DIVAS ON A DIME: DIY Breakfast Kits Save Money and Time | Community life

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What? Hasn’t summer just begun? I just realized that school is already starting in communities across the country.

Before you think I’m a buffoon, my kids are adults, so I’m completely detached from the school year schedule. But I am not detached from the morning chaos. We all have that in common. The only way to alleviate the morning madness is to organize the chaos.

Here’s a trick I’ve found: if we do self-serve breakfasts, it frees us up to drink more coffee and search for socks to match. So, let’s prepare a freezer full of homemade scrambled egg kits for breakfast. You know, the kind where you “just break an egg”. Wink wink.

Have you seen those scrambled egg kits? Microwaveable mugs containing diced potatoes, sausages or bacon with vegetables and cheese, ready to stir and microwave. I like everything except the price. So I make them myself.

To compare prices, these ready-made kits sell for about $3 each and contain about 3 ounces of ingredients, and you provide the eggs. I made a bunch of kits in a variety of recipe combinations. Mine weighed 4-6 ounces and averaged 75 cents, including the cost of two eggs. Frugal and fabulous!

Ready-to-use kits are refrigerated and therefore perishable. So, I made freezable kits, so they last indefinitely.

You will need zipper bags for this project. Snack sized bags are fine, but if you can find snack sized “portion pack” bags, they are fine. Bags are printed with measurements in quarter cup up to one cup intervals. How cool is that?

To make the kits described below, I purchased bags of frozen diced hash browns, frozen pepper and onion mix, frozen breakfast sausage links (fully cooked), diced ham, cooked real bacon bits and a variety of grated cheeses. As a rough guide, a 32-ounce bag of diced potatoes makes about 20 quarter-cup servings or the base for 20 kits. A 16-ounce bag of bell peppers and onions makes about 16 (two tablespoons) servings.

These kits are fully customizable. Don’t want potatoes? Ditch them and add more vegetables. Vegetarian? Replace the meat with more vegetables. Do you like the heat? Add chorizo ​​and jalapenos.

Here’s the secret: if your kit has between 1/2 cup and 3/4 cup of ingredients, it will combine with two eggs and cook according to the instructions below.

Make-Ahead Scrambled Egg Kits

For each kit:

1/4 cup frozen diced potatoes

2 tablespoons frozen 3 pepper and onion mix, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped ham OR cooked sausage OR crumbled cooked bacon

2 tablespoons grated cheese

Place ingredients in a plastic zip-top bag and freeze until needed. Measurements do not need to be exact. This is a great job for kids.

When ready to serve, place bag contents in a microwave-safe coffee mug that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Microwave on HIGH for one minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Add two eggs and mix well. Microwave in 20 to 30 second increments, stirring each time, until cooked through, about 2 minutes total. It’s best to err on the side of slightly undercooked because the residual heat will continue to cook the eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Be careful as the eggs and the cup will be hot.

One of the advantages of these breakfast kits is that children can prepare breakfast themselves under adult supervision. Teach them to use a timer and heating pads to protect against burns. You’ll be rewarded knowing that if they starve in college, it’s on them.

Lifestyle expert Patti Diamond is the recipe, party planning, recipe and content creator for the website “Divas On A Dime – Where Frugal, Meets Fabulous!” at www.divasonadime.com. © 2022 King Features Synd., Inc.

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