Introduction: Breakfast for the Week in 30 Minutes!

I always feel great when I wake up early enough to make a nice breakfast but my love for sleep rarely allows that.

Now, after spending only half an hour in prep on Sunday night I can have breakfast all week and not miss a wink of sleep!

Step 1: Making the Purchase

First, we need a shopping list.

1 dozen eggs

1/2 lb of your favorite cheese slices (I like cheddar)

1 lb your favorite breakfast meat (I use ham and bacon. If I'm feeling daring I get some pepperoni)

5 bagels or English muffins

note 1: I don't use regular bread or biscuits as they don't keep very well.

note 2: I love bagels with garlic or onions on them but they tend to get sticky so I opt for plain. It's easier to eat on the run.

Step 2: Cooking Eggs for the Week!

Cooking eggs for the week is actually easier than cooking them for a single breakfast.

Preheat your oven to 350° F

Crack your eggs into a medium size mixing bowl. Add salt, pepper and whatever spices you might fancy.

Take a large rectangular cake pan and lightly oil it with some olive oil. Pour the eggs into the pan and bake for about 15 minutes or until they are thoroughly cooked.

Your eggs might puff up in the pan but they'll flatten after a moment.

note: A little olive oil might pool over the eggs when they finish. This is normal.

Step 3: Sandwich Composition 101

Time to learn how to make a sandwich!

Slice all of your bread first. Slicing on a sandwich by sandwich basis gets tedious.

In order assemble:
-Bottom bread
-Egg
-Meat
-Cheese
-Top bread

(My girlfriend was having an anarchy day and did not follow the proper order directions. Talk about revolution...)


I like sauce as much as the next guy but avoid adding it until the moment you want to eat your sandwich as it can cause the bread to get soggy.

Step 4: Wrap It Up!

Time to wrap your sandwiches for the week!

Most people grab for the plastic wrap but I am aggressively trying to push the wax paper movement. It's better for the environment and just darn seems to keep that sandwich freshest for as long as possible.

Anyway, wrap your sandwich in some wax paper and tape it shut with masking tape. If you believe that variety is the spice of life and prepare different sandwiches for the week you can label them on the masking tape with a marker.

Step 5: Enjoy the Breakfast Revolution!

Wake up Monday morning and throw one of those bad boys in the microwave for 30 - 60 seconds.

You've put in your work, now reap your reward! Enjoy your breakfast and never go hungry again!

Comments

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djzypher (author)2017-04-12

do you use all of the dozen eggs?

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RubyA10 (author)2016-04-22

Tasty

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radical_michael (author)2016-02-26

in my country: Venezuela, what we would do is replace the english muffin or bagel, (which here hardly anyone knows it, therefore it is very difficult to get) and would replace a local variant known as "arepas" , or if required a sweet touch another local variant known as "arepas andinas" would be used. other than that, the recipe is excellent...:-)

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warriorethos2 (author)2016-02-21

JosephR25, your breakfast for a week receipt is right up my alley as I am always buy the Jimmy Dean ham, egg, cheese, and English muffins at the store for my morning breakfast. This is a good way to save some money. How much does it cost you in an average to make the weeks supply of breakfast sandwiches? How do you heat the ones you have stored in the refrigerator? I heat the Jimmy Dean sandwiches on high of 35 seconds and that works great. I also enjoy adding pepper jack cheese when I use croissants in stead of English muffins. Good luck in the Meal Prep Contest.

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jorgeisagirl (author)2016-02-04

smart

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leeroystake (author)2016-01-31

I usually buy those dirty home brand hamburgers & stick them on toasted muffins with cheese & freeze them.
45 seconds in the nuke box. best.

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JosephR25 (author)leeroystake2016-02-01

Ha. Sounds like a great/easy lunch plan!

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Leathaldose (author)2016-02-01

OMG, I may not make a weeks worth of breakfast, but THANK YOU for showing me a different way to cook eggs.

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JosephR25 (author)Leathaldose2016-02-01

It really is a great way to make them! Make sure you coat the pan with a little oil or you might just have a big mess.

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RebeccaW52 (author)2016-02-01

I'm definitely intrigued but I'm sceptical about having cooked eggs in the fridge for a week. Did they stay fresh?

