Saturday, November 10, 2012

Make Ahead Breakfast

Pretty much every morning Peter asks me, "what's for breakfast?" To which I respond, "waffles, cereal, oatmeal, pop tarts, etc." He then looks at me with disappointment. See Peter is not a  big fan of breakfast food. And if he is going to eat breakfast food then he wants eggs, bacon, sausage or something hearty like that. The problem is that Peter is not a morning person. So he is not going to get up early just to make himself a breakfast like that and God knows, now that we have kids, I am not getting up early to make him a breakfast like that! (I made the mistake of doing this before we had kids) So today I created a solution to this problem! I made bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches  (12 of them) and froze them! It took me a total of 40 minutes to make all 12! And it was cheaper than buying them premade at the store! It only cost me $11.70 total to make all 12! That makes them $.98 each! Of course I had a $1 off coupon for the bacon and it was on sale for $2.89 at the Commissary so that helped. But even if I had paid $2 more for the bacon, the sandwiches would still be significantly cheaper than buying them at McDonalds. So now when my husband asks me what is for breakfast I have an answer that pleases him and saves us money!

Here is what you will need:
12 English muffins (I used whole grain)
12 slices of bacon (I used thick cut)
12 slices of cheese (I used cheddar)
12 eggs (I used organic)
milk (I used organic)
Cooking spray

Cut your English muffins in half and lay out on the counter. Place one slice of cheese on the top piece of the English muffin. Begin cooking your bacon. (I cooked mine in the microwave for the first time ever! Why had I never thought of this?) To cook in the microwave place a paper towel on a microwaveable plate. Lay bacon slices on paper towel so that they are touching but not overlapping. Place another paper towel over bacon and microwave for about 1 minute per slice. Remove bacon and let cool slightly. Cut each bacon piece in half and place on bottom half of English muffin so that each sandwich gets one whole slice of bacon. Once you are finished with the bacon start on your eggs. Being that I am a perfectionist I wanted to make sure my eggs were the same size and shape of my English muffins so I used a Pyrex 1 cup measuring cup to cook my eggs in. You could make an omelet if you wanted to and just cut the egg in pieces to fit on the sandwich. (that is if you don't want them to look perfect like mine) To microwave eggs in Pyrex 1 cup measuring cup, spray cooking spray into cup, crack one egg into cup, add about 3/4 tsp of milk (give or take) and beat with a fork until blended. Microwave for about 1 minute. Remove from microwave and ever so gracefully flip the egg out onto the bottom half of the English muffin (on top of the bacon). Use a fork to gently flatten the egg so that it almost meets the edge of the English muffin. Continue doing this until you have cooked all 12 eggs. Assemble your sandwiches and place them on a baking sheet. Place them in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. (I'm not sure this step is necessary. I might skip this step next time.) Remove from freezer, wrap each in a paper towel and place in a freezer bag. Freeze. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and microwave in paper towel until heated through.

Cooking bacon in the microwave! So easy!

The only thing missing in this pic is the cooking spray. Make sure you use it before putting eggs into cup.
Letting them freeze for 30 minutes.

All done!