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To say that I am not a morning person is an understatement :yawning: But unfortunately my two kids are. And they're hungry the minute they wake up! So I usually give them a small bowl of dry cereal to munch on while Mommy peels her eyes open over a cup of coffee. But that only puts them off so long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
What can I make ahead the day/night before so that the next morning we can have breakfast with minimal fuss?<br>
(by the way, they are burnt out on frozen waffles and pancakes--my old stand by).<br><br>
The only things I have thought of so far are:<br><br>
Baking muffins or quick bread the day before. I wouldn't even have to reheat them. I could serve them with fruit I've already washed up.<br><br>
Some kind of egg casserole/frittata dish that could go into the oven that morning, or just reheat. NEED RECIPES! I have no idea how to make something like this.<br><br>
What else?
 

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Baked oatmeal (there is a huge long thread around here somewhere)<br>
Baked french toast<br>
Baked quiche/egg casserole<br><br>
The only downside to all of these is that they require about an hour to bake in the morning. Usually not a problem for me, since I am up enough before everyone else that they are at least 1/2 done before the crew starts clamoring for sustenance!<br><br><br><br>
Baked french toast:<br><br>
one loaf cinnamon raisin bread<br>
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese<br>
4 eggs<br>
2-3 cups whole milk<br><br>
Place one layer of bread in a baking dish (I use a 13" X 9"). Spread or dot 4 oz. cream cheese over bread. Place one more layer of bread in baking dish (you now have a sort of cream cheese sandwich). Spread remaining 4 oz. cream cheese on top. When I make this, I use 2 baking pans: a 13X9 and and 11X7. I use one whole loaf of bread and make the cream cheese cover the whole loaf.<br><br>
Mix eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.<br><br>
In the morning, turn oven on to 350F. Place french toast in oven and bake covered, for 30 min. Uncover, and bake 30 min. more, or until french toast is golden brown and puffy.<br><br>
You can use more eggs if desired, but cutting them down changes the texture of it slightly.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Baked egg quiche, a very flexible recipe:<br><br>
6-8 eggs, scrambled (depending on how many people you are feeding, use less for a smaller quiche)<br>
6-8 TB cream (one TB for each egg, approx.)<br>
2 cups shredded cheese<br>
about 1-2 cups filling, such as:<br>
- cooked mushrooms<br>
- cooked greens (spinach, kale, etc.)<br>
- cooked broccoli<br>
- cooked onions, peppers, garlic<br>
- cooked meats (ground beef, sausage, turkey, bacon, deli meats, etc.)<br>
- cooked potatoes<br><br><br>
Layer all the filling in the bottom of a 9 X 13 baking pan. Pour eggs over filling. Sprinkle cheese over top. Bake at 350F for 30- 45 min., or until quiche is set in the middle, and top is golden brown.
 

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Muesli? Add milk/soy milk/rice milk the night before and it will be nice and moist in the AM. And hard-boiled or deviled eggs.
 

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I do baked oatmeal--it's super easy to prepare and it tastes great (my recipe is <a href="http://nourishedkitchen.com/recipes/?p=117" target="_blank">here</a>). Also egg casseroles are pretty easy to prepare overnight.
 

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Do you have a rice cooker or slow cooker? if so, you can make oatmeal the night before and program it to be done in the am (or in the case of the slow cooker, turn it on low before you go to bed). I do this with steel cut oats in the rice cooker and it always turns out great. I often put in some dried fruit, like dates, too, to make it even yummier. I also have <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FYouve-Got-Made-Deliciously-Meals%2Fdp%2F1558323503%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1215107294%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">this book</a> out right now from the library and it has tons of delicious-looking breakfast recipes, like for egg based savory stratas and baked french toast.<br><br>
Another thing I've done recently is mix up frittatas but not cook them, then freeze them in freezer bags. Eggs, milk or cream, cheese, cooked veggies, seasonings. Thaw overnight and pour into a dish and bake in the morning and you've got a really easy breakfast!
 

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The baked french toast recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!
 

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Our breakfasts during the week usually consist of these kind of things. They can all be made ahead or will take less than five minutes in the morning:<br><br>
PB&J sandwich (ds's favorite breakfast!)<br>
Yogurt (pour into individual sized containers in the evening, toss some frozen fruit on top and refrigerate. By morning the fruit has thawed and it's ready to eat.)<br>
Hard boiled eggs<br>
Muffins/quick breads<br>
Smoothies<br>
Steel cut oats that have cooked overnight in the crockpot<br>
Bagels<br>
Cold pizza leftover from the night before<br>
Fresh fruit (or a bunch of fresh fruit made into a fruit salad the day before)<br>
Toast
 

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If you do eggs, you can mix the eggs and milk the night before and put it covered in the frigde. In the morning, give it a couple of whisks and make scrambled eggs. They take no time at all. Scrambled eggs take about a minute to cook. You can give the kids nut butter on bread with some fruit (bananas? berries?) while you do this.
 

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Pumpkin bread or fruit salad (just chunks of cut-up fruit with a little orange juice poured over the top).
 

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Just wanted to share the <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/05/sleepin-in-omlette/" target="_blank">Sleepin'-In Omelette</a> from the Pioneer Woman. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Probably not an everyday breakfast, but nice for special occasions. There are a lot of similar breakfast casseroles/stratas/frittatas etc on Allrecipes. Look up brunch recipes there.
 

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You ladies are awesome! Thanks so much! Now I'm hungry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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Also, homemade sausage can be made in advance and popped into a toaster oven to reheat. Clafouti can, too. It's one of our favorite breakfasts.
 

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my version of the quiche:<br><br><br>
cube sourdough bread (stale is great) and put in bottom of BUTTERED quiche or large pie dish until covered. Add 1/2 C each grated cheddar and Chevito (goat cheese), 1/2 cup finely diced onions. Then mix together 6 eggs, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp salt and pour overtop. Slice up 1/2 stick of butter and scatter over top. Let sit, covered, overnight or bake covered right away at 350F for 60min.
 

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cube sourdough bread (stale is great) and put in bottom of BUTTERED quiche or large pie dish until covered. Add 1/2 C each grated cheddar and Chevito (goat cheese), 1/2 cup finely diced onions. Then mix together 6 eggs, 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp salt and pour overtop. Slice up 1/2 stick of butter and scatter over top. Let sit, covered, overnight or bake covered right away at 350F for 60min.</div>
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That sounds awesome! I could never do such a breakfast in summer, however. If we put our oven on for an hour like that, we'd die. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
But I have added this to my favs for winter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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