Breakfast in Advance

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3 Breakfasts That Can Be Made Ahead of Time

Busy moms sometimes don't have time to prepare healthy breakfasts for their kids, or themselves. But you don't want to have to buy pre-made items from the store, either. There are meals you can make ahead of time that you can freeze or keep for a long time in the refrigerator.

1.  Granola Bars

Granola bars use oatmeal, butter, sugar and fruit to combine and make a bar that you can freeze to keep ready for a long time. Recipes can be found all over the Internet for homemade granola bars. Mix in some flax seeds or wheat germ for an extra punch.The ingredients you need to keep on hand to make granola bars are items you would keep on hand anyway. They are oatmeal, rice cereal, some kind of chopped nuts, some dried fruit, a sweet syrup such as honey, sugar, and some flavoring like vanilla, salt or cinnamon. The process usually involves mixing the dry ingredients, warming up the sweet ingredients, then mixing the two and placing them in a pan to bake.

2.  Trail Mixes

Trail mixes are incredibly easy to make and use some of the same ingredients as the granola bars. This won't add much to your pantry and will allow you to create quick breakfasts to send your kids out with that they will find fun.

Trail mixes usually start with some kind of cereal. Things like Chex or Life make great additions to trail mix. Then add some of your children's favorite nuts and fruit. Our family favorites include dried pineapple, yogurt raisins, peanuts and almonds. If you want to go savory, add come Cheez-it crackers or pieces of pretzels. To sweeten up the mix a little, add some M&Ms or chocolate covered peanuts. You can also make it ahead and keep it in a large container so it can be scooped into sandwich or snack sized bags to eat on the go.

3.  Sausage and Egg Biscuits

My family's favorite breakfast is sausage and eggs biscuits. But we don't like the store bought kind. Usually I will make my grandmother's recipe of buttermilk biscuits on the weekend. I will buy some sausage from the store. And then I make my own version of scrambled eggs that my family loves. I put it all together, add a little cheese, and then stick them in the smallest zip-top bags I can find. I make sure to get rid of as much air as possible and then I put them in the freezer. It only takes about one to two minutes in the microwave to have a scrumptious breakfast in the mornings. You can obviously replace the sausage with ham or other protein your family prefers.

These three meals will have you looking like "Super Mom" every morning.

Make Ahead Breakfast Rolls

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Wouldn't it be great if you could just toss a baking dish in the oven first thing in the morning, and enjoy yummy cinnamon rolls a few minutes later? With make ahead breakfast dishes, you'll have time to make something delicious for the whole family. Between getting yourself ready for work, checking on the kids and making sure your spouse is ready, you have enough on your mind. You don't want to worry about what everyone will eat before they head off on their busy days. By throwing everything together the night before, you can get your family ready faster in the morning.

Start with one of the easiest recipes for morning rolls. Combine ½ cup pecans, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup melted butter and 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract in a small bowl. Butter your baking dish, making sure that you coat the bottom and sides. Fill the baking dish with one package of frozen or refrigerated biscuits, and pour the butter and pecan mixture over the top. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, and store the dish in the refrigerator overnight. When you get up the next day, pop the baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can easily transform is with just a few other ingredients. You can swap out the nuts if you want something a little different, or you can add more nuts if you want something a little crunchier. Skip the nuts all together and add a dash of cinnamon to make your own cinnamon buns. You can even add a handful of fruit when you make the dish the night before.

Make ahead breakfast dishes help you save time, and you'll find dozens of ways that you can customize these recipes. Flatten refrigerated bread dough until it's ½ inch thick, and set the dough to the side. Mix ½ cup cinnamon with ½ cup brown sugar. Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture out over the dough, and wrap it over to form a log. Cut the log into ½ inch shapes, pop in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees the next morning. Have fun mixing and matching your favorite ingredients to create a dish that your family will love.

Breakfast Casserole

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While breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, mornings are often one of the busiest times of day for most families. If you’re a working mom with kids in school, busy does not begin to describe your mornings. Stay at home moms with children, while they might not be leaving the house early, still find that a make ahead menu makes the mornings go smoother and everyone is happier.

One of the most popular ideas for a delicious and filling make ahead morning meal is a casserole. With some preparation the night before, this dish makes the morning cooking as easy as putting the dish in the oven, going about the business of getting everyone ready and returning to the kitchen to a hot, comforting meal to start the day. In addition, this make ahead casserole is a great dish to make for company, allowing you to pour coffee and visit rather than slave over the stove to make a huge meal for a crowd.

The Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole is one of the most popular breakfast dishes. This dish puts several beloved morning food items together to create a one-dish wonder, and can be made with or without meat.

INGREDIENTS:

9 large eggs
12 slices bread, cut into cubes (remove crusts if desired)
1 1/2 pounds ground beef or sausage
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 cups milk

PREPARATION:

Brown the ground beef or sausage; set aside to drain and cool on a plate covered with paper towels.
Whisk eggs together with milk; add salt, mustard, and pepper. Stir in bread cubes; add browned meat and cheese. Pour mixture into a lightly buttered 9x13x2-inch glass baking dish. Refrigerate the dish overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes, or until set. Let stand for about 10 minutes, then cut into squares to serve. This recipes serves about six people, depending on the size of the squares.

By taking just a few minutes for preparation the night before, you can spend the morning getting everyone ready or simply taking a slower morning with the kids while the food cooks and fills your home with delicious smells. A hearty breakfast sets the stage for the day ahead, giving you and your family comfort as well as fueling the body.