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JosephR25 (author)RebeccaW522016-02-01

Trust me, I was skeptical as well but they kept really well. I didn't actually notice a difference between Monday and Friday's quality. Give it a shot and let me know how it turns out!

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jeanniel1 (author)2016-01-23

Mass production - the way to go! Efficient

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pcoates (author)2016-01-19

I just made a half dozen by putting one whole egg into into each spot of a large, muffin pan. I also used a second muffin pan to form breakfast sausage patties the same size before pan frying. (Probably could have done them in the oven, but grease spattering seemed like a safety issue which I wanted to avoid.) I also toasted 3 English muffins and 3 onion bagels before making my sandwiches and wrapping them in a double layer of paper towels and plastic sandwich baggies for the freezer.

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interknight2007 (author)2016-01-19

I made 4 of these last night, and just had the first one - pretty excellent! I am not a morning person, so it was perfect to just wrap these in foil and stick them in the toaster oven for a few minutes (then flipped it over and did the other side, since they had been quite cold). Delicious!

I did smoked sausage and pepperoni.

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That's awesome to hear! I'm really happy to hear you reproduced this.

Smoked sausage sounds excellent. Everything is better smoked!

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susaner (author)2016-01-18

I've made these by throwing eggs, spinach, bacon, shredded cheese and Tabasco in a blender, then pouring onto a Pam'd cookie sheet and baking in my toaster oven. I cut the egg slab to fit those little croissants that you can buy by the dozen in any grocery bakery section, then bagged in individual Ziplocs and froze. They were ugly to say the least (which kept my coworkers out of them!) but wonderfully tasty, and they took about 30 seconds to reheat (out of the plastic bag, on a paper towel) in the microwave. The croissant did indeed stay soft. Perfect for taking on the road at the end of night shift, to keep me out of 7-11 or McD's drive-thru.

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SamF32 (author)susaner2016-01-18

Been there, done that, delcious

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JosephR25 (author)susaner2016-01-18

Croissants sound great. I'll have to give that a try!

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Me04 (author)2016-01-18

Good instructables!

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JosephR25 (author)Me042016-01-18

Thanks! I'm glad you like it. I've been lurking around here for a few years and thought I should start letting people see what I've been tinkering with!

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ahmed kw (author)2016-01-18

you can have another way of heating with slower cooker i got electric griller its can be good choice as i don't use microwave even i don't have it in my kitchen i think something is not healthy to have it,

you can add a side dish with some fries and banana glass of milk yippy , full break fast.

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EderC4 (author)2016-01-17

Hey man, how do you store them for the week? Frozen or just on the refrigerator?

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JosephR25 (author)EderC42016-01-17

I only refrigerate them. They keep very well over the course of the week. I haven't noticed any degrading in the quality. Good question though!

Someone else mentioned freezing additional batches. I just make them on a weekly basis in an attempt to keep things somewhat fresh. If anyone makes a frozen batch I'd love to hear how it turns out!

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EderC4 (author)JosephR252016-01-17

Thanks man, will definetly try them out. As I live in Brazil I don't know what kind of bread will work best, but i'll comment here if it works!

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ahmed kw (author)EderC42016-01-18

Brazilian bread are cool " pao " could be enough but he mention kind of bread english muffin bread same as they use it in Mcdonald breakfast sandwich . you can use any but specially English muffin is hard little bit.

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jpharrington (author)JosephR252016-01-17

We've made breakfast sandwiches that are very similar and we do freeze them. They hold up well I've done 30 of them at a time and they last well.

I make sure to label them with the date and toppings.

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JosephR25 (author)jpharrington2016-01-17

That's really great to hear. I think I'll make a really big batch and freeze them for when I have friends over for hangover days. Haha!

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jpharrington (author)JosephR252016-01-17

Don't overcook the eggs prior to freezing them. When I reheat them I do cover them with with a glass top or a dish to keep the moisture in the sandwiches.

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Donkadawn (author)EderC42016-01-17

Was was just about to ask the same thing... and the answer is ???

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JGDean (author)2016-01-17

Try using a hamburger bun. Mix picante sauce and some chopped jalapeno pepper with your eggs, salt an pepper to taste. Top with a slice of pepperjack cheese, maybe a little more picante sauce for flavor. Wrap it in freezer paper and freeze. Microwave for 70-90 seconds. Give it a minute for the temperature to even out before eating, This will really warm you up on those cold winter mornings. (And jalapenos are good for you http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/jalapeno-peppers.html)

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odellkevin (author)2016-01-17

A bagel? Really? Eating a microwaved bagel is like eating a car tire. An English muffin would probably be okay.

