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Overnight Breakfast Casserole That’s Not Mushy – Perfect for Christmas Morning

Looking for an easy breakfast casserole that’s not mushy but is still delicious? I think you will like this great recipe. Because it’s prepared the night before, it’s perfect for Christmas Morning, any brunch or even breakfast for dinner!
Breakfast casserole that's not mushy

Overnight Breakfast Casserole That’s Not Mushy!

I love the ease of breakfast casseroles, but was never satisfied with them before because I think they are “mushy.” You know what I mean, right? I’m a texture gal. I can’t stand mushy textured food.

I think anything that resembles oatmeal is gross…and I have really tried to like it because I know it is so healthy and frugal – but I. Just. Can’t. Mushy stuff just doesn’t go down right. 

make ahead breakfast casserole that's not mushy

Normally, I am not a fan of the breakfast casserole because of the texture. But, I attended a baby shower where this egg casserole was served and I loved it. I’m convinced that the difference is using potatoes instead of white bread. 

Have you had those breakfast casseroles made with bread? I always find them too mushy. I was originally skeptical about trying a new breakfast casserole, but potatoes make all the difference.

Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns

Yes, potatoes! Every time I’ve used potatoes instead of bread, I am so happy with the resulting egg bake! So if you want an easy overnight breakfast casserole that’s not mushy, this recipe is for you!

Using potatoes instead of bread was a huge aha moment for me, and I haven’t looked back.

Here’s how to make a breakfast casserole that’s not mushy. It’s perfect for Christmas morning, brunch, or quick weeknight dinner!

cook sausage for the make ahead breakfast casserole

Brown sausage and spread in lightly greased 9 X 13 dish. I use my Le Creuset 5 qt braiser. It’s nonstick, oven safe, and so pretty!

add potatoes to the breakfast casserole

Spread potatoes over sausage. Put the shredded cheddar cheese on top of the potatoes. Then, combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper in a large bowl, and pour over hash browns, sausage, and cheese.

add cheese before baking

At this point, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top, and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or up to 45 minutes. Or, you can go ahead and cook it immediately too! Your call.

breakfast casserole

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Questions about this Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Can I use ham or bacon instead of the sausage?

Absolutely! You can use any type of meat you want. We prefer sausage, but cooked crumbled bacon or 2 cups of leftover ham are also delicious in this egg casserole.

Do I have to refrigerate it overnight?

No, you don’t. You can make it up and cook it right away, if you want. I like to have it made in advance, but you certainly don’t have to.

Do I have to thaw the hash browns?

This comes down to personal preference. If you thaw your hash browns first, they won’t be as soggy. If you’d like them to be even more crispy, you can cook them a little bit prior to adding the other ingredients, but I almost never do this. 

How should I thaw the hash browns?

Ideally, you will thaw the hash browns by leaving them in your fridge overnight. The day you make up this casserole, dry them off a little bit with kitchen towels before adding them to the casserole dish. You can use paper towels if you prefer, but I eliminated paper towels from my kitchen years ago and haven’t looked back. Kitchen towels work just fine. 

Why don’t you mix the cheese in with the eggs?

Adding the cheese to the casserole separate from the egg mixture helps insure a more equal distribution of cheese throughout the casserole. You can mix the cheese in with your eggs if you don’t care about that. 🙂

What type of potatoes should I use in this easy breakfast casserole?

You can buy the pre-shredded bags of potatoes –  plain potatoes or potatoes with peppers and onions are also delicious. Remember to thaw frozen hash brown potatoes before making this recipe. You can also shred your own potatoes to use in this recipe if you want. Since I grow a lot of potatoes in my garden I am always looking

for ways to use them. If you shred your own potatoes, I recommend rinsing them and squeezing as much water out of them as you can.

Grab your printable breakfast casserole recipe.

Yield: 12 servings

Egg Casserole that’s not too Mushy

Egg Casserole that’s not too Mushy

Quick and easy overnight egg casserole perfect for Christmas morning or when you have company. Made with sausage, hash browns, and farm fresh eggs, this egg bake is always a hit!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. regular sausage
  • 1 lb. frozen cubed or shredded frozen potatoes
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 - 3 cups grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the sausage in an oven proof pan and drain the fat.
  2. Combine the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper, and whisk well.
  3. When the sausage is cooked, cover with the frozen potatoes, add 2 cups cheese, then pour the egg mixture on top. Stir well.
  4. Cover the casserole and place in the fridge over night to cook in the morning.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 the morning you want to bake it.
  6. Before you bake, add an additional cup shredded cheese, if desired.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  8. Or, cook it immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 174mg Sodium: 928mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 22g
Nutritional information is not always correct.

