Mini Egg Frittatas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the happy egg co. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it comes to being healthy, the struggle is real. I’ve been slowly plugging away at getting healthier this year.  It’s no easy task as I’m sure you know.  It’s hard to put mind over ice cream. No matter how much I work out (which is usually less than more) I always feel better when I make healthy meal choices.  What I eat matters more, for me personally, than what I do.  What I eat for breakfast sets the stage for my eating habits throughout the day. I’ve found that I truly feel well fueled for the day when I eat a nutritious protein filled breakfast.  I especially love when I find a way to incorporate vegetables into my morning meal.  The recipe I’m going to share with you today does just that!  It’s an easy, quick, protein filled, veggie toting recipe that will have your kids asking for seconds.  Plus, it’s a great meal to eat in the car if you are like me and have to eat on the run sometimes. Mini Egg Frittatas Mini Egg Frittatas!  Free Range Eggs Oh, and before I share the recipe I have to share that since I’ve started trying to eat healthier and eating more protein in the morning I’ve discovered the best eggs in the world.  That’s my opinion, not their claim! ūüôā  I used to buy the cheapest eggs I could find but ever since my grandfather gave me some farm fresh eggs at Christmas I’ve been looking to find some better eggs because there really is a difference!  While researching the difference between caged, cage-free, pasture raised, and free range I’ve learned a lot.  Mainly, that the egg aisle is a confusing place to shop but also that cage-free hens live in a barn and may never see the light of day.  The happy egg co.has free range eggs that come from hens that live on farms and have access to 8 acres where they can run, jump, flap, and play outdoors every day.  Now, I wouldn’t have believed this before Christmas if you had told me but after trying them myself I truly believe that less stressed hens living a more natural life produce better eggs.  The yolks are darker, taste creamier, and my husband even noticed that the shells are a little thicker.  Who knew?  Yes, this is a sponsored post for the happy egg co. but I’ll only work with companies I completely back and the happy egg co. is definitely one of those.  Seriously, the next time you’re at the store, pick up a dozen and see if you don’t think there’s a difference.  They’re delicious!  Now for the recipe… Egg Frittata Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground sausage, cooked
  • 10 the happy co eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease a muffin tin and set aside.
  • Cook the ground sausage and drain off any grease.Mini Frittata Recipe
  • Place 1-2 Tablespoons of cooked ground sausage into each muffin cup, and top with a sprinkle of cheese.

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  • Place all of the eggs in a large bowl and whisk for 2 minutes, incorporating lots of air.

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  • Pour the eggs over the sausage so that they are completely covered in each muffin.

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  • Sprinkle on some veggies and place in the oven.

Egg Frittatas

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the tops are puffy and golden brown.

Egg Frittatas

  • Cool and serve.

Voila!  It’s that easy. Mug Frittatas Recipe Here’s a quick mug frittata recipe if you’re in a very quick rush! Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (about 1 small green onion)
  • 2 teaspoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • A little bit of ham (I don’t know how to measure this, 1 heaping tbs?)
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • A few turns of the pepper grinder

Directions:

  1. Spray the inside of a mug with a nonstick cooking spray
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs, add the other desired ingredients, and pour into your mug.
  3. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds and then stir the egg mixture. Microwave another 30 seconds and stir again. Microwave a final 45 to 60 seconds longer until eggs are set.

What are your favorite protein filled breakfast favorites?

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Savoring Mornings With Crunchy Pecan Cereal

This post is sponsored by Post but my opinions are my own.

The last few weeks have been very busy around our house. ¬†School pictures, my daughter sang in a 9/11 tribute performance for local servicemen, a new cycle of Kids4Truth is starting, my daughter has had two trips to the doctor’s office for what looks like chicken pox or poison ivy (but the doctors don’t know what it is), my internet has been spotty, and we’ve started trying to take my youngest to the potty. ¬†Wait, that wasn’t the last few weeks, that was last week alone! ¬†Needless to say, things have been a little crazy here. ¬†When things get crazy I do my best to simplify life.

I’ve been taking time to intentionally talk and connect with my family. ¬†My husband took my daughter out to the mall (he bought her the cutest little purse at Gymboree), out for ice cream, and then bowling. ¬†Impromptu daddy/daughter date after a doctor visit. ¬†This gave me a lot of time to connect with my son who I found out is quite chatty when his older sister isn’t around. ¬†I love one on one time with my kids.

