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Meal Planning: Don’t Neglect Breakfast

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 9, 2010 @ 1:42 am In Freezer Cooking,Meal Planning | 38 Comments

[4]Breakfast Cookies [5]

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You know this. You’ve heard it since you were in elementary school and they made you watch animated nutrition movies. I know. I saw the same movies.

But, the early morning can be crunch time, whether you’re trying to catch the school bus, load up the carpool, or just get the ball rolling at your school-at-home. All too often moms and their families can skip breakfast or settle for less than the best when it comes to that first meal of the day.

Today we start school and I realized that in order to teach my children well, I’m going to need to hit the ground running. And that means staying a little ahead of the game, especially when mealtimes are concerned. I know that a good start on the morning will help the rest of the day have a chance at running smoothly.

This past Saturday, I spent a few hours (3 hours, 10 minutes, to be exact), prepping freezer meals [6] — for breakfast. Those who practice once-a-month cooking [7], don’t always think about cooking breakfast ahead of time, but it works wonderfully. Case in point:

In about three hours, complete with potty break and refereeing squabbles and locating wayward recipes, I produced the following:

5 dozen scones (Lemon-Blueberry and Maple-Oat [8])
20 instant oatmeal packets [9]
3 dozen whole grain cinnamon rolls [10]
32 chocolate butterhorns [11]
3 cinnamon twist loaves (experiment)
1 chocolate butter crown (experiment)
5+ cups cranberry-orange granola [12]

Obviously, these will provide the carbs for our breakfasts. I’ll add in fresh fruit, milk, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, and cheese sticks wherever it works. I’m hoping to limit our processed foods but at the same time, make breakfast more convenient.

[13]Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls [10]

My children tend to wake in shifts and often I have to choose between making the early birds wait or serving the late sleepers a cold breakfast. I think these breakfasts will provide versatility as well as a hearty first meal of the day.

Curious about freezer cooking? Consider purchasing my cookbook, Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook [14] from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your local bookstore. It’s chock full with over 200 freezer-friendly recipes, planning pages, shopping lists, cooking plans, and basic and advanced how-to’s to making freezer cooking work for any home, family, and lifestyle.

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[5] Breakfast Cookies: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/02/breakfast-cookies/

[6] prepping freezer meals: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/08/freezer-friendly-recipes.html

[7] practice once-a-month cooking: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/preparing-for-freezer-cooking.html

[8] Maple-Oat: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/maple-oat-heart-scones-they-work-for-me.html

[9] instant oatmeal packets: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html

[10] whole grain cinnamon rolls: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/whole-grain-cinnamon-rolls/

[11] chocolate butterhorns: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/chocolate-butterhorns-perfect-for-freezing-perfect-for-anytime.html

[12] cranberry-orange granola: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/12/ultimate-recipe-swap-food-gifts.html

[13] Image: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/08/meal-planning-dont-neglect-breakfast.html/flash-freezing-3

[14] Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1558327568/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1558327568&linkCode=as2&tag=oflwtf-20

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