Knowing that this week was going to be a little crazier than normal with my husband home recovering from surgery and not able to really help out at all, I spent yesterday getting shit organized.
I still have a ways to go. I don’t have everything all nailed down. But since a meal train has been set up for us while my husband recovers so I have one less thing to deal with, I knew I didn’t have to worry about even thinking about dinner.
So I focused on breakfast. I was determined to have my mornings run smoothly this week.
I have been using my Ninja for breakfast a lot lately. I used to think it was really just for smoothies, but now I use it for all sorts of stuff.
I use it to chop onions and I use it to make soup and salsa. I use it to chop up chicken and tuna fish.
Yesterday I used it to chop apples for muffins, to make bacon bits for egg muffins, and to mix up eggs, too.
But before I got to the Ninja, I made bacon first.
I just lined a few baking sheets with foil, placed the bacon on them, put them in an unheated oven, set the oven for 450°, and set the time for about 20 minutes.
It always comes out great this way.
The kids ate some of the bacon for breakfast yesterday. I saved the rest for the egg muffins I was going to make.
After it had cooled on some paper towels, I threw it in one of the Ninja smoothie cups, and I made bacon bits.
To make egg “muffins” I just threw some eggs, bacon, and milk in a Ninja cup.
You can mix up eggs in about 2 seconds!
And I’m not exaggerating.
Then I sprinkled some cheese on top and baked at 350° for about 20 minutes. The oven was already heated up from making the bacon earlier.
YUM. My kids love these things. So do I.
I did the same thing with ham instead of bacon. I just threw it all in a Ninja cup, turned it on for two seconds, and poured the mixture into muffin tins.
I used some of that ham mixture to make plain old ham and cheese scrambled eggs.
And I used that to make egg and cheese sandwiches on english muffins.
I wrapped those up and froze them, and I’ll pull them out and toast them at some point this week.
After that I used the Ninja to chop up some apples in approximately 2 seconds. Again, no exaggeration.
I suppose you could make applesauce pretty easily this way, but I made oatmeal muffins. I adapted this recipe to make them.
I combined oats, a little honey (instead of the maple sugar in the recipe), apples, milk, cinnamon, a little bit of salt, a couple tablespoons of butter, and some baking powder and spooned that into muffin tins, again, in the lifesaving silicon liners!
I baked those at 375° for about 25 minutes, and voila!
I also packed some smoothie bags in the freezer so all I’d need to do was dump one of them in the Ninja in the morning with a little milk.
So breakfast for most of the week was covered.
I got everyone into bed early.
Clothes were picked out last night, shoes were located, lunches were packed, papers were signed, breakfast was made.
This morning I heated up some egg muffins and some oatmeal muffins, threw a bag of frozen fruit and a little milk in the Ninja, and that was it. A good breakfast for all the kids in just a couple minutes, with not a whole lot of clean up. I had to think about nothing. It was awesome.
(Oh and speaking of clean up, if you want an easy way to clean up your blender or smoothie cups, just throw a little dish soap and some warm water in there and then turn it on. Piece of cake)!
So after the night from hell last night, this morning was the best morning we have ever had, especially on a Monday.
The kids were well behaved and well fed. There was no hitting or yelling or crying or sprinting out the door to the bus.
It was a good morning.
Now, if I can just take care of the 22 remaining hours in the day, we’ll be all set.
(If you are looking for two ways to make your mornings easier, I highly recommend these two things!)