Ultimate Breakfast Recipe Ideas: From Casseroles to Muffins to Mimosas

I am a big fan of breakfast…especially casseroles and muffins. You’ll find lots of those kinds of recipes here. So if you are looking for quick and easy (some you can even make in advance!) breakfast recipe ideas, you’ve come to the right place!

Most of these breakfast recipe ideas can be served for either breakfast or brunch, and the egg based recipes are super versatile – feel free to change the meats and veggies to suit your family’s tastes.

Breakfast Recipe Ideas: From Casseroles to Muffins

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

Breakfast Pizza Cups

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

The kids think it’s fun to have pizza for breakfast!

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

This one is always a crowd pleaser and can be made ahead of time.

Egg Cups

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

I make these and freeze them. Pop them in the microwave for an on-the-go breakfast!

How To Cook Perfect Sausage and Bacon

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

After reading this, you’ll never cook sausage and bacon any other way!

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

These will fill you up and keep you full. I have been meaning to throw some other fruit in (maybe apple?) just to switch it up.

Almond Poppyseed Muffins

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

This is one of my top three favorite recipes EVER! And the kids love them as much as I do.

Ham and Swiss Rolls

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

I love this recipe because it’s a good brunch recipe that feeds a lot of people and can be kept warm in a crock pot.

And every good breakfast or brunch needs a mimosa! Here are some breakfast recipe ideas for mimosas…with a twist.

Cranberry Mimosa

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

I get asked for this Cranberry Mimosa recipe every time I make it!

Amaretto Mimosa

If you are looking for breakfast recipe ideas, I have several of them here. From casseroles to muffins to mimosas, many of these versatile recipes can be made in advance!

If you are looking to add some oomph to a regular mimosa, this Amaretto Mimosa does just that.

Coffee Cake – This isn’t my recipe, but it’s a regular in our house. Jason requests it!

And if you are looking for more breakfast recipe ideas, you’ll find them on my board Breakfast on Pinterest.

What are some of your family’s favorite breakfast recipe ideas? Do you prefer hot or cold? I know a lot of people aren’t big breakfast fans, so I’m curious what recipes you do crave if you attend a brunch.

Crock Pot Pork Chops Recipe

I’m super excited to share this recipe for crock pot pork chops with you! Not only is it my first official featured recipe, but it’s also one that my sister Angie wanted to share!

Angie is part of the reason why I came up with the idea of featuring recipes here. She is an amazing cook (I’ve shared her Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe here) and she asked if she could make some recipes and post them on my blog. So not only is this her first feature, you’ll be seeing lots more from her. She is going to be a regular contributor here, sharing recipes, parenting tips, and more. She has kids that range between the ages of 18 and 1, so she knows a thing or two about this whole parenting gig.

Her cooking style is very similar to mine; she uses what she has on hand, she tries to take churched-up recipes and make them quick and simple, and she also likes to use shortcuts when she can. I’ll let her take over the reins now so she can share her crock pot pork chops recipe with you!

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What can I say about my crock pot pork chops that hasn’t been said before… They are the bomb! This recipe is so simple  and it is my kids favorite meal. I get a text from the kids everyday asking what is for dinner and every day someone is unhappy with what I am making EXCEPT for when I make this! It is super simple, it’s quick and you set it and forget it. Enjoy!!

Crock Pot Pork Chops

Looking for a simple yet delicious recipe for making crock pot pork chops? I've got it here, as well as other recipes perfect for busy weeknights.

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Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 5- pork chops (bone-in)
  • 2 cans Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6- shiitake mushrooms sliced (or white mushrooms are fine too)
  • 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Set crockpot to low
  2. Place pork chops in bottom of crockpot. It's ok if you have to layer them to fit.
  3. Season with pepper and a bit of garlic salt (optional)
  4. Mix 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup with 1/2 cup of milk. Pour over the pork chops.
  5. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter to a sauté pan and melt it.
  6. Add onions and mushrooms to the pan and sauté until onions & mushrooms are cooked.. Approx 4-5 min on medium heat. When done pour over the pork chops & soup.
  7. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. The meat will fall right off the bone.
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Some Additional Tips For Making Crock Pot Pork Chops:
1. I usually use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners or PAM cooking spray in my crockpot so there is no mess to clean up.
2. I always serve my pork chops with white rice. Use Minute Rice because it’s quick and easy on busy weeknights. After the rice is cooked, just pour the soup mixture over the top of rice. The kids like green beans with it too!
3. If you don’t like mushrooms & onions OMIT THEM.. It’s just as good without them.
4. Instead of using milk in this recipe you can also use 1 cup sour cream.. It is delicious too.

Thanks for sharing Ang! If you love pork chops, check out my Pork Chop and Rice-A-Roni recipe, and this crock pot chicken recipe can easily be made with pork chops too! I’ve also got many more crock pot recipes, so check them out. You’ll also find other featured recipes here.

If you would like to get a recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster, find how how to do it here.

Pasta With Swiss Chard, Sausage, and Bacon

I’m trying to get myself organized as a blogger, and I’ve decided to make Fridays my recipe day. We’ll start with my new favorite recipe, Pasta with Swiss Chard, Sausage, and Bacon. Oh, did I mention there’s cheese, too?

This pasta with swiss chard recipe takes a few extra steps to make, but you’ll still have dinner on the table in less than 45 minutes. And you’ll be glad you took the time to make it, trust me!

I found this recipe in the Food Network magazine. I went straight to the store to buy a few ingredients I didn’t have and made it two nights ago. It was a huge hit with Jason and I, though my kids aren’t big pasta eaters and wouldn’t try it. I’m not even sure they are really our kids since they don’t like pasta!

This simple and quick pasta with swiss chard recipe makes for a perfect weeknight family meal. Includes links to other pasta recipes as well.

