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August is here and that means it is back to school season.

This means it is time to start thinking about quick and easy breakfasts to make your mornings easier.

This year is a first for me. I will have four children, in four different schools, with four different start times. Getting everyone dressed, fed, and out the door with all of their correct supplies, materials, and band instruments will be more of a challenge than American Ninja Warrior.

Mornings are tricky. That is why at night everyone in my house does their best to prep for the next day. Clothes and shoes are laid out, backpacks are filled with the correct supplies, papers/folders are signed, and band instruments are set at the door.

All of this is done in an attempt for mornings to be nothing but smooth sailing. But like I said, mornings are tricky. One thing I have started doing is prepping quick and easy breakfasts that just need to be reheated a minute or less in the microwave.

Muffin tins are the perfect size for a grab and go breakfast.

Have leftover bacon or sausage from your weekend breakfasts? Chop it up, put in a mini muffin tin, and spoon over some pancake batter. Now you have little pancake bites that can be frozen or refrigerated and reheated as needed.

Another muffin tin favorite is egg muffin cups. This is one of my favorite ways to use up any extra veggies and meat in the refrigerator. These can also be made and refrigerated or frozen ahead of time. Perfect for those busy school day mornings!

The egg muffin cups are so versatile that they can be eaten as is, made into a sandwich, or wrapped in a tortilla depending on how hungry everyone is.

By spending less than an hour on the weekend preparing and making these easy breakfasts you will be setting yourself and your family for success during the week. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Good luck this school year!

Pancake Bites

Makes 24 mini muffins


  • 1 -12 ounce package breakfast sausage links, cooked
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • ½ cup water


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together pancake mix and water until combined.
  3. Cut each sausage link in thirds
  4. Spoon pancake mix into mini muffin tins until 2/3 full
  5. Press 1/3 sausage link into each mini muffin cup
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden

Allow to cool completely before placing in fridge or freezer. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second bursts until hot.

Egg Muffin Cups

Makes 6 regular size egg muffins


  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 3 slices of ham (sliced sandwich meat), chopped
  • 6 tablespoons shredded cheddar
  • *optional, ½-¾ cup chopped cooked vegetables


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 6 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray
  2. Sprinkle a little ham and vegetables if using in the bottom of the prepared muffin tin
  3. Cover with scrambled eggs, until 2/3 filled
  4. Sprinkle each muffin cup with 1 tablespoon cheese
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until eggs are set

Allow to cool completely before placing in the fridge or freezer. Reheat thawed eggs in the microwave for 45-60 seconds or until hot.

Jamie Gates

Parent Blogger and Recipe Creator

Jamie is the creator, recipe developer, and photographer behind The Kitchenarium. She is a wife, mother to four, coffee drinker, cookie baker, PTA/PTO mom, and a modern Tupperware lady. Jamie first started publishing recipes online in 2007. When she's not working Jamie enjoys hosting all day brunch parties, hiking with her family, trying a new-to-her local restaurant, or binge reading a new book. ...

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