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5 Homemade Gourmet Vinegar Flavors to Make Easily at Home

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These 5 Homemade Gourmet Vinegar Flavors to make easily at home are a great way to use up the fresh herb bounty you may have growing in your garden. Not only are they delicious and beautiful, but they’re also super easy to make and are great gifts as well! Get a jump start on the gift giving season with this easy DIY!

Look at these beautiful gourmet vinegar flavors you can make easily at home! I have seen them for sale in so many gourmet stores for outrageous price tags, but you don’t need to spend the money! Made with just about any type of vinegar you can buy at the store and fresh herbs from your garden, they’re SO easy to make! They keep for 4- 6 months on your counter top or in your fridge – but they won’t last long because they are delicious!

Be sure to click the image above to shop the jars that I used for my delicious homemade gourmet vinegar!

Jars of Gourmet Vinegars to Make Easily at Home

The flavor varieties for homemade gourmet vinegar are endless. Use whatever herbs and edible flowers you have growing in your garden and a high quality vinegar. Think apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar (although it’s hard to see the herbs in the dark vinegar), and champagne vinegar. Then head out to your garden if you have one, or the store if not, and grab some fresh herbs and spices. I combined everything in SKS Clear Glass Beverage Bottles and closed them up with the included White Metal Plastisol Lined Lug Caps.  ingredients for homemade gourmet vinegar

5 Homemade Gourmet Vinegar Flavors to Make Easily at Home

Homemade gourmet vinegar can be used to liven up so many dishes. Use them in homemade salad dressings, to marinate meat, in fruit salads and other desserts, and in veggie dishes too. The options are endless. Here are the five different vinegar varieties I made to get your creative juices flowing!!

1. Gourmet Greek Garlic Herb Vinegar – 

Fabulous for meat marinades and homemade salad dressings (like this creamy roasted garlic salad dressing) and delicious on roasted veggies too!. Combine two sprigs fresh oregano, one sprig fresh basil and one garlic bulb (separated into cloves and peeled) in two cups red wine vinegar.

Gourmet Apple Cinnamon Vinegar

2. Gourmet Apple Cinnamon Vinegar – 

Great for fruit salad and salad dressings. Combine 1 chopped apple with a handful of cloves and two cinnamon sticks in two cups apple cider vinegar.

3. Gourmet Marigold Vinegar – 

Did you know marigolds are edible flowers? They are! Marigolds have a spicy, citrusy flavor and a marigold vinegar is nice addition to meat marinades and homemade salad dressings. Combine one cup marigold flowers with two cups champagne vinegar.

homemade Gourmet Hot Pepper Vinegar

4. Gourmet Hot Pepper Vinegar – 

Great for dipping sauce, homemade salad dressings, and meat marinades too! Combine one tablespoon peppercorns with five or six jalapeno peppers. Make sure to slit the peppers before adding them to the jar to really release their juices. Combine with two cups white wine vinegar for a delicious combination.

Gourmet Citrus Mint Vinegar

5. Gourmet Citrus Mint Vinegar – 

Another great vinegar for fruit salads or as a meat marinade (especially for lamb). Combine two springs fresh mint with zest of one lemon (spirals if you can! And hats off to you!) plus several lemon slices in two cups apple cider vinegar.
how to make herbed vinegar easily at home

In addition to vinegar and herbs, you’ll also need these supplies for your homemade gourmet vinegar:

I mentioned already that I used SKS Clear Glass Beverage Bottles. SKS Bottle and Packaging was founded in 1986 and sells over 6,000 different types of containers and closures online in fun colors like blue, amber and clear. Most SKS glass jars are made in the USA and are 100% recyclable. You can find the SKS clear glass beverage bottles that I used here. These bottles are great for my gourmet vinegars, homemade sauces, dressings, drinks, and more.

SKS Bottle shopping cart

You’ll also need a funnel to assist in getting the vinegar in the jars. Because of the acidity of the vinegar, you will need to put a layer of wax paper between the vinegar and the lid if you use a  metal lid.

