Breakfast, more than any meal of the week, benefits from big batch cooking. I normally plunge straight into work without time for anything more culinarily demanding than a bowl of cold cereal, so when I manage to think ahead on the weekends and stash a better breakfast in the fridge, I really feel like I'm doing my future self a favor.
What are your best breakfasts to make ahead in big batches? Here are five of my own favorites.
Hot oatmeal is one of my favorite belly-filling breakfasts on these brrrr winter mornings. Here are two great ways to make a lot of oatmeal ahead of time and eat it all week with a minimum of time and work in the mornings.
2. Baked Eggs
One of my other favorite ways to make breakfast ahead of time is a simple egg casserole that I and my husband can slice and heat in the mornings. Mini quiches work great too (especially when they have potato crusts!).
3. High-Protein Muffins
Last week I shared my current best breakfast: cottage cheese muffins with plenty of savory herbs, prosciutto, and hearty satisfaction. These just sustained our mornings on a fun weekend trip to New York; they were a lot cheaper than room service (who wants to leave the hotel room before breakfast? Not me.). They also offer the convenience of a muffin with a little more substance.
4. Granola & Yogurt
Homemade granola is a treat, one of the best ones we know. A big batch can last a couple of weeks and eaten with yogurt it's really satisfying.
5. Granola Bars & Energy Bars
Granola bars and their ilk are even more portable than pourable granola, so they deserve a place on this list. You can make them ahead and even stash them in your desk for hungry morning moments. Here are several of our favorite recipes:
All right, those are my picks for make-ahead, big batch breakfasts. What are yours?
(Image credits: Anjali Prasertong; Faith Durand; Liz Vidyarthi; Emily Han)