Simple Recipes: Egg Muffins with Ham, Cheese and Vegetables

This recipe comes from Olivia Rose who blogs at My King Cook

Children are known to be really picky eaters. They’re not so easy to convince when it comes to the food that we serve them. I should know, being a mom of one 5-year-old and a 7-year-old; I know that their taste buds only recognize fried chicken, peanut butter sandwich, French fries, cereals and candy! Being a healthy eater, I also want my kids to learn how to eat good and really healthy food. This is why I always strive to incorporate fruits and vegetables in our family’s diet.

I found several recipes and I’ve tried to make them as kid friendly as possible – from the ingredients I use and the way they actually look when cooked. There is one recipe that really helped me feed my kids healthy food – not only because these delicious egg muffins with ham, cheese and vegetables are so yummy and easy to make, the recipe is also a great way to sneak in healthy vegetables in the dish. I found lean ham in the fridge and decided to cut them up using my mini meat slicer, and added them to the eggs. Added cheese and vegetables and baked them to perfection and voila! A hearty snack or breakfast for my little ones.

My friend tried this recipe and cooked it in her pellet smoker and she said her kids loved the smoky, barbecue flavor of the muffins! So do not hesitate to try something new for them. This also inspired me to really experiment in the kitchen using different types of vegetables that I know my kids love such as carrots, and corn.

Egg Muffins with Ham, Cheese and Vegetables – A Kid-Friendly Version

This recipe is not just kid friendly but also mommy friendly. You can whip up a batch of this recipe and add more and less vegetables and your choice of ham or meats. You do not need to worry about not having all the vegetables on the list because you can also improvise and try out different vegetable combos that you feel your kids will love and enjoy.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 12

Ingredients:

  • 6 large organic eggs
  • ¼ cup of 1 percent or low fat milk
  • ¾ cup of chopped ham
  • 1/8 tsp each of:
    • Salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into small cubes
  • ¾ cup of frozen peas or chopped green beans
  • ¼ cup of fresh or frozen corn and carrots
  • ¼ cup of fresh spinach (optional)
  • ¼ cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cooking Spray

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your muffin tin by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside and pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, beat the eggs and season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the milk and then add the bell peppers, corn, carrots, peas or beans and the shredded cheese. Mix well and divide into your muffin tins. Fill the muffins to about ¾ of the way.
  3. Top with grated cheese if preferred. Bake the egg muffins for 20 to 25 minutes or until the eggs are set. Do not overbake because the eggs can get rubbery and dry.
  4. Serve with ketchup or sweet salsa.

Notes:

  • You can use frozen spinach, but make sure to thaw and wash out the slime. Your kids will not taste the difference.
  • My kids love grated mozzarella cheese on top of their egg muffins, so I always add grated mozzarella on top and broil until the cheese melts.
  • You can also add slices of hotdogs, sausages and even bacon for added flavor and texture. I have tried using black forest ham for a more adult feel.
  • We also added some sautéed mushrooms one time and the kids loved it too.
  • Things You’ll Need: 
    • Whisk
    • Mixing bowl
    • Muffin cups or tins (12)
    • Knife and cutting board
    • Spatula
    • Ladle
    • Oven

Nutritional Information

Calories: 84

Fat: 5.9 grams

Saturated Fat: 2.2 grams

Cholesterol: 103.5 mg

Carbohydrates: 1.4 grams

Fiber: 0.3 grams

Protein: 6.1 grams

For busy moms with picky children, do not be afraid to experiment and try something new in the kitchen. Soon, you will discover that feeding your little ones isn’t so challenging after all.

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oliviaroseAs a food blogger at My King Cook, Olivia Rose knows how important vegetables are for the health. But being a mother, she also knows that it’s hard to convince your children to eat their veggies. However, her food blogging experiences led her to discover some easy and delicious vegetable recipes. This is why she likes to share her pleasant experiences with vegetables with her readers as well.