make ahead egg muffins

Make Ahead Egg Muffins

make ahead egg muffins

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Make Ahead Egg Muffins

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These are definitely one of my favorite breakfast items!  The best part is I can make them on the weekend and I have a quick and easy breakfast or snack to grab on the go!

You can use any combination of ingredients you like including ham & broccoli, spinach & feta or sausage, peppers and mushrooms.   I prefer to eat them as is and my husband loves to put them on english muffins to make a sandwich.  Either way, these little egg muffins are the perfect way to start your day!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

Muffin Pan * Eggs * Cooking Spray *

Make Ahead Egg Muffins.

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Egg Cups

Rating 

Serves: 12 egg muffins

Ingredients
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  • 1 lb ground turkey sausage (or pork)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • ½ red pepper, diced
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown turkey sausage over medium high until no pink remains.
  3. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. Divide the red pepper, onion and cooked sausage over 12 wells.
  4. In a large bowl combine eggs, egg whites and cheese. Pour egg mixture over the sausage in each well.
  5. Bake 22-25 minutes or until set.
  6. Remove from cups and serve warm or let cool completely and refrigerate or freeze.
  7. To reheat from refrigerated, microwave about 30 seconds. To reheat from frozen, microwave 45-60 seconds. Note: Microwaves can vary greatly, time may need to be adjusted.

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Delicious Make-Ahead Egg Muffins are the perfect breakfast on the go!  Cheese & eggs loaded with your favorite toppings are quick & easy and heat in just 30 seconds!
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Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts! This is the perfect dish, easy to make & incredibly GOOD! Bone in chicken breasts stuffed with a mushroom & mozzarella filling baked until perfectly juicy!

Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast

Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breasts! This is the perfect dish, easy to make & incredibly GOOD! Bone in chicken breasts stuffed with a mushroom & mozzarella filling baked until perfectly juicy!

Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast

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This delicious stuffed chicken breast recipe is really easy to make and always gets rave reviews!  Tender and juicy on the inside with a deliciously crispy skin and an amazing mushroom filling.  This recipe is easy enough for a weeknight family dinner and fancy enough to serve to guests!

You can use any type of mushroom in this recipe, I prefer brown mushrooms for a richer flavor.  Bone-in, skin-on chicken definitely provides the best flavor and the most tender chicken!  When stuffing the chicken, if you have a little bit of filling leftover, just lift the skin and add it under the skin.  I always use an instant read thermometer for absolutely perfect chicken!

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Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Instant Read Thermometer * Foil * Bone In Chicken Breasts *

Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast

Rating 

Serves: 4 chicken breasts

Ingredients
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  • 4 chicken breasts (bone-in, skin on)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 oz. brown or white mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons spreadable herb & garlic cream cheese
  • 2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place butter in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until slightly softened. Add in mushrooms and cook until juices are released and reabsorbed. Add wine and thyme. Cook until evaporated but not dry. Cool completely.
  3. Combine cooled mushrooms with cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Rinse chicken breasts under cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1½" slit in the side of the chicken. Move the knife around creating a pocket. Fill the pocket with ¼ of the mushroom mixture. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
  5. Place chicken breasts on a foil lined pan, sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste and bake 30-35 minutes (165 degrees).

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CCI Pizza Dip

Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip

Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip recipe. A delicious creamy cheesy pizza dip loaded with sauce & your favorite toppings, hot from the oven!  A big hit at every party! Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip

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Friday Pizza Night is a tradition in our house!  For about 18 years now, we’ve had pizza almost every Friday!  It ranges from homemade, to delivery… and can be as simple as hamburger bun pizzas to homemade dough or even quick Pizza Bubble Bread!

This Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip is a great twist on a traditional pizza!  All of your favorite pizza ingredients are baked up golden brown in this yummy hot dip which I like to serve with pieces of torn french or sourdough bread!  It also goes great with tortilla chips!  Get creative with the toppings, mushrooms, onions, sausage and ham would all be delicious in this!

