Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Quick & Easy Bacon & Egg Muffins: Breakfast on the Run!

Hey you guuuuyyyysss!! If you don’t get that Goonies reference, I’m not sure that we can be friends – go watch it right now people! Anyway – can you believe that we are practically halfway through January already?! Like what?!?! One of my New Year resolutions, or more so goals, for myself this year was to focus on making my life all around healthier.  That means not only physically but financially, emotionally, and spiritually.  I took the last week or so to get everything in order for me to complete those goals. Big things will be happening for me this year and how do I know that? I am going to MAKE them happen and that’s how I know!

                On the healthy goal of things, I joined a Dietbet that Brandi Laughlin aka “Mama Laughlin” is hosting.  I have been following here for years on IG and she is inspirational, giving, and fun!  For her dietbet, she is giving away so many prizes including a couple of Fitbits!  If you were considering ever doing a Dietbet, the bet she is hosting is definitely the way to go – you can sign up HERE! As I mentioned previously I have begun working with a friend/personal trainer to achieve my fitness goals, but you can’t eat crap and make up for it in the gym! I wanted to share a hearty, yet quick and easy go to recipe of mine.

                First, let me start off by saying that I LOVE BACON. I am not picky about what brand, flavor, or how it is cooked. Bacon is also very paleo friendly, yummy for me! The recipe that I have for you today is a very easy Bacon & Egg Muffin recipe. You can honestly add anything to these that you want but I typically just do the down and dirty basics while occasionally adding cheese for the mister. Adding spinach, peppers, onions, etc will just add to the amazing flavor but I know some picky eaters (like possibly the individual that wrote this) that don’t necessarily like all the extras!

I first made this recipe as a birthday breakfast for my boyfriend.  I wanted bacon and eggs but bacon is such a beast to make and usually causes the entire house to smell “fatty” for the rest of the day, or next two, as well as a mess to clean up with all the grease. I now make these quite often and enjoy them for meals over the following days with just a pop in the microwave! Okay, okay, let’s make these already!

Bacon & Egg Muffins
Prep Time: 5 mins            Cook time: 25 mins          Yields: 11 muffins
8 eggs
1 tbs Almond/Coconut Milk – optional
1 package Bacon – Hormel Applewood Thick Slices
½ tbs Parsley, finely chopped
Vegetable oil spray

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Very lightly spray the inside of the muffin tin with vegetable oil spray, or whatever type you prefer to use. I have made these without any spray and they were just a hair more difficult to remove from the pan.  The oil/fat from the bacon tends to help prevent any sticking.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs & parsley and whisk together. Add the salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly.
4. This is when you could add anything else that you want! Examples: mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, sausage, bacon crumbles etc.
5. Next, add the almond milk to the egg mixture and set aside. This step is optional but I love the extra fluffiness that comes when I add a little almond milk to my eggs but you don’t have to add it or you can use dairy milk if you’d like!
6. Line the muffin tin with the bacon strips.  They will overlap some but that is A Okay!
7. Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tins about halfway – 2/3 full. Make sure to evenly distribute your eggs so that you don’t run out before you fill all your tins! Go back and add any extra egg mixture to the muffins after all have been filled.
8. Place on middle rack of the oven for 25-27 minutes. Exactly 25 minutes seems to work perfectly for how I like my bacon but make it your own and adjust the time depending on how soft or crispy you like your bacon to be.
9. Remove from oven and enjoy!

                These are perfect for mornings you are in a rush and have them premade, which is what I did this morning actually! Pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and you can enjoy them on the go! I hope you enjoy these and you put your own spin on them with the ingredients.  Let me know what you tried in them and loved because I would love to hear it! I also pin my recipes on Pinterest, I'd love for you to follow along on pinning journey haha :)

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