Mini Bacon, Egg and Cheese Cups

After mentioning the mini frittatas to Shawn, he suggested we also try these bacon, egg, and cheese cups – we had a bunch of Amish bacon lying around that obviously needed to do something amazing. 😉  These were great!  And tiny, so you can have a couple for breakfast without feeling tooooo guilty.  There’s no real recipe for this, but below is how we did it.



Mini Frittatas

With a few days off this week, I’m trying to stock up on some freezable, quick breakfast items.  I am not a huge fan of breakfast, and it needs to be small and light if it’s going to happen.  Shawn is on his bike so early that something portable is a huge plus.  I saw these little guys on some Buzzfeed post and tried to mock them up – they were pretty good!  But I should have greased the muffin tin a bit better – huge, stuck mess.  I would make more of these for sure, though.  Quick and very filling for breakfast.



Coffee Cake

I’ve coveted a Kitchen Aid mixer for many years, and my amazing boyfriend Shawn got one for me for Christmas this year!  Excited is an understatement!  I had already done all my Christmas cookie baking, so I had to think of something else to do (oh jeez, poor me 😉 ) and we decided on coffee cake…it made a nice after dinner snack later in the evening.  I’m still stunned over the ease of baking with the Kitchen Aid!  This recipe came from one of my favorite baking sites, Joy of Baking, and I combined her coffee cake with a streusel recipe I had on hand.  It was my first time making coffee cake and we like it a lot!

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Brie and Egg Strata

We decided to go all out for Christmas day, and made this breakfast strata.  It’s one I’ve made before for brunches, etc. and it was even better this time with some minor changes (changes included below – this originally came from Cooking Light – just a bit less milk and a bit more cheese).  A great holiday morning lunch or brunch item, and the ingredients can be combined the night before and baked in the morning for some make-ahead convenience.

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Sausage Pinwheel Rolls

So I really love anything wrapped in biscuit or crescent dough as an appetizer.  This was a simple one (they all are, really…even when you make your own dough, which I did not this time) that was pretty tasty – next time I might add some spinach or some other green veggie for color.  It’s not really even a recipe, but it is a great appetizer for a potluck…you could probably even use this for a brunch.  It’s very flexible and very much to taste.



Kale and Red Pepper Frittata

First meal of Mostly Meatless March!  We had a ton of eggs in the fridge and I was not feeling creative, so this is what happened.  Inspired by a recipe on Chow, I made it with mostly egg whites to make it a little more low cal.  Frittatas are one of my favorites for the versatility and clean out the fridge ability.  It was quite good, and a nice start to being Vegetarian for a month (well, Pescetarian).  The leftovers will make a great breakfast!



Egg McMuffins

Egg McMuffins are never going to be healthy, but they are about the most delicious breakfast ever.  I found a recipe on Pinterest to lighten them up a little bit, and made a batch of them to freeze and take to work for a quick breakfast.  They’re still not *great* for you, but at about 240 calories, they aren’t as awful as their fast food counterparts!  This can be made with egg whites only if you’d rather, and any kind of cheese you like.  American seems to melt best, though.