egg and veggie casserole

Have I mentioned how much I love eggs? Probably. And, rest assured, my cholesterol levels are spectacular. Mix them with some gorgeous vegetables, especially from your garden, a bit of cream and a touch of cheese and hello easy meal.

Not only is this a great way to enjoy a good breakfast each day, it also makes an easy weeknight dinner and a tasty meatless Monday dish. This is a simple way to add veggies to your diet and amp up your antioxidant quotient for the day.

There are only a few constants in this recipe; the rest of it hinges on what veggies and cheese I have on hand. Play around with it and find out what you like most. It’s pretty tough to screw this up.

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baked egg and veggie casserole

Preheat oven to 375

  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3-4 cups veggies, sliced, diced and, if needed, steamed
  • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • salt and pepper

Prepare a 9 x 11 (or so) baking dish by rubbing with olive oil or butter.

If you’re using any veggies that may require a little pre-steaming, do so now. I pre-steam thick asparagus or chunky broccoli, which is about the only thing, but if you’re adding any long-cooking veggies, such as carrots, I’d pre-steam them also, for just a few minutes. Most veggies, as long as they’re diced and sliced thinly enough, will cook in the baking time allowed. Be sure and let the veggies cool (or run under cold water and strain) before adding them to your egg mixture.

In a large bowl, whip eggs and egg whites until frothy. Add half and half or cream, cheese, and salt and pepper.

Add prepared veggies to bowl and stir.

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.

Bake for 25-35 minutes – the center of the casserole will rise up slightly as it begins to fully cook. Remove from oven when casserole begins to brown very lightly at the edges.

Let cool in pan at least 20 minutes before slicing.

lola-rugula-egg-and-veggie-casserole-recipeI love my egg casseroles! Here are some of the veggies I typically add:

  • diced onions
  • diced bell peppers
  • sliced scallions, onions or leeks
  • sliced mushrooms
  • steamed diced asparagus
  • steamed chopped broccoli
  • chopped kale or spinach
  • diced tomatoes
  • fresh or frozen green peas
  • fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • thinly-sliced Brussels sprouts

I also love to add fresh parsley, basil or tarragon when they’re in season and growing rampant in my garden.

As far as the cheese goes, go with what you love – almost any melt-able cheese works well in this. I always add a touch of Parmesan for the salty deliciousness, but take your pick. You can even stir in a little ricotta or fresh mozzarella for added creaminess.

If you like a little meat in your eggs, you can of course add some diced ham, prosciutto, salami, bacon or other meat of your choice – another great way to use leftovers.

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I love my eggs over easy but I also loved them baked easy.

Don’t be afraid to play with your food! Enjoy.

8 thoughts on “egg and veggie casserole

    • Lesley at Lola Rugula says:

      So simple but seriously a great way to add veggies to your day…and deliciousness, too. 🙂

    • Lesley at Lola Rugula says:

      Thank you! It’s such a simple recipe that I really debated on even posting it but finally thought “why not!”. 🙂

  1. From the Mayo Clinic Website:

    Chicken eggs are high in cholesterol, but the effect of egg consumption on blood cholesterol is minimal when compared with the effect of trans fats and saturated fats.

    The risk of heart disease may be more closely tied to the foods that accompany the eggs in a traditional American breakfast — such as the sodium in the bacon, sausages and ham, and the saturated fat or oils with trans fats used to fry the eggs and the hash browns.

    Most healthy people can eat up to seven eggs a week with no increase in their risk of heart disease. Some studies have shown that this level of egg consumption may actually prevent some types of strokes.

    • Lesley at Lola Rugula says:

      Yes, eggs have gotten a bad rap for a long time with no real basis behind it. I’ve always been an egg lover and my cholesterol levels are excellent. However, I also am a fruit and veggie lover and choose them over processed foods any day, so I’m sure that’s a contributing factor.

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