Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. While that may make me unusual, there’s no denying that there are some pretty delicious breakfast foods out there. One example that comes to mind is french toast. Today I’m sharing with you some recipes for make ahead french toast and french toast casseroles. Some of these are overnight recipes to make the day before and some can actually be made as a freezer meal weeks or months ahead. The work is done ahead and they are ready to bake in the morning. These are great for brunch, hosting company, quick family breakfasts, bringing to potlucks, or special occasions such as Christmas morning. In our house, a French toast casserole has become a bit of a holiday tradition.
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Dinner doesn’t get more kid friendly than a tater tot casserole. My kids are guaranteed to gobble up anything with the words “tater tot” in it. These casseroles also happen to be super easy to make so it’s a win-win for everyone!Some tater tot casseroles can even be made in the slow cooker or Instant Pot and many of them can be made ahead as a freezer meal. So not only are they kid-approved, they are mom-approved too!
What’s a good side dish for tater tot casserole?
Depending on which recipe you choose, there may not be a need for a side dish as some of them contain meat, vegetables, and cheese. But for those that are less hearty, you may want to serve a salad with your meal or a plate of simple raw vegetables.
Can you freeze tater tot casserole after you bake it?
Not only can you freeze most tater tot casseroles after baking them, many of them can be assembled and frozen before baking as well. They can then be thawed and cooked in the Crock Pot or oven. Being able to make these ahead means that you’ll always have a family friendly meal ready to pull out for those busy weeknights.
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When you’re hosting a large gathering, the more that you can do ahead, the better. Being able to just pull these make ahead desserts out of the freezer takes so much stress off the day of. These freezer desserts are great for serving at a party or for last minute guests.
It’s also nice to have a few of these in the freezer all the time for unexpected company. I love being able to pop something onto a plate to serve with tea. The guests can relax and enjoy a nice visit because you’re not rushing around the kitchen.
Easy make ahead desserts for a crowd:
Frozen Oreo Pie – These are so easy to make and delicious. I always make two at a time.
Frozen Peanut Butter Cup Pie – Peanut butter and chocolate were made for each other!
Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites – These have the holiday flavours all wrapped up in one little bite.
Tropical Carrot Cake – You can freeze the whole thing including the cream cheese frosting.
Freezer Friendly Apple Crisp – I know that holiday get togethers are usually a time for pie, but I always prefer crisp.
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Dietary preferences don’t have to mean that you can’t have delicious made ahead meals ready to go in your freezer. These family friendly vegetarian freezer meals make busy weeknights as easy as can be. Just take out a meal in the morning, heat, and serve. Some of them can be cooked in the crock pot or Instant Pot, making them even easier.
In our family, there are a few of us who prefer not to eat much meat, so vegetarian meals are served at least a few times a week. I make them hearty and tasty so that there are no complaints from my meat eaters!
Vegetarian Freezer Meals for Easy Family Dinners:
Probably my favourite recent vegetarian freezer meal is this Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas Meal. The flavours are out of this world!
These Asian Rice Bowl freezer bags make a lunch or dinner that can be on the plate in minutes. There are so many variations that are possible by using your favourite vegetables.
The colours of this Chickpea and Vegetable Curry are as beautiful as they taste. It is such a nice crock pot meal.
It’s hard to beat the feeling of comfort that of macaroni and gooey cheese. Having this Make Ahead Mac and Cheese in the freezer means that you can indulge that craving anytime it hits.
This Slow Cooker Vegan Chili with hearty ingredients can be frozen for up to 3 months.
If you’re looking for gorgeous colours and depth of flavour, give this Instant Pot Moroccan Split Pea Soup a try. It’s vegan and gluten free and an easy to make freezer meal.
One of the great things about fresh corn is that it freezes so well. This delicious Pressure Cooker Vegan Corn Chowder can be made and enjoyed all year long.
This unique vegetarian lasagna with sweet roasted pumpkin, flavourful mushrooms, plenty of cheese and a wonderful mushroom bechamel sauce is a variation of Italian lasagna bianca, white lasagna.
Packed with veggies, this Coconut Chickpea Curry is a healthy freezer friendly midweek meal.
Pasta is one of my favourite make ahead meals like this Vegan Baked Ziti. If anyone in your family has allergies, this dish is gluten free, dairy free, and soy free, making it a meal that most people can have regardless of their dietary needs.
Made almost entirely from vegetables, this gorgeous Butternut Squash Soup is filled with things like carrots, onion, apples, sweet potato, butternut squash, and flavored with fresh garlic and ginger.
A Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf that mimics the classic meatloaf with no meat, which is gluten free, nut free, and soy free. Get all your protein and veggies in this healthy recipe!
The Instant Pot enables you to make Borscht with all its flavour in a fraction of the time. This Eastern European beet soup will have you lining up for seconds!
More Make Ahead Vegetarian Meals:
- Instant Pot Tomato Soup
- Chickpea Butternut Squash Fajitas
- Gluten Free Vegan Eggplant Chickpea Curry
- Instant Pot Carrot Ginger Soup
- Gluten Free Vegetarian Lasagna
Vegetarian Freezer Side Dishes:
- Honey Maple Glazed Carrots
- Buffalo Ranch Cauliflower and Broccoli
- Freezer Garlic Bread
- Make Ahead Rice Pilaf
- Butternut Squash Make Ahead Dish
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I love that time on Christmas morning after the kids have opened their stockings when we all sit down together and eat breakfast. It’s relaxing and quiet and a time for family connection. I used to rush around making the food after the stockings were done. The kids would get grouchy because they were hungry and I felt pressured to get something on the table. Now that I use make ahead recipes for Christmas morning breakfast, things are totally different.
The kids can eat right away because the food is ready and I don’t have to stress about cooking. Instead, I can enjoy my family and be in the moment with them. I love it!
What I do is pop whatever it is I’ve made ahead into the oven as soon as I come down the stairs. Then we can start opening stockings in the living room while the smell of deliciousness starts to creep in from the kitchen. And I don’t have to worry about anything because when we’re done, breakfast is ready to be eaten!
Make Ahead Recipes for Christmas Morning Breakfast:
If you’re looking for more of a make ahead brunch the whole family can enjoy, our make ahead french toast recipe is perfect.
This is one of the most requested meals for the kids’ birthday suppers and there are cries of joy whenever I announce that I am making it!
These make ahead pancake mini muffins are wonderful to have in the freezer.
The pictures don’t do it justice mainly because my attempt to make it look festive are not Pinterest worthy, but this is one of our favourites. We have it almost every year.
These simple breakfast hand pies can be made ahead and reheated one at a time for busy mornings.
Having ready to go breakfasts like these taco breakfast cups make mornings so much easier.
Making these everything bagels breakfast muffins ahead allows you to grab one on your way out the door or a busy Christmas morning!
This make ahead French Toast Casserole is great to pop in the oven for an easy weekend breakfast.
The handheld sandwiches are great for a large group.
This cheesy slow cooker hash brown casserole is perfect for potlucks, brunches or Christmas mornings. You can make it in the crock pot or the oven.
These are SO easy to make and you can prepare them ahead of time. You can make a ton of these in just minutes and store them in the fridge or freezer.
It only takes a few seconds to warm up in the microwave, and they taste YUMMY still! They last in the freezer about 3 months.
Mix and match your favourite toppings to make these freezer-friendly pancake muffins.
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