The Best Breakfast Hack

January 31, 2017

 

You know you’re a Texas girl if you keep a jar of bacon grease under your sink!  I used a couple dabs of this in my casserole dish and spread it with a paper towel to grease it.

Ever since I dove into nutrition back in college I have worked hard to plan ahead for most of my meals (key word “most” because sometimes grabbing pizza on the fly is much needed). Breakfast is such an important meal, yet its the easiest to blow off and forget about. That’s where this casserole comes in handy. I love to cook this on Sunday night and have it for breakfast for the rest of the week. It’s also the perfect recipe for a group of hungover friends that ended up crashing at your place.

The prep is super easy. You don’t have to be a chef to whip some eggs and sprinkle cheese on top.  Bare with me…when I make my own recipes I don’t exactly measure each ingredient, so I have done my best to give you specific amounts, and the nutritional information is based on the amounts given in the recipe.

 


Ingredients

  • 2 slices honey wheat bread (any bread works, but this is my fave)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ white onion, diced
  • 1 cup raw baby spinach [I usually just grab a handful, but we will call it 1 cup]
  • 10 eggs
  • 4 slices of bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • ½ cup Mexican blend cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 6-cup casserole dish.
  3. Take your two slices of bread and pull apart into small pieces (like little ½ inch cubes). Spread bread pieces in the bottom of the casserole dish.
  4. In a small skillet, melt 1 Tbsp. of butter. On medium heat (or just over), add diced onion. Cook until brown or caramelized. Turn heat off.
  5. To the skillet with the cooked onion, add 1 cup raw baby spinach. I like to shred it into smaller pieces as I do this. Stir in with onions until spinach is melted. Set aside.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, whip eggs making sure to incorporate air and create bubbles.
  7. Add onions, spinach, crumbled bacon, and milk to the whipped eggs. Stir together.
  8. Pour mixture over the bread pieces into casserole dish and top with cheese.
  9. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until top becomes slightly brown.

Serves: 6        Calories: 280        Carbs: 17 g        Protein: 21 g        Fat: 13 g


It is going to smell so good that you’ll want to eat it ASAP. Try to resist! Let it be something to look forward to in the morning. Now that you have your casserole, all you have to do in the morning is take a piece out and pop that baby in the microwave for about 45 seconds to a minute.

If you have any questions or comments about the recipe, please share! I’d love to know your thoughts!

Caitlin

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