Meal prep breakfast ideas to help you feed your family breakfast whether you are on the go or eating at home. Make a breakfast meal plan, stock up on make-ahead meals and enjoy a new breakfast routine.
Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. Making breakfast on busy mornings is hard. Whether you work at home, out of the home, or are a stay-at-home parent – getting a filling healthy breakfast in your family’s tummies is hard. If you’re a mom or dad who wants to give the kids (and yourself) nutritious and delicious breakfasts, here are a few ideas that might make the meal prep process go smoother and faster.
Meal Prep Breakfast Ideas
Make a Breakfast Meal Prep Plan
On busy mornings it is imperative to have a plan. You make a plan for dinner, so why not one for breakfast, too? A breakfast meal plan can make the usual morning hassles much smoother. You’ll feel better all day because you know you and your family got the fuel they needed to perform the best they can – whether in school, at home, or on the job.
You can use the same ideas for breakfast from the free menu planning guide that you use for dinner. Grab your free planner below. It will help you create a meal plan system for any meal of the day.
Stock Up on Paper and Plastic for Breakfast Only
Just like you pack lunches the night before, plan to make breakfast ahead of time as well. If you often eat breakfast on the go, gather some well-made disposable storage containers and bags. Try to keep things simple and disposable. You do not want to worry about both lunch and breakfast containers.
If you eat breakfast at home, use paper plates, paper cups, and plastic silverware so you don’t have to come home later to a sink full of breakfast dishes. Yes, even a stay-at-home parent gets tired of doing dishes all day long. Give yourself permission to start the day off without a sink of dirty dishes to deal with.
Meal Prep and Cook Breakfast Ahead of Time
The biggest difference between a breakfast meal prep and dinner meal prep is time. You generally will have more time to cook dinner than breakfast. The trick is to cook breakfast ahead. An evening or a day (depending on the prep times for recipes) should be all you need to prep breakfast.
Breakfast meal prepping may consist of boiling grains such as oatmeal. Wash and prep fruits so they are easy to set out in the morning. Cooking some complete breakfasts in advance means you aren’t just grabbing toast or cereal every morning. Find a good variety of recipes and prepare them ahead like:
- Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats with Almond Milk can be made in a container that’s ready to go the next morning.
- Mini Crustless Quiche and Cheesy Baked Bacon Egg Cups Recipe can be made, frozen, and reheated in the microwave or a toaster oven.
- Use your slow cooker to make Slow Cooker French Toast.
- Pancakes can easily be made ahead (breakfast for dinner, anyone?), frozen, and reheated. Try baking pancakes on a rimmed baking sheet for faster cooking.
- Fresh Blueberry Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping can be made ahead of time and then sliced up in the morning.
- Egg, Sausage, and Cheese Easy Breakfast Empanadas are made using canned crescent rolls.
Muffins are your breakfast best friend. They are easy to whip up, freeze and serve. Try blueberry muffins, banana muffins, Orange Cranberry Muffins, or Spiced Carrot Muffins. You could also try Peach Bread Baked in Jars for on-the-go breakfast.
Use your blender to whip up delicious fruit smoothies using fresh fruits such as bananas, mango, and blueberries. Add extra nutritional value with veggies such as cucumber and yogurt or coconut milk to make it creamy.
Store bought bagels are a versatile breakfast choice. Make or add spreads to enhance the flavor and nutritional value or add an egg, spinach, and bacon to make it tasty and filling. You can even make Homemade Lox for a ton of added protein.
Breakfast Meal Prep with Your Waffle Maker
If you happen to have time to make breakfast in the mornings, you can use your waffle maker to make more than just waffles.
You can make omelets right in your waffle with this Waffle Omelet Recipe. Choose the veggies, meats, and cheeses that your family likes best. These can also be made ahead of time and frozen, then reheated.
If you like hashbrowns at breakfast but don’t want to stand around baby-sitting them on a griddle, Cook Hash Browns in a Waffle Maker.
If you really love waffles but don’t have time to prep them in the morning, try making Overnight Yeast Waffles. The batter is made the night before, refrigerated and then you cook fresh waffles in the morning.
Just like a dinner meal plan and prep, breakfast meal prep is a must to make your days easier.