• Melissa Genee, RD

Make Ahead Breakfast for Busy Weekday Mornings



While many people meal prep lunches and dinners, breakfast is a meal that is not frequently prepped ahead of time. But why not? There are plenty of easy, healthy and tasty make-ahead breakfast recipes that your kids will love! I personally love meal-prepping breakfast because disaster always seems to strike in the morning: lost shoes, incomplete homework, sleepy and irritable children. Make ahead breakfasts save you time and energy so you can fight fires outside the kitchen. Read on to learn how to make my favourite kid-friendly make-ahead breakfasts - and what to pair them with to make them balanced and complete. 


Egg Muffins


Eggs are a classic breakfast item. They’re easy, filling and can be made so many ways: fried, scrambled, boiled, poached, and now in muffin form! 


Egg muffins are essentially omelets filled with tasty vegetables and topped with cheese. Unlike omelets, egg muffins can be made ahead of time in large batches and warmed up on busy mornings. What’s even better is how versatile egg muffins are. You can use almost any vegetables you have in your fridge. The vegetables I find work best for egg muffins are spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions (can be sautéed ahead of time if preferred). You can choose to add meats such a ham, chicken, sausage or bacon. Experiment with different cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella, feta and even cottage cheese! When prepping breakfast muffins, the most important step to remember is spraying your muffin tray down with cooking spray OR using muffin liners - without these you’ll be left with a caked-on mess. To avoid scrubbing muffin tins, you can also try to bake the eggs in a greased 9x13 pan and cut into squares. 


Storage:

These will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days or 30 days in the freezer. Enjoy these cold or warm up in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. 


Pair with:

Eggs muffins go great with a piece of whole grain toast or ½ bagel and a glass of milk. 


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Whole Wheat Waffles


Who doesn’t love waffles? Waffles are a HUGE hit in my household, but what parent has the time to whip up a batch of waffles for breakfast on a busy morning? Certainly not me. 


Homemade waffles are great because they are cost saving, quick and you can control what ingredients go inside. For healthier waffles, use whole wheat flour which contains more vitamins and fibre. If your children are not used to whole wheat products, you can start by mixing 50% white and whole wheat flour. You can even try adding chopped apples or strawberries to the waffle mixture for an added boost of flavour and texture. 


Storage:

The next time you make waffles on the weekend, make a double batch, freeze them individually and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Pop the frozen waffles into the toaster on busy mornings. 


Pair with:

Top your waffles with peanut butter and slices of bananas or strawberries. Make them even more fun by making waffle sandwiches (which also make great school day lunches). 


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Overnight oats


Overnight oats are my all-time favourite ready to eat breakfast. They’re quick, healthy and let’s face it, much more fun than traditional hot oatmeal. 


Overnight oats are a combination of oats, milk and typically fruits - adding natural sweetness and extra nutrients. I also like adding chia seeds to my overnight oats to create a crunchy texture. The mixture sits overnight and in the morning you’re left with a rich, creamy and pudding like breakfast. Overnight oats is also incredibly versatile - search “overnight oats” and you’ll be left with an abundance of variations. Apple pie overnight oats. PB&J overnight oats. Pumpkin pie overnight oats. Banana coconut overnight oats. You get the picture. Have your children add their favourite fruit, seeds and nuts for an all round balanced breakfast. 


Storage:

Make a large batch of overnight oats ahead of time and portion into mason jars or plastic containers. These will keep in the fridge for up to 3-5 days. 


Pair with:

Overnight oats can be a complete and balanced breakfast depending on what toppings you choose. Try to include at least 1 serving of fruits with your overnight oats.  


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Breakfast Burritos 


Is anything more satisfying than a hearty burrito on a busy weekday morning? Burritos can be prepped, frozen ahead of time, and thrown into the microwave for a stress-free breakfast. 


I love breakfast burritos because you don’t really need a recipe. Scramble some eggs, saute some pepper, onion and spinach, and fill the whole wheat tortilla with tomatoes, cheese and refried or black beans. The biggest trick I have learnt while making breakfast burritos is to layer the ingredients strategically so the tortilla does not go soggy. Layer dry ingredients first (like the cheese) - this creates a barrier, preventing any excess moisture from reaching the tortilla. Another common mistake is adding the ingredients before they are cooled - the vegetables and scrambled eggs will steam, resulting in soggy wraps. 


Storage:

Prep a dozen breakfast burritos, wrap in aluminum foil and freeze in a single layer. After the burritos are frozen, transfer to a large plastic bag - these will keep for up to a month in the freezer. To reheat, remove the foil and heat on high for 2 minutes. 


Pair with:

Breakfast burritos go great with salsa and avocado. Pair with a glass of milk or a pod of yogurt. 


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Break out of your regular routine and try these tasty, nutritious and kid-friendly make-ahead breakfasts. 


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