Tuesday, July 31, 2012

25 Make Ahead Back to School Breakfast Ideas

breakfasts that can be made a head, freezer cooking

Back to School is coming and I need help getting organized and prepared.   If you need help getting organized check out  Back to School Organization and then My Back to School Organization. In My Back to School Organization I share how I took the ideas from Back to School Organization and applied the ideas to my home. I then did a post on Sandwich-less Lunches which I am really looking forward to getting started on.  I feel I have some variety in there and they should be much healthier than Banquet meals.  

My next big dilemma that I needed to work on was BREAKFAST.  The most important meal of the day and usually the one that gets skipped. I want to be intentional this year so I went on a search to try and find some breakfasts that I could make ahead and freeze.  I found 21 Make Ahead breakfast's  that I could  freeze with 4 that would be very quick to make the night before or in the morning.  I don't know about you but we get sick of toast and peanut butter everyday so we need to shake it up! Here are my finds:

One of my very favorite McDonalds breakfast item is the McGriddle.  I rarely have them because the calorie count is so high. I going to make these and try them.  Yum!!!

Egg McMuffin

The classic Egg McMuffin.  Like these too.

Bacon Egg Cups
  NO Carbs. Score! although my bacon will be cooked more.

Sausage Egg McMuffin
Like these as well.  You could even substitute a biscuit for the English muffin.

Silver Dollar Pancake Sandwich
Ok, I can't say like these too on  every recipe, that wouldn't be very good blog writing.  I think I'd like these better if they had the little pieces of sweet in them like the McGriddle.

Silver Dollar Pancake and Sausage Sandwiches

Breakfast Burritos
I have made and froze breakfast burritos for years.  These are good.

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Baked Egg in Ham Cup

I could never eat the egg prepared this way, but that's the beauty of being able to cook it anyway you like it. My sons would probably love it.

Bird's Nest Breakfast Cup

I want to try these. I love crispy hash browns.

Breakfast Quiches

You could also cook these with out the rolls if you didn't want the carbs.  Pillsbury might not like it.

Breakfast Quiches to Go

I don't think I'd add the salami and olives but I love spinach and eggs and tomatoes together.  My boys wouldn't touch it but if you're making a dozen of them you could  custom make 3 or 4 for each person..  
Muffuletta Quiche Cups

Mini Frittata
These are nice to use up any veggie left overs on hand.

Egg Muffins
No carbs, lots of protein

Egg "Muffins"

Breakfast Pizza
I used to make these all the time, years ago.  We loved them.  Gotta get back on these. We would have them for supper.

Breakfast Pizza Recipe

Sausage Casserole

I have made these and froze them.  Really good. No carbs.

Bacon Pancakes

These look fun!  I think kids would really like them.


Breakfast Quesadilla

I love quesadillas but I've never had a breakfast one.  Probably similar to breakfast burritos.

No Bake Easy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
These look yummy.  They would be a grab and go breakfast.  I will probably add a scoop or two of protein powder to the dry ingredients.

granola bars final 1

I LOVE muffins!  I rarely make them.  But if I made them and froze them, I'd eat them a lot.  Check these out.  Don't they say fall! mmm.... muffin and a good coffee.

Magic Muffin

Here's some more muffins with a healthier twist.  I'm going to add protein powder in my dry ingredients so that we have that extra protein.

Apple Sandwiches
I know this isn't a make and freeze meal but you could whip these up pretty quick.  And they are GREAT!  I shared this link in my Beach and Boating snacks post.

Banana Roll Ups
This also couldn't be made and froze.  My boys wouldn't eat a whole wheat tortilla so we will use a flour one. But you could whip those up the night before or in the morning.

Make your Own Oatmeal Packets

This is a great idea and better than the store bought ones.

Make Your Own Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt
This is another great idea.  You could make it up the night before so it's ready for the morning.  I love them stored in the 1/2 pint jars.

Let's make this a GREAT school year!!  Even if you don't have school kids these would be great for you as well.  If you enjoyed this post why don't you subscribe via FacebookRSS Feed or Email so you don't miss anything.  


Amy L said...

I am loving your 'Back to School' posts right now. My kids do not go back for about a month, but it is about time for me to think about organizing that routine again.
Also, just wanted you to know that I tagged you in a blog post today.
~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

twelve-O-eight said...

