Build Your Own Breakfast Casserole

It is easy to prepare a healthy breakfast for your whole family! Breakfast can be simple and budget friendly by combining four food types to build your own casserole! Add protein, veggies, cheese, and your family’s favorite herbs and spices to eggs to make a tasty casserole. Casseroles can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator or freezer to make your mornings simpler. Using leftover meats from dinner and frozen veggies also helps to keep both time and costs down.

Start with your proteins: Start with a base of around 8 eggs. Eggs are budget-friendly and a great source of protein. Then, use lean proteins like chicken breast, ground turkey, turkey bacon, low-fat beef, or beans. This is a great opportunity to use leftover meats from dinner the night before.

Moving onto veggies: Use what vegetables you already have on hand. Spinach, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms all add color, flavor, and nutrients to the dish. Switch between fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables to fit your pantry and preferences.

Add cheeses: Try reduced-fat cheeses to keep it healthier. Mozzarella, cheddar, and feta are all great additions.

Choose herbs and spices: Pick flavors you know your family enjoys! Basil, garlic, thyme, and a little salt and pepper go a long way in making your casserole tasty.

It is so easy to make a casserole tailored to your family’s taste buds! Get the kids involved in helping choose ingredients and making the dish. Kids are more likely to eat food that they have helped to make. Our casserole featured eggs, turkey bacon, peppers, broccoli, cheddar cheese, thyme, salt, and pepper. Our other casserole featured eggs, leftover chicken, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, and garlic. Refrigerate your casserole after it cools for up to 5 days. Or freeze and microwave until heated for a quick and easy meal for next week. A great tip is to freeze it in individual portions or make smaller portions using a muffin tin. Mornings can be hectic, but breakfast does not have to be stressful anymore. For other simple breakfast ideas head to:  https://blogs.ext.vt.edu/eatsmart-movemore/2017/02/09/quick-and-easy-breakfast-ideas/

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