The holidays are fast approaching and they’re going to be different than any other holiday season we’ve experienced. We won’t have as many guests over but chances are we’ll still be feeding more mouths than usual. But when you’re playing host, it always seems like you’re spending more time cooking big family meals to make sure everyone is fed and happy than actually getting to spend QT with your loved ones. It’s the catch-22 of entertaining a house full of people — especially during the already chaotic holiday time.
Keeping your people fed is obviously of utmost importance, and we won’t tell you you’re gonna be able to stop cooking (although stocking up on the best frozen Trader Joe’s and Costco foods isn’t a bad idea). But if you plan ahead, you can take a huge amount of stress out of your meal prep, so you can feed the family in mere minutes with almost no effort — we’re talking delicious make-ahead breakfasts.
These big batches will keep everyone satisfied, and you won’t even have to wake up at the crack of dawn to make them. Just put on a pot of coffee and get ready to eat with the fam.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.