Lunch…what do you want for lunch?
The dreaded question, asked weekly, every time my husband and I go to the grocery store.
First, we go through each week and figure out how many nights per week we need to cook supper – yep supper, that’s what it’s called. Then from those meals we can decide if we will have leftovers to take for lunch.
If we don’t have leftovers, most of the time lunch ends up being a frozen meal, soup or sandwiches. If we have time, we will prepare a casserole and then divide that up into daily portions to take.
This past week we had time to make a casserole, and instead of looking up a recipe, we thought we would wing it… so here is our take on breakfast casserole.
Note: I make some of the best concoctions when I just throw stuff together, the downside is we never get to have the same thing again. With that being said, I don’t measure out things unless I am baking, so the ingredient list that follows is my best guess.
- package of bacon (or turkey sausage or ham)
- package of frozen hash browns
- 16 eggs
- Veggies of your choice – bag of frozen works good
- package of shredded cheese
- fresh spinach
- Edit (milk to thin out eggs)
-Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan.
-Cook the bacon
-Put a layer of bacon in the bottom of the baking dish.
-Add a layer of frozen hash browns – we had an opened bag, probably had 20 oz left.
-Mix beaten eggs with spinach, add salt and pepper if you like.
-Pour egg mix over the hash browns, veggies and meat.
-Bake for 45 minutes. If you have a lot of cheese you can choose to broil when done cooking.
(Really, just layer the hash browns – can mix in cheese with these. Add a layer of meat – or no meat if that’s your thing. and a layer of veggies, then fill in the space with eggs you could add more eggs than mentioned above. Top with cheese.
Ok – so I type all the above up while it was baking… I have no clue how it tastes yet. It’s currently cooling, before we will divide it up and put in containers to take for lunch.
Alright… so 45 minutes wasn’t long enough for the eggs to cook … sad panda…. so we put it back into the oven for another 45 minutes.
As far as nutrition content….. well it has protein and veggies, but then there is the bacon and cheese. So, you can make it better or worse for you depending on what you choose for ingredients.
OK – so how does it taste?
It tastes really good, and the salt from the bacon is enough for me, but pepper would be good. Josh even likes it and was chatting it up at work, and got this suggestion from a colleague – adding milk to the egg mixture might speed up the cooking process.
Also I was thinking mixing in some sour cream or shredded cheese with the hash brown layer. Really, this is simple and the kind of food I like. I would attempt to make something similar again.
If this is out of your comfort zone, and cooking without a recipe scares you…just give it a try once…you might like it.