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Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

One of the ways that I have found to make the mornings a little less crazy is to make breakfast ahead of time. I love to take a few hours each month to put a few breakfast things in the freezer. It makes our mornings so much easier when we can just quickly grab and reheat something before starting our day.

Today I am sharing a few of our favorite make-ahead breakfasts. They are all easy to make and kids love them!

Peaches and Cream Baked Oatmeal

We talked about freezer baked oatmeal earlier this week, but I had to mention it again because it really is one of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts. You might have guessed that my family loves baked oatmeal and that I have quite a few recipes. Over the years, I have shared over fifteen baked oatmeal recipes. One of the things I love about baked oatmeal is how easy it is to make ahead.

You can easily mix up all the ingredients that night before and pour them into a 9×13 pan. Refrigerate it overnight and bake in the morning. You can also make it and bake it and just reheat it throughout the week. I love doing this. I often make two or three pans and keep them in fridge for my kids to reheat during the week for a quick and easy breakfast.

Baked oatmeal also freezes great. Just bake it, let it cool, freeze it, defrost, and reheat as needed.

Here are some of my favorite baked oatmeal recipes.

banana waffles

Banana Waffles are another favorite of ours that I like to make in a large batch to make ahead and freeze. My kids just take them out and reheat them in the microwave, toaster, or toaster oven for breakfast. I also have a gluten free banana waffle that is so good no one will know it is gluten free.

Maple Sausage Pancake Muffins from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

If your family likes pancakes and you have never tried pancake muffins, you need to. We love maple sausage pancake muffins and they are another great breakfast for making ahead. You can easily make these in a large batch to reheat during the week or make a large batch to freeze. So easy and so good!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please! My kids love these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies and they freeze great!

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies are another breakfast cookie that my kids love. I mean really how can anyone not like a cookie for breakfast.

breakfast bowls

I am sure many of you  have seen the breakfast bowls in the freezer section at the grocery store. Did you know that you can easily make them at home? The homemade version is cheaper to make and lets you control the ingredients.

They are easy to make in a large batch to reheat during the week. I also love to freeze homemade breakfast bowls in small containers that we can just take out of the freezer as needed.  My husband also likes to take these for lunch because he can just heat them up at work.

Light and Fluffy Waffles

Waffles in general are a favorite breakfast of ours. We love to eat them as breakfast, breakfast for dinner, and freeze them ahead for reheating during the week. I recently shared a light and fluffy waffle, a dairy free waffle, and a gluten free dairy free waffle. All three are delicious and freeze great!

What is your favorite make ahead breakfast? 

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Freezer Baked Oatmeal and My Favorite Baked Oatmeal Recipes

Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite freezer meals. And if you love baked oatmeal too, freezer baked oatmeal is a must make!

Freezer Baked Oatmeal

It is no secret that I love baked oatmeal. I have shared so many baked oatmeal recipes over the years. My whole family loves it.

My baked oatmeal recipes are also some of the most popular recipes on my site. You love them as much as I do.

I have mentioned before that I love freezing baked oatmeal. I shared a little bit about how I do it in my tips and facts for making baked oatmeal post. Today though I wanted to share my new favorite way to freeze baked oatmeal.

My family loves baked oatmeal, but the reality is that no one likes the same ones. Everyone has a favorite or a request when I am making it. I usually make two pans of it, but I have found a way to make it even more simple.

Freezer Baked Oatmeal

The last few months I have been making my basic baked oatmeal recipes, that fit in a 9×13 pan, and dividing it into two pie pans. I bake it as normal, but decrease the time slightly. Let it cool. Than wrap it and freeze it. I defrost it. Reheat it and serve it.

The reason I love to do it this way is that it allows me to easily serve three to four kinds at one time. I can make up four or five different kinds of baked oatmeal and divide them between pie pans. Even the inexpensive disposable type ones work.

This makes each pie pan a half of a recipe, so when I serve it I can take out three or four pans, which would be three or four flavors at a time, and my whole family is happy. They all have a baked oatmeal for breakfast that they love.

Freezer Baked Oatmeal

I know this is pretty basic, but it has taken me years to discover that this is my favorite way to do it. My family loves baked oatmeal muffins, which also gives us different flavors, but they like this even better because the texture is the exact same as baked oatmeal.

You can also do this same idea by dividing the batter into two 8×8 pans, but it makes it a little thinner than my normal baked oatmeal. My family prefers doing it in pie pans.

The one tip I have about this is that if you are going to reheat the whole pan at once in the microwave make sure to use glass. We usually just cut the baked oatmeal into pieces and then each person takes the pieces they want out and microwaves them, so the metal or disposable pie pans work for us. Just keep that in mind when you make it.

