Brunch, anyone?

Wikipedia says: “Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch, and regularly has some form of alcoholic drink served with it. It is usually served anytime before 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The word is a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch.”

I’ll just say that a weekend brunch is one of my favorite things to do. It’s fun to mix it up a bit and get family and friends together to enjoy a meal during the day, rather than a later dinner.

This recipe is my version of a pretty basic breakfast casserole that my Mom used to make. It’s eggy, bready, cheesy and the best part is, you can pretty much throw as many add-ins as you want and it still turns out delicious!

Breakfast Casserole | Serves 6

Start to finish: about an hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf white bread, chopped
  • 9 large eggs
  • 6 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 3 Cups milk (I used 1%)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package frozen Brown & Serve breakfast sausages
  • Additional add-ins (if desired): frozen chopped spinach (defrosted and squeezed dry), cooked sliced mushrooms, chopped tomatoes, or cooked chopped bacon or ham.
  • Serve with maple syrup or ketchup.

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix up eggs, milk, salt, pepper and melted butter in a bowl.
  3. Place a layer of chopped bread into your baking dish. Top with meat and cheese, repeat until your ingredients are used up and your casserole is piled high.
  4. Gently pour egg mixture over bread/cheese/meat. Let sit 15 mins to soak in.
  5. Bake for 45-55 mins or until casserole is golden brown and puffed.
  6. Top with maple syrup or ketchup and serve.

Burrito Casserole

If you’re tired of taco Tuesdays and want to mix it up a bit, this Burrito Casserole gives you the same flavor – and it’s great for feeding a crowd (think that big Football Party…). What I love most is that you can sneak lots of veggies in for some extra nutrition and they’re disguised by that great taco flavor (the kids won’t suspect a thing!).

Basically this recipe contains all the same elements of a burrito, without the mess of wrapping and rolling. I served mine with tortilla chips, sour cream and avocado and everyone loved it!


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Burrito Casserole
Serves 4-6
Start to finish: about 30 mins

What you’ll need:

  • 1lb ground turkey (or beef, or chicken)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 3/4 Cup water
  • 1 Can Rotel (8oz, or 1 Cup of your favorite pre-made salsa)
  • 1 Cup frozen corn
  • 1 Can (8oz) Black Beans
  • 4 Cups of cooked white or brown rice
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream, Avocado, and Tortilla Chips for serving (optional, but YUMMY!)

How To:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Prepare rice as directed on package. While rice is cooking, brown your ground meat with the chopped onion.
  3. Once meat is browned, add in: taco seasoning, water, Rotel, black beans, and corn.
  4. Stir all together until combined.
  5. Layer in baking dish: rice, then meat mixture, top with shredded cheese.
  6. Bake in oven for about 15 mins or until cheese is melted.
  7. Serve with sour cream, avocado, chips, etc.

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