(Another) Simple Breakfast Casserole

My sister-in-law and I had a relaxing morning play date this week, and this was the easy thing I whipped up before she and her little guy came over! I chopped everything ahead of time, so all I had to do was pop it in the oven just before she arrived. It was the most laid back, relaxing time together! Even though we had to correct our kids every 3.7 seconds ("Emma, you may NOT scream, can you say "help please?" and Aiden, please stop scraping the stucco off the side of the house because WE NEED SOMEONE TO BUY THIS PLACE), it was soooo nice to sip iced coffee and eat some brunch outside in the sunshine while the kids ran around. Brunch + spring + friends + sunshine is a WINNING combination.

See my other favorite breakfast casserole recipe here (who DOESN'T like a casserole topped with tater tots?!). 

I found a similar breakfast casserole online when I was searching for a dairy-free recipe to bring to brunch with a friend who's not eating dairy, and I've tweaked it a few times to come up with this pretty solid recipe that absolutely does include dairy. I wouldn't personally skip on cheese + milk except for the sake of a friend who can't have it, but if you need to leave out the dairy ingredients, I promise it'll still be good!

Of course, feel free to add and substitute whatever you want. 

It's that kind of recipe. A "recipe."  

What I used: 
  • 2 small-medium potatoes, peeled
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped, fresh spinach (about 2 handfuls of fresh spinach leaves)
  • 1/2 a medium-sized white onion
  • 1/3 cup milk (HI DAIRY HOW YOU DOIN)
  • 1 tbsp oil (for sauteing)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cheese for topping
  • extra salt/pepper to taste, after baked
  • 13x9 glass pan
  • nonstick pan for precooking potatoes
What I did: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. 
  2. Chop the 2 handfuls of spinach, half an onion and 2 potatoes. The smaller the chopped pieces, the less of big chunks of things you'll get in the casserole. 
  3. Sautee the potatoes, onion, and spinach for about 5 minutes until starting to get soft. 
  4. Add the seasonings to the pan of potatoes/onion/spinach and stir. 
  5. Dump all those seasoned ingredients into the 13x9 pan. 
  6. Stir the 7 eggs + 1/3 cup milk until smooth. Pour over the potato/onion/spinach mix in the 13x9 baking dish!
  7. Top with any cheese you'd like!
  8.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until the egg is solid throughout the whole pan. 
**To make it dairy free, skip the milk + cheese. 

2 cups of chopped spinach sounds like a STUPID amount of spinach, but it really does cook down when you get it over the stove with the potatoes and onion. And as I was eating each bite, I couldn't even taste the spinach at all. Sneaky vegetables are my jam. It's like tricking myself into eating a little healthier!

Other veggies you could add:
  • green peppers
  • sweet potato
  • sausage
  • bacon
  • kale?
  • what other vegetables even exist? Because I named like all 3 that I know of........

What are some of your favorite breakfast recipes or "recipes"? 😉 

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