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Subject: Could I prep this ahead of time (would you??)?
Date Posted: 1/2/2008 2:34 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2006
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Starting in this new year, I'm wanting to provide breakfast in the mornings. When I don't have something provided we tend to skip breakfast during the week and then are starving at lunch and eat too much, on weekends we eat too much junk food while waiting till lunch or dinner time. So I'm trying to circumvent these problems. I've been, for the last several months, providing a breakfast most weekend mornings. That has worked out VERY well and been a big hit.

Now to implement during the week. I will be having a rotating breakfast menu where we eat mostly the same things every day for a week. Sometimes we will be having bacon, ham, or sausage biscuits. And therein lies my question. I do not wish to cook meat in the mornings while I'm scrambling around trying to get everyone out the door. I'm thinking of making as much as I need on Sunday, assembling the biscuits, and then putting them in the fridge. I would reheat in the oven in the mornings. Less messy than making from scratch, and they can cook while I get other things ready.

How do you think this would work out? Are they going to last till Friday without going bad or getting icky? The one other thought I had is that I could cook on Sunday to last through Wednesday morning, and then on Wednesday evenings (I'm home alone that night.) cook to get us through the rest of the week. This isn't really my preference though.

Thoughts? Other suggestions?? TIA!

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 4:36 PM ET
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I would make up a bunch, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and freeze them.  Then, each evening, take out enough portions for the next morning to thaw in the refrigerator.  I assume that you are heating them up in the microwave anyway, so even if they weren't completely thawed, you should be ok when you go to reheat them.  This, of course, really all depends on what all you have on the biscuits- sausage, ham, bacon, and eggs should freeze fine, but if you plan to put cheese on them, I wouldn't do it before freezing- wait until it's time to serve.  You can always pre-slice the cheese and keep it in the fridge, so that all you have to do is grab a slice and stick it on there.

Pancakes also freeze beautifully, and microwave quickly.  You can make a ton of them on the weekend and then freeze them between layers of wax paper in a tightly-sealed freezer bag.  Muffins freeze well too, and if you use whole wheat flour and/or oats, they are healthy too.  I have found a lot of good recipes on the Quaker oats website.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 5:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2006
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I'm new to this forum, but let me jump in and commend you for taking on this extra work!

Let me offer a couple of hints:

cook up a lb of bacon in the oven on baking sheets, only about halfway, then freeze. Pull out a few strips each morning, and finish in the  microwave or pan. My daughter now eats turkey bacon during the week, which keeps very well, and only takes a minute in the micro.

Pancakes and Waffles both freeze very well, as others have mentioned, and its way cheaper and healthier to make your own. Once again, I lay them out in one layer on a baking sheet, freeze, then stack them in a zipper top bag, freeze the bacon this way, too.

This works for biscuits and many muffins too.

I'd make the eggs fresh, but that's just me. I really try to get more baking/cooking done on my day off, then stack up the freezer with baked goods and cookie dough, and make a roast, stew, soup, or grilled chicken breasts to turn into fast meals during the week. I really feel good the weeks that I actually get this done.

Hope that helps.....

Elizabeth

 

Date Posted: 1/2/2008 6:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2006
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Thanks Lesley. Maybe freezing is the way to go. I'm thinking they will just have biscuit with meat on it - no egg or anything, though we can sprinkle some already shredded cheese on top as we grab it to go if we want. We'll be reheating in the oven - we don't use a microwave.

I've got pancakes, muffins, and waffles, and other things, in the rotation as well. But I figured the biscuits would be a nice change too. :) Thanks for your help!

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Editing: Thanks for your help too, Elizabeth. Looks like I'll try the freezing method. I think that will still help a bunch. They can just reheat in the oven while I get other things ready and then we can grab 'em and go! You've got a great point on homemade freezer waffles and pancakes (and french toast sticks :) )... they are SOOOO much better, and better for you, I don't think I could ever go back to store bought. yick.

I'm feeling so energized and prepared for this year - I have breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned for the entire year. :) WITH grocery list!



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Date Posted: 1/2/2008 9:52 PM ET
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I don't know if it's part of the plan, but I make breakfast burritos and freeze them in batches.  They usually have scrambled egg, sausage, green peppers and shredded cheese.  Straight from the freezer, I microwave each for two minutes with a paper towel or dishcloth on top.

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 3:10 PM ET
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I used to make breakfast egg muffins - english muffin with fried egg, slice of cheese and slice of ham. I would freeze them in packs of two and then microwave them. turned out great! will have to do that again also. Thanks for reminding me!!

Date Posted: 1/3/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I dont eat meat in the mornings (well when I wake up at least) cause it doesnt settle well with me after not eating for at least 8 hours. What I do is usually have some fruit and yogurt or cereal sometimes I put chopped walnuts in my yougurt for some crunch. You can heat up some milk in the microwave then pour it onto say shredded wheat to get a hot meal in the morning. Or you could try cream of wheat. Its pretty easy once you get the hang of it and its yummy with a little butter and milk (maybe sugar depending on your mood) or you could do oatmeal. Both come in instants too. I know this doesnt actually answer your question but I figure more tips on things to eat for breakfast would be helpful:D