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Feb 24, 2013 12:15 PM

Pre-made breakfast ideas, only microwave/toaster heat up

I've been trying to find new ways to make tasty breakfasts ahead of time, so I can simply bring it to work and heat up in either the microwave or toaster.

-No additional cooking, no supervision.
-Healthy solutions that amount to more than a yogurt+granola, or cereal+milk.
-Something that is relatively hearty. Eggs, cheese, vegetables, sausage, some sort of bread, etc.
-I'm completely open to and prefer making things from scratch. I can make my own sausage, bread, etc.. I have time to cook on the weekends, but none on the weekday workdays.

A cool one I found was corn tortilla in a muffin pan, filled with a egg+cheese mixture. This could be freezed/refrigerated ahead of time, and would be great for heating up on the fly.

Please share any tips or ideas, I'd love to try them out!

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  1. My sons love breakfast burritos, which I make ahead and freeze. I scramble eggs, cook crumbled sausage, and cook hashbrowns. Then I mix it all together, add shredded cheese, and wrap the mixture up in tortillas. Onions and peppers would be good additions.

    I make and freeze breakfast sandwiches -- sausage and cheese on English muffins, biscuits with ham or cheese.

    All of the above can be reheated in the microwave.

    Quiche can be made ahead and frozen. I have been wanting to try freezing some kind of breakfast pizza.

    1. Here are somethings in our rotation. Some involve cooking the eggs in the microwave. If thats too much you can do the whole thing in advance.

      Use a muffin tin to make mini quiches and frittatas. The variety of filling are endless-veggie, cheese, meats. Let cool, pop out and freeze.

      Sausage rolls (like pigs in blanket). Good breakfast sausage, a slice of cheese wrapped in bread dough. Bake and then freeze.

      Make your own breakfast sandwiches. My son loves these for early monring hockey games, I love them because the taste guilty but are not at all. Whole wheat toasted English muffins layered with Canadian bacon, cheese and egg. Eggs are made in advance using a cookie cutter. If you prefer fried make the eggs directly in the cutter. Otherwise make essentially a huge omelet and then cut out english muffin sized rounds. You can freezer the individual sandwiches wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and then reheat in the microwave.

      Egg and cheese cups. These are best made fresh so they might be too much work for what you are looking for but you could cook at home and the night before and just reheat. Spray a ramekin with cooking spray. Put some salsa at the bottom, crack and egg over the salsa, sprinkle with good cheddar. Micro until the egg is too your liking. You can also beat the eggs for a more scrambled consistency. I usually assemble at home and bring the ramekin, tightly wrapped to work and cook there.

      Egg florentine cups. As above but with sautéed spinach. Also great with sautéed mushrooms.

      Ham and cheese cups. Line muffin tins with sliced ham, crack and egg into it, top with cheese and bake. Let cool, pop out and freeze.

      I make huge batches of whole wheat flax waffles and freeze for my own "Eggos". These are great with almond butter. This works great for frozen french toast and pancakes too,

      Breakfast oatmeal cookies. There are tons of recipes on the web. I make mine chock full of nuts and dried fruits. Good protein and fiber.

      If you like savory for breakfast I make mini meatloaves with beef veal and pork. I use ground oatmeal instead bread for fiber and add shredded cheese to mixture. These are great reheated in the micro. Use the toaster for some good bread and you have a great meatloaf sandwich. My husband would eat that as a breakfast sandwich every day.

      I know you said no yogurt/granola but I make yogurt parfaits. I use those glass containers with tight lids and make layers of yogurt, dried fruits, granola and fruit butters. Pretty and filling.

      1. Cold - Flatbread rollups - spread with peanut butter & honey (could also add sliced banana)

        Warm or cold - Flatbread or tortilla rollups - spread with cream cheese, layer thin-sliced ham.

        Make & freeze waffles - reheat in toaster. Microwave bacon, reheat in microwave.

        1. We've really been enjoying a quinoa porridge that you can season any way you want. I've been using cinnamon and cardamom. I make a big batch on Sunday, then just reheat in the am with some vanilla almond milk (or whatever milk you like) add blueberries and toasted almonds. Hearty and healthy, but a nice change from eggs!

          1. Others already mentioned making your own breakfast sandwiches. I have done this, I used this recipe to make chicken sausage patties:

            I would freeze them and then pull out 5 at a time on Sundays and build my sandwiches (I did not use egg, just whole grain english muffins and cheese) and then wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge. Then I could just grab and go. I would unwrap the plastic at work, then wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds.