I'm on a quest to transform our breakfast table.
I love feeding the family a hot, balanced breakfast before school, but it's become much more difficult with the new morning routine of this particular school year. It would be much easier to have a fend-for-yourself, carb-heavy, quicky breakfast when everyone is eating at different times, but that's not going to prepare them for the long days with lunch times up to 7 hours after breakfast.
A healthy, filling balance of food groups, fast and easy to serve, and kid-friendly are my three wishes when it comes to breakfast. I can achieve the healthy balance by preparing fruit and filling the fridge with milk, yogurt and juice on Sunday afternoon, but I don't want to spend my Sunday cooking and baking.
For the past few weeks I've been allowing myself 2-3 hour blocks in the kitchen for freezer cooking. I've added breakfast foods to my rotation that includes sessions based around specific proteins. (You'll remember I just finished a beef prep session.) Here I started with two double batches of my favorite Williams Sonoma biscuits.
Then I split the biscuits and tucked in a cooked, all-natural turkey sausage patty, courtesy of my local market.
I wrapped them in 3 and 4 packs in a fold top baggies and then a freezer bag. If I remember the night before I pop a baggie or two in the refrigerator to thaw. If not, it just takes a few seconds more to thaw them in the microwave. Heat thawed biscuits for about 30 seconds in the microwave, or about 1 minute in a toaster oven.
These sausage biscuits have already become a favorite with the kids, and the protein with the sausage helps them make it to lunch time without the distraction of a grumbling belly.
Any ideas on some other hearty make ahead breakfasts? We like a little variety around here!
Linked to: Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
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