Our Editors' Favorite Big-Batch Recipes to Meal Prep for Breakfast

Our Editors' Favorite Big-Batch Recipes to Meal Prep for Breakfast

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Kelli Foster
Sep 10, 2018
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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.

1. 5 Smoothie Kits for a Week of Make-Ahead Breakfasts

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.

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2. Soft & Chewy Granola

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)."

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3. Sheet Pan Veggie Frittata

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!

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4. Sweet Morning Potato with Yogurt, Maple Syrup & Nuts

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.

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5. How To Make Easy Muesli

"I'm hooked on this right now," says Managing Editor, Lauren Kodiak. "I either eat it with plain full-fat Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, or give it the overnight oats treatment with almond milk."

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6. Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins

"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!"

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7. Breakfast Grain Bowl Mix

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."

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