If you are otherwise busy in the morning, you probably don’t enjoy the extra task of finding a meal. If you are like me, you find a favorite fast-food and let them do the work for you. Here is a much healthier and much less expensive alternative. Has for how much time it takes, add up the time waiting in line/drive-through at the fast food and compare to doing this once every week or two!

We’re doing a very American breakfast here, eggs, potatoes, meat of your choice, cheese if you want it, and a little something extra for extra flavor.

What you need:

  • cutting board
  • kitchen knife
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 medium size mixing bowl
  • wire wisk or fork
  • measuring cup
  • 10-12-inch skillet
  • plastic, nylon, or wooden spatula
  • wooden spoon
  • large strainer
  • soup laddle (not required, but nice to have)
  • 10-12 8 oz. Glad®, Tupperware®, Hefty®, Rubbermaid® or other microwaveable plastic containers. (Larger containers take up more space in your freezer.)

What goes in it:

  • 1 pound of meat (optional) such as:
    • bacon
    • sausage
    • chicken
    • beef tips
  • 2 pounds of whole potatoes
  • flavor element
    • 8 oz of minced or diced veggies (healthy alternative)
      • red peppers
      • green peppers
      • onions
      • tomatoes
    • 12-16 oz. of appropriate breakfast gravy (tasty alternative) such as:
      • white gravy
      • sausage gravy
      • brown gravy (depending on meat choice)
  • 18 large eggs
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 oz. olive oil

What to do:

Set your meat out to thaw. Put your skillet on low heat, maybe 1/3 of the burner power, with the olive oil. The skillet is warming slowly to prevent warping the bottom of the skillet – it will last longer and heat better.

The potatoes take the longest to cook, so do these first. While they’re cooking, we’ll move on to the rest of the stuff.

Dice your potatoes in 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch cubes – don’t use a ruler, just cut them up so they’re about as wide as the end of a finger. Add them to the skillet. Turn them over every 3 to 5 minutes until they show general browning. To test if they are done, pick out a larger bit with a fork – be careful of the HOT potato – and taste test. If the potato is cooked to your liking, they are done. This will take about 15 – 25 minutes depending on how much heat your stove is delivering. Don’t sweat it, you’ll be doing other things during this time.

While the potatoes are cooking, break the eggs into a medium size mixing bowl and wisk until well blended. Set aside.

If you are using the healthier alternative for your flavor element, clean your veggies and mince/dice them:

  • remove the stems
  • cut peppers in half and remove seeds
  • slice veggies to desired thickness, then cube them

Place these into the large mixing bowl and set aside.

If you are using the tasty alternative for your flavor element, prepare according to package instructions if necessary, add to the large mixing bowl, and set aside.

If your potatoes have not finished cooking yet, finish cooking them, then put in a strainer to drain. NOTE: Draining them over your sink will clog you sink’s “P” trap! Either run plentiful HOT water down your sink while draining OR drain your potatoes into another bowl.

While the potatoes are draining, cook the meat. Place it into the skillet, break it up and allow it to cook on the same 1/3 heat you used for the potatoes. You want to cook meat in this style of breakfast all the way through which simply means no pink, whether it’s beef, pork, poultry, or fish.

Transfer the potatoes to the large mixing bowl and drain your meat. While the meat is draining, put the eggs in the skillet to cook using the same 1/3 heat setting. let them sit and cook for about three minutes. They won’t be done yet. cut them into large sections and turn the cooked sections over in the skillet, letting the uncooked egg run to the bottom where it can cook. Repeat ever 3 minutes or so until all the eggs are cooked. Shut off the stove. Using the spatula, break up the eggs into 1/2 cubes and add to the large mixing bowl.

Add the drained meat to the large mixing bowl. Add the cheese and mix throughly using a wooden spoon. You can use anything you like, but wooden spoons work best and you are doing this to save time and effort.

Once the breakfast blend is well mixed, scoop into plastic microwaveable containers using the soup ladle and freeze. Microwaving these takes about 3 to 3 1/2 minutes in a 1000 wat microwave – you will see them boiling around the edges long before the center is thawed, so let them have the full 3+ minutes.

Comments are welcome! If you tried a variation on this, tell what you did and how it worked! Everyone benefits that way!

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