Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day and also the easiest to let slide (guilty!). Thankfully there's a solution, and it comes down to what you can make ahead of time. We're talking low-effort, big-impact breakfasts that deliver a week of meals or more, so you can make your morning food routine a manageable one.
Who says pancakes have to be sweet? Start your day with a nutritional boost with these carrot and zucchini flapjacks. Store them in the freezer (don't forget to date the bag), and when you're looking for a quick breakfast, you can warm a couple of them up, slather on sour cream or Greek yogurt, and take your pancake sandwich to go.
Need a reason to skip the muffins at your local coffee shop? Look no further than this homemade version filled with nutmeg and chunks of pears. Their earthy sweetness is something to look forward to with that next cup of java.
Like a breakfast sandwich, it's hard to go wrong with a breakfast wrap. Fill it with eggs or scrambled tofu, add sautéed veggies and bacon or sausage. And don't forget the cheese — everything tastes better with cheese.
Yes, you read that correctly — this frittata has spaghetti in it. Whether you use leftovers from dinner or make a new pot just for this recipe, adding in the noodles adds a little extra texture and heft to the eggs. Make this recipe ahead of time, slice into portions, and freeze. Grab one as you're running out the door to reheat in the office toaster oven.
If you're burnt out on breakfast burritos, but want something similar, try making a batch of these breakfast quesadillas. Because of the way they are folded, and the fact that you brown them in a skillet, they are crispier than a regular breakfast burrito.
Make these little oatmeal pucks in your muffin tins, and then heat them individually with a splash of milk when you're ready to eat them. They have all the additions already mixed in, so you can have a bowl of oatmeal — complete with toppings — in no time flat.
There's so much to love about these savory hand pies that fit in your toaster. Fill them with whatever you like (we chose ham and leeks), stash them in the freezer, and then just pop them in the toaster for a few minutes to enjoy.
How do you make a breakfast sandwich even easier to eat? By replacing the eggs with a slice of frittata instead. That way you won't have to worry about the sautéed spinach or bacon slipping out of your sandwich. Ingenious!
These mini egg bakes are perfectly portioned for single-serving breakfasts. If you want to make a lot of them to freeze and enjoy later, make them in Pyrex ramekins with lids that can go from freezer to oven or microwave without issue.
Another smart way to make your oatmeal in advance is to make this baked oatmeal recipe. One batch should last for the week, and we love any excuse to feel like we're eating dessert for breakfast.
While we technically developed this recipe as a side dish, we think it works just as well for breakfast. Pair it with a hard-boiled egg, and you have new take on bacon, eggs, and cheese for breakfast.
Who says you can't eat bread pudding for breakfast? Not us! This protein- and potassium-packed version is hearty enough to keep you going until lunch, but it still feels like an indulgent way to start the day.
There's something so perfect about the breakfast sandwich. It has everything you need in one compact, easy-to-eat stack, and when you make them at home they are both healthier and can be customized to your specific taste. And when you have a batch of them in the freezer ready to heat at a moment's notice, you're guaranteed not to skip breakfast because you slept through your alarm.
Granola is one of our go-to breakfasts when we want something crunchy. With a dollop of yogurt or a splash of milk, it's the no-cook equivalent of oatmeal. And when you make it yourself you can adjust the sugar levels, seeds, and dried fruit to your liking. Follow this basic recipe and then feel free to make your own signature variation.
You can't go wrong with this veggie-laden sausage and egg casserole. It's the perfect thing to keep in the freezer and pull out when you have brunch guests. Another option is to portion it out before freezing and eat it on those mornings when you need something a little heartier to get you going.
Another way to do baked oatmeal is to use your muffin tin for travel-sized portions. They basically taste like a hearty muffin, and we can't get enough of their filling, chewy texture.
These simple hand pies taste more like dessert than breakfast — and we're totally fine with that. Choose your favorite fruit filling and make up a big batch to last throughout the week.
Grain bowls have become a staple for our lunches and dinners, so why not for breakfast, too? With a mix of steel-cut oats and quinoa, this berry-filled bowl will give you everything you need to start your day right.
One of our all-time favorite breakfast recipes, these mini frittatas are great for a buffet brunch or breakfast you can grab on your way out the door. The best part? They can be warmed up in your microwave or toaster oven, or eaten straight from the fridge in a pinch.
There are no pretenses about this yogurt parfait dessert inspiration. The honey crumble filling layered between the yogurt really makes this breakfast taste like baklava.
Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! Especially if they are healthy breakfast cookies like these spiced carrot ones. They're made with warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, and raisins.
Another take on the breakfast grain bowl, this tabouli is studded with strawberries, mint, basil, and currants, and it's topped with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil. It's the perfect mix of sweet and savory to start the day.
Yes, these power bars might be a riff on a Rice Krispie treat, but they are actually constructed with breakfast flavors in mind. Filled with dried fruit and nuts, along with oats and your favorite puffed cereal, these are great to have on hand for breakfast or a mid-morning snack.
24. Frittata Squares
We can't think of a veggie that wouldn't be good in a frittata. Of course we have our favorites — asparagus, kale, broccoli, caramelized onions — but really anything will do. Follow this basic formula to come up with your house recipe.