Back to school is upon us and if you’ve got kids, and even if you don’t (think about the increase in traffic), life is about to get a lot busier. Save yourself some time with these make-ahead breakfast ideas. These nutrient-rich recipes are versatile enough that you can adapt and adjust the ingredients with what you have on hand and they’re fiber and protein-packed to keep you full until lunch.
POMEGRANATE-CHIA SEED YOGURT PARFAIT
(Can be Gluten Free, check the yogurt)
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
4 tablespoons chia seeds
2 cups Greek yogurt
4 tablespoons shelled pistachios, chopped
4 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
Whisk together pomegranate juice and chia seeds in a small bowl; refrigerate overnight.
Layer chia mixture with yogurt, and top with pistachios and pomegranate seeds.
2 cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup dried apricots, cut into ¼-inch pieces
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup raw sesame seeds
¼ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
1 large egg
2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and soda. Add dried fruit, seeds and nuts. In a small bowl combine egg and agave. Add to dry ingredients. Form a dough with your hands into a 61/2 x 61/2 square about 3/4″ thick. Cut into 16 squares, bake at 350 on parchment lined baking sheet for 10-12 minutes.
MINI HAM AND CHEESE QUINOA CUPS
2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup uncooked)
2 egg whites
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced ham
1/4 cup loosely packed parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons shredded or grated parmesan cheese
2 green onions, chopped
Salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Liberally spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and spoon mixture to the top of each cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges of the cups are golden brown. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the mini muffin tin.For regular-sized muffin tins: Bake for 25-30 minutes
Place baked cups on a baking sheet then freeze until solid and transfer to a freezer bag. Microwave for 20-40 seconds depending on how many you’re reheating.
PALEO SLOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH N’OATMEAL
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 apples, peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
1 cup coconut milk
100% Maple syrup
Cover the almonds and walnuts with water. Add a dash of sea salt. Soak for 12 hours and then rinse the nuts. Place in a food processor and blend until you have a meal or flour consistency.
Place the butternut squash, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground nuts, coconut sugar and coconut milk into the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
Use a potato masher to mash the N’Oatmeal into your preferred consistency.
Top with your favorite toppings and serve.
BREAKFAST BURRITOS w/ SWEET POTATOES & BLACK BEANS
(To make GF use GF tortillas)
Sweet potato and pepper hash
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ sweet yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
¾ pound sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into ½-inch or smaller cubes (to yield about 2 cups cubed sweet potato)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
¼ to ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Herbed goat cheese
4 ounce log of goat cheese, at room temperature (You can make your own, or store bought is fine)
1 can (14 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained, or 1½ cups cooked black beans
8 8-inch whole grain tortillas
Hot sauce, and/or salsa preferably a smoky/chipotle variety
Make the hash by heating a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and onion, and cook until the onion 2-3 minutes until slightly softened. Add the garlic, sweet potato, red pepper, paprika, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook about 8 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring often, until the excess moisture has evaporated and the sweet potatoes are caramelized and golden on the edges. Carefully taste to make sure the sweet potatoes are cooked through. If desired, add more smoked paprika to taste.
Scramble the eggs and set aside.
To prepare the burritos: Spread about a tablespoon of goat cheese down the center of each tortilla. Top with a scoop of eggs, followed by black beans and sweet potato hash, equally dividing the ingredients between the burritos.
To make them freezer ready: Let the burritos cool to room temperature before proceeding (excess moisture trapped in plastic wrap will turn into freezer burn). Wrap burritos in saran wrap and transfer to a freezer-safe bag and squeeze out the air before sealing. To reheat the burritos, remove from the freezer and microwave 30 to 60 seconds. If preferred, you could also warm them in an oven or toaster oven. Serve with plenty of hot sauce and/or salsa on the side.
These recipes are tasty enough for adults or kids and will give you a boost of energy to start your day on the right foot. They can all be made gluten-free, which is an added bonus for those with sensitivities or intolerance to gluten.