Mini Breakfast Quiches/ Baked Ham and Egg Cups
Recipe by Our Best Bites (edited slightly by Kyra Fowler)
DON’T HAVE TIME FOR BREAKFAST IN THE MORNING?? NEED SOMETHING QUICK TO GRAB AND GO??? THIS COULD BE YOUR SOLUTION!!! IT IS SUPER TASTY, SUPER EASY, AND VERY FILLING!! A LOT QUICKER AND CHEAPER THAN SITTING THRU A DRIVE THRU IN THE MORNING AND CERTAINLY A MILLION TIMES HEALTHIER!!!
Over the past 3+ years of working solely with wellness patients, I have found one of the biggest challenges individuals face is fitting in a healthy breakfast! They report either not being hungry for breakfast or the most common barrier, lack of time! ! Those who are already eating breakfast often complain of feeling hungry within an hour of eating and a lack of energy to start their day! If you are not hungry for breakfast it is because you have trained yourself not to be hungry, but you CAN and NEED to retrain your body! It truly is the most important meal of the day and gets that metabolism started! Mini egg cups are simple, filling, and very QUICK to grab and go in the morning. We should gradually start working towards making breakfast our biggest meal of the day and dinner our smallest!!! ( I know it’s hard, but it is truly how our bodies were designed to function most optimally!!!) These mini egg cups are a great place to start!!!
3/4 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 C shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 C cottage cheese
5 oz frozen spinach, defrosted, water squeezed out and roughly chopped
(that’s half a standard frozen box of spinach)
1/3 C roasted red peppers, diced (jarred, or make your own)
1 oz finely diced ham, canadian bacon, crumbled bacon (about 1/4-1/3 C), or turkey bacon- choose the nitrite free (I use Hormel)
1/4 C sliced green onions
1/4 t kosher salt
1/8 t black pepper 1/2 t hot sauce
foil muffin tin liners OR 12 slices ham
Preheat oven to 350
In a bowl, combine all ingredients (except ham slices) and stir well.
If using ham slices, spray muffin tin with non cook spray and place one piece of ham in each well to form a bowl.
If using foil muffin liners, spray the insides of the liners with non-stick spray.
Evenly divide egg mixture between the 12 muffin wells (about 1/4 C each), being careful to keep ingredients well dispersed. You want them to fill right up to the top.
Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. The tops should be puffed and just barely set on top. Eggs will sink after cooling.
Store them in an airtight container in the fridge, or freeze them. When reheating in the microwave, make sure to take off the foil liner! And if you’re reheating from frozen, I try to take them out the night before so they can thaw in the fridge. Then when you microwave them, set them on a folded paper towel to drain excess moisture
These mini egg cups are WONDERFUL! and the ENTIRE family will love them, kids included! I took them to a Mothers’s of Preschoolers (MOPs) presentation and they raved about them (and it was NOT b/c of the cook!! I can promise you that!) They are wonderful for preparing in advance and freezing for a quick option in the morning when you are headed out to work or trying to get the kids off to school. It is a GREAT combination of healthy fats and protein to get the day started off on the right foot! Heat up 2-3 for yourself in the morning depending on your hunger and health recommendations, or serve up hot out of the oven for the entire family in the morning, Saturday brunch, or Sunday morning at sunday school when its your turn to bring breakfast!!! This is a simple way to sneak in spinach on your kids as well! They won’t even taste it!
Be sure NOT to forget to spray non-stick cooking spray to the muffin liners, I failed to do this the first time, and it was quite the challenge to pry them out! 🙂 Be careful not to undercook, mine were a little too “runny” for my liking the first time, so I just popped it in the microwave for a few extra seconds when I thawed it out. I left out the red pepper and green onions b/c my husband is not a fan, and also the hot sauce, b/c I am not very brave when it comes to hot stuff. I would imagine it gives a good little “kick” to the egg cup, and I would recommend it if you like a little excitement to your morning meal!