Pasta With Swiss Chard, Sausage, and Bacon

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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces rigatoni (or any kind of pasta will work)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces sweet (or spicy!) Italian sausage, casings removed, crumbled
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk (not skim)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (about 1 ounce)
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook per instructions on box. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and bacon. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon; set aside.
  3. Wipe the skillet clean; add the butter and melt over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chard and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, until combined, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Add the milk to the chard mixture and bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Stir in the sausage, bacon, parmesan, lemon zest and a few grinds of pepper. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 6 minutes. Add the pasta to the pot and toss, adding enough of the reserved pasta water to loosen.
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A few notes about this pasta with swiss chard recipe…

The original recipe didn’t call for bacon, but I added it in because, well, everything tastes better with bacon! Pancetta would be good too.

I used rigatoni and fusilli because I had it on hand. Next time, I’ll cut the amount of pasta back to maybe 10 ounces or so or make more sauce. It’s all about the sauce.

I think any kind of greens would be yummy. Next I’ll try spinach or arugula.

Jason thinks I should add sun dried tomatoes, capers, and maybe even pine nuts. Fresh basil on top would be good.

This simple and quick pasta with swiss chard recipe makes for a perfect weeknight family meal. Includes links to other pasta recipes as well.

That’s the great thing about recipes, you can make them your own! For more great pasta recipes, check out my Arugula Pasta Salad, Italian Sausage and Penne Bake, and my Pasta! board on Pinterest.

Do you have a favorite pasta dish to share?

If so, sign up to have your recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster!

Easy Appetizer (Or Dinner!) Recipe: Warm Bean Dip

I am SUPER excited to share this recipe with you! I was looking for a warm dip recipe I could take to a get together this weekend, and found several warm bean dip recipes that sounded good. This is kind of a blend of a few of them.

Many of the recipes called for lots of spices and several different (unnecessary) steps so I put my spin on it to make it easier to throw together.

Now here’s why I’m excited to share this recipe.
1. It is absolutely delicious.
2. It is really easy to make.
3. It is the most versatile recipe I’ve ever shared.

Ridiculously versatile. Make it in the crock pot or bake it in the oven. Make it as a dip or as a filling for burritos. Switch up the ingredients – use chorizo or shredded chicken instead of ground beef…or leave out the meat completely, try it with black refrained beans, add some diced jalapeños or chilies, before serving add sliced green onions and cilantro.

Versatile, right?! And even if you initially serve it as a dip, you can use the leftover to make burritos for dinner the next night. It’s a great recipe!

This got two thumbs up for everybody who tried it at the get together. It’s so good I can’t wait to make it again!

Warm Bean Dip

Looking for a simple and very versatile appetizer recipe? This warm bean dip is it. You can use the same recipe to make filling for burritos, too!  #appetizer #dip #crockpot #slowcooker

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Ingredients

  • (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) spicy jalapeño refried beans
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and chilies
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix together first six ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Spread mixture evenly into the bottom of the crock pot. Top with the cheeses.
  3. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or if using for burritos, serve in warmed flour tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Notes

If you'd prefer to bake in the oven, cook at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cheese in melted and slightly browned.

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Looking for a simple and very versatile appetizer recipe? This warm bean dip is it. You can use the same recipe to make filling for burritos, too!  #appetizer #dip #crockpot #slowcooker

Looking for more warm dip recipes? Try my jalapeño popper dip, my ham and cheese dip, or my white bean and Italian sausage dip. They are all crowd pleasers! For even more appetizer recipes, you can find them on my Football & Tailgating board on Pinterest.

You can also turn those burritos into baked chimichangas. Roll the burritos up and spray the tops with cooking spray (or you can use olive oil a basting brush or a paper towel.) This is so the tortillas will brown and crisp up in the oven. Bake hem at 350 for ten minutes. Or check out my recipe for Baked Chimichangas.

Mashed Potato Topped Meatloaf Recipe

This mashed potato topped meatloaf recipe is always a hit at my house.  It is easy to make and can be put together the night or morning before you plan on serving it for dinner.

You know I love taking shortcuts where I can, and this meatloaf recipe is no exception. No onions to cut or garlic to mince! And I buy frozen mashed potatoes to save time (like Ore-Ida Steam & Mash Russet Potatoes) that you just pop in the microwave for ten minutes and then mash the way you normally would. For the potatoes in the picture below, I just added milk, butter, and salt and pepper, but often times I’ll also add shredded cheese, bacon, and green onions. You can make the potatoes to your family’s taste!

This meatloaf recipe is easy to make and doesn't require chopping onions or mincing garlic! It's topped with mashed potatoes, and can be prepared in advance for busy weeknights.

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Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs, panko, or rolled oats
  • 1packet onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic (find it in the produce section)
  • Leftover mashed potatoes or Ore-Ida Steam & Mash potatoes, prepared

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray a meatloaf pan or 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until well mixed. Spoon mixture into meatloaf pan or baking dish and shape to form a loaf. Top the loaf with the mashed potatoes and smooth the top.
  3. Bake at 350 for 60 - 75 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.
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Now you might be wondering why put mashed potatoes on top of the meatloaf? They get a crispy top and absorb some of the meat loaf flavor. It is yummy…try it! If you’d prefer to make the mashed potatoes separately, try my Loaded & Baked Mashed Potatoes. Because really, is there anything better than meatloaf and mashed potatoes?!

These mashed potatoes taste great with my meatloaf recipe!

Like this meatloaf recipe, I share lots of quick and easy to prepare recipes here. Feel free to take a look. For even more recipes, check out all my pins on Pinterest…especially my Pinterest Recipes: Tried ‘Em & Loved ‘Em board.