Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hormel September - Better Breakfast Month

September is Better Breakfast month, and with the start of school, it's a great time to be focusing on healthier breakfasts for the whole family.  We have so many mornings that feel rushed that I've actually started preparing breakfast in advance.  Two of our favorites are homemade McMuffins and quick breakfast casseroles.

For the muffins, spray a muffin pan with bake spray, then crack an egg into each cup.  Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.  Pop out of the muffin pans and let cool.  Split open 12 English muffins.  Set out the bottoms, a piece of Hormel deli ham, one of the baked eggs, a piece of cheese, and the top of the muffin.  Wrap individually and freeze.  To serve, wrap loosely in a paper towel and microwave for 2.5 minutes or until warm.  I prefer to take two of these out the night before so they defrost a bit before cooking.

Slightly bad iPhone photo, but look, baked eggs for muffins!

For the breakfast casserole, spray a pan and layer half a bag of shredded hash browns on the bottom.  Top with a half package of Hormel diced ham.  In a separate bowl, beat 6 eggs with a half cup of milk till well mixed, then slowly pour over the ham and hash browns.  Top with cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 or until the eggs are well set.  This also freezes well, just defrost before cooking!

Hormel offers several ideas to get you thinking about healthier breakfast options too.
  • Hormel Canadian Bacon Breakfast Pizza: combining chopped Hormel® Canadian style bacon, your favorite cheeses, mushrooms and other veggies of your choice, kids will love this fun dish that allows them to eat pizza first thing in the morning!
  • Ham Scramble: this simple recipe encourages you to sprinkle Hormel® Cure 81® diced ham in with scrambled eggs and serve over English Muffins. Perfect for a hurried morning, this recipe can be prepared in less than 15 minutes!
  • Huveos Rancheros with Bacon: Add a little bit of ethnic flair to your breakfast with this dish that features CHI-CHI'S® thick & chunky salsa mild and Hormel® Natural Choice® original bacon. As a reminder, all Hormel® Natural Choice® products contain no preservatives, no added nitrates or nitrites, and no artificial colors or flavors!
How often do you eat breakfast? Do you have a go-to dish when you are in a time crunch? Do your kids have a favorite breakfast dish?  Feel free to share in the comments!

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own. 


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