On a scale of 1-10, how hectic are your mornings?
Are you in a constant rush to get yourself and the kids ready?
Who even has time to make breakfast every morning?
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. I understand that mornings are quite busy! I have roughly 90 minutes each morning to get Allison up, fed, dressed, and ready for school.
That’s not really a lot of time! But I know despite the busyness, you want your family to have something healthy and filling to eat in the mornings.
But what if I told you that you could have breakfast ready for the whole week, in one hour?
It’s totally possible! Even with a busy schedule, if you can find at least one hour, you’ll feel so much better about feeding your kids good food without much effort every morning. Doesn’t that kind of freedom sound amazing?
Here is your step-by-step plan to prepare breakfast for the whole week- including recipe ideas and tips on how to prep more easily and efficiently!
Make your meal plan and grocery list
The first step is to decide what to make, and how much. Many times I’ve made breakfast for the three of us, only to realize that by Thursday we’ve eaten it all and have nothing else to fall back on. Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
- How many people are you feeding this week?
- What can you prepare quickly and easily in the mornings?
- Do you have any backup breakfasts (Cereal, frozen sausage patties, etc.)?
So you need to figure out how much to make, how easy it is to prepare the morning you eat it, and whether you have extra food standing by in case something goes wrong.
Are you stuck figuring out what to cook? Recipes that make many servings, like casseroles, are best because you get more from your time. Pancakes are great too, although they require more time spent in the kitchen. Here are some of our favorite recipes:
- Carrot Pancakes
- Easy Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
- Pancake Muffins
- Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins
- Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Bread
Schedule a time for meal prep and make your plan
When will you prepare your breakfasts? On Sunday afternoon during nap time or movie time? Will you wake up an hour early and get it done right away? I know it can be hard to find time, but you have to make this a priority if you want to save yourself the stress of frantic mornings.
I do all my meal prep on Sundays after lunch; I set up Allison with a movie and that gives me about 90 minutes for my prep. No shame in using TV as a babysitter!
Make your breakfasts
When it comes time to cook, I have a specific order that makes things run more efficiently:
- Stovetop cooking
- Chopping produce
If I put everything in the oven first, I’ll have that baking time to work on everything else.
So here’s an example from my Three Breakfasts in One Hour plan. I prepared the pumpkin bread first and stuck that in the oven. It has a 60-minute baking time, so while it baked I preheated the waffle iron and make the batter while cooking the sausage and eggs on the stove for breakfast burritos.
See how efficient that is? If you put things in the right order, you can prepare many meals at once in the same amount of time.
Interested in the entire cooking plan? Click here for more information about my 3 Breakfasts in 1 Hour Cooking Plan!
Add variations to your breakfast
If you have multiple people in your family (especially kids), chances are they’ll grow bored eating the same thing every day for a week. Here are some tips to help stop boredom:
- Add different mix-ins- If you’re making muffins, change it up a little! Put chocolate chips in some, blueberries in others, chopped pecans, etc. It’s just enough to make things interesting throughout the week!
- Offer different side items- Sometimes just a muffin isn’t enough for a little one. Keep a variety of easy-grab foods to go with their breakfast like string cheese, yogurts, fruit, or hard boiled eggs. Below is a handy Breakfast Mix-and-Match chart to pin for inspiration!
So to recap, here are your main steps:
- Make your meal plan
- Schedule your prep time
- Prepare the breakfasts
Having breakfast ready for your family to grab throughout the week is a total game changer! It saves you time as well as money, as you won’t find yourself running through the drive-thru to grab a quick breakfast.
What are your favorite breakfasts to meal prep? Share in the comments below!
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.