4 Breakfast Recipes For Your Next Roadtrip

A collection of easy breakfast ideas for road trips.

Update: I tried to get this post out before we left but life got in the way. Read to the end to see how my plan worked.

I am so excited to get out of town this summer. We are headed on a small road trip soon to visit some family. My travel wish list is sooo long I try to maximize our budget while on our adventures. For this trip I plan to bring breakfast to cover each day we will be gone and we will picnic for lunch.

I will be sharing my breakfast plan with you today. Not only will this save us some money but it will also make sure we start each day with good nutritious real food. For each breakfast I plan to bring enough for two days. This will get us through almost one week. I am not sure what I would do if we were going to be gone longer. This is a good start.

All of these breakfast ideas are things I usually make at home, so for a few weeks before we leave I will just double each batch and freeze one to save. Very simple with little extra effort.

Egg cups

This is a super simple recipe and I use the term recipe very loosely.
  • All I do is scramble 6-12 eggs in a quart measuring cup.
  • Pour a little milk in, maybe about 1/4 to 1/3 cup and mix.
  • I then pour the egg mixture into my silicone baking cups (I love these things and find so many different uses for them).
  • I then bake them at 400 for 20 minutes.

This is the basic recipe but feel free to add to it. I sometimes add bacon pieces or cheddar cheese. You could also add vegetables, sausage or pieces of bread. The possibilities are endless.

At home I store the egg cups in the fridge and on early, busy mornings I just warm a few up in the microwave for an easy egg breakfast. While on the road I am trying to freeze them. I am not sure how that is going to work. Stay tuned for an update.

Whole Wheat Biscuits

My biscuit recipe came from this site. When I make these I always double the recipe and freeze them. We always have a stash in the freezer and they go so good with the eggs to make a breakfast sandwich.

Raspberry baked oatmeal

This has been a favorite at my house for the past few months. Even my kids like this one and I usually end up making it once or twice a week. I love the oatmeal taste of this recipe so much that I decreased the fruit to 1 cup. I have tried freezing this recipe and it works well, but in this house it doesn’t last too long. Click here to find the recipe.

Granola Cereal

This is another favorite in our house and with the neighborhood kids. It makes a large batch and most often I can get two weeks with this recipe. If it makes too much for you I have frozen it without difficulty.
6 Cups of old fashioned oats
1 Cup each of almonds, walnuts and pepitis
1-2 Tbs of cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup olive or coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the oats, nuts and cinnamon together. Then mix together the honey, syrup, oil and vanilla and add it to the oats and nuts. Place on a cookie sheet and cook at 350 for 30-40 min, stirring every 10 min.

I like a lot of cinnamon, so I usually add more. I have just started using coconut oil instead of olive oil and like it better. Watch it cooking carefully, burnt granola is a waste, I learned that one quickly!

On the road we will use the granola as part of a trail mix in addition to cereal in the morning. When we went camping last year I found milk that does not need to be refrigerated. We will be bringing a few boxes of that for our cereal.

Well there you have it. It all looks good on paper and makes sense in my head. We are getting ready to head out. Lets see how it all works.

Happy Travels!

Update:  My plan worked well except for two problems. I took too much food! The kids were a little more picky on the road. We ate breakfast out one day that I had kinda planned on but we also stayed at a few hotels that included breakfast. My breakfast couldn’t compete with the self making pancake machine. Even I admit that thing was awesome! My other problem was how we stored the food. I put all the food in freezer zip lock bags in our cooler. Somehow in all the traveling and moving the bags got holes and most of the food became soggy. I hate to say it but I ended throwing out a lot of the food. Next time we will try double bagging the food or using sturdier containers. We are done with our summer travel and ready to enjoy the Fall season, but for our next adventure I will be ready with a good breakfast plan.

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My Homemaking Food Journey

My homemaking food journey

There are many food philosophies floating around the internet about fads, diets and junk in our food. Since feeding my family healthy and nourishing food is one of the things that brings me joy, it will be one of the focuses of this blog. I want to share my thoughts on the journey I have been on as I have transitioned my family to a more whole food lifestyle.

When I became a mom, more years ago than I want to admit, it made complete sense to me to clean up our cleaning products. It was a swift and quick transition. I never looked back!

Food, however was not on my radar. I did not grow up loving cooking. After we were married I would make daily dinners but I always needed a recipe. Because of my lack of experience and interest, I shopped the boxed and canned isles just as much if not more than the perimeter. I operated by the assumption that if the food was in the grocery store it was safe. I didn’t know any better.

Then a few years ago I stumbled across the blog “100 Days of Real Food”. This was my introduction to becoming purposeful about what I was feeding my family. Our food transition journey started with educating myself. I read Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of FoodThis started to open my eyes to what was really in the food I was feeding my family and how important that was to our health and well being. I never questioned the whole organic thing. It just didn’t make sense to eat chemicals, but the boxed and canned food that I assumed to be safe. Not so much!

Then came the documentary “Food Inc.” I had found it at our local library and watched it without knowing what I was getting myself into. I highly recommend watching it but only if you are prepared to make some immediate changes. You can not watch it and not be affected to make change in the food you are eating. My relationship with food took a complete 180 turn. I went from not thinking at all about the food I was feeding my family, to being paranoid that every thing they were eating was going to permanently harm them. I would get irritated when the kids would get candy at school, I would get mad at myself if I didn’t have good meals for my family everyday and I would cringe when I would hear what they were eating at friends homes. As much as I wanted to support good health for my family I did realize this attitude was not healthy either. I did eventually learn to back off some and understand that I can’t control everything.

I now try to give myself some grace. I control what I can at home but don’t sweat what happens outside the home. I guess the 80/20 rule has saved my sanity. I want my children to be able to make good decisions and when they are out of the house that is when they are able to practice that. My oldest daughter still remembers the Halloween when she was about 8 and ate most of her candy that night. She did not feel well later and hasn’t done it since.

Here is what I try to keep in mind when attempting to feed my family.

  • If I can make it myself I try to
  • I try to find organic produce but if not I try for local
  • Sugar is saved for sweets. I strive for homemade treats over store bought candy and cookies
  • I stay away from recipes that have canned or boxed ingredients (except canned tomatoes)

Because cooking is not a love of mine I go in waves of motivation. It does take work. Good food is not necessarily convenient, it takes time to grow and it takes time to prepare. I do love my family and want to do all I can to keep them healthy so we can have a thriving life. That’s my motivation! I try the best I can but keep in mind that I am not perfect and if we order pizza one night I have to be OK with that.

Some other of my favorite resources include:

  • Simple bites – This blog encourages seasonal cooking and getting the kids in the kitchen young.
  • My humble kitchen – This blog has a series called “25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food” that is an excellent resource.
  • 100 days of Real Food – This blog has many recipes and suggestions for kids lunches. She also has a cookbook that not only has good recipes but is a good educational resource to help you along on your journey.

This is a process and a journey. I hope to share a few good ideas along the way. Thanks for stopping by. There are many other good resources. Please share some of your favorites.

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