Now go make some freezer baked oatmeal and stick it in the freezer for busy days! In case you are curious the recipes I made when I took pictures are banana baked oatmeal, cinnamon roll baked oatmeal, and triple berry baked oatmeal.

And don’t forget about my Free Baked Oatmeal ebook. If you haven’t subscribed to my email updates now is a great time to do it. If you have, but know of a friend or family member that would love my Free Baked Oatmeal ebook, but sure to share the details that are here for the free ebook.

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Menu Plan

I am keeping it simple this week. We have a few family favorites on the plan. One of those favorites is meatloaf, that also happens to be a gluten free meatloaf. When I make meatloaf I always try to make extra for the freezer. It makes a great freezer meal.

Here is this week’s plan.

Breakfast

Oatmeal Griddle Cakes

Oatmeal Griddle Cakes

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies-

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Dinner

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

gluten free meatloaf

My Favorite Meatloaf 

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Legs

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

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Crock Pot Bean with Bacon Soup

Bacon-Pizza

Bacon Pizza

Dessert of the Week

Chocolate Cherry No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Cherry No Bake Cookies

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Gluten Free Menu Plan

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Here is this week’s gluten free menu plan. I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.

Breakfast

Double Chocolate Muffin

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Muffins

Gluten-Free- Oven- Pancake

Gluten Free Oven Pancake

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Dinner

Slow Cooked Chili Verde

Slow Cooked Pork Verde Chili

Stuffed Pepper Casserole- Quick and Easy Dinner

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Gluten Free Bread

Fluffy Cornmeal Pancakes

Cornmeal Pancakes

Easy Pork Tacos

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes and a Crock Pot Version

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are my new favorite way to make mashed potatoes! They are easy and delicious!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

If you have an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, mashed potatoes are a must make. It makes mashed potatoes easy and perfect every time.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, skip this recipe, and make my crock pot mashed potatoes. It is the same basic recipe made in the crock pot. Both recipes are great. It depends on how much time I have or what my day looks like on which recipe I make.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Growing up my mom made potatoes in her old fashioned stove top pressure cooker all the time. It feels strange to say old fashioned because they really aren’t that old fashioned. Electric pressure cookers are just the newer and safer version of them. But that is a different subject.

The potatoes my mom made were always great. Soft and tender and easy to mash. So I knew I would love potatoes cooked in the Instant Pot.

This recipe is based on my crock pot mashed potatoes. It is a basic mashed potatoes taken to the next level with sour cream, cream cheese, and chicken broth. Yes, you can do a basic mashed potato in the Instant Pot, but these are even better.

My favorite thing about making mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot may just be that I don’t have to worry about the potatoes boiling over. Or am I the only one that always has that happen…

If you are looking for more Instant Pot Recipes be sure to check out my huge list of  Instant Pot Recipes!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

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Gluten Free Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Gluten free muffins are one of my favorite gluten free things to make. You might have guessed that by the amount of gluten free muffin recipes I have shared. We really do love them!

One of the reasons that I love them is because they work for breakfast, lunch, snacks, or dessert. You can eat them anytime. They also freeze great. It is easy to make a big batch to stock your freezer with all different kinds of muffins.

I recently saw a banana muffin recipe in a magazine that looked so delicious that I knew I had to make a gluten free version. The gluten free version turned out perfect the first time I made them. Gluten free recipes don’t always turn out well, so I love it when that happens.

If you have some bananas on your counter that need used up. These gluten double chocolate banana muffins are a must make!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

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Slow Cooked Pickled Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooked Pickled Beef Sandwiches are a simple slow cooked dinner that is full of flavor!

Slow Cooked Pickled Beef Sandwiches

Thank you all for your kind words on my post last week about being sick. I really appreciate it. I am feeling much better. Not 100%, but better. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

Now for a new recipe!

If you, or someone in your family, loves pickles this recipes is for you! If you hate pickles you might want to keep on scrolling because this recipe is full of pickles. It tastes like pickles. Which is wonderful if you love pickles. Not so wonderful if you don’t.

I have three in my family that love pickles. Like really love them. My son and I like them, but my husband and daughters love them.

I kept seeing recipes for pulled beef with pickles. There are several versions that I have seen. Paula Deen has one and so does Taste of Home. It is basically a roast cooked with pickles, shredded, and served on bread as sandwiches.

Some recipes add a few other ingredients, but they are all basically the same. The main ingredients are pickles and beef.

Slow Cooked Pickled Beef Sandwiches

Since I have some pickle lovers in my family, and I had a few roasts in the freezer that I needed to use up, I decided to give it a try.

The results were delicious! The meat was tender and full of flavor. My family loved it. This will be something that we make again and again for an easy dinner.

