Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches via Semi-Vegetarian.com

Skip the drive-thru or pre-made breakfast sandwiches from a box and make your own! After about 20 minutes of hands-on time you’ll have six hearty, healthy grab-n-go breakfasts waiting in your freezer.

I’ve been making freezer breakfast sandwiches for a few months now, and my husband and I have loved having a filling and delicious breakfast option on busy mornings when a bowl of cold cereal or toast would be the norm.

These breakfast sandwiches are completely customizable! Try different types of cheese (cheddar or pepperjack are my favorites), and change up the egg filling based on your preferences or what you have on hand. You can use most any vegetable you’d find in an omelette, or even add diced ham or crumbled (pre-cooked) sausage or bacon if you prefer meat. As long as you keep the mix-ins to a total of two cups, you’re good to go. (Of course, you can always just have a plain egg layer, too!)

Here’s a quick step-by-step picture tutorial (full recipe below!):

 

Crack nine eggs in a mixing bowl.

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Add two cups of diced mix-ins (I used one cup of spinach and one cup of mushrooms in this batch) and a few cranks of black pepper. 

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Pour in to a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the center is set. FYI- the toppings tend to float. It’s not quite as veggie-dense as it appears in this photo.

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Place six opened english muffins on a baking sheet and toast under the broiler.

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Allow the egg mixture to cool for a few minutes, then cut circles out using the rim of a drinking glass or a biscuit cutter. Place the egg patties on the bottom half of each english muffin.

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You’ll probably have lots of random “edges” left in the egg pan. Cut up the pieces and add a second layer of egg.

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Top each egg patty with a slice of cheese, and fold the corners in so everything stays mostly contained within the english muffin.

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Place the tops on all the sandwiches.

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Wraps the sandwiches individually in plastic wrap (keep it as tight as possible to keep air out), then place the wrapped sandwiches in a gallon ziplock bag and freeze! When you’re ready to eat the sandwich, remove it from the plastic, wrap in a paper towel, and microwave for two minutes or until the center is hot. (Don’t thaw ahead of time or the muffin will get soggy) If needed, you can wrap the hot breakfast sandwich in foil and take it with you!

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Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 whole wheat english muffins
  2. 6 slices of cheese (cheddar, pepperjack, etc.)
  3. 9 eggs
  4. 2 cups diced mix-ins (examples: spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, diced ham, etc.)
  5. Black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray
  2. Beat nine eggs in a mixing bowl and add the mix-ins
  3. Pour the mixture in to the prepared baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until the center is set
  4. Open the english muffins, place them on a baking sheet, and toast under the broiler
  5. After the eggs have cooled a bit, use the rim of a drinking glass or a biscuit cutter to cut out six circles. Place the egg patties on the bottom half of each english muffin.
  6. Cut up the remaining bits of egg and arrange them as a second layer on each sandwich.
  7. Top each sandwich with a slice of cheese. Fold the corners in so the fillings will stay mostly within the edges of the english muffin.
  8. Place the top half of the english muffin on all the sandwiches.
  9. Wrap each sandwich tightly in plastic wrap and place all the sandwiches in a gallon sized ziplock bag before freezing.
When you're ready to eat a sandwich
  1. Remove the sandwich from the plastic wrap and wrap it in a paper towel
  2. Microwave for two minutes or until the center is warm
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It’s Okay to Have One Child

On the fence about family size? It's okay to have one child (and love it!).

I always imagined I’d be a stay-at-home mother to three or four children, but instead I am a working mom of one child. Sometimes reality is a wee bit different than our daydreams, right? 😉  

When we talked about having kids, my husband was always in the “Let’s have one, and then we’ll see” camp. After our son was born, he found he adored being a Dad to one. I, on the other hand, still wanted more children. Now that our son is getting a little older, however, I’m finding I’m loving life with one kid! I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been an adjustment for me to get used to the idea of mothering one child, but when I think about the realities of it all I feel like our family size is just right

As I’ve talked to other mothers of one child, it seems like admitting the desire or choice to stop after one child is akin to telling some dirty little secret. I often sense the person is feeling defensive or nervous (or both) to share this choice. For some, it’s almost like they feel like they need some sort of permission to not have at least two kids.

If you’re feeling well-intentioned pressure to have multiple kids from family, friends, articles on the internet, strangers at the grocery store — anyone — know that it’s alright to have one child. Really!

