At the start of each season, I think to myself, “This is the busiest time of the year.” Until the start of the next season, that is, when I think, “THIS is the busiest time of the year.”
In all honesty, though, this time – the tangle of crazy months between the start of school and the holidays – really does feel like the craziest. To get through these long days, my family needs to stay fueled from morning ‘til night, starting with a great breakfast. And for all those days I don’t have time to make a from-scratch breakfast (which is most mornings, let’s be real), I’ve got a freezer packed with make ahead breakfasts I can pull together quickly or grab-and-go.
Here are my best tips, tricks and recipes for freezer-friendly breakfasts for super busy mornings.
It doesn’t get easier than a burrito you can pop in the microwave and eat on the go! My go-to freezer breakfast burrito recipe is so simple. I smear burrito size tortillas with hummus, stuff them with scrambled eggs and sprinkle them with cheese before folding them into burritos. For easy assembly, set each tortilla on a square of plastic wrap so you can wrap it up right after you make it (I still like to slip all the wrapped burritos in a large freezer bag to fend off freezer burn even more). Also, let the eggs cool before assembling, so your burritos don’t get soggy.
On busy mornings, everyone can just pull a burrito from the freezer, unwrap it, rewrap it in a damp paper towel and microwave it on high for 2-3 minutes, or until heated through. If I’ve got extra time, I’ll microwave the burritos, then toast them in a dry skillet and doctor them up with salsa, sour cream and more cheese.
Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
Skip the drive-thru and make your own (healthier) breakfast sandwiches. I like open-faced breakfast sandwiches because you can make English muffins go twice as far! I layer each half of an English muffin with beans, scrambled eggs and cheese, then wrap them in parchment paper and freeze them. A quick zap in the microwave (about 1-2 minutes on high, more or less depending on your microwave), and breakfast’s ready! With all the protein on each sandwich, these are hearty enough to hold everyone over until lunch. They’re also great for soccer tournaments that start way too early in the morning.
Easy Fruit Smoothie Recipes
When there’s barely time to eat breakfast, much less make it, my family drinks it instead. And when I hand my kids a fruit smoothie, they usually suck it down before even asking what’s in it, which makes this a great way to sneak some extra fruits and veggies into their diet.
I start with a combination of fresh, seasonal fruit and almond milk. I add hunks of frozen fruit that I’ve already cleaned, peeled and chopped, like bananas and berries. And then I add my secret ingredient of cannellini beans for fruit smoothies that are creamy every time. It makes my family feel like they’re being treated to ice cream for breakfast!
Make Ahead Quiche
A slice of quiche isn’t the easiest thing to eat on the go, but mini versions are! And using a muffin tin makes it a breeze to bake mini quiches. Simply cut rounds from a store-bought pie crust, press them into a muffin tin and fill with an easy, delicious mix of beans, whisked eggs, cheddar and red pepper. To freeze a big batch for a quick breakfast any day, let the cooked quiches cool completely, transfer them to a baking sheet and freeze for 30 minutes, then transfer them to freezer bags. Because of the crust, these reheat better in the oven (or toaster oven!) than the microwave; bake at 400 degrees F for 5-10 minutes, or until heated through. And if you want to microwave them, just nix the crust in the recipe. Microwave frozen crustless quiche for 1-2 minutes to reheat.
Mornings are hard before you even factor breakfast into the equation. Freezer recipes like these are a must for me, because it means I’ve always got something I can feel good about feeding my family (and myself) for breakfast. If only getting everyone out the door were this easy!