cook your sausage/bacon the day
before while you are making dinner- even if you are grilling, sausage and bacon
taste great cooked on the grill. Simply microwave to reheat in a minute or two
(also less cleanup in the morning or when you come home from work)
when I have time to bake, I make
2 of whatever and freeze the 2nd for another day. It takes about 5
minutes more to double a recipe.
frittatas- a crustless quiche-
put a layer of leftover meat, veggies and some cheese on the bottom of a pie
plate. Pour quiche filling (milk can be used instead of cream or half and half)
over top and bake. You can make a frittata a couple of days ahead and microwave
whole or as individual pieces.
stratas- basically sandwiches (pb&j,
ham, cheese, cream cheese and jam, etc.) with egg custard (4 eggs + 2 c milk+
seasonings) poured over it. Refrigerated overnight and baked the next day. Can
be assembled and baked a couple of days ahead. Reheats in the microwave nicely.
USE your bread machine. Whether
you set the timer to have hot fresh bread for breakfast or for a loaf to toast
or make French toast or a strata in the next day or two. There are quite a few
bread machine mixes on the market, but it only takes about 5 minutes to throw
together the ingredients, remembering to add some whole wheat flour to help get
the whole grains that we all need each day. My rule of thumb is to add at least
1/3 the amount of flour as whole wheat. You can add wheat germ, nutritional
yeast, soy flour, etc. to increase the protein content, as well. Another joy to
a bread machine is that even your kids can make the bread!
bagel sandwiches- nothing says
that you canít serve more than cream cheese with bagels. The other morning we
had BLT bagels for breakfast. Instead of mayo we used hummus- found in the deli
section of most groceries- it is a slightly spice chickpea spread that goes very
well with the bacon. You can substitute Canadian bacon if you are trying to cut
down on the saturated fats. We also use sausage patties and a variety of
veggies like onion, cucumber and tomato, shredded carrot and radishes.
wraps- very easy- flour tortillas
come in so many flavors today and you can wrap anything from different salads to
mini microwavable pizzas- who says these canít be breakfast foods? Make a very
large salad one day and wrap it for lunch the next day.
be organized- write a list of
menu ideas before going shopping. Try to stay a week ahead. Do the basic
organization for morning meals/snacks the night before. (such as stirring the
dry ingredients together and measuring the wet ingredients for pancakes).