I am thinking breakfast for dinner after reading this, yummy!!! What great ideas, thank you:)

Hugs, Tanya

Caly said...

Peanut butter and jelly is actually pretty decent for breakfast, and is easily frozen. I buy one loaf of bread specifically for this purpose. I spread peanut butter on every single slice, assembly line style -- about 1 teaspoon on each piece. Then, only on 50% of the pieces (half) I spread a thin layer of all-fruit jam of some kind. Sandwich them together. The specific reason you want PB on every slice is that you want the jam *between* the layers of PB. I keeps the jam from getting the bread damp or sodden. I then put every sandwich in a wax bag, and put all the wax bags bake into the bread bag, and freeze it. Every morning I take one out (or the night before). They defrost very, very quickly. Certainly by lunch or a late breakfast. It's a perfect freezer staple and you know, no matter what, if you forget your breakfast or lunch, you've got a sack of PBJ sandwiches are thawed in 20-30 min tops (long enough to take a shower and get dressed, or, when you get to work, it's thawed by mid-morning and perfect at lunch. Very inexpensive when compared to uncrustables.

Karri Reiser said...

Great ideas Barb, Jacob's 1st day at his new school is tomorrow and we now have a bit of a commute so it's going to be early mornings. Make a head breakfast ideas are perfect, especially the ones he can eat in the car on the way to school. Thanks for sharing

Natalie said...

Oh my - what fantastic ideas Barb - thank you so much for doing this series - I'm giving this a shoutout on my FB page http://www.facebook.com/pages/NorthShore-Days/235617543185297
hugs Nat

Barb@Secondchancetodream.com said...

Caly, Thank you! Peanut Butter and Jelly is a great idea and freezing it is so smart. Thanks for sharing. Barb

Amy Rogers said...

I found your blog through the blog hop. I have been doing a little googling on this very thing recently since I'm about to enter the nursing program and need something quick in the morning with the idea of being able to freeze this. Thank you for this post!!


Kalyn Denny said...

Great post; thanks for including my egg muffins! (When I taught school I used to eat them in the car on the way there!)

Full Circle Creations said...

These are all wonderful breakfast ideas. I really need to make and freeze some of these because breakfast does get skipped around here. Thanks for sharing.


Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

These would be great for mornings before work at our house! Thanks for sharing it and now I'm hungry!

Cerys @ Blogging with kids said...

Just discovered your blog via pinterest and it's full of wonderful ideas - we're hosting our first blog carnival over at Blogging with Kids "Schools Days" and would love for you to submit some of your amazing back to school posts.

The Long Awaited Home said...

I really needed a post like this. I am so out of ideas for breakfast. Following your blog now and looking forward to more great ideas!

Jessi Wohlwend said...

Ooh yum, what a great roundup! We don't have any kids going back to school, but these would be great for my hubs and I to take to work with us in the morning too. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

Deana said...

What a great post I would love for you to stop by and link up @ CountryMommaCooks Link and Greet party going on now-Mon..........have a wonderful weekend : )

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

I am making Breakfast egg in a ham cup tomorrow-and it's not even a school day! Thanks so much for putting this list together and I am pinning it for a few weeks from now:) If you get a sec I would be jazzed if you stopped by and linked up at my party {Get Schooled Saturday} going on right now!
Kim @ Too Much Time

Tiffani said...

Thanks for gathering all these ideas in one place! Do you think the bacon for the bacon egg cups could be precooked a bit (but not till crispy) before putting it in the muffin cups?

Misty Marie said...

New follower... Brilliant post! My hubs goes to work before any of us wake up and this is PERFECT! Thank you!
Misty @ http://monkeysandtutus.blogspot.com

Krista @ While He Was Napping said...

What a great collection! Those all look delish! I am so not a morning person and these will be really nice to have on hand. Thanks for sharing!

Wrenne said...

You could mix maple syrup in your pancake batter for the McGriddle

Laura Cyra said...

I love all the healthy breakfast alternatives compared to out of the box! Thanks for linking up :)

Karri Reiser said...

Perfect timing sharing this on my Our Favorite Things Link Party - My Jacob started school last week and I'm already out of cereal.
Thanks for sharing.

Ang said...

Hi there. I am so thank full that I found you. I have just made the Egg Muffins and am so happy with the result. I have done a post on my own blog about them and have mentioned you in it of course. I hope that's ok with you. Thanks again. I can't wait to further explore your blog and try some more recipes. :-)

Melissa said...

