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Back-to-School Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

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School is in session! With the back-to-school season in full swing, families are transitioning out of the slower-paced days of the summer season into the chaotic and crazy calendars of the set schedule for the school year.

Children and parents alike may find themselves scrambling to get out the door in time to catch the bus and make the bell. It may be easy to grab a granola bar or skip that bowl of cereal altogether, but breakfast is the first meal of the day that can set you up for success.

Do not skimp on properly fueling you and your family members, even if that means taking a travel mug of bone broth with you as you head out the door. Here are five easy back-to-school recipe ideas for busy mornings.

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Whole 30 Breakfast Casserole by Heather Brown | My Life Well Loved

#1 Casseroles

One of the easiest breakfast recipes you can prepare ahead of time is a baked casserole. Commonly used for dinner meals, casseroles are perfect for busy mornings. Just throw everything together in a casserole pan the night before, then bake it up that evening or first thing in the morning. The best part about a breakfast casserole is anything goes, so whether you have eggs and onions or peppers and potatoes, breakfast casseroles are perfect for busy back-to-school mornings.


corned beef hash
Corned Beef Hash by Sean Coonce | Pastured Kitchen

#2 Hashes

Breakfast hashes are another great option for early mornings. Like breakfast casseroles, hashes can easily be made by throwing everything into one pan. Simply stir everything up, sizzle, and enjoy each and every bite before heading out for the day ahead. Some hearty hash recipes include:


breakfast taco
Green Chile Breakfast Tacos by Sean Coonce | A Pastured Kitchen

#3 Leftovers

Do you have leftovers from last night’s family dinner? Repurpose them into a tasty breakfast dish.

Leftover biscuits or bread rolls? Try biscuits and gravy. What about a batch of leftover baked sweet potatoes? How about a stuffed breakfast sweet potato? Hot dogs from grilling out on one of the last nights of summer vacation? Use them as the main ingredient in a breakfast stir fry.

Too many taco shells? Whip up these Green Chili Breakfast Tacos. So much steak? Make some steak and eggs of course! If you have a handful of leftover beef, add it to basic bacon and eggs for a delicious layer of flavor. Shall we continue…As you can see there are so many things you can do with leftovers, so get creative and see how you can give dinner leftovers new life by using them the next morning for breakfast.


Bacon and Spinach Quiche
Bacon and Spinach Quiche by Polly Conner & Rachel Tiemeyer of Thriving Home

#4 Quiche

Baking breakfast the night before can save loads of energy and time in the morning, so try making a breakfast quiche ahead of time. You can even make them mini in size by using a muffin tray so even the littlest of family members can enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading to school. Need some other bite-sized ideas? Try these Baked Egg and Bacon Cups.


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Onion Bacon Mushroom Egg Puff by Kaylie Watson | Kaylie Watson’s Nourished Wellness

#5 Sheet Pan and Skillet Meals

Similar to baked breakfast casseroles and homemade hashes, one sheet pan and one skillet meals are a no-brainer when baking up a back-to-school breakfast for the entire family to enjoy. Besides being delicious, one sheet pan meals and one skillet meals only require one main dish to bake or cook so that means fewer dishes to deal with later on. (You’re welcome).

Heading back to school or back to the office after the summer season does not mean you have to sacrifice the bounty of breakfast. Whip up one (or all) of these breakfast meal ideas, all perfect for the start of the school year and busy mornings.


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Ashley Martens is a Health and Wellness Writer based in Chicago, IL. With a background in digital marketing coupled with her knowledge of general nutrition and a lifelong passion for all things health, wellness, fitness and nutrition, Ashley offers a healthy alternative to traditional writing. You can learn more about Ashley and her writing on her portfolio.