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Items you’ll need for this recipe

* Pizza Sauce * Casserole Dish * Pepperoni * 

 

Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip

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Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • pepperoni slices to taste (approx ¼ cup)
  • tortilla chips or 1 loaf of sourdough bread for serving
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix cream cheese, oregano, basil, cheddar cheese and ¾ cup mozzarella cheese.
  3. Spread into a pie pan or casserole dish. Top cream cheese mixture with pizza sauce.
  4. Sprinkle remaining cheeses followed by pepperoni.
  5. Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips or chopped bread.

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This recipe first appeared on SpendWithPennies.com in January 2014.  Photographs updated August 2015.

Easy Cheesy Pizza Dip recipe. A delicious creamy cheesy pizza dip loaded with sauce & your favorite toppings, hot from the oven!  A big hit at every party!
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Greek Pasta Salad.

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

This easy Greek Pasta Salad is quick to make and delicious to eat!  Loaded with feta and fresh veggies, its perfect to serve it as a side with chicken or on its own for lunch on the go!

Easy Greek Pasta Salad

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Greek Pasta Salad is a dish you’ll find on our family table year round! This salad will hold up in the fridge for a few days so it’s the perfect school or work lunch and is a great make ahead dish for a barbecue or pot luck!

It’s quick to prepare and loaded with feta, crunchy cucumbers, juicy ripe tomatoes & peppers!  My kids have been eating this easy Greek pasta salad for as long as I can remember and it’s the one veggie filled dish they can all agree on!

To make this family friendly I try to take a little bit of the ‘bite’ of the purple onion.  I dice it, place it in a jar with cold water and a pinch of salt.  Shake for 10 seconds, drain and repeat if needed.

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Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Rotini * Olive Oil * Red Wine Vinegar *

Greek Pasta Salad

Rating 

Serves: 12 servings

Ingredients
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  • 16 oz short pasta (rotini, bow ties, penne)
  • ¾ long english cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bell pepper (red or orange), diced
  • ½ cup sliced pitted olives
  • ½ cup feta cheese, cubed
  • ⅓ cup red onion, diced
Dressing
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste
OR
  • 1 cup bottled greek vinaigrette dressing
Instructions
  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Rinse under cold water.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

 

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Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu!  The delicious flavors of cordon blue lightened up in this yummy grilled version!  Ham & swiss over a juicy marinated chicken breast with a light and delicious sauce!

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Cordon bleu is one of my favorite chicken dishes!!  Juicy chicken with ham and creamy swiss is just such an amazing combination!

This easy Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe has all of the flavor but not all of the fat and is perfect for those summer months when you just don’t want the oven on!  Chicken is marinated in an amazing sauce and then grilled up tender and juicy & topped with ham and swiss cheese!  I like to order the ham at the deli counter and have them shave it very thin for this recipe.

Don’t skip out on the sauce with this recipe… it’s so good, I could literally drink it!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Dijon Mustard * Grill * Soy Sauce  *

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

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Ingredients
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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 slices deli ham
  • 4 oz swiss cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine Dijon, Honey, Soy Sauce and Lemon juice. Remove 3 tablespoons of this mixture and set aside for sauce.
  2. Combine the chicken breasts with the marinade and let sit up to 4 hours in the fridge.
  3. Mix reserved marinade with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise and refrigerate.
  4. Preheat the grill to medium and grill the chicken 6-7 minutes per side or until juices run clear and the chicken reaches 170 degrees.
  5. Add ham and cheese on top and close grill for about 1-2 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve immediately with sauce.

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Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Crispy Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries!  The perfect way to enjoy zucchini, these are quickly baked in the oven and come out crispy and delicious!

Crispy Oven Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

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I love these!  Every year I grow zucchini in the garden and I try to find creative ways to use it up!  My girls don’t actually like zucchini however, when I made this they couldn’t eat enough! Now they actually request these oven baked zucchini fries!

Chipotle mayo is the perfect dipper for these… but if you prefer ranch or warm marinara are great choices too! These are also perfect if you’re watching your waistline since they’re oven baked!  All of the flavor and crunch without the fat or grease!

These are fairly simple to make…  the batch you see here I actually made myself for lunch one day!  Both tasty and satisfying, these are perfect as a snack or a side dish!

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries!  The perfect way to enjoy zucchini, these are quickly baked in the oven and come out crispy and delicious!

