This is for those of you who require breakfast, but not for those of you who don’t do the whole Meat, cheese, and egg thing… I bring to you today the meat-a-tarian breakfast bake. I have always been intrigued by those that can skip breakfast… Not that I like it but I think it is amazing that they can just simply live right through breakfast. I am not sure I could live without it. I am convinced I would keel over. I consume breakfast approximately twice each day followed by another snack or two before lunch even rolls around. I married someone like this as well. Food flies out of our house at a ridiculous rate. We also have a toddler who is following suit and a 9 month old who has decided to totally reject baby puree and move straight to what we eat.
The wonderful thing about this meal is that it can be made and served immediately or frozen in one big dish or individual meals. We really benefit from the individual freezer meals. By saying we, I mean my husband. He wakes up ready to eat the house and it is super nice to be able to pull one of these out of the freezer for him and defrost it in the microwave… in the 7:05 minutes it takes this to defrost into perfectly warm perfection, I can change a few diapers, get my toddler some cereal, fill up his milk cup, pour a couple of cups of coffee, wipe some faces/noses, let the dog out, wash a couple dishes, respond to an email and if I am lucky also use the bathroom. It seems like when morning comes, the day just takes off at an alarming rate.
Ok… the main event.
You can spread this process out over a couple of days depending on how much time you have to devote. I had to take 2 days because I was dealing with shorter windows of time.
I first chopped up my peppers.
and threw them into my sauté pan with a little bit of butter and olive oil. This is where I usually also add onion and mushrooms, but I was out. The show must go on.
Then in a separate pan (because I don’t have to have veggies soaked with meat fat) cook up some breakfast meats…
Cook it well! NO pink!
Then after the veggies and meats have cooked, I drain off the meat and combine them into a very large bowl. This is where I stopped for the day. But if you can continue, by all means!
Then I broke a bunch of eggs into a separate large bowl… about 30 eggs since I am making freezer meals. If you wanted to just to a casserole type meal to eat a dozen eggs would probably do just fine.
You can leave your husband a special note but then when you are done may realize that he probably won’t even see it because YOU cook the eggs. Turns out he did end up seeing my note however because he walked in a the perfect time before they were all cracked.
Beat the eggs in a large bowl and add a little bit of cream or milk to give them a little extra yum-factor. I also add salt and pepper to them while in the bowl.
Then start to cook them in a skillet.
Now, because I am making freezer meals, I am cooking my eggs until they are totally done. BUT< if I was making this dish for us to eat now, I would leave the eggs more runny like the above picture.
Get your bowl that has the meats and veggies and add a big handful of cheese.
Then dump your eggs in the bowl and stir it around well until it is all combined.
I had some spinach to use to decided to add some of that as well. But I don’t really love cooked spinach so added it last.
I make stacks…
Then snip strips with my scissors.
Spinach is kind of pretty.
Then once again stir it all together.
This is where the directions differ. If you want to eat this dish NOW, you can pour the contents from the bowl into a casserole dish, sprinkle some more cheese over the top and bake in a 375 degree oven until set. If you are making freezer meals like I did…
You can choose what you want to use to freeze them in. I use these 2-cup-size snapware containers. They are the perfect size for my husband to eat for breakfast.
There was a little left in the bottom of the bowl… I better eat this.
Then if you want to, make a tower of meat-a-tarian bakes but make sure your toddler does not see you do this because a tower of ANY kind speaks to their core and they go wild. Your special creations will end up all over the living room floor in a matter of seconds.
The last step is to place them in your freezer, ready for consumption at a later date… beginning tomorrow! 🙂
You can keep a couple in the fridge for more “fresh” consumption, but they will not stay good for more than a couple of days.
There are so many variations you could do with this dish! The sky is the limit, or however many containers you can stack in a row. Have fun and ENJOY!