Egg and ham breakfast squares

Nice tasty square of eggy goodness
Nice tasty square of eggy goodness

I have been looking for something I can make on the weekend to have for a quick breakfast meal before work that is fairly well-balanced.  This is also an attempt to include more vegetables into my diet.  I am not a big fan any vegetable, but I need to eat some to improve my diet.

ingredients:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 8 ounces ham
  • 1 cup cooked grits

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and then pour into an oiled 9×9 pan and cook at 375F for 30-40 minutes.  Then cut into the size you want to eat them in.  If cut into 9 servings it is 131 calories per section.  After it is cooled you can store in the refrigerator or freeze the sections for later.  Then when you want one just put in the microwave to warm up. You can also pour the mix into cupcake tins and make them a more individual type meal.

Ham and Grits Quiche with wild mushrooms

One of todays many projects is making something for the family potluck later this afternoon.  Since my wife is making a dessert I have to make something not so sweet to balance it out.  (yes it is one of my odd quirks).  So today I am making one of my favorite dishes to take.  It combines two of my favorite foods together, ham and grits.  This is a very simple recipe and you can make it for any meal, and not just breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hot cooked grits
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces ham cut into cubes
  • 1 9″ frozen deep dish pie crust
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup wild mushrooms (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375F.  Combine the cooked grits and butter,  stir the mix until the butter is fully melted and the grits are smooth and creamy.  Add in the ham cubes and mix up.  Then pour the mix into the bottom of the pie shell and set aside. In a bowl beat together the eggs, whipping cream, pepper, and cheese.  You can add mushrooms to the egg mix if you are including them. The nice thing about this is that the eggs are organic brown eggs from my father and the cheese is one of the ones i made.  Now pour the egg mix over the grits and back until a knife inserted comes out clean.  Usually 30-40 minutes. Let cool for five minutes and serve.

ham, grits, and butter in the pie crust.
ham, grits, and butter in the pie crust.
Final product.  Lots of egg, cheese, and grits goodness
Final product. Lots of egg, cheese, and grits goodness