I’ve partnered with Applegate Farms to bring you this easy and delicious, make-ahead breakfast recipe. It’s one that you can whip up on your food prep day and enjoy throughout the week. As always, thank you for supporting CNC, and I hope you and your family enjoy this recipe!
I’m one of those people who goes to bed thinking about what I want to eat for breakfast the next morning. Anyone else? I swear having something tasty in mind always gets me out of bed. Plus, having a nutritious breakfast ready to go saves me time in the morning, especially since it’s so easy to pour myself an iced coffee, eat a handful of granola (or chocolate chips – no judgement) and call it a meal.
But I know myself and know that eating and enjoying (!!) an equally delicious and satisfying breakfast is a requirement for how the rest of my day will go. If I start my day with something healthy, the momentum almost always continues and inspires the rest of choices. Basically, all this to say that I have an awesome egg recipe that you can prep ahead for a stress-free morning – and it’s guaranteed to start your day off on the right foot. Your family – kids included – will love this recipe too. It travels well and can be eaten (with tiny hands) on the go!
This recipe for Black Forest Ham & Cheddar Egg Cups only calls for 5 ingredients (+ a few spices that you probably already have in your pantry). A couple of the ingredients are from Applegate, and we love their products for making quick and easy meals. In fact, this recipe only takes about 20-25 minutes, start to finish, to make. It’s definitely a recipe you can prep ahead at the beginning of the week for quickie meals and snacks. The egg cups are high in protein and fat, so they’ll fill you up and ward off hunger for hours. I have a feeling this recipe will become one of your family’s favorite prep-ahead breakfasts!
Two of the star ingredients of this recipe are the Applegate Organic Black Forest Ham and Applegate Naturals Medium Cheddar Cheese. Our family is long-time fans of the brand, so I’m super excited to partner with Applegate on this blog post. We frequently purchase Applegate products since they produce high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese, and frozen products. Applegate’s products are made without GMO ingredients, and they source from farms where animals are treated with care and respect – all important reasons to sourcing our family’s food.
Applegate recently improved their line of deli meat products by removing carrageenan in its poultry deli meat varieties – even despite a recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reversal on banning the seaweed extract from organic foods and beverages. Carrageenan is an ingredient derived from red seaweed and is commonly used as a thickener or stabilizing agent in dairy foods such as ice cream and yogurt. Carrageenan is also commonly used as a binder in deli meats to help prevent meat from falling apart when sliced, particularly those made with poultry.
Applegate taste-tested several ingredient options to replace carrageenan and found that the majority lived up to their standards of clean ingredients, but didn’t quite meet their standards of crave-able food. However, once they combined potato starch and chicken broth, they found a winner in delivering clean, delicious food. The transition to carrageenan-free poultry deli varieties will happen in phases – with the Applegate Organics pre-sliced line (started in July 2018), followed by the Applegate Naturals pre-sliced line in October 2018, so keep a look at for them in your local grocery store!
Black Forest Ham & Cheddar Egg Cups
- 8 large eggs
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 12 pieces Applegate Black Forest Ham 2 packages
- 3 slices Applegate Cheddar Cheese
- 3/4 cup frozen peppers and onions chopped
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- salt + pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, peppers and onions, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well combined.
Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and then place one slice of ham in each cup. Cut cheddar slice into quarters, so you have 4 smaller squares. Place one cheese square in the center of each piece of ham.
Pour batter evenly among cups, about 3/4 full. You can also place cheese square ON TOP of the egg batter if you prefer a cheesy top!
Place muffin tin in oven and cook for 14 minutes or until eggs are cooked all the way through.
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. Store leftovers in a glass container with lid in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat in microwave as needed.