Items you’ll need for this recipe

* Panko * Zucchini * Parchment Paper *

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

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Ingredients
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup of Panko Bread Crumbs
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
Chipotle Mayo
  • Store bought
  • OR
  • ⅓ cup Mayonnaise or Dressing
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle in Adobo (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
Instructions
Chipotle Mayo
  1. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Set aside.
Zucchini Fries
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine Panko Bread Crumbs, Parmesan Cheese, Pepper & Olive oil. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Wash zucchini and cut into fries (leaving skin on).
  4. Beat egg & milk together. Toss zucchini in the egg and milk mixture.
  5. Dip each zucchini fry into the bread crumb mixture pressing the crumbs to make sure they stick.
  6. Place on a parchment lined pan and spray with cooking spray. Bake 18-20 minutes or until crust is crispy.

Original recipe & photos appeared on Spend with Pennies June 2013.  Updated July 2015.

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Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Fries!  The perfect way to enjoy zucchini, these are quickly baked in the oven and come out crispy and delicious!
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Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

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Hello, my name is Holly and I am addicted to Macaroni and Cheese.  It is literally my favorite thing to eat ever!

This has to be one of the best macaroni and cheese casseroles ever!  It’s pretty quick to make from scratch and extra cheesy and delicious!  Now, this recipe has a secret little ingredient that makes it extra yummy…  AND it is optional.  The addition of the cheddar soup makes the sauce a little extra velvety and just adds a little something.  If you don’t happen to have it on hand (or just don’t want to use it), this recipe is still ridiculously great without.

When cooking your macaroni noodles, cook them according to the package directions but you want them to be still firm.  If your package says 6-8 minutes, just cook them 6…  you get the idea.

I choose not to top this casserole with a bread crumb mixture but if you really like bread crumbs on your macaroni and cheese, by all means, add some! Just mix 3/4 cup bread crumbs (panko is best) and 3 tablespoons melted butter with the topping cheese.  Sprinkle on top before baking.

This recipe makes an extra saucy creamy macaroni.  Do not over-bake this recipe.  You want it creamy and rich, over-baking will cause it to dry out.  I found that 20 minutes was perfect in my oven…  note that the recipe will thicken slightly while standing.

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Macaroni and cheese casserole!

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Rating 

Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients
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  • 12 oz dry macaroni
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 can condensed cream of cheddar soup (optional)
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar, divided
  • ½ cup fresh parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and run under cold water.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan. Whisk in flour and let cook 2 minutes while stirring. Slowly whisk in cream, milk, mustard powder and onion powder. Cook over medium heat while stirring until thickened.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese & 3 cups cheddar cheese until melted. Add soup if using.
  5. Toss cheese sauce & macaroni noodles together. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake 18-24 minutes or until bubbly. Do not over cook. Cool 10-15 minutes before serving/

 

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Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks.

Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!

Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!  Making breadsticks at home is actually easier than you might think!  If you don't want to make your own dough you can substitute frozen bread dough in this recipe!

Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!

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Surprisingly quick and delicious, you will be surprised at how quickly you can whip up fresh from scratch breadsticks!  If you don’t want to make your own dough, these do work beautifully with frozen bread dough or rolls as well!

We love these in our house either as a snack or served alongside a pasta or lasagna dish!  If you don’t have the cheeses listed below, these work great with pretty much any cheese you have on hand!  This recipe can easily be doubled.

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Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

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Serves: 12 breadsticks

Surprisingly quick and amazingly delicious! You won't believe you can make homemade breadsticks on a weeknight!
Ingredients
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  • 1 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅛ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ⅛ cup fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine yeast, ½ teaspoon sugar and ¼ cup warm water in a small bowl. Set aside 5 minutes until foamy.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, hot water, sugar and salt. Add in the yeast mixture and gently stir. Add remaining flour and stir until completely combined.
  4. Divide dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into breadsticks. Place on parchment paper.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees while letting the dough rise (rise about 15 minutes).
  6. In a small bowl, combine butter and minced garlic. Microwave 20 seconds or until butter is melted.
  7. Brush butter mixture over breadsticks. Top with cheeses.
  8. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

Original post 07/2014.  Photo updated 06/2105

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Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks!  Making breadsticks at home is actually easier than you might think!  If you don't want to make your own dough you can substitute frozen bread dough in this recipe!
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