Breakfast can be a very frugal meal, if you have time to prepare it. Unfortunately, time is a big problem when it comes to breakfast. My kids get up at 6:15 every morning, so they can catch the school bus at 7:15. If I were to get up to make them breakfast every day, I’d have to get up at 5:45. And that idea doesn’t appeal to me at all.
When I found myself turning to expensive breakfast cereals day after day, I started looking for a better solution. I began making my own convenience breakfast foods. They’re much more nutritious, and frugal, than their store bought counterparts. I’ll start you off with a couple of ideas, but the possibilities are endless.
Pancakes and Waffles
My children love pancakes and waffles for breakfast. Fortunately both freeze well, and they’re easy to reheat in the mornings.
To make ahead, whip up your favorite pancake or waffle recipe. I like the Whole Wheat Pancake recipe  from Nutrition Fitness Life. Triple (or more!) the recipe, so you can make several meals at once.
Place your cooked pancakes or waffles in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. When they’re frozen, move them to a freezer bag. For a quick breakfast, pull out the amount of pancakes or waffles that you need, and heat them up in the microwave or toaster.
I like breakfast burritos, because they’re so versatile, and they freeze really well. They’re easy to make, too.
To start, you’ll need tortillas, eggs, cheese, and any other fillers you like. You can use bacon, salsa, ham, green chilies, veggies, or anything else that appeals to you. You can easily make more than one kind of breakfast wrap in a single cooking session too. Figure on two eggs per burrito.
Set up an assembly line on your kitchen counter. Lay out the tortillas, cheese, and all your other fillers in a line. End your assembly line with a box of plastic wrap and some freezer bags.
Scramble your eggs. Place some in the center of a tortilla, like you would if you were making a burrito. Add some cheese and other fillers. Then turn in the top and bottom of the tortilla and roll it up, totally encasing the eggs and toppings in the tortilla.
Wrap the breakfast burritos in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag in the freezer. When you need a quick breakfast, pull out as many burritos as you need, remove the plastic wrap, and heat in the microwave 1-2 minutes per burrito.
By making breakfast ahead of time, I get to catch a few more minutes of sleep in the mornings, and I know my family is eating a healthy, yet inexpensive, breakfast each morning to start the day off right.
Do you have any quick, yet frugal breakfast ideas? I’d love to hear them!