If you’re like me, no matter how much planning you do, somehow the family meals seem to lack a bit of pizzazz and possibly even the ‘homemade-ness’ when I’m preparing for the Holidays. Especially when I’m the one in charge of theTurkeyand trimmings! But, this year I am determined that my family will not suffer while I’m cooking for Thanksgiving!!
So, this week I’m doing a 4-day series on easy homemade meals that you can prepare ahead of time or make on the fly with minimal prep work while you’re cooking the big turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.
As Mister Bull reminded us last week before his dental surgery, “Don’t they know breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” So today, we’ll start with Breakfast.
Homemade Poptarts – I use our Homemade Gluten Free Pizza Dough (or your own pizza dough) to make these. So easy to make ahead of time and you can make so many different “flavors” depending on your kids’ likes and dislikes!!
Homemade Breakfast Pockets – Make these with my Homemade Gluten Free Pizza Dough (or your own pizza dough) and fill them with your favorite breakfast food: hashbrowns, ham, bacon, eggs, sausage – whatever!! Easy to make ahead and freeze. Then just pull them out and heat them up when you’re ready to eat them!!
Homemade Breakfast Pizzas – simply make my Homemade Gluten Free Pizza Dough (or your own pizza dough) and top with breakfast foods: eggs, sausage, bacon, onions, peppers, cheese –YUM!!!!!
Easy Breakfast Casserole
1 lb sausage (we use turkey sausage & it works just fine, not as spicy)
1 onion chopped (or 3 TBSP minced onion, a dash of onion powder & onion salt)
1 green pepper chopped (optional)
1 c (or more) shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced white bread
8 eggs – beaten
2 ½ c milk (I use whole, but anything will work – even Lactaid!)
Combine sausage, onion & peppers in skillet. Cook & drain.
Line buttered 9×12 casserole dish with bread slices (usually takes about 6 slices). Spread sausage mixture on top of bread slices.
Combine eggs, milk, seasoned salt & black pepper. (I usually wisk them together to get them good & beaten.) Pour over sausage mixture. Top with shredded cheese. Cover dish & refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, heat oven to 325o and cook for 45 minutes.
Cut into squares & serve!!!
Cold Cereal is always an option and one that my kids seem to like quite frequently.
Homemade Oatmeal – even flavors!! This recipe gives you 60 packets for less than $4.00!!! Have them ready to whip out and make in an instant! Great for your older kids to have their “own” packets ready to go!! I’m definitely doing these this winter – my kiddos love oatmeal!!!
Homemade Frozen French Toast – simply pre-make a batch of French toast (I usually do an entire loaf of bread at once) and allow them to cool. Place 4-6 slices in a freezer bag and freeze. When you’re ready to eat them, simply place the slices in a toaster on a low setting. Sometimes I have to toast mine twice to completely thaw them out. DO NOT MICROWAVE them or they will just get soggy. The toaster (or even a toaster oven) does a nice job of making them not too soggy, but not crispy either. Put on a plate and serve with some warm maple syrup!!YUM!!!!
Homemade Frozen Pancakes – just like the French Toast, make these ahead and just pop them in the toaster (or toaster oven) when you’re ready to eat them! Takes some prep-work up front, but saves you tons of time in the morning!! This is a great gluten-free pancake option!!
Homemade Frozen Waffles – make your waffles using this recipe or your own favorite. And just like the French toast and pancakes, pop them in the toaster (or toaster oven) when you’re ready!! Easy to make and easy to serve just 1 or 2 at a time!! It’s perfect!!
Eggs – Most Sunday mornings I make scrambled eggs for my kids. They’re quick, easyAND they eat them! Sometimes I’ll change it up and add some bacon and shredded cheddar cheese to the eggs before they go in the skillet. It’s not only quick, but packed with nutrition and protein so they don’t get hungry at church! It’s one of our favorite breakfasts!!
Homemade Frozen Breakfast biscuits – You can pre-make these wonderful biscuits and freeze them, then just pull out when you want to eat!! I think I’m going to stock my freezer with these very soon!
Homemade Breakfast Cookies – these are so easy to make!! And since they make a large batch, you can just save the leftovers in a baggie for another day!
Homemade Breakfast Grilled Cheese – Okay, what kid doesn’t like grilled cheese? Simply change it up a bit and add some bacon and eggs in there with the cheese and voila! Don’t these look delicious?
Quick and Easy Bacon (in the oven) – this is a GREAT tip for those mornings when you just don’t have time to stand there and fry bacon for 30 minutes (or you just don’t want to make a mess with all that splattering). LOVE this idea!!!
Cinnamon Baked French Toast – I have made this casserole several times and it was a HUGE hit each time. Some prep work the night before, but it’s totally worth it when you take that first bite!!! I guess I’m gonna have to come up with a gluten-free option now. Hmmm…
These are just some of my favorite quick and easy breakfasts. You can find more breakfast options on my Breakfast Pinterest board and my Gluten-Free Pinterest board (it’s a mish-mash of GF recipes, but there are quite a few breakfast ones).
What’s your favorite Quick and Easy Breakfast recipe?
Thanks for stopping by today!! Be sure to join me the rest of the week for more Easy Homemade Recipes!!
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