Here in Pittsburgh, it was a typical November day…cold, rainy, and gray. I woke up needing something to warm me up. I just recently bought Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls–which I thought were yummy, but honestly, not enough food for the price I paid! So, for the past couple days, I have been thinking I should attempt to make my own! How hard can it be?
Like most people, I cannot stand wasting time. Therefore, I always try to buy in bulk, cook in bulk, and prep meals in advance. That way, when I get home at 8pm after a long day of appointments, I don’t have to spend 2 hours in the kitchen just to finally end up eating at 10pm–which by that point I’m barely awake to remember the meal! Same goes for breakfast. I don’t know anyone who feels like making an extensive breakfast spread in the morning, especially on a weekday! I figured these breakfast bowls frozen in bulk would be a great addition to our meal-prep agenda.
For my first attempt, I decided to start with very basic and easy-to-cook ingredients. You literally can’t screw this up: scrambled eggs, crumbled sausage, diced potatoes, sausage gravy and cheddar cheese. I had already ordered mini-size meal prep containers on Amazon but they hadn’t come in yet. Side note–I am obsessed with all things Amazon, and all things containers. However, even with my Prime shipping, my meal prep containers were obviously not going to arrive within the next 2 hours…so I used some shallow re-usable plastic containers that I already had! This recipe is so convenient and will save you so much time. I know you will love it!
Make-ahead Freezer Breakfast Bowls
Make-Ahead Freezer Breakfast Bowls
Scramble 6 eggs, adding a little water for fluffiness. Melt a small amount of butter in a large skillet and cook eggs in batches. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Be sure to just barely undercook your eggs because you are going to be reheating in the microwave and the eggs could dry out! Repeat until all eggs are cooked. Set aside and continue preparing other ingredients.
Toss all of your breakfast sausage patties into a large bowl. Roughly mix and chop the sausage with a wooden spoon. Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, and again, cook until just barely underdone. Strain grease, if necessary, and set cooked sausage aside.
Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add frozen potatoes so that you have an even layer in the bottom of the pan. Cook as directed according to the package. I cooked mine for about 10-12 minutes, tossing potatoes every few minutes. When potatoes are golden brown, remove from pan and set aside.
Assemble your bowls. I like to start with the scrambled eggs as a base, then add in about two spoonfuls of sausage, and 2 spoonfuls of breakfast potatoes. Then, I drizzled about a 1-2 tablespoons of sausage gravy over the ingredients, and tossed to mix. Top with 2 tablespoons of shredded cheddar cheese. Wait to cover until ingredients have cooled. Then, attach lids to your containers and place in your freezer!
To serve your breakfast bowls after removing from the freezer, all you have to do is microwave for approximately 3 minutes!
Of course, I sampled one of the breakfast bowls this morning once they were done and it was AMAZING. And I am happy to say, I think it was even better than the store bought ones! I calculated what I paid for the ingredients and it ended up costing about $3 a bowl. But since I did this last minute, I didn’t use any coupons or sales for my ingredients. I know, I’m so ashamed! I think if I planned ahead and purchased my ingredients on sale or with coupons, I could make these for about $2-$2.50 per bowl! Cheaper than purchasing pre-made from the store (or buying fast food breakfast!), and the best part is: you know what is in your food!
I’d love to hear your ideas on how to change up this breakfast bowl the next time. I am thinking of trying egg whites, spinach, turkey sausage and low fat cheese for a healthier take! I hope this recipe helps you to prepare your meals in bulk so that you can spend more time actually enjoying your morning instead of oh-so-common hustle and bustle and rushing out the door! If you enjoy this recipe, please share with your friends and family. And as always, thank you for joining me in all the coziness that is Cozy Up with Coco! Stay cozy, my friends!