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. ūüėČ ¬†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 ūüėČ ) 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.



Cinnamon Pancakes

I was never a huge pancake fan until I started thinking about how good pancakes would be if they had some cinnamon in them…now this is one of my favorite breakfasts.¬† Not something I make often, but always good when I do, and it’s really great for a cold fall or winter morning.