>Everyone has heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if that’s the case, why do so many of us—myself included—skip it? Probably because making and eating breakfast takes time, and time is something that the majority of us don’t have when we’re trying to run out of the house in the morning. However, with a little advance planning and culinary know-how, you can stock your freezer, fridge, and pantry with the most delicious portable breakfast items. From breakfast burritos to classic blueberry muffins, here are 17 make-ahead breakfast ideas that you can enjoy on your commute to work—or once you arrive at your office desk.
>Shredded sweet potatoes are a gluten-free alternative to pie dough in this recipe for mini breakfast pies. It’s a great recipe to use up any vegetables you have laying around. It calls for tomatoes, but zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and broccoli would be equally tasty in the pies.
>While I’m a huge fan of a decadent breakfast sandwich filled with melted cheese, porky bacon, rich aioli, and oozing fried egg, that type of sandwich is best left for the weekends. During the week, why not put together a lighter version like this recipe does with a whole-grain English muffin, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, avocado, and queso fresco? Delish!
>I can’t wait to try this genius recipe for eggs baked in a jar. The steps are exactly the same as making a quiche, but instead of pouring the egg and vegetable mixture into a pie crust, you pour it into a Mason jar. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake. Then cook and take to work!
>If you’re spending $7 to $10 on a breakfast sandwich every morning, consider using this recipe to assemble your own at home. Layer English muffins with cooked eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, or vegetables. Then wrap in freezer-friendly paper. Label the sandwiches and freeze. When you wake up, pull one out and pop it in the oven or microwave.
>On Sunday afternoon, head to the grocery store and purchase a large tub of your favorite yogurt. Also pick up berries or fresh seasonal fruit and your favorite granola or crunchy cereal. Head home and assemble these no-cook to-go parfaits. Use small mason jars or single-serving size Tupperware. Just be sure to add a thick layer of the granola/cereal. You don’t want it to get soggy. Or separate the granola/cereal into small baggies and tape to the Tupperware. Add right before eating.
>For a fluffier, more popover like breakfast dish, make these mushroom, goat cheese, and rosemary crustless quiches. If you like protein with your breakfast, add in some crispy chopped bacon.
>If you’ve never tried oats cold, you must experiment with this recipe. The oatmeal is soaked overnight with milk, which softens the oats, but not so much that they become soggy. The resulting breakfast is a cool and creamy treat that can be made with whatever milk, fruit, and sweetener you prefer.
>Below are essentials for cooking and packing your to-go breakfast items.
>What is your favorite make-ahead portable breakfast dish?