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Breakfast in 5 Minutes

One of my make-ahead goals each week is breakfast in 5 minutes or less. I do the real work on Cooking Day – baking the muffins, hard-boiling the eggs, or prepping the smoothies, what have you. Then during the week, breakfast is just a quick trip to the microwave or blender.

There are people out there who get up and make perfect Paleo hash in the morning. I’m sure there are, I’ve seen their blogs.

But mornings are already pretty hectic for most folks without the added hassle of cooking a meal. When you know you’ve got a healthy breakfast waiting on you when you get up, the decision’s already made. Your day’s heading in the right direction from the start.

This meal lends itself well to make-ahead cooking because most people have a high tolerance for breakfast repetition during the week. I will eat the same breakfast every morning, no complaints. Studies show a lot of folks actually eat the same breakfast (cereal) for years!

So, I make one breakfast item on Cooking Day and eat it all week. If I’m tired of it by Friday, it’s cool. I’ll just make a new breakfast item next week.

Sometimes breakfast is as simple as some gluten-free toast and almond butter with chia seeds on top. Or these muffins or banana bread. I’ll often hard-boil eggs for a protein side.

Overnight oatmeal is a great meal-prep breakfast item (I made this recipe this week!). Don’t let the term “overnight” lead you to believe these need to be made the night before. You can prep as many individual servings of oatmeal as you need for the week on your Cooking Day. They just get creamier and oatmealier as the week goes on.

The basic ratio of old fashioned oats to liquid is 1:1. I use almond milk or boxed coconut milk, but dairy milk works too, of course. On Serving Day, you can microwave to warm them up or just eat cold or room temperature.

Smoothies can be prepped on Cooking Day too. Store your wet, fresh and dry (protein powders, wheatgrass powder, etc.) separately. Then dump them all into a blender when you’re ready for 5-minute breakfast.

Do the work and enjoy breakfast in 5 all week. Have a good morning!


Tips for Doubling or Tripling a Recipe

Making large quantities of several meals on your Cooking Day just makes good sense. You’re maximizing the time spent in the kitchen, plus you can stock the freezer for future use. (Economies of Scale! Thanks, Econ. 101!)

Standard recipes are typically crafted to make 4 servings. To get the most bang for your Cooking Day buck, double or even triple a recipe to crank out the amount of food you need for the whole week.

But sometimes recipes act a bit … shall we say … funny when they’re doubled or tripled. It’s not always as easy as dumping more ingredients in the pot. Here are some hints to make doubling go smoother:

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Make Ahead Salad Dressing Technique

The Make Ahead Modern Method is all about prepping elements of meals ahead of time. This gets food on the table quick. Some of the best elements to make ahead are dressings. Dressings add the flavor to your fresh stuff. They make the difference between naked lettuce and awesome salad. Plus, they don’t mind sitting in the fridge, waiting until you’re ready for them.

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Why I Go Gluten-Free

When I decided to overhaul my make-ahead game and start eating healthier, I cut out gluten. I am not a celiac. I don’t claim to have an allergy, and I don’t know if I even have an intolerance.

The reason I decided to go gluten-free was simply because I can’t control myself around it. I turn into a lion on a pasta-gazelle. Give me some pizza, bread or noodles, and I’ll mindlessly eat until it’s gone. That was a problem when wheat products were the cornerstone of my diet.

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How to Cut Down on Food Waste

American households throw away a lot of food. And I have a sneaking suspicion the amount we throw away goes way up when we’re trying to make a change to eat healthier. We have all these good intentions of eating that beautiful box of greens. But then work runs over or pizza cravings hit. And the box just sits there until it ain’t so pretty anymore.

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Top 5 Make Ahead Modern Tools

It’s so hard to say what tools are essential in a kitchen, I think it’s a personal choice. That egg ring may seem superfluous to me, but hey, someone else may LOVE it.

With this in mind, I’ve tried to narrow down what’s truly essential in the Make Ahead Modern kitchen. These are the tools necessary to make and store food that keeps all week and comes together in a snap.

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