Thursday, March 5, 2015

10 Quick & Easy Breakfast Ideas

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: mornings just aren't my thing.

I normally consider myself a pretty organized person.  I like to have a plan for my day, including what my family will eat.  But mornings? Forget it.  I turn into the Hot Mess Express.

My best bet to ward off morning chaos is to have a plan ahead of time.  Before I go to bed each evening, I lay out the clothes we will wear the next day, mentally plan a breakfast menu for the next morning, and quickly go over my to-do list (especially the items that need to be done first thing).

Clothes are pretty easy, and I like to have a running to-do list each week.  But breakfast can be tricky.  Because I'm normally working with little prep time each morning, I need something that is pretty quick & easy to prepare, healthy, and toddler-approved (because, trust me, we've officially entered the picky toddler stage).

Here are a few things I keep on hand for quick & healthy breakfasts (I usually pair a couple of these for a well-rounded meal):

1. Fresh Fruit - We have a constant supply of grapes, strawberries, bananas, and sliced apples in our house...they make for quick breakfasts, side dishes, and snacks.  I like to slice anything I'm going to need in the morning the night before.

2. Make-Ahead French Toast Sticks - Crazy easy idea - make 4-5 slices of French toast at a time, cut each slice into 3-4 pieces, and freeze.  Microwave for 30 seconds as needed and serve with syrup for dipping.

3. Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches - I love to keep a stock of these on hand!  They make so many different varieties now.

Our current favorites are Jimmy Dean's Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Croissant Sandwiches.  They are a quick, delicious, and warm meal that you can pop in the microwave - they require only 3 minutes of morning prep time!  Even I can handle that one.  I love that they provide a great source of protein too.

4. Smoothie Packs - Freeze yogurt, milk, and coffee (for adults, of course!) in ice cube cubes in zip-top bags.  I also like to freeze berries, pineapple, peaches, kiwi, etc. and throw a few pieces in.  When ready to make your smoothie, mix with a little bit of milk/water in a blender.

5. Frozen Fritatta Cups - You can get my recipe for these here.  They freeze beautifully!

6. Boiled Eggs - Make several one night a week and store in fridge! They provide a super healthy, balanced dose of protein.

7. Muffins - Of course the fruit variety is always popular, but I like changing it up a little bit a little sometimes!  I love this recipe for French Toast Muffins, this one for Savory Texas Muffins, and this one for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins.

8. Smashed Avocado on Toast - Smash 3-4 avocados into a bowl...mix in lemon/lime juice and store until ready to serve (this normally holds up for 2-3 days for me).  I spread about 1/2 avocado worth on a slice of toast and top with salt/pepper/red pepper flakes.

9. Breakfast Bars - Of course the store-bought versions are great, but there are lots of homemade recipes out there!

10. Peanut Butter Quesadillas - This is one of Emma Ramey's favorites - spread peanut butter (and maybe a sliced banana) on a tortilla and fold in half.  So easy!

I'm sure there are many other options I'm forgetting, but these tend to be our go-tos.  I hope these help some of those other "anti-morning" people out there!

If you'd like to find out more about different varieties of Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwiches, you can visit their website or their Facebook page.

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