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Can you believe it is that time of year again? Back to school is upon us and it seems like every year it sneaks up on me more quickly. In fact I even know some kids who have started classes already. As much as I do love Summer I get giddy over the new school year. I love walking the aisles at Walmart of new school supplies and the smell of fresh paper and crayons. Perfectly sharpened pencils and cute folders, these are a few of my favorite things! I’m like a moth to the flame, head to Walmart buy all the things and get groceries for freezer breakfast strata! Done and done.
With back to school going it seems like my schedule fills up quickly. Everything becomes a little hectic and you have to set up a plan. As a homeschool mamma I depend on organization and a plan. Not only am I the parent. I am the teacher, lunch lady, and hall monitor too. When I think about that I get sort of overwhelmed for a hot minute. Then I remember if I prep everything goes super smoothly.
Plan “Breakfast Strata”
We all know that children do better in school and are more focused when they get a good breakfast. Something that will stick to their bones and carry them through early mornings into lunchtime. For me that means making breakfast strata. Strata is such a hearty and satisfying breakfast. Plus, I freeze like 5 pans of breakfast strata. for the first weeks back to school. Magic, let me tell you why.
Our family first started freezer meal stocking with the home birth of my 3rd baby. It was my arsenal to having 2 young kiddos already and my demand for great food that was still good for you and convenient. I demand real foods like Horizon® whole milk from cows who aren’t given antibiotics and hormones, who live on sustainable farms. And well made Horizon® Organic Shredded Cheese, for my convenience, but I still feel good about cooking with. To obtain these standards of exceptional food my kitchen became a test kitchen and I tried making loads of different recipes. Some, like breakfast strata, with high acclaim. Others were, meh. But the breakfast strata came out beautifully every time and has quickly became a family favorite. It’s such an easy way to get a full meal in one dish. And go ahead customize it to your hearts content!
Freezing Breakfast Strata
I am team savory breakfast. I didn’t grow up with cereal or pancakes for breakfast. Our breakfast table staples were hash-browns (It is Idahome my friends), farm fresh eggs, and the occasional fresh caught rainbow trout or steak if it was on sale. Now my parents they are morning birds, farm folk. I was not blessed with that gene. I love my extra sleep. Like literally l-o-v-e my sleep folks. But I still wanted to give my kids the really nice breakfasts my parents did for us. Sans the 5 am mornings. My freezer breakfast strata does just that. Extra sleep and incredible breakfast, winning!
I am giving you the recipe today for one pan of breakfast strata that feeds my family of 5. To prep these babies for the freezer I simply use those one time use tin pans, that the frugal mamma in me reuses. Then multiply the recipe per how many pans you want to make. It’s easy to switch up the toppings and fillings, go crazy with your favorite foods. I like to have a big Saturday cook up and fill the freezer day for the first few weeks of back to school. So get your pans ready and foil on hand and wrap up some freezer breakfast strata to make your back to school simple and eat well at the same time. Sleep a little extra mammas you have got this breakfast thing covered! Plus, brunch or lunch!
- 1 Small Loaf Good Crusty Bread Chopped (stale, day old is best)
- 5 Farm Fresh Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Horizon Whole Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Pesto (I freeze a bunch of homemade)
- ¼ Cup of Julienned Sundried Tomatoes
- ½ Cup of Shredded Horizon Mozzarella Cheese
- 3 Pieces of Crispy Bacon Crumbled (optional)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Fresh basil and cherry tomatoes to garnish
- Start by chopping up your bread into bite sized chunks.
- Take your sundried tomatoes, cheese, and bacon and toss with the bread.
- Then make your egg mixture.
- Add eggs, milk, pesto, and salt to a bowl and whisk together.
- Place bread mixture in greased pan(s) and pour egg mixture over top.
- Sprinkle with cheese.
- You can freeze of bake at this point.
- If freezing wrap well and remove from the freezer the night before.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes unfrozen.
- Frozen/Unthawed overnight bake for 35-45 minutes.