Quick breakfasts can be anything—including something prepped the night before.
This week, my patrons on Patreon decided we should check out what there is to make for breakfast that we can still infuse with a touch of magic. I'm here to say it to you plainly: anything, even just a raw apple you snatched from your fridge and decided to munch on, can contribute something magical to your day.
But obviously, just eating an apple before you dash out the door isn't so satisfying. I get it! That's why we're looking at a few different ideas before we settle on our recipe for the day: easy egg muffins that you can make ahead of time and store for your next day's breakfast.
Why talk about so many different things before the recipe, though? Well, that's because before we can talk about magic, we have to talk about the mundane: mainly, what even makes a good breakfast so good. To do that, we have to look at a basic tip about nutrition: macronutrients.
Please note: I'm not a registered dietician or a nutritionist. I just know some things from having to be alive without feeling consistently terrible. I'm way too busy to feel terrible at baseline, and I'm sure you are, too.
For a full breakdown of what I'm about to say, pop over to my YouTube channel on why food is medicine. But to put it simply, all food is divided into micronutrients (like vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat). So many breakfast foods are just pure carbs (oatmeal, pancakes, cereal, fruit), and while you definitely need them, you need ore than that, too. Protein and fat from sources like meat, eggs, fish, dairy, or any of your favorite vegan alternatives will help prevent you from crashing after the first wave of energy from all the carbs wears off, and it'll keep you satisfied longer (there's a reason why fat-free foods suck).
The types of breakfasts I like to have include:
fat-free Greek yogurt with Bear Naked's cinnamon protein granola and some sugar free chocolate syrup (416 cals, 37g protein, 43.5g carb, 13.3g fat)
a fruit smoothie with protein powder (282 cals, 24g protein, 44.8g carb, 4g fat)
or just eggs and broccoli, maybe with toast. ( Without toast: 259 cals, 23.4g protein, 9.4g carbs, 15.2g fat).
The granola provides the fat the yogurt is missing, the protein powder balances out the otherwise carb-heavy mayhem of the smoothie, and the eggs and broccoli are high protein, high fat, and delicious with seasonings or hot sauce. Best of all, each of these things is totally customizable: I can use different fruits in my smoothie for different effects, or jam and different granola in my yogurt, or different seasonings on my eggs. It all depends on what magic I want to get.
However, as we look at these egg muffins, I've got pretty specific ideas for the magic in these bad boys. Namely, we're using the pepper, egg, garlic, and spinach to grab onto a bit of passion, rebirth, protection, banishment, and strength.
Magic in Egg Muffins
Now, I'll be honest: I've seen recipes for egg cups or egg muffins or whatever plenty of times, and I always thought they were a little weird. In my mind, you could just make an omelette, you know? But I do think that if you're anything like me, who isn't really a breakfast person but needs to eat before she hits noon on an empty stomach and swings at anyone who looks at her sideways, then you're gonna want something filling. And if you're like me, always five minutes behind no matter how well you prepare, you're gonna want it fast.
Peppers, like their counterpart in spices like paprika, have similar properties: they bring warmth, passion, energy, protection, lust, love, and vigor. The egg, a common symbol throughout history, and in connection with Pluto, has themes of death and rebirth that can honestly be really good for when you're starting a new workday. Garlic is a legendary protector, banishing bad things and bringing wealth with its many cloves per bulb, and spinach, if we think of Popeye, can fortify, strengthen, and attract money with its bright green color. The elements of water, earth, and fire here, along with the planets Pluto and Mars make this a wild ride that'll definitely pep you up for any meetings or projects (and help you feel good, too)!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes 4 Servings
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 small onions, diced
2 cups frozen spinach
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp mustard
1 Tbsp basil
1 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 375F.
Dice your onions, then fry over medium low heat with salt and pepper.
Mince your garlic and add when onion is softened.
When garlic is fragrant, fry peppers and add spinach. Cook until soft.
Crack your eggs into a bowl and beat until smooth.
Add seasonings and mix well.
Remove vegetables from the heat and add to the mixture until combined.
Add mozzarella cheese and mix well.
Grease a jumbo muffin tin with butter, then ladle mixture into each cup.
Bake for 20min, or until egg is set.
Cool and store for the next morning!
Never thought these would be so good, but I loved them! Two makes the perfect start to a day, or a quick snack in between all your projects. And when you can make it the night before, you can skip the mess that some of these "easy" recipes have you coming home to, as well. ♥