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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Grab and Go Breakfast

Getting out the door in the morning quickly is D's most difficult challenge. Getting a healthy breakfast into him is mine. If I only bought Golden Graham cereal from now until eternity, he would grab a bowl every morning and down it without thinking. Chase it with coffee in a commuter cup and he'd be good to go.
He's always enjoyed a good drive through breakfast sandwich. Out of all the offerings out there, McDonald's Egg McMuffin is a pretty good choice, coming in at about 7 Weight Watchers Points. Homemade is always better, though. It's healthier, I know just what has gone into it, it's cheaper, and best of all, they're only 4 WW Points a piece! Simply assemble, wrap, freeze, and zap in the microwave for a great grab and go breakfast.
I think I'm going to make them with WW bagels next time. The combination possibilities are endless. A protein packed breakfast keeps you fuller longer too.
Grab and Go Breakfast Sandwiches
4 Weight Watchers Points per Sandwich
One package Weight Watchers English Muffins (or Thomas Light)
1 1/2 cups egg substitute, any flavor
6 slices very lean Canadian Bacon
6 Weight Watchers cheese singles
Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9x13 inch pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray or use large muffin tins for round egg patties (1/4 cup per tin), pour in egg substitute. Bake until set and very firm, about 15 minutes. Turn on broiler. Split English muffins and place on a baking sheet. Watching carefully, broil until lightly toasted. Let muffins and eggs cool until room temperature. Cut egg into 6 large squares. On squares of wax paper (I like to use the Press and Seal Wrap), place bottom of muffin, a square of egg, a slice of Canadian Bacon, and a slice or cheese. Top with muffin top, and wrap tightly. Place in a freezer zipper bag and freeze until ready to use.
You may pull out the night before and place in the refrigerator to thaw slightly. Or defrost for a bit in your microwave. We have just zapped them on high until hot in the center, but this can make the outsides tough. Just experiment with your microwave (everyone has a different wattage) and you'll soon figure out how to quickly heat them.
I always make at least a dozen of these in several flavors.
If you really miss the drive thru experience, you can always have your spouse hand it to you through your car window!

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