Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Families on the Go

Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Families on the Go

Take back your mornings and start your days off right with these no-fuss breakfast ideas.


By: Lorraine Allen

Breakfast should be a time to sit down, connect with your family, and enjoy a healthy, delicious meal that fills you up so you can face the day full of energy. But busy parents know it’s hard to make that happen on a regular basis. For a simple solution, prepare hearty, delicious breakfasts – or at least partially prep them – ahead of time. In the same way you might lay out clothes the night before, or set up your coffee machine to brew automatically, taking a little extra time to prep breakfast before the morning rush is an easy way to streamline your schedule. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

1. 10-grain hot cereal or steel-cut oats. There are two convenient options for these hot cereals. You can prepare the quick-cooking (8 to 10 minutes) version the night before, refrigerate it and then reheat on the stove or in the microwave with a little milk or water. Or buy the original, slow-cooking version, which you can cook overnight in a slow cooker so it’s ready to eat as soon you wake up. Stir in some fresh or dried fruit and chopped nuts and you have a deliciously filling breakfast, rich in fiber and iron.

2. Bran, oat, or 10-grain muffins or breads. Make a quick-bread batter and load it up with fresh or dried fruit like bananas, berries, or raisins; stir in some chopped nuts if you like. Try to find recipes that call for buttermilk or plain yogurt for added nutrition and flavor. Bake and store in the fridge up to three days, or freeze individually wrapped slices up to a month. In the morning, simply thaw in the toaster or microwave and serve with yogurt and extra fruit.

3. Frittata or Spanish tortilla. Make these delicious scrambled egg dishes – loaded with potatoes and veggies – at night, then cool and refrigerate for a filling, savory breakfast. Reheat and serve with fruit and toast for a complete meal any morning.

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4. Homemade waffles. Yes, even these can be made ahead. Once cool, wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze in resealable plastic bags for up to a month. Make your favorite recipe even healthier by swapping buckwheat or whole wheat flour for some of the white flour. In the morning, just toast them up and add your favorite toppings.

5. Pancakes and crepes. These also taste great even when made ahead, and just like waffles, they freeze well. Warm them up in a toaster or a pan, drizzle with maple syrup and top with fruit, for a sweet, special, stress-free breakfast.

6. Breakfast potatoes. This is a great dish to make ahead when you have leftover baked or boiled potatoes from your dinner (you might even plan to have leftovers by making a little extra). Sweet potatoes make for a nice change, too. Slice or dice leftover cooked potatoes and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, cook them in a little butter or oil over medium heat until golden brown and crispy. Serve with fried or scrambled eggs. You’ll feel like it’s Sunday on any Monday morning!

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7. Sausages and bacon. A foolproof, high-protein, make-ahead treat. Cook fully, then cool and refrigerate up to three days. Reheat quickly in a pan or in the microwave – yum!

What great breakfast foods have you made ahead?


Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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