High in protein and rich in nutrients, eggs are one of the best breakfasts to serve kids before school. Cleared of a bad rap in regards to cholesterol, the American Heart Association no longer has a specific recommendation of how many eggs a person should eat in a week.
About a year ago, my daughter stopped drinking milk which meant she also stopped eating cereal. Without much planning on my part, she eats an egg pretty much every day which made us perfect candidates for the American Egg Board Challenge of eating eggs daily for 10 days. Sound like a lot of eggs? It’s not–we eat a mix of whole eggs and egg whites as a part of a well-rounded diet in addition to fruit, toast and other things. Eggs are scrambled, hard-boiled, fried and made into omelettes for plenty of variety. But, the key to making eggs fun for kids is variety and if the recipe presentation is cute, then all the better.
Egg, Sausage and Cheese Egg Puzzle Breakfast
I can’t believe that it’s never occurred to me to microwave eggs. Never. I’ve been dirtying up frying pans all of these years.
With this new intelligence, making eggs in the morning just got easier with less mess. Take this adorable recipe that can be modified based on what cookie cutters you have, what’s in the fridge (Jack cheese, colby cheese) and what your kids will eat.
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tbsp. milk
- 2 tbsp. fully-cooked breakfast sausage crumbles or 1 fully-cooked breakfast sausage link or patty, chopped
- 2 tbsp. finely shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 thin flatbread or tortilla
- BEAT egg and milk in 2-cup cereal bowl until blended. ADD sausage.
- MICROWAVE on HIGH 30 seconds; push cooked edges toward center. MICROWAVE until egg is almost set, about 15 to 45 seconds longer.
- TOP with cheese. PLACE on flatbread and fold over. CUT out center of sandwich, using a 2 to 2-1/2-inch cookie cutter. CUT remaining sandwich into 4 or 5 pieces. Solve the puzzle and enjoy!
We had tortillas in the fridge. Because the tortillas were a little large, instead of using a bowl mentioned above, I used a rimmed plate so that the egg would cover the entire tortilla. Spray the plate first with olive oil, PAM or similar. My microwave took about two minutes to reach the desired texture. I stopped the microwave a little early and put the cheese on top to melt it. I removed the plate from the microwave and put the tortilla on top of the plate so that it stuck to the cheese.
Loosen the egg from the plate and flip it over. Fold the tortilla in half and–voila–it’s ready for cookie cutters. The average cost of an egg is $.15 each and the cost of this recipe is estimated at $1.99.
I find that when my daughter eats dry cereal, she is hungry within an hour or two and needs a second breakfast. I function in a similar manner. If I’m going to the gym, I eat eggs for breakfast because I have noticeably more energy. I also use the eggs also as a cheese delivery device in order to maximize her calcium intake. Because of her refusal to drink milk, I put milk in scrambled eggs and load them up with cheese, per doctors orders.
You know who else eats hard-boiled eggs? This guy:
Eggs, according to pet experts, are a healthy snack for dogs. So, if I don’t feel like eating a yolk in a hard-boiled egg, I pass it to Scooby.
Eggs provide a number of excellent dietary benefits, can be easily cooked in a variety of ways, and are very cost effective. The American Egg Board highlights the many benefits of eating eggs in addition to providing tips and delicious recipes. For more information, please visit IncredibleEgg.org.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Egg Board.