Tackle Tomorrow’s Breakfast Tonight

My kids would probably love it (for awhile, anyway), but I just can’t see letting them eat cold cereal for breakfast each morning.  It’s pretty expensive to buy a box of sugar-coated, vitamin-enhanced flakes these days, and cold cereal just doesn’t stick with us like a good hot breakfast.

Problem is… mornings are kind of crazy at our house (I think that’s a pretty universal thing).  To eliminate some of the bleary-eyed, grumpy rushing about, I’ve found it much easier to do at least some breakfast prep the night before.

Here’s what I like to make ahead, keeping my mornings stress-free and smooth.

  • Lazy Granola — I make a double batch and keep it in an air-tight container.  This is a great substitute for cold cereal.  I add pecans or almonds before baking.  We often add raisins or other fruit right before serving in the morning.
  • Breakfast Burritos — Scramble together some eggs, fried potatoes, ham or sausage, onions, peppers and cheese.  Wrap in a tortilla and then in a paper towel.  Seal in a plastic bag and individually microwave as needed.
  • Muffins — I love to keep muffins in the freezer to pair with eggs for breakfast or for a mid-morning snack.  Some of our favorites are these and these.
  • 24-hour omelet — This yummy egg casserole is easy to put together the night before.  It’s my go-to when I’m having company for breakfast or brunch.
  • Amish Baked Oatmeal — I like to add cranberries or raisins when mixing it together.  Just pop in the oven in the morning.  The texture and flavor of this oatmeal beats the stove top stuff any day.


What are your tricks for a hearty, hot, stress-free (or at least stress-less) breakfast?

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  1. What a great idea!!! I love your stuff.

  2. All of these recipes look delicious. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

  3. These are great ideas! I really need to get myself more organized where breakfast is concerned. We eat the same thing almost every morning. Variety makes happy faces, don’t you agree?

  4. I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda girl when it comes to breakfast. The kids eat waffles, cereal, whatever is in the pantry/freezer in the morning.

    I am inspired to make the Amish Oatmeal – it sounds yummy!

  5. I almost always have granola on hand, its healthy and easy

  6. We love the baked oatmeal. An 8 or 9 inch square pan feeds the two of us for 2-3 breakfasts, so it’s nice to mix one evening and bake the next morning, then eat it for two more days!

    We eat a lot of scrambled eggs and toast since it’s fast for early mornings. Also, I try to do the frozen muffin, breakfast cookies, and pancakes or waffles so that I have at least one breakfast item ready to pull out of the freezer. Occasionally, I’ll freeze homemade sausage biscuits which only have to be microwaved. My husband loves that!

  7. Thank you for sharing your recipe for Amish Baked Oatmeal. I’ve been wanting to try a baked oatmeal recipe and this one sounds really good. I’m going to mix it up tonight for tomorrow’s breakfast.

  8. Wow these are great and all look wonderful! I kids will thank you!
    thanks for sharing!

  9. I keep extra pancakes in the freezer to pop in the microwave. If I make up most of the cinnamon roll dough ahead of time at night, then I can pull them out of fridge and let rise for about an hour and bake. The extra goes in the freezer for other days. 😀

  10. Love your ideas. I make pancakes and waffles in triple batches and keep them in the freezer for quick breakfast. We also love baked french toast.

  11. Between your recipes and mine, we could cover a month’s worth of breakfasts without any repeats and NO cold cereal or toaster tarts!
    🙂 I will be incorporating these into my breakfast menus once I’m back to cooking again! Thanks for the recipes!

  12. Thanks for adding all your yummy ideas! I think Lazy Granola is right up my alley! I let you know when we try it!

  13. Yum! I’ve stumbled this so I can come back to it when I make my master menu plan. Thanks!


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