Let’s face it, once classes pick up again, you probably won’t want to spend hours cooking breakfast in your apartment every week. Luckily, there’s a way you can avoid having to do that, and still be able to enjoy your own home cooked, and relatively inexpensive, meals. The answer to all of your problems is meal prep, and luckily, you can get right on it before all of your friends move back to town. Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks.
Frozen Smoothie Packs
Smoothies are one of the fastest and healthiest breakfasts to have before an 8 a.m. lecture, but you might not have the energy that early in the morning to think up a recipe that works. Before the semester begins, make frozen smoothie packs. Combine 1 cup each of blueberries, strawberries, and bananas into one bag, and freeze it as air-tight as possible in a freezer bag. During the semester, blend the contents of the pack with 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of apple juice, and you’re set.
Plain oatmeal, although nutritious, might not taste that great. With advanced prep, however, you can have one tasty cup of oats. In pint-sized mason jars, combine 1/2 cup dried oats, 1/4 cup of your favorite freeze-dried fruit and a pinch of brown sugar. Store these jars in your pantry, and when you’re ready to eat just pour 1 cup of boiling water or your favorite milk straight into the jar and let it sit for 15 minutes. You’ll thank us later.
Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Want enough yummy burritos to last you through the end of September? Then try making freezer breakfast burritos. In a large skillet, cook 1 cup baby red potatoes, one red onion (chopped) and one orange bell pepper (chopped). Slowly add in ten beaten eggs, and finally, some cheese. Wrap this filling up in a tortilla and then parchment paper. Freeze these burritos in a gallon size bag, and simply microwave for three minutes when you’re ready to enjoy!
Freezer French Toast Sticks
We at the Clog have quite a sweet tooth when we wake up in the morning, so we think you’ll love these freezer French toast sticks. Start out with one loaf of pre-sliced egg bread. Simply divide the pre-sliced egg bread into three slices. Dip each piece of bread into a mixture of 5 eggs, 1 cup of milk, 1 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Cook them up in a large skillet until both sides of the bread are golden brown. When you’re all done, freeze them on a baking sheet for one hour, then transfer them to a freezer bag. In the mornings, microwave for only ten seconds and you’ll have a warm and tasty treat! You’ll have all the tools you need to enjoy the most important meal of the day during the school year.