They call it the most important meal of the day yet it's also probably the most overlooked. I'm sure, like me, so many of us have just gone for the quick piece of toast or sugary cereal as we were rushing to get sorted for the day. If this sounds like you here are some breakfast meal prep ideas to get you sorted.
Smoothie kits Sometimes prepping the fruit for a smoothie is the time consuming part, or we don’t get the shops often enough to ensure we have fresh fruit on hand. Save time by buying the ingredients in bulk, blending your fav combos and then freezing the mixture in muffin moulds or ice cube trays. Then when you want a shake, throw a few frozen cups in the blender for a quick and easy smoothie.
If you don't want to have the same premade smoothie for days in a row another idea is to bag up and freeze your smoothie ingredients separately. Chop up your fruit and place required portion sizes in zip lock bags. Divide out yogurt and freeze in an ice cube tray, then when ready to consume add whatever flavour you want that day to the blender.
Enjoy a breakfast of eggs and bacon (or whatever meat and/or veg you choose) every morning of the week, and only turn your oven on once!
Chop up meat and veg of your choice, cook them up in a pan briefly if needed and divide between a muffin tray. Beat eggs with a little milk and pour into the muffin moulds over the chopped vegetables. Bake in the oven until the eggs are cooked. These can store in the fridge for up to five days. Wrap them in a paper towel to microwave them so they won’t dry out.
While the oven is on for your other meal prepping, instead of trying to shove as many eggs as you can in a saucepan to hard boil them, pop them in muffin tins and bake them.
Bake for 30 mins. Time can vary depending on your oven so I suggest doing a small test run first to ensure your oven doesn’t run too hot or too cold before cooking too many eggs.
Mash them on toast with some mayo and chilli jam!
These also make great snacks throughout the day.
Overnight oats are literally just oats soaked overnight that absorb the liquid you put them in – this includes any kind of liquid you like. The most common mixture is equal parts raw rolled oats, milk and yogurt. Put in the fridge overnight (covered) and let them soak up the liquids. That’s the base, and the toppings are endless and can be whatever you feel like at the time. Add the toppings the night before or the next morning - just don’t put anything in the night before that you would prefer not to be soggy.
How long do overnight oats last? Overnight oats keep well refrigerated for up to five days (depending on your toppings).
Can you eat overnight oats warm? Overnight oats can be eaten warm however the idea is they are typically served chilled, straight from the fridge.
Can you use quick oats to make overnight oats? Rolled oats are preferred, but you can use quick oats – they will just be softer.
My go to Overnight Oats:
½ cup rolled oats
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
½ cup milk of choice for a thick consistency, or up to ⅔ cup milk for a lighter consistency
(Mix all the above ingredients together, then add fruit on top)
½ cup fruit (I use frozen blueberries, or sliced fresh strawberries - for fresh fruit I dont add until I'm going to eat them)
Place in a jar with the lid on.
For a little sweetener sometimes I'll add a drizzle of honey when I'm ready to eat them.
The recipe makes 1 serving, so make as many servings (each in a separate jar) as you’d like.