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Busy Mom’s Baked Ham & Cheese Egg Cups: Perfect for Weekday Breakfasts!

baked hame and cheese egg cupsI don’t know about you, but I struggle with getting breakfast ready in a timely fashion during the work week. The main reason? I want PROTEIN for breakfast, not simple carbohydrates. My next meal is over six hours away…I need the protein to keep my stomach from rumbling while I’m in front of my classroom. Busy Mom’s Baked Ham & Cheese Egg Cups aren’t new, but my take on them may be. I like to bake these on Sunday and reheat in the microwave during the week. It solves my problem of having a protein-packed breakfast, and it’s ready in less than a minute on busy school days!

Baked Ham & Cheese Egg Cups Recipe…

This recipe could revolutionize breakfast for your family. 🙂  Well, that might be an overstatement, but I love that my family can have a healthy, non-sugary breakfast, during the work week. I love my Pampered Chef brownie pan for this recipe, but muffin pans will work great, too. The key is spraying each little cavity well with cooking spray so the eggs don’t stick. (I haven’t had an issue with anything sticking in this pan!!!)

baked hame and cheese egg cups

The Process…

I love to line each brownie cup with a piece of thin deli ham. Next, I crack an egg inside the cup, sprinkle with cheese (whatever I have on hand), grind some black pepper on the top, and pop the entire dozen of Baked Ham & Cheese Egg Cups into the oven for 10-15 minutes. If you like your yolks runnier, opt for a shorter baking time. As long as the egg whites are cooked, you’re good to go!

baked hame and cheese egg cups

After the eggs have cooled a bit, I pop them into Tupperware and stick them in the refrigerator, pulling out 1-2 to reheat in the microwave throughout the week. I stick the egg cups on a plate, cover with a paper towel (they can pop and make a mess–I don’t have time for that!), and reheat for 30 or so seconds on high. Easy!

baked hame and cheese egg cups

The options for Busy Mom’s Baked Ham & Cheese Egg Cups are endless. Use whatever types of cheese you like, don’t use cheese, add crumbled/cooked bacon, sprinkle with your favorite spice blend, serve with hot sauce, add leftover chopped/cooked potatoes, dice leftover steak and add to the cups…the options are limitless, and that’s what makes these egg cups the PERFECT breakfast each week. 🙂

Busy Mom’s Baked Ham & Cheese Egg Cups: Perfect for Weekday Breakfasts!

Yield: 6-12 servings

Serving Size: 1-2 egg cups

Busy Mom’s Baked Ham & Cheese Egg Cups: Perfect for Weekday Breakfasts!

A quick protein-packed breakfast that reheats in less than a minute for busy weekdays!

Ingredients

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 12 thin slices deli ham (if you're watching carbs, check to make sure there isn't added sugar)
  • 1/4 c. shredded cheese, if desired
  • additional spices, herbs, or other add-ins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Spray the cavities of a brownie pan or muffin pan well. Place one slice deli ham into each cup, pushing gently toward edges.
  3. Crack an egg into each ham cup, being careful to place the egg on top of the ham. (If some egg leaks around the edges of the ham, that's OK.)
  4. Add 1 t. of shredded cheese to the top of each egg.
  5. Sprinkle additional spices/herbs as desired.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on desired doneness. Yolk can be runny as long as the egg white is set.
  7. Allow to cool for 2 minutes in pan before removing to plates or storage container.
    To Reheat During the Work Week:
  1. Place 1-2 Ham & Cheese Egg Cups on microwavable plate. Cover with papertowel and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Enjoy!

Notes

If you'd like to add leftover steak, potatoes, other veggies, etc., you may wish to scramble the eggs with the add-ins. In this case, you may omit the ham "cup" if you wish. Spray each cavity of the brownie/muffin pan well with nonstick cooking spray and pour egg mixture into each cup. Bake as directed above.

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If you’re interested in other recipes that watch the added sugar, you might be interested in my Cheesy “FauxTators,” Italian Vegetable Soup, or my Chicken Divan with no canned, creamed, soup. For other recipes, please click the Recipe tab at the top of the page. 🙂

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