Printable instructions for the gourmet vinegars to make easily at home

5 Gourmet Vinegars to Make Easily at Home

5 Gourmet Vinegars to Make Easily at Home

Easy to make herbed gourmet vinegars make great homemade gifts and are a wonderful way to use up your garden bounty of fresh herbs!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vinegar of choice: red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or champagne vinegar
  • Several springs fresh herbs, fruits, edible flowers, garlic, and or spices

Instructions

  1. Sterilize glass containers by boiling for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat vinegar to just below boiling.
  3. Add herbs, fruits, spices, etc to jar.
  4. Pour heated vinegar into the jar. Shake to combine.
  5. Store jars in cool, dark spot for 3-4 weeks, gently shaking the jar every week to help the flavors meld.
  6. After the desired flavor is reached, strain the vinegar to remove add-ins. Discard the herbs, vegetables or fruit. Pour strained vinegar into clean sterilized jars and cap tightly. A few sprigs of fresh herbs, fruit or spices can be added for a decorative touch.
  7. Store in the fridge for 4-6 months.

Notes

NOTE: If flavored vinegar molds or shows signs of fermentation such as bubbling, cloudiness or sliminess, it should be discarded immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500 Sodium: 1400mg Carbohydrates: 80g Protein: 40g

Now that you see how easy it is to make your own gourmet vinegars at home, what varieties will you make?

These 5 homemade gourmet vinegar flavors make the perfect edible gifts. They are beautiful and easy, perfect for marinades, salad dressings, & more!

Busy Week Night Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

This delicious Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner combines all of my favorite flavors and makes a delicious meal. With a quick prep, it’s great for busy week nights too! And best of all, it’s kid approved at my house, even with the kids who don’t care all that much for salmon.Farm-to-Table Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

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Welcome back to the next to last Tuesdays in the Garden for the year! It’s hard to believe we’re almost finished with another gardening season. Especially since I have YET to harvest a single ripe tomato. It’s true! 🙁 But I have harvested a nice crop of garlic, potatoes, peppers, and herbs, so from that harvest, this dish was created – and it is DELISH! Check at the end of the post for more farm-to-table recipes form the Tuesday gang. They all look fabulous.

Busy Week Night Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

I’ve been incorporating a lot more salmon recipes into our diet because of all the health benefits! The other day after staring at all of the potatoes in my kitchen (I grow a lot of potatoes!) and wondered what to do with them. I thought about the Greek Chicken Sheet Pan Meal recipe I shared a while back and decided to try one with salmon. Hence, busy week night Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner was born. And it is a keeper!  🙂salmon sheet pan dinnerI love sheet pan meals because they come together pretty quickly and my family seems to enjoy them. After one small prep I can have an all inclusive meal on the table with little effort. The cooking time on this sheet pan meal is a little longer because the potatoes take longer to cook than the salmon. Even so, it’s still pretty easy to put this sheet pan meal on your table.

Here’s how to make this delicious Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner!

prep potatoes for Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner
Pre-heat oven to 425 and prep potatoes and onions by slicing. Combine them in a bowl with 1/4 cup olive oil, salt and pepper, and then spread them on a sheet pan. Bake for 25 minutes.

Add salmon and other veggies to sheet panAdd the salmon and other veggies, top with crushing garlic and remaining olive oil from potatoes. Bake for 8 more minutes. By the way, not all salmon is created equally. If possible, buy wild caught salmon (preferably Alaska sock-eye) over farm raised salmon. Wild caught salmon has a better fat ratio, fewer contaminants, and more nutrients.

add tomatoes and feta cheese. Bake for 5 more minutesFinally, add tomatoes and feta cheese. Top with juice of one lemon and bake for 5 minutes more. That’s it! Enjoy!!

Busy Week Night Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner finished

Yield: 4-6 servings

Busy Week Night Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

Busy Week Night Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb wild caught Salmon
  • 2 lb baby potatoes, halved or quarterd
  • 1 onion, sliced into wedges
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 small peppers
  • 2 TBS fresh oregano, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. Combine potatoes, sliced garlic, onions, olive oil, salt and pepper until the veggies are coated.
  2. Put the veggies on a sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Move the veggies to the side and add the salmon, peppers, sliced lemon, and oregano. Pour any remaining olive oil from the potatoes on the salmon and top with crushed garlic. Bake 8 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, feta cheese, and top everything with the juice of one lemon. Bake 5 more minutes.
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 2198 Total Fat: 96g Saturated Fat: 29g Cholesterol: 318mg Sodium: 1554mg Carbohydrates: 225g Sugar: 36g Protein: 125g

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What’s your favorite recipe with salmon? Have you tried a sheet pan meal yet? Let me know what you think!