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I’ve also tried to simplify meals and snacks. ¬†Nothing fancy will be served until things calm down a bit. ¬†Frozen pizzas are okay every now and then, right? ¬†I think so. ¬†I’ve also tried to pack in protein in every meal. ¬†For breakfast we’ve recently been enjoying Great Grains¬ģ cereal. ¬†Have you tried it before? ¬†There are four varieties to choose from but so far I’ve only tried the Crunchy Pecans. ¬†It was delicious! ¬†A little sweet but not too sweet. ¬†I love pecans and this is the first time that I’ve seen them in a cereal. ¬†Each box of Great Grains has 5-7 grams of fiber per serving. ¬†I love cereal for breakfast and I never get tired of it! ¬†Sure, I’ll make fancier breakfasts sometimes but it never feels like I’m being shortchanged when I just pour of bowl of cereal to simplify life a little.

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The other delicious Great Grains varieties are Cranberry Almond Crunch, Banana Nut Crunch, and Raisins, Dates, & Pecans.

Great Grains Crunchy Pecan

To save on cereal to feed your family (whether during a busy or slow season of life) go here to grab a coupon.  Save $.75 on 1 box.

What do you do to try and slow down when life starts going a speed you’re not comfortable with? ¬†How do you calmly put on the brakes without¬†throwing everyone in your family for a loop?

Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

I have a thing for breakfasts, especially ones that are nutritious, delicious, fairly easy, and quick to cook. Lately, we’ve been on an oatmeal kick around here, so I’ve been experimenting a bit with recipes and flavor combinations, my favorite one so far? Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal.

What I love most about this recipe is that is packed with the most delicious things on the planet I mean, strawberries and cream are one of those things that are even better when together (like peanut butter and jelly). Add a sprinkle of brown sugar and a bit of vanilla and you just got a powerful flavor mix that will kick start your day with a bang.

And can we please just talk about how the oats help to bring all the ingredients together and keep them pretty much rocking? I know that a lot of people find oats pretty bland and boring, but when you have a breakfast that’s so jam packed with flavor the soft oats keep the Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal balanced and not overpowering (which is probably the last thing you want in your morning).

Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal Recipe

My secret is cooking them until they are thick and creamy and then layering it with a healthy number of strawberries, the more berries the better. While you can use fresh strawberries, and that’s actually the method that I use most of the times, you can also give them a twist by roasting them in your oven for 10 minutes (the time it takes you to cook the oatmeal) not only the berry flavor gets accentuated a lot, but they also get extra sweet and soft, almost like a preserve. Roasting them is also great if you are using frozen berries that are lacking a bit of flavor and freshness.

Strawberry Oatmeal Recipe

To roast them I just layer them in a baking pan, drizzle them with a couple of drops of lemon juice and put them in the oven at 350 degrees, and that’s it. Super easy and super delicious.

  • Ingredients
    Р 1 Cup oats
    – ¬†1 ¬Ĺ Cup milk
    Р 1 Cup strawberries, roasted
    Р 2 Tbsp brown sugar or honey
    Р 2 Tsp vanilla
  • Directions
    Р Mix in a saucepan the oats and milk, turn the heat on to medium-high and stir.
    Р Add the vanilla and sugar, stir until the sugar dissolve and the mixture looks creamy, it will take over 15 minutes.
    Р Remove from heat, when cool serve in bowls.
    Р Top with strawberry and enjoy!

Strawberry Oatmeal

French Toast Casserole

This is a project of The Women Bloggers and Kendal King Group to share the goodness of Nestle Gerber Cereal.

French Toast Casserole Recipe

French toast casserole is one of those recipes that’s incredibly comforting. It’s also one of those recipes that are so incredibly easy to make that you are going to ask yourself why you didn’t make it before. Yes, it’s that good and yes, it’s that easy!

Berry French Toast Casserole

This is one of those recipes that asks for things most of you already have in hand, sandwich bread, a splash of milk, two¬†eggs, some fruit, powdered sugar, maple syrup, and for a little extra goodness Gerber MultiGrain Cereal. That’s it. Thicker french toast bread is great but usually we just make it with what we have on hand and that’s regular old bread. ¬†There are no hard to find ingredients in this recipe and definitely, you don’t need to¬†trek to different¬†supermarkets to find the ingredients. ¬†They can all be found at your local Walmart. ¬†{As a side note we are loving our new Walmart Market and can’t wait till they roll out their free order online, drive up, and they’ll load your car service.}

Did you catch that? ¬†Yes, you read it right. ¬†Gerber MultiGrain Cereal is an ingredient in this family friendly, easy-peasy, delicious french toast casserole. ¬†It’s an easy way to sneak in iron, calcium, and other vitamins.

Gerber Cereal

Although this is a¬†partnered post with Gerber, to tell you the truth, I’ve been mixing it in my kid’s applesauce for a long time. ¬†My son, as you may know from other posts, has serious eating issues. ¬†Pickiness to the extreme caused by sensory issues,¬†early untreated heartburn, and allergies to soy and dairy. ¬†That’s our best guess as to the reason but because of his unwillingness to eat the cereal I bought for him…and the oatmeal…and the rice, I wanted to find some use for it because I didn’t want to throw it out. ¬†I started adding a tablespoon here in the applesauce, another in the spaghetti sauce, and another in the casserole. ¬†The only thing my daughter ever noticed it in was yogurt and I still think that was because I wasn’t fully awake and didn’t mix it thoroughly.

