Dino usually cooks breakfast on weekends, but he had to work all day/night Saturday, so I figured I’d make breakfast for everyone. I had been eyeing this breakfast casserole for a while, and I had some shredded mozzarella on hand, so I got myself adequately caffeinated and got to work in the kitchen. This turned out OK, but it wasn’t my favorite. It could be because I don’t have Spike seasoning – I used Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming. Or maybe I just wanted some more veggies. Tomatoes would have brightened it up a bit more. Maybe I’ll throw some on top of the leftovers when we have this for breakfast again. Either way, it’s nice to have a big batch of breakfast food made so it can be reheated quickly during the week for a quick meal.
Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake
Makes 6 servings
5 oz. organic fresh spinach (4 cups packed)
1-2 tsp. olive oil (depending on your pan)
1 1/2 cups low-fat mozzarella (I used a low-fat mozzarella blend from Costco with 6 grams of fat in 1/4 cup.)
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
8 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. Spike seasoning (or use any all purpose seasoning mix that’s good with eggs)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Spray an 8 1/2 inch by 12 inch glass or crockery casserole dish with olive oil or nonstick spray.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add spinach all at once, and stir just until the spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer spinach to the casserole dish, spreading it around so all the bottom of the dish is covered. Layer the grated cheese and sliced onions on top of the spinach.
Beat the eggs with Spike Seasoning (or other seasoning mix) and salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. (I use only a tiny pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.) Pour the egg mixture over the spinach/cheese combination, and then use a fork to gently “stir” so the eggs, spinach, and cheese are evenly combined.
Bake about 35 minutes or until the mixture is completely set and starting to lightly brown. Let cool about 5 minutes before cutting. (The egg bake will settle down some as it cools.) Serve hot. This is good with light sour cream. I also like a little Green Tabasco Sauce sprinkled on the top.
This can be cut into individual servings to keep in the fridge and microwaved for a quick breakfast during the week. Don’t microwave longer than 1-2 minutes or the eggs can get slightly rubbery.
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