Make Your Own – Breakfast Sandwiches
Hey there fellow Bitches! This is the next in a continuing series I’m calling “Make Your Own.”
This week, we’re going to be making our own breakfast sandwiches.
Once again, in my quest for everything to be easy and convenient, I often turn to breakfast sandwiches that I’ll pick up at Starbucks or Dunkin or my favorite local place that makes the bagels fresh in house and their own cold brew and…
Sorry. Where was I?
Oh yeah, convenience. Breakfast.
I don’t know if you’re like me or not. But this is how a typical morning in my house goes. My alarm goes off. I hit snooze. My husband’s alarm goes off, he wakes up and jumps out of bed whistling a jaunty tune as he gets into the shower. I hit snooze again.
Finally, I wake up barely 20 minutes before I need to be out the door and then I rush around frantically as I try to get the dogs out and fed and myself showered and semi-presentable before sprinting out the door at exactly 6:35 (5 minutes later than I planned) and speeding down the highway to make it to work on time.
It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if I lay my clothes out the night before. It doesn’t matter if I just had a week of vacation and I’m relaxed and rested and happy. It does not matter. I hate mornings. I hate waking up in the mornings and, given a choice, I would sleep for 10 hours Every. Single. Day.
BUT – I at least try to make things easier for myself in the morning. The night before I make my iced coffee. I make my lunch. I make sure my laptop and work stuff are all stowed away in my big bag and ready to go. I TRY.
And one of the things I have tried, and that has worked for me, is automating breakfast. If I make some breakfast sandwiches ahead of time and freeze them, then I can nuke one for a minute in the morning while I’m trying to wrangle dogs and medicines and everything else that needs to be done before work.
So here’s how I do it.
- 1 package of bagels (or bagel thins) – 6 bagels
- 8 eggs
- Splash of (non-dairy) milk
- 6 pieces of cheese
- Salt & pepper
- (optional – meat patty of your choice)
- Heat oven to 350. Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 pan. Set aside.
- Whisk eggs together with a splash of milk, salt, and pepper and then pour into prepared dish.
- Bake for about 20 minutes (you might need 25) until the edges are slightly golden but the middle is not completely set. The thing to remember is that we’re going to reheat these in the microwave so you don’t want them to be over cooked. Slightly under how you would eat them normally is perfect here.
- Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing into 6 squares.
- Make an assembly line and stack up your bagel, egg, and cheese to make a sandwich, wrap it in cling wrap and then stick it in a freezer bag to freeze.
If you eat meat (which I don’t) you can add in a pre-cooked ham round or a sausage patty to your sandwich to bulk it up even more. Once in awhile I’ll put a sun-dried tomato between the egg and cheese for a tasty treat. Yum.
You can really make this your own. Since you’re baking the eggs like you would a giant frittata you can dice in some tomato and zucchini, add in some goat cheese, sprinkle in some bacon bits… whatever will make this sandwich more appealing to you than stopping for a sandwich on the way to work.
So how does this stack up against drive-thru sandwiches?
Let’s run the numbers!
If I make my basic breakfast sandwich – no meat, just eggs, cheese & a bagel – I’m at about $1.48 a sandwich.
|Item||Cost||Cost Per Sandwich|
|Total Per Sandwich||$1.48|
That’s pretty freaking cheap!
Couple notes about the cost breakdown here- that’s even including the cost of an entire dozen eggs, when the recipe only calls for 8. So four bonus eggs are included in that cost.
Also, I used the price for about a ½ pound of deli cheese and figured you’d get 12 slices of cheese out of that. I think a half pound of deli cheese is more than 12 slices, so bonus cheese!
If I wanted to bulk this up and add in a veggie sausage patty we’re looking at:
|Item||Cost||Cost Per Sandwich|
|Total Per Sandwich||$2.19|
Once, again, this is totally reasonable. And cheaper than the sandwich you’d buy at Starbucks, for reals.
Even the local bagel place that I go to charges $3.99 for an egg and cheese bagel sandwich. Either way, I’m saving major moola by making my own breakfast sandwiches.
And I could even go further and customize them a bit more. If I wanted to use an everything bagel and some pepperjack cheese, I could do that! If I wanted to add in some veggies to my egg bake, I could do that too! And those swaps make the price change super negligible. Especially if I have extra veggies hanging out in my crisper that are going to go bad or whatever.
If I have one of these sandwiches a day, for an entire work week I’m looking at $12.60 for a week’s worth of breakfast. Considering I never get out of Starbucks without at least a $10 bill, this is a no brainer!
Even if I go with my “cheapy” option of a Dunkin bagel and egg sandwich, I’m still spending $2.95 a sandwich, and that’s not including the coffee I’m probably getting as well.
There’s really no bad here. You’re getting a (somewhat) healthier sandwich that you made yourself. You’re saving yourself time in the morning by making it ahead of time. And you’re eliminating the chance for impulse purchases in the drivethrough by avoiding Starbucks or Dunkin all together!
What do you do for breakfast during the week? How much does it cost you? Sound off in the comments!