I’ve been pondering the idea of freezer meals for a while.  Not the store-bought, cardboard-flavored microwaveable mush in a “TV Meal” that I remember from childhood.  Yuck!  No way.  I’m talking about good, wholesome food that I can fix ahead of time and freeze for convenience during an inconvenient meal time.  I am NO expert at this though.  I’ve never even moved beyond just thinking about it.  But, since I have an amazing community of culinary skills right here in Firefighter Wife, I decided to ask around.
It turns out that fire wife Sarah Van Bogaert has been doing this very thing for years!  She doesn’t consider herself an expert yet, but I have a different opinion about that.  Haha!  Either way, she dished up an amazing week’s worth of breakfast sandwiches for her family, and stashed them individually in their own freezer wraps so they can eat healthy even on the go!  And she photographed it all and made a recipe post just for US!  This girl is awesome! 
So give her a hand (and a thank you) and then let us know how much your family enjoys these versatile (can even make them with gluten-free muffins) and tasty breakfasts-on-the-go.  ~Cindy.
 

FREEZER BREAKFAST SANDWICHES
(WITH HOMEMADE CHICKEN SAUSAGE*)

(*Don’t freak…It’s super easy!)  

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pack of whole-wheat 6 count English muffins (or any muffins of your choice, can even be gluten-free versions)
  • 7 eggs
  • Frozen spinach (or any mixed veggies)
  • Salt, pepper and Tabasco sauce to taste
  • Dash of milk
  • Sliced cheese
  • Chicken sausage (recipe to follow)
  • Baking pan and mixing bowl

ingredients

 Combine 7 eggs in a bowl.  Yes, 7 eggs for the 6 sandwiches.  Maybe I was thinking one egg per sandwich was not going to be enough.  However you will see in the end that I had plenty!

Add a dash of milk, salt and pepper and tobasco sauce to taste. Just because I wanted to be a bit healthy, I added frozen spinache.  Because all the calories you are about to consume go away when you add a veggie.  Don’t question logic.

eggs and spin

Now mix and add to your baking sheet. I ended up changing to a smaller pan because I did not want huge egg portions for my sandwiches.  Place into a 400° oven until cooked through.

eggs in pan

While that is cooking, make your chicken sausage.  Or prepare a head of time, flash freeze and store in freezer ziplock bags.  That way you have them ready to cook on a busy morning.  I took out three uncooked patties from my stash and cooked on a fry pan medium-high heat until golden brown and no longer pink in the center. About 6 to 8 minutes each side.

cooking sausage

 

Chicken Sausage Recipe (8 servings)

  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Mix turkey, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, sage, thyme, marjoram, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Shape turkey mixture into patties.

20 minutes later (or so) and your eggs are done!  Now this is very important, let everything cool before assembling your sandwiches.

Again, repeat after me… let everything cool before assembling your sandwiches.

Got that?  Ok, good.

Otherwise you will have gross, soggy sandwiches in the morning and nothing makes me sadder than a soggy breakfast.  Add no coffee to that scenario and that is one rough morning.

done eggs and sau

Now cut your eggs into 6 equal squares.  Next is the fun part.  Lay out 6 pieces of foil, add a muffin and half a slice of cheese to one half of the muffin.  Add an egg square, then a chicken sausage to the other half.

See these little beauties?  Ahh, that’s deliciousness I tell you.

assemble 2

 

Now there are just some days I can do without meat (I think I heard a gasp from all you meat eaters out there).  So I made 3 sandwiches without.

Variety, that is the spice of life. And well, I get super bored, super quick too.

See, equally cute little gems don’t you think?

assemble line

Now wrap and freeze for whenever you need them!  I grab a sandwich out of the freezer the night before so it has a chance to thaw overnight.  I either heat one up in the microwave during hectic mornings or the toaster oven if I want the English muffin to be a bit crispy.

thats a wrap

You can substitute the sausage for ham, the whole-wheat muffin for gluten free.  Whatever floats your boat.

Enjoy!

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Jessie -

A small town girl from Southwest Georgia who happens to value your marriage as much as she does her own. She is married to a firefighter who was a volunteer for several years, then transitioned into a career fireman the same month they married in 2008, and he is now a Captain at his full-time Department. They have two daughters, have been in the FFW family since 2012 and know marriage takes a lot of work, even when it's in the best seasons.