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JosephR25 (author)odellkevin2016-01-17

The bagels definitely aren't as good as a fresh bagel but they don't get tough. If anything they get a little soft.

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All Breads I have Microwaved turn softer, Not Harder. Just Saying.

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Fred Flintstone (author)2016-01-17

Microwave, NOT FOR ME! Has anyone read the questionable effects of a microwave on food especially cheese?

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I don't worry about the microwave. My dear old mother got one as soon as she learned they were time savers for her. She rarely used her oven after that for herself and my Dad. Dad lived on to be 90, and Mom made it to 99.5. I'm now 74 and other than arthritis, I'm a pretty healthy old Mick! Maybe we've just got good genes!

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If you're not into the microwave I had great results popping the sandwich in my panini press for a few minutes!

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I have actually. I assume you're talking about free radicals. It just seems like a necessary evil these days if you actually want to eat hot food.

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rfhewitt (author)2016-01-17

This is such a great idea!

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JosephR25 (author)rfhewitt2016-01-17

Thanks!

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KayleesMina (author)2016-01-17

To relieve the bead issue, my son made me some "jacked-up" eggs (sauteed onions bell pepper, some broccoli or zucchini with various cheeses, jalepenos, chopped chilis, etc.), cooked meat of choice-ham, bacon, sausage, grease (olive oil, butter, etc) muffin tins, beat some eggs (1 per muffin slot).. bake til egg sops jiggling. Pop them out and into a freezer bag... warm in toaster oven or micro & whallah!!!

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thegrendel (author)2016-01-17

Useful instructable, but I have to disagree about the use of wax paper. Back in olden times, before plastic wrap, sandwiches routinely were stored in was paper pouches. And, there was a residual "waxy" taste that I found quite unpleasant.

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FromMyLittleCityKitchen (author)2016-01-17

I found this sandwich to be very versatile! I added feta cheese and tomato's to the egg mixture and I used Ezekiel sprouted wheat bread instead of muffins or bagels and they turned out great! That's the beauty of this tutorial it really lends itself to be customized!

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sogoesme (author)2016-01-17

I started home canning (which nobody seems to do in the UK) for this very reason, cook loads when you have spare time on a sunday and your set for a very long time, I do a cooked breakfast in a jar ;)

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JosephR25 (author)sogoesme2016-01-17

That's really great! We know some great gardeners and always have enough canned tomatoes!

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JosephR25 (author)2016-01-17

Haha. Bread is the most ancient of all foods beside raw meat 5 million years ago. I don't think it will really hurt you. Might not be so great on the waistline though.

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jane davis (author)2016-01-17

I was raised on wax paper sandwiches because plastic wrap hadn't been invented yet. It's very under rated and not used nearly enough today. I'm 73 years old and haven't had a "wax problem" yet--and I still use it. There isn't enough wax on the paper to affect the sandwhich in the microwave and the paper holds up well.

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JosephR25 (author)jane davis2016-01-17

I agree. Thanks for checking out our project and adding to the conversation!

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RichardD52 (author)2016-01-17

For a stretch in my bachelor/college/working days I would make sandwiches for a week and freeze them individually and on the day off I would bring the frozen sandwich which thawed out in my lunch bag with a fresh piece of lettuce to out in. For dinner I would have two drumsticks or a chicken breast or a serving of casserole flipping between them all frozen individually so all I did was make a salad. Pretty boring but I was working full time and going to school full time. You can get good grades when you have no social life. Breakfast I ate over a frying pan in the sink, a runny fried egg sandwich, no dishes. Cheap as well.

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JosephR25 (author)RichardD522016-01-17

Awesome! Very frugal and efficient. I commend you.

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Bill71 (author)2016-01-17

This is an awesome idea! You're dead-on with the struggle of being a breakfast person in a no-time-for-that world!
A I think I'll pick up some bell peppers and mushrooms to dice into the eggs. Have you tried toasting the muffins/bagels before making the sandwiches?
Thanks for the meal plan!

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