Breakfast casseroles may be completely out of style but I’m going to keep loving them until the end of time. My mom started a holiday tradition of breakfast casseroles on Christmas, Easter or any other significant morning, so for me they feel a bit celebratory. She often used the overnight recipes that were so convenient; prep ingredients and assemble the night before and then throw it in the oven to bake first thing in the morning.
Lately we’ve been knee deep in all sorts of wonderful life craziness; end of the school year, house construction, summer travel and kids home all. dang. day. Which means amidst all the construction dust and coming and going, they’re asking for food in what feels like 45 minute increments. Our go to breakfast of yogurt and fruit or even scrambled eggs just isn’t cutting it anymore. With all the extra physical activity kids get in the summer it makes sense that they’re extra hungry. So we’ve been doubling down at meal times in an attempt to keep them full for longer than 5 minutes.
Enter breakfast casserole. I love it because I can easily make it on the weekend and reheat and serve all week. We even tested out the make-ahead version that assembles the night before and cooks in the morning, and it works like a dream. The kids love it because it’s something different from our same old boring breakfast routine (truth be told; they mash it between two pieces of bread and call it a breakfast sandwich. I’ve taught them well.) And we all love that they are finally full.
This recipe is a lovely mix of veggies, eggs and Italian sausage to strike the perfect balance between healthy and indulgent. And the kids barely even know they’re eating spinach, peppers and zucchini for breakfast.
If you can eat dairy, by all means, add it! I’ve never met any type of casserole that didn’t benefit from some bubbly cheese. But if you can’t, have no fear; the coconut milk and grated zucchini give this casserole an amazing creaminess.
And while lots of egg casseroles can be a bit bland for me, especially the vegetable-centered ones, this is full of flavor from the Italian sausage, Mama Jess Garden Pasta Sauce and tons of fresh herbs.
I know this one will go over splendidly at your next brunch or during you next weekly meal prep. If you make it, let us know! We’re on Facebook @mamajess and Instagram @mamajessfounder.
The Mamas at Mama Jess