May 10, 2014

Veggie Ham Egg and Cheese Bake



For an easy brunch recipe to serve for a large gathering, try this wonderful savory egg dish; made with part whole eggs, part whites, mushrooms, broccoli, bell peppers, scallions, tomatoes, ham and cheese.

You can modify this however you wish – swap the ham for lean sausage or leave it out. Swap the cheddar for mozzarella or leave it out for dairy-free. As for the vegetables, use whatever you prefer, no rules here!


My sister in law Denise recently made something very similar to this at a brunch she hosted and I knew I wanted to remake it (just a bit lighter). Her recipe called for flour but I tested it without and it worked fine, plus I swapped some of the eggs for egg whites, added a lot more veggies and use reduced fat cheese. This turned out wonderful, and you can prep it ahead and bake when your guests arrive. Enjoy!



Veggie Ham Egg and Cheese Bake
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12 • Size: 1 square  • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 152 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 5 g • Fiber:1 g • Protein: 14 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium:  385 mg • Cholesterol: 102 mg

Ingredients:

  • olive oil spray
  • 2 cups shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar (for gf, check labels)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions
  • 5 oz sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 7 oz finely diced lean ham steak
  • 3/4 cup diced tomatoes, seeded
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 7 large whole eggs
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup fat free milk
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:



Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with oil.

Place 1 cup of cheese into the baking dish.

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add scallions, mushrooms and red pepper and saute until vegetables are tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook 2 - 3 minutes. Add the ham and broccoli and remove from heat. Spread evenly over the cheese mixture.



In a large bowl combine the eggs, egg whites, milk, salt and pepper and whisk well. Slowly pour over the vegetables in the baking dish and top with remaining cheese.



Bake until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 32 to 35 minutes. Let stand 8 to 10 minutes before cutting into 12 pieces.


44 comments :

  1. I cannot wait to try this! I am going to swap it up using my fav omelet ingredients spinach, feta and tomatoes. :)

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    1. I was thinking feta also Sara! Let me know how it comes out!

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  2. Mmmm, that looks so good! All that cheese. <3

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  3. this looks delicious! can't wait to try! thank you so much for having such a wonderful blog and making eating clean so tasty and easy!

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  4. Looks awesome. I love baking eggs (as people can tell from my blog and instagram feed). I love using the baking time to prep other things.

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  5. I saw a brunch casserole on another site this morning, but it looked so fattening. Thank you for a healthier alternative!

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  6. How can you call this veggie when you put ham in it?

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    1. Veggie as in there's vegetables in it, not as in vegetarian.

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    2. how can you be so stupid?

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  7. How well does this reheat for leftovers?

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    1. it reheats fine in the micro if your just having a piece of it...
      I didn't try to re heat the whole dish because I was the only one who wanted to have another piece.

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  8. This looks so delicious! A perfect recipe for a lazy Sunday!

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  9. Yummy! Sounds like perfect make ahead breakfast!

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  10. Can you freeze the leftovers?

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    1. I bet you could! I've made "egg muffins" in large batches before and frozen the extras : )

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  11. Yum! I love any kind of good baked egg dish <3 Such a good thing for entertaining too because it makes so much!

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  12. Can you use an egg substitute?

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  13. Hi
    How many grams is a cup or
    half a cup please

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    1. Depends how you pack the cup. But if you read the label on your cheese package, 1/4c is supposed to be 28g.

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  14. Literally was thinking about making this the this morning as my meal prep breakfast.

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  15. This looks like a savoury cake! Love it, would make an amazing breakfast :D Delicious! x

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  16. Yummy! How does this taste re heated?

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  17. Do you think this would work without the cheese? I'm trying to go dairy free for one month. I would hate to attempt to make without the cheese only to have it not work and then waste all those ingredients. Thanks!

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    1. She said in the intro you could skip the cheese :)

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  18. Do you think you save the leftovers and reheat in the microwave? Kind of like those egg "muffins' you see?

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  19. I am the biggest egg addict. It is my go to solution when Im feeling poorly, My problem is whenever I make a frittata as gorgeous as this, I end up eating waaay to much in one sitting!

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  20. I just made this dish for lunch. It was wonderful! Thanks so much for your delicious food ideas.

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  21. Made this for mother's day brunch. used sausage instead of ham and added spinach. no tomatoes, dont like those. it was great! a big hit. it reheated very well also. Thanks!

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  22. in the oven right now! Can't wait to try it! I swapped out vegges too... And since I'm not big on ham, I omitted that. For the same serving size, without the ham, it's 3 pp. If you're not a fan of ham and would prefer bacon, I figured for 10 slices of crisp bacon, crumbled and mixed in, it's 4 pp. :)

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  23. Hi Gina! I just wanted to thank you because I adapted this recipe and it was so good. I made it vegetarian and I used egg beaters, parmesan, goat cheese and low fat mozzarella cheese (same amount as your recipe combined), and different veggies considering what I had on hand, but the recipe is all yours and it was super tasty and healthy!

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  24. I am Jewish and don't eat ham or any other pork products. Can you recommend a good meat substitute for the ham? What can I use instead? I like the idea of putting meat in it, so I don't want to completely omit that step, but I need suggestions for a good sub.

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    1. you could use turkey breakfast sausage, turkey or chicken smoked sausage, we used elk sausage and it was awesome! It would probably be good with the pre-cooked chicken or beef fajita meat. Lots of tasty alternatives. Let us know how it turns out when you make it.

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  25. I made this last night for dinner and it was absolutely YUMMY. The ham bits do an excellent job of "seasoning" the dish so if you leave those out, you may want to find something you can substitute that has great flavor, I used EggBeaters for the whites and it worked perfectly. Thank you Gina!

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    1. I thought the same thing about the ham "seasoning" it! Tasted amazing!!

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  26. Hubbie and I both loved it! Thanks.

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  27. Made it for lunch today subbing in the veggies that we had in the house (zucchini, peppers, onions, halved grape tomatoes). We loved it and will definitely be making it again. Thanks Gina!

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  28. I love these recipes when they're first made, but when I store them in the fridge to have the next day they always end up soggy and the texture becomes unappetizing to me. Does anyone have storage tips for these?

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    1. make it in muffin pan, then you can freeze the leftovers and reheat in microwave.

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  29. Can you make this the night before and put in the fridge? Or do you recommend chopping everything up (to save time the day before) and making in morning. I am going to make this for Father's Day breakfast thanks!

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    1. I have the same question - what do you think, Gina?

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  30. I used smoke gouda and omitted the tomatoes and brocolli. DELICIOUS!

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