I LOVE breakfast.
I can’t live without breakfast.
I am the poster child for all the breakfast advocates out there preaching to us that it’s the MOST important meal of the day. You DON’T want to see what happens if I don’t get some sort of early morning nourishment. It’s not pretty.
I prefer eggs over something sweet. I typically fry an egg in non-stick spray and eat it over a piece of whole wheat toast. Nothing special, but definitely satisfying and healthy.
Yesterday I was browsing through a cooking magazine and came across a version of the blessed breakfast casserole. I know there are a million different variations, but this one sung to my basic breakfast loves, potatoes, meat, eggs and cheese. Who DOESN’T love all of these.
The best part of this recipe is the prep work. It takes less than 10 minutes to throw together and it’s a make ahead meal. This means that you whip it all up the night before, throw in the fridge and bake it the next morning. No need to get out of bed über early to make a healthy meal for your family.
You can make this casserole as lean or as heavy as you’d like. My version was fell somewhere in between a little closer to the healthy side.
4 cups frozen hash browns
1 cup fully cooked cubed ham (or any fully cooked meat of your choice)
1 can chopped green chilies
1 cup shredded cheese (any mixture)
1 can evaporated milk
salt and pepper
Grease an 8×8 baking dish or small casserole dish. Layer hash browns, meat, chilies and finally ending with the cheese. In a bowl, beat the eggs and evaporated milk until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, remove from the fridge and let stand 30 minutes prior to baking. When ready bake at 350° for an hour. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve with sour cream and salsa if desired.
***I used precooked bacon in mine which was easy and delicious. You could certainly omit the meat altogether to reduce the fat and calories.
This was husband and Miss Monkey approved. (My picky eater, Tucker, tried a bite and made some silly remark about the cooked eggs. He’s at the age that the power of suggestion is overwhelming his taste buds. Big sigh…)
Peace, love and breakfast!!!