No matter how you cut it, mornings are hectic. That's exactly why I think one of the best things you can do for your future self is to slot a big-batch breakfast recipe into your meal prep session. Whether you roll out of bed and into the kitchen to blend up a smoothie first thing or prefer to enjoy your morning grain bowl or granola desk-side, there's a lot to love about having everything ready to go.
News & Culture Editor, Ariel Knutson, reminds us that meal prep does not have to be complicated, involved, or time-consuming. She says that when she's meal prepping for breakfast, she sticks with smoothie kits. Sometimes simply cutting up a bunch of bananas and freezing them is super helpful.
Let go of your oat-filled expectations and forget everything you think you know about granola. This is nowhere near your average granola — and that's exactly why Assistant Food Editor, Sheela Fiorenzo, can't get enough of this stuff. As for serving it up, "I am a purist," she says. "It's usually just plain full-fat Greek yogurt (Fage) or this local plain yogurt I've been getting and a bit of whatever fresh fruit I have around (currently a lot of peaches)."
Frittatas are Food Editor-at-Large, Christine Gallary's, breakfast go-to choice. And the only thing better than a skillet frittata is one made in a sheet pan. The greatest thing, however, is the way she serves it to avoid repeat breakfast boredom: the breakfast quesadilla! She throws a tortilla in the frying pan, sprinkles cheese on it, then crumbles the frittata into it. So easy!
For me, it's all about baked sweet potatoes. They've been part of my meal prep routine for a long time, and I especially love them for breakfast. If I have time I'll reheat them in the morning; otherwise I eat them chilled, sometimes topped with yogurt and granola, or mashed and mixed with almond butter and topped with fruit.
"My favorite big-batch breakfasts right now are savory muffins," says Associate Food Editor Meghan Splawn. "Mornings are hectic with two kids heading off to school, and we can all gobble up a muffin and a piece of fruit without a ton of prep on those harried mornings. Plus muffins freeze well!"
Senior Food Editor, Grace Elkus, has grain bowls at the top of her list: "I'm always starving by the time I eat breakfast, so a warm, creamy mix of grains is exactly the type of filling dish I need. If I'm working from home, I'll add some greens and an egg; if I'm on the go, I'll stir in some maple syrup and sliced fruit."