Healthy egg casserole is a perfect make-ahead breakfast for busy weekday mornings or brunch! Pin it here.
How is it already August?! I can hardly believe the neighborhood kids are already back to school. Busy mornings means you need a way to feed the family, and fast. Aside from needing to fuel your own morning (don’t forget about yourself!), regularly eating breakfast has a positive impact on kids academic and behavioral performance (1). Egg casserole is an easy make-ahead breakfast for the whole family.
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Lightened Up Egg Casserole
I’m always a big fan of taking recipes you already love and modifying them to be more nutrient-rich. This was a recipe from my sister-in-law’s mom that I made (lightened up)on family vacation a few years ago! Then I started making it for brunches with friends and it has lived on since. Truly… there are never leftovers, hah!
How I Lightened Up This Egg Casserole
If you’ve followed me for a while you know that I like to take my favorite recipes and tweak them. Eating nutrient-rich foods shouldn’t be boring! Just a few changes help you enjoy the flavors you love in a healthier way. Here’s what I did to skinny down this egg casserole:
- Reduced the cheese
- Completely removed the butter
- Used a reduced-fat cottage cheese
These changes help healthify a conventional egg casserole recipe without sacrificing flavor!
Nutritionally, What’s Great About Egg Casserole?
This egg casserole is packed with protein, calcium, choline, vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin. Protein is important for lean body mass maintenance and growth, triggering feelings of satiety or fullness, and many enzymes and hormones are made from proteins. Calcium is essential for proper bone growth and may help reduce incidence of heart disease. Cholein and lutein are both hot nutrients for cognitive function and brain health. Vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin are all important for eye health.#Eggs are a breakfast powerhouse that are high in protein and nutrients good for your vision and brain health! Try this #yummy lightened up egg casserole! Click To Tweet
How to Serve this Egg Casserole
Ah the options are endless! Egg casserole will definitely count as your protein for the meal, so I like to pair it with veggies, fruit and a starch or whole grain.
- Serve egg casserole over spinach
- Top egg casserole with salsa
- Mash lightly and give to baby (I did this as our first egg introduction!)
- Pair with whole grain toast and fruit at breakfast
I’ve even had this healthy up egg casserole for dinner with some delicious roasted broccoli! However you choose to serve this egg casserole, I hope you love it!
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Lightened Up Egg Casserole
- 1 dozen eggs
- 1/4 lb shredded cheese
- 2 c low-fat cottage cheese
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp flour
- to taste salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13 pan (I like to use canola or avocado oil).
- Beat eggs. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
- Bake for 40 minutes, until golden brown.