This is one of those recipes that I don’t think has to be exact. I used sliced pickles because that is what I had. Most of the recipes call for spears. I will say that the pickles and the pickle juice give the meat great flavor, but pickles that have been cooked all day in the crock pot are awful. The texture is terrible. Toss the pickles out and just use the meat and juice. Spears might be easier for that reason.

Slow Cooked Pickled Beef Sandwiches

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Gratitude and My Week

Meds

One of the things I struggle with when it comes to blogging is how much to share. This is a food site. I share recipes and kitchen tips. You don’t come here for real life. However, many of you have followed me for years and you always wonder where I go when I take too much time off from posting here.

So today you are getting real life. Not perfect Pinteresty food stuff. I am keeping it real today. I hope you don’t mind something a little different than your normal food post.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post yesterday.

My week has not gone as planned. So often that is the case. We plan and yet God changes our plans. This week I am thankful for hot apple juice with cinnamon, books, doctors, modern medicine, and kids that are old enough to take care of things when I can’t. I have lived my entire life with asthma. It will always be part of me and yet I have not always had a good attitude about it.

Not being able to breathe drains you because breathing is essential to everything we do. Besides the obvious physical struggle of not being able to breathe there is a mental struggle that only those with asthma can truly understand. At times I feel like it is a constant enemy lurking in the shadows that can appear anytime, by things that are totally out of my control. And yet every time I struggle with it I am reminded of how much in life we take for granted. The simple things we often just do expecting that they will always be there. For example the simple act of breathing. Which really is not so simple because in order to live you have to breathe.

In the times when I can breathe fine I take it for granted. I forget to stop and thank God simply for the breathe he allows me to take everyday. When I struggle to breathe though, I am quickly reminded what a gift breathing truly is. And that is when I realize that what I often feel is my enemy is actually bringing me to the place I need to be. It brings me to gratitude.

That is not my normal post, but I shared it because I know many people suffer from asthma and other health issues. I am guessing that you know how I feel.

Some days are tough. But the tough days remind us of how grateful we should be for the good days. We need the tough days because without the tough days we lose appreciation for the good ones.

Thankfully I am getting better. Not as fast as I wish, but I am improving and should be back to normal soon.

I won’t get my menu plans up this week, but if you need menu planning ideas I have several hundred menu plans and gluten free menu plans from the past years. Be sure to check them out for easy dinner ideas this week.

Hopefully things will be back to normal sometime next week.

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Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas

Homemade Enchilada Sauce (2)

My week has not gone as planned. Not at all. It has turned into one of those weeks where quick and easy meals are a must.

This ground beef enchilada recipe is not what I had planned to share this week, but as I said this week is not going as planned.

Instead of sharing what I planned, I decided to share reality. Reality right now is quickly putting together a dinner using what we have on hand.

Sometimes I think that we get stuck on following exact recipes and having the exact ingredients. This is part of the problem with the social media driven world that we live in. We think we need to have it all together. We think we need to have perfect food and recipes.

Today’s recipe for ground beef enchiladas is far from perfect or exact. I am also pretty sure it is far from authentic. What it is though is a meal that uses less than five ingredients that I almost always have on hand. It is a meal that I can have on the table in about thirty minutes.

It might not be the exact way enchiladas are meant to be made, but it is a quick and easy meal that my family loves. Sometimes we have to throw our goals of perfection aside and just go with it. And that includes meals.

There is nothing wrong with quick and simple recipes like this one today.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

 

 

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Slow Cooker Menu Plan

 This slow cooker menu plan is the perfect plan for a busy week!

Slow Cooker Menu Plan

My Crock Pot is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen. It makes my life so much easier on busy days. There are some weeks that I use my Crock Pot four or five times.

This week I decided to do something a little different and make my menu plan all about slow cooking. All the recipes on this week’s plan use the Crock Pot.

Several of the recipes like the beef for sandwiches, the pork roast, and the spaghetti sauce also make great freezer meals. If you are looking for a few meals to fill your freezer make extra and put them in the freezer to use later on this month.

If you like menu plans like this leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to do more like this with themes if you would find them helpful.

Dinner

slow cooked baked potato soup

Slow Cooked Baked Potato Soup

Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce 2

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Legs

Slow Cooked Chicken Legs

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Beef Sandwiches 

Refried Bean Soup

Refried Bean Soup

Crock Pot Beef and Beans Casserole-

Crock Pot Beef and Bean Casserole

Three Ingredient Crock Pot Pork Roast

Three Ingredient Crock Pot Pork Roast

Dessert Of The Week

Crock Pot Raspberry Fudge Cake

Crock Pot Raspberry Fudge Cake

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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