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Breaking Out of the Dinner Rut: Bacon & Egg Casserole with Citrus Smoothies


 Guest Post from The Coupon Project

 

Have you ever had cereal for dinner? I'm not going to lie - I've done it before. I think we can all relate to those crazy days where the thought of digging through recipes and cooking is too much to think about. Today I'd like to share with you an easy recipe that's inspired by breakfast, but more substantial than a bowl of Toasted O's or Fruity Rings. While you can definitely enjoy it for breakfast, it's a go-to dinner recipe in my house because of how quick it can be prepared and requires only a few ingredients.

 

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For this recipe, you'll need a pound of ground breakfast sausage or bacon. I found this Aberdeen Farms Hardwood Smoked Sliced Bacon on sale for $2.99 at my Grocery Outlet. The beauty of shopping at Grocery Outlet is that you never know exactly what you'll find! Feel free to tweak today's recipe with whatever yummy looking sausage or bacon you find at your store.

 

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Start by preheating your oven to 350º. Cook your bacon or sausage and drain. While it's cooking, tear up four pieces of bread and sprinkle them on the bottom of a casserole dish. I used wheat, but white works great too. I prefer using a "fluffier" type bread in this recipe - nothing too dense or heavy.

 

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Crumble your bacon or sausage and put it on top of the bread pieces.

 

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Next, top with 2 cups of grated cheese. I like using a medium cheddar.

 

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Whisk six eggs with 2 cups of milk together and season with fresh ground pepper. I omit salt because there is plenty in the bacon!

 

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Pour the egg mixture on top of the casserole and bake in the oven between 20-30 minutes, when eggs are set.

 

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This is such a delicious, hearty casserole!

 

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I like to serve this dish with some sort of fruit or fruit dish. While at Grocery Outlet, I noticed they had pineapple Chobani Greek Yogurt at my store for just $1.99. I decided to pick some up along with a bag of frozen mango for $3.99 to make a tropical smoothie.

 

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For the smoothie, I simply combined 1/2 cup of the Greek yogurt, 1 cup frozen mango and 1 cup orange juice. To kick it up a bit, you could add a nice handful of organic spinach (which yes, they also carry at Grocery Outlet!).

 

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So there you have it: breakfast for dinner that's NOT a bowl of cereal!

 

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The next time you're at your local Grocery Outlet store, see what fun and frugal ingredients you can find to spice up your dinner table!  Download the recipe here.

 

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Make sure to come back next month for another fun installment! Angela Russell blogs at The Coupon Project, a site that encourages families to live well for less. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her firefighter husband and two small kids. In her spare time, she likes to read, garden, and has recently taken up canning.

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