Breakfast Meal Prep – Set Your Mornings Up for Success
Mornings are one of the busiest times of the day. And the pace you have to keep to get it all together and get everyone out the door at the right time should be counted as cardio for the day. I’m not a morning person. So finding time in my mornings to provide healthy breakfast options was always a struggle in my house. One that I have failed in a lot. I’m a believer that breakfast should include protein. But most protein needs to be prepared and cooked. And there just isn’t a lot of time in the morning for this. So, I needed breakfast prep to be less than 10 minutes. Otherwise, it would have to be prepared ahead of time. That’s where breakfast meal prep comes in handy.
I am not a person who loves to spend hours in the kitchen. And the idea of spending time on breakfast meal prep honestly doesn’t excite me at all. But setting myself up for success each day is exciting to me. So, I just have to suck it up and do it. Spend a few hours on a weekend and fill your freezer with options. Your morning self will thank you.
Some Quick Breakfast Ideas
If you’re like me at all, you like quick ideas and a list of options that include links. So I’ve taken some time to put that together for you so you don’t have to.
- Hard-Boiled – I always keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for a quick breakfast solution. Additionally, I just like them as a snack from time to time.
- Deviled Eggs – A little unconventional. But you can make these ahead of time. And, if you use a healthy mayo, it’s a pretty good way to get a healthy breakfast into your kids. Then, just add some pre-cut fruit and possibly some oven cooked bacon and the kids will be happy and healthy.
- Scrambled – The kids might like this one best. And it is just so easy to make. It’s actually the very first thing I ever cooked when I was a kid. But, it was horrible. That’s when I I learned there was a difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon. So, when I added a tablespoon of salt… well, I think you get the picture. I’m better at scrambling eggs now.
- Fried – I usually pan fry with a nonstick skillet and some spray oil. I like that it’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s healthy. Plus, it’s very easy to clean up.
Greek yogurt and berries
I am personally not a fan of Greek yogurt. I want to be. And, I’ve tried really hard to be. But at the end of the day, I’m just not. So, knock yourself out. Keep little tubs of it in the fridge. Then, grab it and a plastic spoon and off you go.
Oatmeal with Bacon/Sausage
Oatmeal is one of my favorites. I usually make some bacon or sausage to go with it. And, I don’t fry my bacon. It’s just too messy for me and needs too much attention. Instead, I cook bacon in the oven. I line a cookie sheet with foil and put a baking rack on top of it. Then, I just line up the bacon and bake it for 25 minutes on 400 degrees and everyone is happy. You might have to adjust your time for your crispy preference. But it’s great to just walk away and do something else. Also, when it’s done, I just throw the foil away and put the baking rack in the dishwasher. So easy to clean up.
Added tip: I store any leftover bacon (yes sometimes there are leftovers) in the fridge and either eat it for a snack or use it for bacon crumbles on a salad.
Some Breakfast Meal Prep Ideas
Aside from the occasional overnight breakfast casserole, all of my breakfast meal preps are stored in the freezer and aren’t prepped the night before. I usually do my breakfast meal prepping on the weekends when I have more available time.
I love breakfast options! And healthy ones are even better. I mean, how am I supposed to know what my taste buds are going to be in the mood for each morning. Well, other than coffee, of course. 🙂
So, here are ten options with links for you. You might want to create a list with your own quick links. I love OneNote or Evernote software for things like this. But, if that doesn’t work for you, just open a Word or Google document to keep everything in one place.
Paleo Blueberry Muffins (Living Healthy with Chocolate)
These are great to store in the freezer. Just heat them up in the microwave before you walk out the door. This will be a popular item with the kids. Mine still love blueberry muffins. Just because they are muffins doesn’t mean they can’t be healthy and tasty.
Pumpkin Pancakes (Practical Paleo)
I don’t care what time of year it is. I love these. They are a grab and go item for me. I don’t even need syrup with them. Although, a little maple syrup never hurt anyone. 🙂
Paleo Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (Real Food with Jessica)
Do you like a sweet breakfast? Well, this one is for you. I don’t usually like sweets for breakfast. But, I certainly like this one mid-afternoon.
Best Paleo Pancakes (Delish)
These are made with almond flour and coconut flour. And, both are high in protein. Great to have on hand for grab and go mornings. And, let’s be honest. That’s most mornings.
Hash Brown Quiche Cups (Savor and Savvy)
I love quiche. And I love frozen breakfast cups. Another quick way to eat healthily and get out of the door.
Bacon Avocado Ranch Egg Muffin (The Pinning Mama)
Every single word in this title excites me! Also, another frozen breakfast cup.
Breakfast Casserole Mini Loaves (Primal Wellness Pro)
Here’s a woman who knows how to cook. I’ve been cooking her recipes for years! This one is a crowd-pleaser! So, you won’t be disappointed!
Easy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole (Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Another great breakfast casserole. I’ve never put this in cups. But I bet it would work.
Homemade Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches (Savor and Savvy)
Everyone loves a breakfast sandwich. So, here is a great one you can throw in the freezer.
Paleo Banana Bread (Delish)
I like to use mini loaf pans and individually freeze these. I don’t like nuts in my banana bread. But many people do. I bet you could add nuts to this recipe if you wanted. I just don’t particularly care for them in bread.
Okay. That will get you started and give you lots of great options and recipes for breakfast. After you individually freeze these, put each item in its own container or large zip lock bag that is clearly labeled. Don’t forget to add heating times and temperature to your label. The whole point of this is to make morning breakfast quick and easy. So, you don’t want to have to dig around in the freezer looking for your breakfast.
Let me know how these turn out for you. If these recipes aren’t your favorite, keep looking and find some that are. Breakfast meal prep isn’t something you have to do often. But if you incorporate this practice into your life, you won’t be sorry. Also, check out this article to learn how to Create a Meal Planning Template.
Also, if you think this is helpful, please share it with your friends and pin it on Pinterest. Thanks in advance! Happy Homemaking!