This Greek salmon sheet pan dinner recipe cooks on only one pan for quick clean up! Prep is pretty easy and the dish is so delicious! Try it tonight!

Easy Weeknight Salmon & Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner

It’s 5:00 pm on a school night and you have no idea what to cook for dinner. Enter this easy weeknight salmon and asparagus sheet pan dinner recipe! With practically zero prep and a quick cook time, you can have a delicious and nutritious, Whole 30 approved meal on the table in about 20 minutes!

salmon asparagus sheet pan dinner on the table in 20 minutes. Whole 30 Approved

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Family selfie at the Eiffel Tower

Family selfie at the Eiffel Tower. European Springbreak 2017.

We just returned from our family springbreak vacation in Europe and I realized a couple things while we were gone. First, my body feels better than it has in a long time. I drank very little red wine while we were gone (something I did almost every night without fail before we left). I had been having quite a few headaches before we went to Germany and suspected it may be the wine.

While we were gone, I only drank wine on three separate evenings, and each morning afterwords, the headaches were back. Hmmm. Second, my joint pain (my hips and shoulders have hurt me for years!) was a lot better while we were gone which I attribute to an overall cleaner European food system. They don’t allow a lot of the additives we find in our American food. Hmmm.

That information has been swirling in my head and I’ve also been watching friends participate in lots of clean eating challenges, like the Whole 30 program. Now I’m not quite ready to jump on board with the Whole 30 thing just yet (I REALLY love yogurt and cheese), but I have been cleaning up our food which seems to have deteriorated recently.

salmon asparagus sheet pan dinner featured

When I feel better, life is just better! Is is the same for you? And that’s why I recommend that you try this recipe. With heart-healthy salmon, fresh spring vegetables, and heart-healthy flax, you will enjoy eating healthy and your body will thank you. Maybe, just maybe, it can be the push you need to start eating cleaner every day!

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I’m excited to partner with Barlean’s to bring you a Clean Eating Challenge and Forti-Flax & Flax Oil Giveaway. All opinions are my own.

As a Barlean’s Blogger, I was sent the following products to help with this post:

I’ve been baking with flax seeds for a long time. It’s an ingredient in my 12-grain bread, my favorite bread recipe of all times! Flax seeds are full of omega-3s, plant lignans, and fibers. They are a source of essential fats that we need to stay healthy and anti-oxidants as well. According to healthyflax.org “The Institute for Medicine recommends that men consume 1.6 grams, women 1.1 grams  and children depending on age consumer between 0.5 and 1.2 grams per day.  Two Tbsp (30 mL) of ground flaxseed provides 3.5 g of omega 3, more then twice the daily recommendation.”

Flax seed oil is delicious in homemade salad dressings, and ground flax seed is also a great addition to smoothies and yogurt bowls as well. Read to the end of the post for a giveaway and you can enter to win Forti-Flax and Flax Oil from Barlean’s! Now let’s get busy cooking this delicious meal. It won’t take long, promise!

salmon asparagus sheet pan dinner

Salmon & Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner

To make this quick and easy meal, simply preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Blanch a pound of asparagus for four minutes, then arrange all ingredients on a sheet pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes and enjoy!

salmon asparagus sheet pan dinner

Easy Weeknight Salmon & Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner #EatCleanwithBarleans #Giveaway

Easy Weeknight Salmon & Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner #EatCleanwithBarleans #Giveaway
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4, 6-8 ounce salmon fillets, preferably wild-caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
  • 1 lb fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 1 lemon, half juiced, half sliced
  • 3 TBS avocado oil
  • 1 TBS Barlean's Forti-Flax ground flaxseed
  • REAL salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450. Blanch asparagus for 4 minutes in boiling water.
  2. Arrange salmon and veggies on a sheet pan (lined with unbleached parchment paper if you want super easy clean-up. Skip this step if you're cheap like me.)
  3. Drizzle avocado oil and lemon juice over fish and veggies.
  4. Top with ground flaxseed, salt, pepper, and lemon slices.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until salmon is cooked to your heart's desire.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe feeds my family of 6, but two of my kids aren't huge salmon fans.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

4-6 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502 Total Fat: 17g Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 81g

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