Meal Planning Monday ~ Breakfast on the Go

 

 

 

       

           Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many people feel like they are too rushed to enjoy a hot and healthy meal first thing in the morning.  I used to think that way, until I started applying my meal planning and freezer cooking skills to breakfast, not just dinner.  Even if you’re running around trying to get yourself and your family out the door, you CAN feed them a nutritious breakfast with minimal effort. 

            This past Saturday, I decided to make my version of the Egg McMuffin in bulk and freeze them, so they would be ready to pop in the microwave on busy weekday mornings.  I did this for several reasons.  First, I am trying to eat healthy and I know if I make something myself, there’s going to be less sodium, additives, fat, and calories than the same food from a restaurant or from a package.  Second, as a coupon queen, I like to save money.  Lately, I’ve been buying Special K’s breakfast sandwiches for a quick and low-calorie meal.  The only downside is that they are EXPENSIVE – four sandwiches for $5.80, which works out to $1.45 each.

            I figured I could do much better than that!  Last week at Meijer, I bought several 6-packs of Aunt Millie’s whole grain English muffins because they were on special as a part of the 10 for $10 sale.  I used six organic free-range eggs, which I purchase at the co-op for $3.50 per dozen.  For the cheese, I used Sargento’s Thin Slices (cheddar), which work out to be 15 cents each, if I don’t have a coupon.  I lightly buttered the toasted muffins before assembling my sandwiches.  So, my homemade Egg McMuffins only cost me 60 cents apiece versus $1.45 for the Special K variety.  My hubby and I both ate one for breakfast, and I put the remaining four in the freezer, each in its own sandwich baggie inside of a larger freezer bag.  When I’m ready to have one during the week, I’ll pop one in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds in a paper towel, and then let it sit an additional minute, while I nuke my turkey bacon or sausage.

         

The great thing with making your own is that you can customize your egg sandwiches any way you like!  You can make your eggs scrambled or fried or egg-whites only.  You can add turkey or sausage to your sandwich and put your favorite cheese on them.  And don’t limit yourself to English muffins!  You can use sandwich thins or bagels or regular bread.  It doesn’t take much time at all to make a few extra sandwiches to freeze while you’re making your breakfast on the weekends.  I also apply the same principle to pancakes, waffles, and muffins.  This way you cook (and clean up) once, but get to eat a hot breakfast multiple times!  The best thing about these sandwiches is that you can heat one up and eat it on your way out the door.  No more excuses about how you don’t have time to eat breakfast!  ;)