Tuesday, February 27, 2018

rise and shine

Now that it's almost spring, we are closer to more sunshine and longer daylight hours. Can I get a hallelujah on that one? I find I naturally wake earlier in the sunnier, warmer months, how about you?

As a member of the Wayfair Homemaker program, I have been compensated for this post. All ideas and opinions are completely my own.

The first thing I do when I wake up is start brewing my coffee and getting the cats fed. I'm not one to eat a big breakfast right away, but I do have a Lara bar with my coffee. In the late morning, I'll then usually have a fruit and veggie smoothie or gluten-free toast with almond butter and sliced banana on top.
However, on a weekend when Brian's off work, I sometimes make a breakfast casserole. These are easy to assemble the night before and then just pop in the oven in the morning. This recipe would also be perfect for overnight company. What's great about breakfast casseroles is not only are they easy to make and assemble, but the recipe is simple to adjust to anyone's taste. Don't like peppers? Leave them out. Prefer mushrooms? Add them in. Vegetarian? Leave out the meat. You get the idea.

I chose this beautiful Le Creuset stoneware baking dish from Wayfair to bake my breakfast casserole. Wayfair has a wonderful variety of baking and casserole dishes to choose from, which you can find here

It's the perfect size and depth for any kind of casseroles or even a small roast.

4 cups peeled Yukon Gold potatoes, diced
7 slices bacon, cooked (or substitute cooked breakfast sausage or ham)
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 medium sized onion, diced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
8 large eggs
1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Sprinkle of paprika
2 cups shredded cheese, divided (I used 1 cup Colby Jack & 1 cup Gruyere)

Preheat oven to 375F.

Boil diced potatoes for 5 minutes, then drain & let cool slightly.  

While potatoes are boiling, saute the peppers and onion in 1 T oil until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.

Place cooked potatoes and vegetables into a greased 13x9" baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, then gently mix. 

In a large measuring cup, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper, and paprika until eggs are thoroughly mixed. Add 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese into the egg mixture and gently stir.

Pour egg mixture over the potatoes and vegetables in the baking dish.

Sprinkle with remaining 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese.

Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Take casserole out of oven, remove the foil, and continue baking for another 15-30 minutes, depending on the depth of your pan. The casserole should be set - not watery - in the middle. I found with this deeper Le Creuset dish, I needed the longer baking time.

Bring the beautiful casserole dish to the table...

Uncover and get ready to dig in!

Cut casserole into squares and serve with fruit for a delicious and healthy breakfast.

Maybe this breakfast casserole will inspire you to get out of bed earlier!
Have a wonderful week.


  1. Oh that casserole dish is beautiful and your breakfast looks delicious!!

  2. Oh god yes to longer days and warmer days..

  3. This breakfast casserole looks so good and the dish is gorgeous! How pretty from oven to table!

  4. Your title has the following song stuck in my head now "rise and shine Ang give God the glory, glory." ☺ Not a bad way to start my day.

    That casserole looks delicious. That casserole dish is beautiful. Goid choice in colour.

  5. OMG does that look good. Also, need to find out more about this Wayfair program.

  6. That looks delicious, Melanie...and how beautiful it looks in your lovely Le Creuset dish! I love Le Creuset!

  7. Yum and love your pretty Le Creuset dish.

  8. What a nice casserole pan. I like the smart looking handles. It can be so hard to move casseroles that don’t have handles.

  9. Oh boy does that ever look delicious! The gorgeous dish is the perfect thing to bake it in and then bring to the table. I also like being able to keep it warm with the cover. Thanks for sharing the recipe too. I love breakfast casseroles but haven't made one in years.
    I have only recently shopped through Wayfair. I ordered some canvas prints from them and love them.

  10. I make those all the time when I have kids here. I love how easy it is. Mine does not usually have potatoes and I use a bread base...sometimes I make a crustless quiche, too, and that is always good.

    I am not big on breakfast either unless it is almost mid-day.

    Have a great night- xo Diana

  11. I'm already up before the sun most days, but I appreciate the sentiment. :) I love breakfast casseroles. For us, they're a special occasion breakfast; I make one every Christmas morning and Easter morning. Thank you for sharing your recipe, it sounds delicious.

  12. I love breakfast :) This is a great recipe / post and similar to some that my family has done over the years.

    When my boys were little and their dad worked shifts, a treat was to have breakfast for dinner. I do not know if that is common around the USA but it does seem to be common in PA on occasion

  13. This is such a delightful post and almost makes me want to be an early riser, LOL. I rise early Monday through Friday because Steve still works and until he decides it is his last day, I want to get up with him. Once he retires, I'm sleeping in, LOL. Now, that might be the grey weather blues speaking because I get them this time of year. Once the weather warms up and gardening begins I enjoy work outside in the mornings.
    That casserole dish is stunning . . . I really like the color.
    Have a lovely day.
    Connie :)

  14. YOu have now made me very hungry. It looks delicious!

  15. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, and your scrumptious casserole would definitely be a treat, first thing in the morning. You are such a whiz in the kitchen, Melanie! The Le Creuset baking dish is a beautiful robin's egg blue, so cheery and charming.

    Happy weekend, my friend!

  16. That's a gorgeous color of blue for that casserole dish. I need to buy new bakeware and pots and pans as everything I have is so old, some I brought from the States, and some was given to me by my MIL.

  17. mm that looks great..
    we are breakfast people..it's the meal I most look forward too.
    yay too longer days and sunshine for sure.



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