All of your make ahead recipes look so good! =)
Im kind of partial to the biscuits and pizza...yummmmm!

Im a new follower!

Herz und Heide said...

This looks so delicious! I love hot breakfast but in Germany we usually eat bread and some spread. Scrambled eggs and pancakes are for special days mostly. Now that my hubby is on his maternity leave (what is this called for the daddies?) - he is home one month so we can spend time together as a family - we have special breakfast more often.
Thank you so much for that yummy collection!

Reini from Germany

Marcie said...

Yummy! I think I need to go make me some breakfast now. Thanks so much for sharing all your great ideas on "I Gotta Try That" You have a great day Barb!

Anonymous said...

Those are some great ideas! My girls start back to school next week, and then I start classes the week after, and I really want to plan ahead on our meals. Unfortunately, I have one that can't have eggs, but the rest of us will have to try those!

The Thriftiness Miss said...

Wow such a great round up! I find myself serving the same old same old for breakfast A LOT! My family thanks you for all these awesome breakfast ideas :)

Thanks for linking up to our Weekend Wonder link party. Hope to see you again on Thursday.

Tara Broman said...

I love these ideas! Thanks so much for posting! One question...on the Magic Muffin Mix ~ is it really 1 cup of stevia?

Cheerios and Lattes said...

These ideas are great! I showed my husband and he loved some of the ideas! Thanks for sharing these on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back again with more great ideas!

Heidi Fowler said...

What a great idea. I only wish my kids would try the variety! They're cereal lovers. (At least it's healthy cereal, though!) Thanks for linking up at One Creative Weekend.

Jenn @ My Not So Glamorous Life said...

This is such a fabulous post!! I want to try almost every single recipe you shared :)
Thank you for sharing! I'm a new follower, looking forward to reading up on your posts!

Karri Reiser said...

Hi Barb,
I featured you post this week. Thanks to much for sharing.

Dori said...

Another good one that you can freeze is Breakfast Bubble Biscuits. http://richestoragsbydori.blogspot.com/2012/03/stuffed-breakfast-bubble-biscuits.html

They are stuffed with eggs, hashbrown, cheese and bacon and can be frozen. Easy to make too! Love the ideas you posted.

Miss Kitty said...

YUM-EEEE! These all look delicious! My fav one (and I have never seen before) is the pancake batter over bacon. I saw your fun post over at the CSI Back to School Project.

The Educators Spin On It said...

Breakfast is so hard for my little one to eat before school since we're out there door so early. thanks for all these great resources. I've shared in our on Pinterest Recipe Board. http://pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/recipes/

KG said...

Thank you sooooo much for these ideas. I just made a little dry-erase menu board for my daughter for breakfast because she has become so picky in the morning. I think in part she is just tired. Anyway, these will be fabulous and healthy additions I never would have thought to try!

www.whatmattersmostnow.com said...

Wow! This is just what I was looking for Barb! We start school in two days and I was dreading the return to having to prepare faster breakfasts in the morning. At the end of last year's school year, I found myself whipping up smoothies day after day and the kids were starting groan a bit, missing hot cooked breakfasts. I am going to become a new follower! Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love this post!!! I am always searching for ideas for breakfast and this is PERFECT!!! Thank you for sharing! I will pin this AND become a regular follower of your blog!


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Amisy Food Machine said...

Yummy, yummy, yummy...It is the recipe I am looking for! It looks so tasty and healthy! I'd like to do it right now!

Anonymous said...

These are great recipe ideas. I'm always looking for healthy ideas for kids. http://www.chatterblock.com/blog/sf-bay-area/healthy-kids/

Leah Hardt said...

I never thought to put the peanut butter on *both* pieces of bread. Brilliant! My kids are definitely not fans of the soggy jelly bread. Gonna try this!!

Ursula Rosien said...

Hi! Visiting from The Thriftiness Miss party! I totally need to make some make ahead breakfasts. Unfortunately my middle boy is allergic to eggss.
Anyway, I'm pinning your content ;)
Ursula, blogger at
{a journal of modern crafts}

Evie Dawson said...

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients that increase concentration in the classroom and leas leads to healthy life. These post look awesome! I might have to try your quick banana roll ups in the morning. : )

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