Lean ground beef (or turkey) is seasoned like sausage and layered with cheddar & eggs in this lighter, low-carb Ground Beef, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole!
Ready or not, it’s back-to-school time! And after a lazy, schedule-free summer around here, I’ve got to get myself in gear and figure out what I’m going to feed these kids each morning at the crack of dawn. So I’ve been experimenting…and this Ground Beef, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole is going on my list of winners!
My kids would happily subside on carbs if I allowed it. But I’m of the firm belief that they need some protein in the morning to keep them fueled until lunchtime, particularly during the school week when they’re expected to use their brains and such. So even when they request something like waffles or muffins for breakfast, I make sure they at least have a hard-boiled egg and some fruit on the side for balance.
But we’ve been doing hard-boiled eggs alllll summer. So I thought I’d treat the kiddos to a cheesy, flavorful, low-carb egg casserole once school starts back up. This Ground Beef, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole reheats beautifully, so it’s a cinch to bake it over the weekend and keep it in the fridge. Then in the mornings before school, simply reheat individual portions. Add a smoothie or a side of fruit and breakfast is served!
When I was devising a new egg bake recipe, I really wanted to include yummy sausage, but I wasn’t crazy about using such a fatty option. So I decided to make my own lightened-up, homemade “sausage” with lean ground beef plus all of the herbs and spices typically found in breakfast sausage. I wasn’t sure it would work, but it turned out delicious and adds so much flavor to the casserole! If you prefer, it would also be easy to use ground turkey in this recipe instead of beef.
After browning your beef (or turkey) and mixing in the seasonings, transfer to a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Then sprinkle with grated cheddar and pour eggs whisked with milk over the top. Bake until puffy and golden…and that’s it!
As previously mentioned, this is a great breakfast for hectic, early mornings before school or work since it can be made ahead of time and reheated. But this Ground Beef, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole would also be perfect for entertaining overnight guests or hosting a brunch!
If you’d like to bake this recipe just before serving, you can always reduce morning prep time by browning/seasoning the beef “sausage,” grating the cheese, and whisking the eggs the night before. Then cover the ingredients (separately) and pop everything in the fridge. In the morning, all that’s left to do is layer the ingredients in the dish and bake!
Also, if a full 9- by 13-inch dish of breakfast casserole is more than you need, you can easily cut this recipe in half, bake it in an 8- by 8-inch dish instead, and slightly reduce the cooking time. If you like, you could even cook and season the full pound of ground beef, then use half of it immediately and freeze the rest for the next time you want to make a half-recipe. Easy peasy!
So if you need a new yummy, low-carb, protein-packed breakfast idea, this Ground Beef, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Casserole is sure to fit the bill! Back-to-school time is hard enough. At least it’s easier to get out of bed (for parents and kids alike) when there’s a tasty, filling breakfast to look forward to. 😉
Seasoning blend adapted from AllRecipes
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