Filling breakfasts that can be made in advance

So we are back to live school (for now) - day 2. Ours has a mask mandate, and kids are encouraged to take their lunches outside. Which is fine. But mine came home yesterday and said he was STARVING by the time lunch rolled around. Typically they would be permitted to bring snacks to class, but the mandate means they can’t take them off in the building.

Anyway, the kid ate a breakfast at 730am and his lunch was for 1230. I’m wondering what we can make on the weekends in bulk, freeze, and then he can take them out in the mornings and give them a quick nuke and eat. But it must be filling. More so than a bowl of cereal.

So far we already have made and frozen some breakfast burritos. Chorizo, pepper, onion, egg, refried bean, potato.

I’m also thinking little frittatas baked in a muffin tin. Btw, if you’ve made these, will a regular size tin hold 2 eggs plus cheese and veg? Or only 1? And what’s the baking temp/time?

I suppose I could do muffins, but my own stomach doesn’t hang on to fullness with just starch and sugar.

Other thoughts? Thanks!!!

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In my limited experience only 1 - you’ll have to play around with it. On the bright side, I found these better cooled off than right out of the oven. My notes say “Overall, super easy, pretty tasty and might be excellent with more scallions (or sautéed leeks), some salt, maybe prosciutto and a much heavier coating of Peccorino. OTOH it makes it sort of too easy to eat a lot of eggs and cheese.” But I am not an active kid who probably DOES need to eat lots of eggs and cheese. :slight_smile:

If it appeals, I find that steel-cut oats have lots of staying power and you can make a big batch and reheat all week, no problem. You could also make small containers of preferred add-ins up ahead to speed things on weekday mornings.

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I will play with that recipe - thank you.

As for oats, would that translate to non-steel cut as well? We always buy the large quaker 2 bag at costco. Frankly, I’m not sure he loves oats. But maybe, given the right toppings. The one downside being - unlike a handheld, he can’t keep eating it while he runs to the bus :slight_smile:

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Definite downside!

Funny because it’s day 2 of school, which means he is waking up 50 minutes before he has to leave the house. Lots of time for a sit down meal. However, my experience with him and the older kid is that by week 4, they’re waking up 15 minutes before rushing out, and everything is a tornado and chaos for that 15 minutes.

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I am old. One of the ways I know this is that when I was a kid we all sat down together for cooked breakfast before school (and work for my parents) every single day. My mother, who was a teacher and had to leave before we did, cooked it every single day. I look back and wonder how the heck she did it and also WHY?? Just goes to show that some things have improved since the old days…

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My picky Spring Onion loves these. They are very easy to make after you do it once and figure out your process. They’re too eggy for my taste, but he needs all the fat and protein that he can get - he’s such a skinny mini. I imagine they would freeze well if you make a big batch. And they are definitely easy to take on the run.

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What about beefed up overnight oats? I realize not portable but you can add in peanut butter (or other nut butter) for some extra oomph.

Or, egg sandwiches? Overhard egg or scrambled, a meat or mashed up avocado, cheese? On whole wheat bagel, pita, English muffin might help add to the fullness.

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Here’s an old thread with some things I’ve tried.

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Oooh - sounds like a must try. And your timing is ideal too, since we just sent my older one, who is nut allergic, to college. If he’s out of the house, I can cook/bake with nuts and with abandon. With nutty abandon :). And they’d provide filling protein which is perfect.

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I was thinking of the egg sandwich. Or the ham and cheese on an english muffin sandwich. Just wondered whether I could freeze them 6-8 at a time, and then they could be nuked. I can’t really afford the time each morning to get up and make one (work starts by 8am) and neither can he…

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This suggests the answer is yes. Annoying site but seems like good info.

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I think these were from the year-of-the-egg bites.



I think some involved a puff pastry shell in a large muffin cup.

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Perfect - thank you. I have some weekend projects!

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They look delectable. I’ll have to ask the kid if he prefers with or without a starchy/pastry shell. I’ve heard of some nuts idea too like pouring in a little bisquick after adding the liquids to the muffin tins along with the other b’fast bits. So weird. But weird could be could. Not that we have any bisquick. Not a shortcut we use.

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Wow, those look so good @shrinkrap!

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Thank you both! The egg bites did not look attractive, so I tried a lot of things.

Not sure if it would sell to your son, but I am a hater of sweet cereals. Therefore, I add savory things to oats, or cornmeal mush (think; polenta) or rice (what about a protein broth made risotto). Cheese or ham/bacon/sausage bits.

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He definitely does not hate sweets! I think if he’s going to eat oats, it’s going to be a sweet version. But thank you for the suggestion!

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What about French toast or waffles he can pop in the toaster. Precooked sausage patties.

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