Gerber MultiGrain Cereal

Now that my son is a little older and eating a handful of things more than he used to I’ve started sneaking Gerber cereal into the foods he can eat. ¬†Mainly those are carb laden foods so I figure the more¬†nutrition I can sneak in the better. ¬†For instance, those hot chocolate brownie bites I made the other day had a few tablespoons of cereal thrown in to make them a little bit nutritious for him. ¬†It’s so fine that it mixes well into many, many recipes. ¬†Now back to the French Toast Casserole!

After trying a couple of different methods to make them, my favorite one is cutting the bread in half. While a lot of recipes ask for cutting the bread into cubes I found that makes it a bit mushier than I like. So if you don’t like a soggy french toast casserole just cut the bread in half.

Then dunk each slice into an egg, milk, Gerber cereal, and maple syrup mixture and place into your casserole. Dunking each slice guarantees that everything gets coated into the deliciousness and that each slice is full of flavor. However, don’t worry! This step is super quick and it only takes 5 minutes for enough french toasts to feed a family of 4.

French Toast Casserole

Once your casserole is full with french toast, you can pour the remaining mixture on top and take it to the oven as it is or add some toppings. I prefer to bake them with the toppings, basically because I like how the toppings get more delicious with a little bit of oven time. So sprinkle on some powdered sugar, throw your toppings on (I used a frozen berry mix), and bake it for 40 minutes.

Once it’s done serve it in the casserole and you are all set!

Berry French Toast

French Toast Casserole

  • Ingredients:
    Р 2 Eggs
    – ¬†¬Ĺ Cup milk
    – ¬†¬ľ Cup maple syrup
    Р 8 Slices of bread
  • – ¬†¬Ĺ Cup berries (frozen or fresh)
  • – ¬†¬ľ Cup Gerber MultiGrain Cereal (although the Oatmeal with banana flavoring might be good to try too!)
  • – ¬†a little (2 Tbs?) Powdered sugar
  • Direction:
    Р Preheat your oven at 350F.
    Р In a bowl mix the eggs, milk, maple syrup, and cereal.
    Р Cut the bread in half, dunk each side into the mix, and take to the casserole.
    Р Once the casserole is filled, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and top it with berries.
    Р Bake for 40 minutes.
    Р Serve and enjoy.

What do you think about #CookingwithGerber?  Give this French Toast Casserole recipe a try and let me know what you think!

White Chocolate Blueberry Biscotti Recipe

White Chocolate Blueberry Biscotti

White Chocolate Blueberry Biscotti

Today, I want to share one of my favorite recipes! ¬†White Chocolate Blueberry Biscotti. ¬†These biscotti (aka biscuits, cookies etc.) make the perfect partner to a hot and delicious cup of coffee. ¬†It’s like they were made for each other!¬†¬†These are baked twice to create a hard and crunchy texture that holds up to dipping. ¬†They’re great for breakfast, snack, or for dessert.

Ingredients:

  • – 1 cup granulated sugar
  • – 2 ¬Ĺ all-purpose flour
  • – 1 tsp. baking soda
  • – 1 ¬Ĺ sticks of butter, softened
  • – 2 eggs, large
  • – 1 ¬Ĺ tsp. vanilla
  • – pinch of salt
  • – 1 cup dried blueberries
  • – ¬Ĺ cup white chocolate chips
  • – 1 tsp. vegetable or canola oil

Blueberry Biscotti Recipe

Directions:

  • – Preheat oven to 325¬į
  • – Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • – Cream butter and sugar together until smooth and fluffy.
  • – Mix in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
  • – In separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
  • – Add flour mixture to wet ingredients a little at a time and mix until well combined.
  • – Fold in blueberries.
  • – Place dough in center of baking sheet and form a loaf of about 12‚ÄĚ x 4 ‚Äú
  • – Bake 30-35 minutes or until top is golden brown.
  • – Remove from oven a cool for 10 minutes, cut into ¬ĺ‚ÄĚ slices. Place slices cut side up back on baking sheet.
  • – Bake an additional 12-15 minutes until edges are golden.
  • – Allow to cool completely.
  • – Melt chocolate chips and oil in the microwave in 30 second cycles, stirring each time until smooth and creamy.
  • – Drizzle (or spread like I did) the melted chocolate over cool biscotti.
  • – Allow chocolate so set, store in an airtight container.

White Chocolate Biscotti

Biscotti is one of the things I craved often during my second pregnancy. ¬†They are the perfect crunchy and sweet treat. ¬†I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as I do!