Make Two Weeks' Worth Of Breakfasts With One Sheet Pan 

I love a fast food breakfast. Few things bring me as much joy as an Egg McMuffin or terrible breakfast burrito, even though I know they're not exactly "healthful". So rather than spend my mornings at the drive-through -- I don't have a car -- I decided to make my own quick and easy breakfast fare and I made a lot of them.

Photos by Claire Lower.

Taking inspiration from this article from The Kitchn, I whipped up a sheet pan of eggs to use for both my English muffin sandwiches and burritos. To make this batch of yourself, you will need:

  • 9 eggs
  • 3/4 cup full-cream milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Any vegetables you want to throw in there (I used some leftover frozen mushrooms and caramelised onions)

Whip the eggs and milk together and season them with salt and pepper. You can also add a little nutritional yeast, or even some poppy or sesame seeds. Anything goes. Spray a 20x30cm sheet pan with cooking spray, and scatter your vegetables of choice around in a mostly-even fashion. Bake the eggs at 190°C until a thin knife inserted into the middle comes out clean (about 15-20 minutes). You now have enough eggs to make eight breakfast sandwiches and nine breakfast burritos.

For the Sandwiches

Take a cookie cutter (or glass) and out circles of egg. Toast eight English muffins and top them with those egg circles.

Top the eggs with whatever cheese and meat you desire. I chose deli ham as my meat, but you can also use bacon, grilled tofu, or omit extra protein entirely. For the cheese, I went the trash panda route and embraced singles, but cheddar, smoked Gouda, or any other slice-able cheese would work well.

Wrap your sandwiches in alfoil, throw 'em in a freezer bag, and keep them in the freezer for up to a month.

For the Burritos

You may have noticed that cutting out those little egg circles left behind a whole lot of egg. This is great news, because you can use that excess for burritos. How you fill your tortilla is up to you, but I think you should pick at least one item from each of the following categories:

  • Protein: Breakfast sausage, chorizo, ham, bacon, turkey, or soy curls. (For the sausage, chorizo and bacon: cook and drain on paper towels beforehand.)

  • Cheese: Semi-hard melting cheeses such as cheddar and Gouda do best here.

  • Vegetables and herbs: Besides the vegetables already baked into your eggs, now is your chance add capsicum, hot chillies, spinach, spring onion and coriander.
  • Potatoes: Potatoes get their own bullet point because they are very important. You could dice and fry your own little cubes, but I just buy the frozen shredded hash browns. Whichever potato you choose, make sure to cook them crispy and drain them on paper towels before adding them to your burrito.

Once you have all your ingredients cooked, drained, shredded and chopped, grab a tortilla, add a strip of your eggs and 2-3 tablespoons of each of the other toppings. Wrap it all up in the tortilla, wrap that in foil and throw those in the freezer bag with the sandwiches.

In the Morning

Once you're ready to consume your convenient creations, remove them from the freezer, take off the foil and heat them in the microwave on a paper towel for two minutes, give or take. (Start with a minute and a half and increase if needed.)

You can also reheat these in a toaster over, which will take a little longer, but -- especially in the case of the English muffin -- will give you a better texture.

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Comments

    Sounds alright eh. I have a little single egg frypan which you can do a slow sunny side up egg in pretty easily. Keep the pan low, crack the egg in any time, even cold and go off and do the other stuff, toast your bread/muffin and peel your single.

    As long as your pan's surface is non-stick, once you're done, take it off the heat and tomorrow morning run it under the hot tap and give it a wipe out before use. Don't try to clean it while the pan is still hot, you'll bend it.

      ^ This. I do exactly this and it's by FAR the easiest and simplest method to making anything this article suggested - and as a bonus, you don't end up with a soggy reheated, tasteless mess.

      For a website called 'lifehacker', they routinely suggest the most convoluted, time-consuming ways to achieve the simplest things.

      Not only does the method you suggest take as much time as reheating one of these bland breakfast popsicles, but it tastes better since the ingredients are fresh (eggs are soft, bread is crisp, cheese isn't sweaty from freezer condensation) - also, it saves having to bake an entire tray of eggs and distributing them all into individual servings.

      Honestly this site would do a lot better by rebranding itself as a satire of an actual, helpful blog.

        Never been big into batch cooking. Mates do it but it's not for me.

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