Most parents don't have endless amounts of time to prepare breakfast for their kids -- especially on school mornings. It's time to get efficient! Perhaps you have a child like mine, who scoffs at the idea of eating the tried and true staple: cereal for breakfast. If you want to send your child off to school with a healthy, hearty, brain boosting meal in his belly, the key is to plan, prepare and store breakfast meals ahead of time. That way, each morning your child can get up and have a hot breakfast in just a few seconds - without you having to turn on the stove! Read on for 6 quick and easy breakfast meals that can be made ahead of time -- and we'll tell you how to store and reheat them too!
#1: Vegan Pancakes
What kid doesn’t love pancakes? The best part is, they are super easy to make ahead of time and freeze for quick and easy breakfasts for the littles. Pancakes are also great because you can make them vegan and also sneak fruit in – blueberry pancakes anyone? Or, one of my son’s favorites are Pumpkin Pancakes – you can substitute the sour cream with vegan cream.
+ How to Prepare and Store Them: After the pancakes have completely cooled, I line a freezable container with parchment paper (which keeps them from sticking together) and then place the pancakes in side by side. Then, add another layer of parchment and another layer of pancakes until the container is full. My son takes a couple of pancakes out each morning, pops them in the toaster and has hot cakes ready to go in a few seconds.
#2: Vegan Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast burritos are fantastic for kids. They are portable, making them perfect for on-the-go dining (if you want your child to eat in the car). To make the breakfast burrito, we heat up a tortilla and then top it with scrambled tofu, vegan cheese and a combination of my son’s favorite vegetables and vegan meats. We then fold them up and let them cool completely.
+ How to Prepare and Store Them: After they are cooled, we wrap them in parchment and stack them inside a glass container that is placed in the refrigerator. My son will eat these all week until they are gone – we usually make 5 at a time. He gets up in the morning, pops the burrito in the toaster oven for a minute, and he has a yummy burrito that definitely keeps him full until lunch.
#3: Vegan French Toast
Another favorite at our house is vegan French Toast. Here is a super yummy recipe that is also gluten-free! French toast is fun too because you can top it with many different types of fresh fruit and it’s completely acceptable for French Toast to have nuts in the bread. Yum!
+ How to Prepare and Store Them: After the French Toast slices are completely cooled, I store them the exact same way as the pancakes – in a freezable container lined with parchment paper. Then, another layer of parchment on top of the French Toast with another layer of toast.
#4: Vegan Tostadas
My son loves Mexican food, especially tostadas — and breakfast is no exception! Tostadas are fantastic because the diversity of toppings is endless and can be modified to whatever your child’s tastes are. However, making tostadas ahead of time isn’t an option because the crispy hard taco shells will go soggy. Read on for how to prepare and store them.
+ How to Prepare and Store It: We create a mini tostada assembly line in our refrigerator. We use a large container to hold all of the tostada toppings including; re-fried beans, whole beans, cabbage, tomato, and avocado. In the morning, my son grabs a hard, crispy round taco shell from the pantry and tops it with all of the toppings then heats it up in toaster oven for a minute.
#5: Vegan Mini Quiches
We always have a container of mini quiches ready to go for quick and easy breakfasts, here is one of our favorite recipes. You can make them with a tofu base that can have any of your child’s favorite vegetables or vegan meats added. These mini quiches are a breakfast powerhouse in a small meal! We usually make six at a time and then he will eat those all week for breakfast.
+ How to Store and Prepare Them: After the quiches are completely cooled, we place them in a glass container with a lid in the refrigerator. My son takes one out of the container each morning and microwaves it for about a minute and it is ready to go.
#6: Vegan Waffles
Waffles are a perfect quick and easy breakfast when you make them ahead of time. My favorite part is there are so many different kinds of waffles that you can make. My son likes these Vegan Cinnamon Roll Waffles, which are a fun twist on the traditional cinnamon roll. However, for school we usually stick to a recipe that is lower in sugars and we always top with a heaping serving of berries!
+ How to Store and Prepare Them: I line a freezable container with parchment paper, (which keeps them from sticking together) place the completely cooled waffles side-by-side in the container, then add another layer of parchment and another layer of waffles until the container is full. Then, each morning my son takes a couple out of the container, pops them in the toaster and he has hot fresh vegan waffles ready to go in seconds!