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?
Be sure to visit Tackle it Tuesday and Kitchen Tip Tuesday. The Grocery Cart Challenge recipe swap is another fun resource, and The Happy Housewife is hosting a Hot Breakfast Challenge, as is Five J’s.