a versatile dish that you can make to your own taste. Freeze them and eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Since I have a family member with a pepper allergy, I make my own sausage. Using ground turkey, I spice according to taste, and brown on the stove top. Add eggs to ground sausage until they are done. Finish with cheese and roll into burrito shells.
Generally, the ingredients are scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese. You can alternate this recipe in a thousand ways and spice to your taste