After all, there are a myriad of perks to having one child:

  • Holding Hands: Our entire family can hold hands and fit on a sidewalk in a single row. A minor detail, but hey, it’s cute and makes me smile.
  • One (relatively) brief stint in “baby jail”: I have a friend who jokingly refers to the first couple years of a child’s life as “baby jail”. Your days are ruled by naptimes, early bedtimes, and how many diapers you remembered to stick in your bag. This often translates to being home. A lot. With one child, your time in baby jail is much shorter. It leaves you and your kiddo free to be out and about doing fun activities, without having to feel stuck at home because other little ones are napping.
  • Bedtime: My husband and I alternate nights putting our son to bed, so every other day we get an early start on doing grown-up evening things. It’s also a sweet time to be able to provide our son with quiet, undivided attention as we read stories, sing songs, and wind down from the day. 
  • Leaving the House: No matter how you put it, getting one kid out the door is far easier than multiple kids. Also, logistics of being out of the house (particularly when you’re alone with your child) are easier as you can hold a bag in one hand and a little hand in the other. No worrying about kids running in two different directions! More like going out with a fun little sidekick. 
  • Finances: Kids are expensive! Yes, you can certainly find lots of ways to keep costs down for day-to-day things like food, clothing, sharing bedrooms, etc. There are real costs, though, when it comes to daycare (for working families), or if you want to provide your child with opportunities for extracurricular activities during school-aged years. 
  • Car Seats: It’s nice to only have to get one kid buckled, I can place my son in the center of the backseat (increasing safety in a side impact crash), and if I ever have to move the car seat to another car I only have to get sweaty, pinch my fingers, and curse one time (ha!).
  • Smaller Car: One kid means one car seat and one set of “gear” (sports equipment, instruments, etc.) as they get older and start participating in extracurricular activities. There’s no need to invest in a minivan or SUV, and there will always be room in the backseat to bring a friend or two home to play.
  • Going to Games and Events: When our child gets older and is participating in extracurricular activities or has a school event, both parents can always be there. We don’t have to worry about getting multiple kids to different places at the same time, or choose whose baseball game or concert to attend. 
  • Less Stuff: With one child in the house, you only have to keep a set of toys that appeal to one age and one set of interests. There are rarely “toy explosions” at our house, and we are able to maintain a fairly simple stock of toys, activities, and books.
  • Savoring Each Stage: When you only have one child, you know you only have one opportunity to experience each stage of childhood. While I know all parents treasure each of their children, there is some urgency and desire to really soak in each stage and “first” as you know won’t experience it again through a sibling’s eyes.

Sidebar: This list is not to knock people with multiple children. Far from it. If that is the choice your family has made, I am so happy for you! Please believe me when I say I’m being genuine and supportive. I know you could write a similar post full of all the pros of having multiple kids! 🙂

Becoming comfortable with only having one child can be challenging when you feel pressure to continue expanding your family. Well-intentioned people aren’t afraid to share their mind when they feel you are “depriving” your child of a sibling. Here’s my two cents on a few comments I’ve heard: 

  • “He/She needs a playmate!” : Unless your child never goes to daycare, preschool, or grade school, and never participates any sort of extracurricular activity (a.k.a. They are alone with you 24/7 their entire childhood), your child will have plenty of playmates.
  • “If something happens to him/her, you’ll be childless.” : I don’t ever, ever, ever want to make light of a child dying. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and heartache that involves. For me, it doesn’t really seem like having a “back-up child” would make losing a child any easier. Not only do you have to deal with your own grief, but you’d have to help your surviving child(ren) grieve, as well. There’s really no good answer to this one, other than I think it’s a terrible argument. My gut tells me that losing a child would be a horrific experience whether you have one child or ten children.
  • “When your child is an adult, he/she will have to deal with your end of life decisions alone.” : Well, maybe but maybe not. We have legal documents with instructions of how certain things should be handled, have broader support systems of friends and family in place to support us and our son, and will have discussions with him as we age (something, in my opinion, all parents should do regardless of family size). On the emotional end of the spectrum, he will likely have good friends and his own support system to help him through the experience.
  • “My sister/brother is my best friend. I can’t imagine not giving my child the same thing.” : I once saw a quote that said something like, “Have kids if you want them, not because they need each other.” Having multiple kids is no guarantee that they will become good friends. I know plenty of people who have siblings they rarely talk to, and only see on holidays. It’s not always an adversarial relationship (though sometimes it is). Sometimes it’s just two people with different interests and personalities. There’s probably a greater chance of a person finding a friend and/or spouse to fill that BFF role. 
  • “He/She will be spoiled and selfish.” : While these exact words aren’t always said, there’s usually some beat-around-the-bush version of it. Last year I checked out a book from the library called “One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One” by Lauren Sandler. The author provides data from scientific studies that show singletons are no more or less selfish than children with siblings. Anecdotally speaking, all the adults I know who grew up without a sibling are lovely, smart, well adjusted people! Somehow the “selfish only child” stereotype continues to perpetuate, but it’s not true. 
  • “You’re not really a parent if you only have one child.” : Honestly, this one gets under my skin. A parent is a parent regardless of how many children are in your family. If you have someone who you love deep in your bones who calls you “Mom” or “Dad”… you’re a parent. Day to day life may look a little different depending on how many kids live in  your house, but we all share similar worries and joys.

If you’re on the fence about continuing past one child, know that your life (and your child’s life) will still be amazing. Do what works for YOUR family!

If you have a friend or family member who has or only wants one child, just be loving and supportive.

That’s really what we should do as parents in general, right? Love and support one another, even if someone is making a choice that is different from yours.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on family size, comments, pros/cons, personal experiences, the whole thing.

Share in the comments below! 

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