Breakfast can be a rough meal of the day. You know it’s good for you and your family to eat a good breakfast each morning, but getting it together can be a tough job to tackle.
Freezer cooking can save the day!
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see what great breakfasts you can pull off if you do some prep work ahead of time. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
- Make a Your Own Baking Mixes – Having homemade baking mixes at the ready helps my mornings go so much more smoothly. And they free me up to be more creative, like with these Coconut-Lime Muffins with Chocolate Chips. Just mix up the wet team, dump in the dry goods and stir in some mix-ins. Yum!
- Prepare Your Own Instant Oatmeal – My kids love this stuff, especially the three younger ones. I make a million little packets of homemade instant oatmeal, and breakfast for the early birds is ready before my coffee is. (We have had recent issues with salt lumps, so make sure you mix it well before serving.)
- Enjoy Cinnamon Roll Convenience Without the Can – Homemade Cinnamon Rolls are a household staple at our house since Amy taught me how to make them to freeze. Brilliant! I keep a bag of cinnamon rolls in the freezer at all times. I use this same flash freezing method for Chocolate Butterhorns as well as Raspberry-Blueberry Scones. Oh my!
Here’s a run-down of my breakfast freezer meals this month:
Over the course of the last couple days, my kitchen has seen some action. FishChick came down with a fever and my mom was here for a visit, so I didn’t do the concentrated all day cooking thing, but tackled things in fits and spurts.
- Assembly-line mix-making resulted in the following: Instant Oatmeal Packets, Mix and Match Muffin Mix, Biscuit Mix, Brownie Mix, and Pancake Mix
- I found a loaf of Texas Toast on markdown at Sprouts so I baked up some Oven French Toast. I cooled it on a wire rack and then put it in the freezer in a 2-gallon freezer bag. I made some slices whole and cut others in half. I’ve got teenage boy eaters and itty-bitty, birdy girl eaters. So, now each has his or her own size.
- I love having both a bread machine and a KitchenAid! I got both those babies doing double duty and made double batches of both Cinnamon Rolls and Chocolate Butterhorns. I flash froze them on every tray I own and then once they were solid, moved them to freezer bags.
- Lastly, me and my food processor joined forces to make a huge batch of Raspberry Blueberry Scones. These are so good! I cannot imagine what they would be like if I used heavy cream like the original recipe I tweaked says.
All I can say is that breakfast oughta be suh-weet around here in the coming weeks!
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