Amish Breakfast Casserole

Amish Breakfast CasseroleThe night of easy dinners is here. Ah, Monday. With driving kids around this is the day that dinner is always the hardest. I am gone for about 40 minutes right when I would usually preparing our dinner. I very often rely on the crock pot. It is so welcoming to come into a house that has a delicious meal bubbling away, ready to be eaten by my hungry family. Another good go-to is the casserole. They generally bake for 40 minutes are more, so I can prepare it, and then pop it in the oven right before we leave. This one left us with full bellies, and was quite tasty. We all would happily eat this one again!

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

  • 1 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 cups frozen hash browns
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • grind of pepper
  1. Cook bacon and onion in large skillet until bacon is crisp. Drain.
  2. While bacon is cooking, whisk eggs in large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients, and bacon after it has been drained.
  3. Grease a 13×9 inch baking dish. Pour mixture in.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

PancakesNothing quite excites kids like pancakes for breakfast. More commonly in our house for lunch. I have found that through the years as our kids have grown into teenagers, the pancake excitement is still in effect. Mom can still bring smiles to their faces when I tell them pancakes are on the menu. They don’t even mind when I fuss and make them healthy, or veer from their favourite recipe. The addition to fruit to pancakes (at least bananas) make them a bit more dense, so although not as light and fluffy as usual, still very delicious!

Recipe from The Baker Mama

  • 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
  • Syrup and butter for serving.
  1. Beat together bananas, with milk, egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Heat griddle to hot. Spray with cooking spray. Use soup ladle to pour batter onto hot griddle. Flip when starts to bubble. Cook until second side has browned.
  3. Serve hot with syrup and butter.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Raspberry Dutch Baby with Chocolate Chips

Dutch BabySo visually, this did not turn out like it was supposed too. Dutch babies are supposed to fall quite a bit in the middle. Mine was puffy. I mean it’s still super pretty with the dusted sugar, and the bright pop of colour from the berries, plus it has chocolate in it, yum!! We even topped ours with maple syrup, as it is technically* a pancake. It wasn’t needed but upped the decadent factor. This was quite simply the best lunch I have eaten all year. Probably because chocolate isn’t usually included as lunch, but it looked to delicious, so we just dug in, white happily. My kids and I polished off the whole thing, not even a morsel was left for hubs.

Recipe from 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes – ( They really are the best, I sincerely want to make every recipe in the book)

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (or fresh if they are in season)
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • icing sugar for dusting, syrup for serving (optional)
  1. Pre heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place butter in deep dish pie plate. Place pie plate in oven to melt butter.
  3. Add eggs to blender. Beat for 1 minute. With motor running (remove the middle portion of lid, not whole lid), add milk, then flour, continuing to blend while adding. Pour this over hot butter . Sprinkle with berries and chocolate. Return to oven. Bake for 22 minutes.
  4. Dust with sugar.Cut into 4 slices and serve with syrup.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

Baked Pancake Squares with Cinnamon Apple Syrup

Pancakes SquaresPancakes are my kids most favourite breakfast. It is also a meal that mom stands at the stove while her family eats. I have tried to sit down with the family as the pancakes are cooking, and that usually has one result. Burned pancakes. So I stand there and then eat when they are all finished. I actually don’t mind. They love pancakes, and I am happy to provide. But sticking pancakes in the oven and then all eating together is a real treat. This dish was so easy, and so delicious, although the kids did think they were getting cake for breakfast 🙂

Pancakes recipe from Fabulessly Frugal

Apple syrup recipe from Allrecipes

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large tart apples
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  1. Whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla, then melted butter. Add first 4 ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  2. Pour into greased 13×9 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
  3. Prepare apple syrup while pancakes are in the oven. Peel and chop apples, place in medium-sized saucepan. Add 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and water.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve hot apple over pancakes square.
  5. Eat and enjoy!