EGG MUFFIN RECIPE (Teaching your child how to make this recipe has so many surprising​ benefits than just “how to cook!”. Read to find out how…)

These Egg Muffins are such an easy delicious breakfast on the go, lunch snack or as a part of your dinner.  These are made with simple ingredients and are easy to freeze.

I know that many of you busy parents are on the prowl for easy breakfast recipes that are going to keep your kids full throughout the day.  This easy egg muffin recipe is perfect!  It comes together with just a few simple ingredients, it takes very little time to prepare, and these egg muffins are super easy to freeze and reheat later.

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TEACHING YOUR CHILD HOW TO MAKE THESE “EASY EGG MUFFINS” HAS SO MANY SURPRISING BENEFITS  THAN JUST “HOW TO COOK”!

(Scroll down for the recipe.) 

  • It reinforces what they are learning in school. Whether you are homeschooling like me or your kids go to public school, cooking is an AMAZING way of bringing their education into action! They are (reading), following directions, measuring and adding and multiplying and dividing, learning about science, problem-solving and reading and memorizing and remembering.  The amount of “education” in cooking is really quite phenomenal and because they are doing it rather than just reading it in their workbooks, it gives them a life application for those concepts they are learning. It makes it meaningful to them. (My son is only 2.6 years old, so I simplify and guide him more than you would with an older child). 
  • Develops skills: Such as Fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination,   We want our kids to be confident, able-bodied, successful people when they grow up. We want them to know how to cook for themselves, where their meals come from, even what kind of work and preparation goes into said meals! This is an important life skill that they aren’t going to learn by watching TV (unless it’s the Food Network, but still, doing is better than watching).
  • It boosts their confidence– Kids want to be independent, to succeed at something, to feel validated, helpful and useful! When they know that they are able to cook something that tastes good, that helps mom and that people enjoy eating it… their confidence grows!
  • It encourages kids to be more adventurous eaters. Our kids are more likely to try new things if they have made and prepared it themselves.
  • It brings you closer together. The family that cooks together stays together! The point is that rather than you hurrying to get a meal ready on your own, your kids are in there with you. You can visit while you do it, it is a great way of connecting with our kids!
  • It is building a healthier generation. Every opportunity we take to help our children understand good nutrition is like a little seed.
  • It is HELPFUL! The more we can get our kids involved, the more helpful they can be, and our kids are smart you guys! They can do this!

 

EMBRACE THE MESS: Sure, it gets messy, but if you keep your expectations low, and embrace the mess (knowing you can clean it all up at the end anyway), it can be a whole lot of fun to teach your kids to cook.

 

WATCH MY SON TAKE YOU STEP BY STEP COOKING THESE MUFFINS FOR YOU! 

In this recipe, I chopped the vegetables and dealt with the oven and guided my son to do the rest himself while I verbally guided him on the next step. He has been helping me in the kitchen since he was about a year old. I would give him a plastic knife, and give him bananas to try chop, at 18 months old he was helping me peel carrots and at 2.5 years old, he is helping me put together easy recipes. I think he might be a bit advanced for his age because most blogs don’t even think about teaching them kitchen skills until between 3-7 years of age. My son loves being in the kitchen and helping and its something we bond over like I did with my mom. Don’t forget to talk about the dangers and how to stay safe with your child when in the kitchen. It’s important that they know that they need to treat this space respectfully.

Need another great recipe that you can teach your toddler to make, check out my banana cake recipe.


 

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 12 muffins

BREAKFAST EGG MUFFINS INGREDIENTS

  • eggs (1 for each muffin tin) Egg white only for a lower calorie muffin.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • a handful of sliced ham

The rest of these ingredients are optional- according to personal taste and need to be grated or finely chopped. 

  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion
  • 1/4 of a capsicum/green peppers/
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 cup of mushrooms

***Measurements are estimates… you want to fill your muffin tin halfway with ALL your toppings before adding in the egg.

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin heavily with cooking spray. (Please note that a silicon muffin tin works best.)  Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and spices. Set aside. (For a lower calorie recipe, remove 6 or all of the egg whites).
  • Fill the muffin tins to about halfway with all the toppings.
  • Top the muffin tins off with the egg mixture and give it a little stir with a fork to allow the bottom of the mixture to combine with the egg.
  • Sprinkle the top with cheese if you are using cheese in your recipe.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the eggs pull away from the side of the muffin tin and are set in the middle.

 


COOKING THIS EGG MUFFIN RECIPE

Though these are pictured in a traditional muffin tin (I love that old rustic look). I would still recommend spraying your pan. If you don’t have a silicon muffin tin, you can get one here, or you can use a traditional muffin tin for these egg muffin cups.  I just recommend that you heavily spray the pan.

HOW DO YOU REHEAT EGG MUFFINS?

As I mentioned above, these are perfect for freezing and reheating later.  For freezing them, I like to put them on a tray in a single layer and freeze them for about an hour. Then you remove them, put them in a plastic bag or airtight container, and put them back in the freezer to freeze completely.  This keeps them from becoming one big egg muffin ball in the freezer.

To reheat:

  1. Remove one egg muffin from the freezer.
  2. Put on a plate and cover with a bowl.  Put the plate in the microwave.
  3. Cook for 1 minute at half power.

HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN AN EGG MUFFIN?

Another thing I love about these ham and cheese egg muffins, besides how easy they are to freeze and reheat, is how few calories they have.  There are only 120 calories in each one (without removing the egg yolk), and they have 11 grams of protein each.  That makes these some pretty healthy egg muffins.

 

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