As much as we’re both creatures of habit and we love having a daily routine on the weekdays, we live for the freedom of weekends (but really, who doesn’t?)! One of our favorite things about the weekend is that we get to kick back and relax, break free from our weekday schedule and enjoy a satisfying, healthy breakfast. The weekday mornings don’t allow for much relaxation or much time to savor food—especially for me, Tammy–between trying to get my daughters dressed and fed and finishing packing their lunches, I’m lucky to get to school without a meltdown (and I’m talking about me, not the kids! 😉 ). So when the weekend rolls around, I (and Lyssie, too) long for a satisfying breakfast that we can savor and enjoy. Of course, as registered dietitians and personal trainers we love to whip up new creations that fit the bill from both a nutritious and delicious perspective, as well!
Say hello to our latest creation! The good news about this is that you can keep it in the fridge for a couple days and pop it in the microwave for a quick weekday breakfast as well, or freeze it to make it last even longer! It’s insanely delish and the creatures of habit in us (who you may already know, have eaten an apple every day since we were in high school) are dying to make this daily–after all, it does include an apple to boot! 😉 We hope you love it as much as we do!
Psst… do you want to win $10,000? Eggland’s Best is having a recipe contest and you can win some mega bucks! Check out the deets below!
Cheesy Egg & Apple Breakfast Bake
Eggs are one of the most satisfying foods out there. Thanks to their protein, they can keep you satiated for hours. And the cheese makes this dish feel really rich and decadent, while the apples add the perfect sweetness while adding a boost of fiber and heart-healthy flavonoids. And for just over 200 calories and more than 20 grams of protein per serving, you can’t go wrong! This bake encompasses a lot of different flavors and textures and is perfect to serve for brunch.
Makes 7 servings
2 ½ large apples (use a sweeter variety like Fuji or Red Delicious)
2 ounces turkey bacon
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)
1 ½ teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried)
4 eggs (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
1 ½ cups liquid egg whites
¼ cup 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
5 ounces light cheddar cheese, grated
4 ounces fat-free feta cheese, crumbled
Freshly ground pepper
Oil in a spray container
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Core and thinly slice two of the apples. Repeat for the remaining half apple, but set it aside to layer on top.
In a large nonstick pan over medium heat, cook the turkey bacon until slightly crisp. Transfer the turkey bacon to a cutting board and roughly chop.
Place on a small plate and set aside.
In the same pan, add the olive oil and turn the heat to medium. Add the onion and apple. Sauté for 10 minutes or until the ingredients are soft and translucent.
Stir in the rosemary and thyme. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg whites, and Greek yogurt. Add the cheeses, turkey bacon, and apple/onion mixture. Season with pepper and mix well.
Spritz a casserole dish with oil from spray container and pour in egg mixture. Place in the oven and cook for about 30-35 minutes or until the center is set. About 20 minutes into the cooking time, take out the casserole and arrange the remaining apple slices on top. Place the dish back in the oven and continue to bake for the remaining time. Allow the casserole to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 203 Calories, 7 g Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 135 mg Cholesterol, 499 mg Sodium, 15 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 10 g Sugar, 21 g Protein
(Psst… we created this recipe after learning about the Eggland’s Best “America’s Best Recipe” Contest!
Eggland’s Best (EB), is looking for the best original egg recipe with the launch of their 2016 “America’s Best Recipe” Contest. For the first time ever, Eggland’s Best is inviting EB-enthusiasts to submit recipes featuring EB eggs combined with their favorite state-inspired ingredients.
From February 8th to April 29th, fans can submit their favorite recipes on the EB website for the chance to win $10,000 and a year’s supply of EB eggs.
All recipes must include at least two (2) whole Eggland’s Best Eggs and one (1) locally-sourced ingredient that is either grown or manufactured in the state/district/territory of the entrant. All recipes will be judged on criteria such as taste, creativity, and the inspiration behind the local recipe ingredients.
After state winners are selected, Eggland’s Best will call on all Americans to help narrow down the “Best in State” recipes to five “Best in Region” winners. The “Best in Region” recipes will be revealed on the Eggland’s Best website where EB fans will have the chance to vote for America’s Best Recipe!
Consumers can visit www.egglandsbest.com/americasbestrecipe to submit their recipes.
Entry Start Date: February 8, 2016
Entry Deadline: April 29, 2016
Website link: www.egglandsbest.com/americasbestrecipe
– Grand Prize Winner: $10,000 and a year’s supply of Eggland’s Best eggs
– Best in Region: $1,000 and a year’s supply of Eggland’s Best eggs
– Best in State: 1 month’s supply of Eggland’s Best eggs and goodybag
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