When you know that you’re going to have a long week, you need to make sure that you have food to cover you for at least a few days… When you don’t, you’ll just be picking up odds and ends here and there, and it won’t be good for your health (or your bank account). That’s where egg bake recipes come in—they’re packed with protein, can be made with a variety of yummy extras, and heat up oh so well (as in they still taste good even when nuked in the microwave). Seriously, how many foods can you say that about?
All you need is 10 minutes to prep over the weekend: Then you can bake your casserole, let it cool, slice your portions, wrap them in foil, and refrigerate. During the week, warm one up or pop a slice in your bag to reheat later. By the way, eggs aren’t meal-specific, so a generous slice works nicely for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Below, see our favorite egg bake recipes—from Paleo to Mediterranean to a meat lover’s dream. Choose your favorite, and then get cracking.
SAUSAGE, RED PEPPER, AND ONION EGG BAKE
The Hero Ingredient: A cubed loaf of fresh French bread makes this delicious egg bake recipe feel kind of like a frittata sandwich.
The Recipe: Breakfast sausage, red peppers, and onions meld with eggs, whole milk, heavy cream, herbs de Provence, Dijon mustard, and Gruyère cheese (trust us, it’s so good). Oh yeah, and we can’t forget about the bread baked in.
The Clincher: Do all your prep the night before, and leave your egg, meat, and veggie mixture soaking into the bread overnight (keep it in the fridge). The next morning, pop it in the oven, and it’ll be ready to eat in no time.
SLOW COOKER MEDITERRANEAN EGG CASSEROLE
The Hero Ingredient: Artichoke hearts give this Mediterranean-style egg casserole an exotic—and tasty—twist.
The Recipe: Browned prosciutto, mushrooms, bell peppers, hash browns, spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomato oil, Swiss and goat cheeses, milk, and basil (plus the eggs) are heated in a slow cooker until it’s no longer runny.
The Clincher: Throw in your ingredients, and let this egg bake recipe work its magic in your slow cooker overnight. Has making eggs ever been easier?
CLEAN-START PALEO BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
The Hero Ingredient: A hash brown crust adds a layer of substance—and an awesome crispy texture—to this simple healthy egg bake.
The Recipe: Frozen spinach is cooked in ghee or butter, mixed with eggs, and poured over the fried potato crust.
The Clincher: Your egg bake can be as healthy as you’d like—this Paleo dish is perfect for meal prep when you’re trying to eat clean (it bakes in 35 minutes). Plus, you can keep the spinach and potatoes in the freezer for meal “emergencies.”