It may be cold outside, but February is National Hot Breakfast Month making it the perfect time to serve up a hot meal each morning to start your day cozy and warm! The reality is with morning mayhem taking over most houses with young kids, it can feel daunting to cook up a hot breakfast. It takes time just to feed the kids, let alone cook something fresh!
This month, we’ve rounded up three breakfast recipes that you can make ahead and store in the freezer to make mornings easy and breakfast delicious! Each recipe yields multiple meals and has the ease of being able to swap out ingredients for vegetarian or gluten free to meet your family’s dietary needs.
Egg McMuffin “Copycat” Sandwiches
If you’ve got some McDonalds lovers in the house, these freezer breakfast sandwiches are going to be a hit! Great for the kiddos and your budget!
▢2 tablespoons milk
▢1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper
▢12 slices cooked bacon, sausage patties or canadian bacon
▢12 English muffins
▢12 slices cheddar cheese
Instructions: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees, and grease a 9×13 pan. Next, whisk your eggs, milk, salt and pepper together, pouring into your pan and baking for 20 minutes. Let your pan cool and slice your eggs into 12 squares. Carefully top your sliced english muffins with the rest of your ingredients to assemble your sandwiches! Wrap each one individually in foil or wax paper and store in a freezer safe container or resealable bag.
Reheat & Serve: After unwrapping your sandwich, wrap it in a paper towel and place in the microwave for 40 seconds on each side until warmed through. If using the oven, 350 for about 15 minutes.
Are you ready for why this recipe is one of the best ones on our list? They are perfectly portable, making mornings where you’re running late a little simpler if your kids need a hot breakfast they can grab and go.
▢ 2 cups frozen tater tots
▢ 2 tablespoons olive oil
▢ Sausage or bacon crumbles
▢ 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
▢ ¼ cup milk
▢ Salt and pepper, to taste
▢ 8 8-inch flour tortillas
▢1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
▢ 1 bag of frozen “fajita mix” (onions & peppers)
Instructions: Pan fry sausage or bacon crumbles, and set aside. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Once cooked, combine your meat and scrambled egg mixture. Lay out your tortillas, sprinkle cheese on each one and spoon servings of your mixture on top. Have your foil cut into small squares laid out on your counter and roll up a burrito in each one. Freeze your burritos in a single layer, so they don’t lose their shape.
Reheat & Serve: Unwrap and place a burrito on a plate. Microwave for 4 minutes or until heated through, turning once. If using the oven, 350 for 20 minutes.
French Toast Casserole
Traditionally, casseroles are a popular comfort food and make a great hearty breakfast option, but can be a little time consuming. This make ahead option can be thrown together, waiting in your freezer for the perfect chilly morning.
▢ 6 slices Texas toast bread
▢ 3/4 cup milk
▢ 6 oz evaporated milk (1/2 can)
▢ 3 eggs
▢ 1 teaspoon cinnamon
▢ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
▢ 1/4 cup butter
▢ 1/2 cup brown sugar
▢ 1 tablespoon maple syrup
▢ 1 tablespoon evaporated milk
▢ 1/2 cup oats
Instructions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and grease an 8×8 pan (can use a disposable option). Mix together milk, eggs, evaporated milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Next, break apart your bread into small chunks, and fold into the bowl of milk and egg mixture, soaking the bread completely. Pour the mixture into your pan, and set aside. Mix your remaining ingredients together for the topping, and sprinkle over the entire pan. Wrap with plastic wrap tightly, and then cover with foil and place in your freezer.
Reheat & Serve: Unwrap your pan, recover with foil and place the frozen pan into the oven for 55 minutes, taking the foil off after the first 20 minutes. Once the topping is golden brown, you can remove and let cool. Serve with syrup, fresh fruit or whipped cream!