Cooking with Ease: Make-ahead meals for busy, back-to-school mornings

Rockwall, TX (August 7, 2023) – Embarking on a new school year requires lots of preparation: clothes, shoes, supplies, athletic gear, haircuts, and easy meal ideas for little and big ones to grab on the way out the door.

I am not a morning person, so breakfast is always the hardest. I often look for make-ahead meals that are easy to prepare, store and warm up. Two of my favorites are breakfast tacos and breakfast sandwiches. I feel like tacos are a given, but please try those sandwiches! Both can be prepared weeks ahead of time and warmed up for a quick breakfast, easy lunch, or afternoon snack.

Tate Farms Breakfast Tacos


1 lb breakfast sausage

12 eggs

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt & pepper

12 flour tortillas

12 pieces of parchment paper


Crack all 12 eggs in a bowl, whisk well and set aside.

Brown sausage in pan over medium/high heat. I don’t drain the fat… but you do you!

Pour egg mixture into the pan with sausage. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally—salt and pepper to taste. Once eggs are mostly cooked, add spinach and cheese. Cook one more minute or until all is combined and the eggs are cooked.

You can clean this pan and use it to warm your tortillas or use a flat top like I do.

Warm on high heat, 5 seconds on each side.

Fill each tortilla with about 1/2 cup egg mixture. Roll up the taco, then roll it into parchment paper.

Eat immediately or pop in the fridge for up to 4 days or freezer for three weeks.

Microwave 30-45 seconds if eating from cold and 1 minute from frozen.

*Do not roll in foil if you are planning to microwave.

Easy Breakfast Sammies


6 English muffins (your choice)

6 eggs

Salt & pepper

6 pieces of Canadian bacon

6 slices cheddar cheese

Round cookie cutter, biscuit cutter, or egg ring


Cut English muffins in half and set aside.

On the stovetop, heat a pan on medium. Spray egg ring and pan with non-stick spray. Crack egg into ring, sprinkle with salt & pepper, and fry until firm on the bottom. Remove ring and flip egg. Fry to desired consistency. Start frying the next egg once the egg ring is available.

Once eggs are ready, assemble sammies.

Muffin bottom, Canadian bacon, egg, cheese and muffin top.

Wrap in butcher or parchment paper.

These will hold in the fridge for up to 5 days and freezer for up to three weeks. When ready to eat, microwave in the paper for 30 seconds from cold and one minute from frozen.

*Do not roll in foil if you are planning to microwave.