Egg and Roasted Potato Casserole

This recipe came about when I noticed I had a bunch of roasted potatoes from the night before when I thought our son was going to be home for dinner and then, like usual, plans changed and he was not. If there is one thing I hate doing it’s throwing out food. So I needed to think of something to do with these potatoes and this is what I came up with. I prepared and egg and potato casserole and it turned out so good I thought I would share it here with all of you.

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Now first, if you would not happen to have left over roasted potatoes that is going to be the first thing you will need to prepare. You simply take your potatoes, wash them, cut them into cubes and toss them with salt and pepper and a little olive oil. Doing this in a bag or large bowl works best. Then lay them on a heavy baking sheet you already sprayed with  non stick cooking spray and bake them at high heat(450) for about 20 minutes or until tender.

****Since I used my left over potatoes I prepared this casserole with cooled potatoes.

Egg and Roasted Potato Casserole

12 eggs

left over roasted potatoes(about 2-3 cups diced)

hand full of spinach – roughly cut into strips

bacon pieces( I used the whole package)

small onion-diced

1/2 green pepper-diced

cheddar cheese(optional) (I used about 1/2 cup)

salt and pepper to taste

First, you will need an 8×8 baking dish and spray this with non stick cooking spray.

Dice your onion and green pepper and microwave them together in a safe bowl covered with plastic wrap for 1-2 minutes.

Lay your potatoes in the bottom of your casserole.

Layer the onion, peppers, spinach and bacon over the potatoes.

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Crack and whisk 12 eggs and add salt and pepper to taste. Pour this over the potatoes.

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Bake this at 350 for 40 minutes.

Take it out and check with a knife or toothpick if the center is set. If so, layer your cheese on top and bake an additional 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

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Serve with toast, english muffins, roasted broccoli as I did or alone if you prefer.

This was a great, quick and easy way to use up leftovers and feed my entire family a healthy meal. You can bet the next time we have roasted potatoes for dinner I will make a few extras to have for the next day. This way I can prepare this casserole once again.

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What??? 50 Degrees In February In Wisconsin….YeeeeHaaaa!!!!

How do I even try to explain how happy I was when I heard it was going to hit 50 degrees this week in Wisconsin. Explanation points, happy faces or just burst out with words like….yeeee haaaaa!!!!! This is completely a gift from up above and I will gladly except it with a big THANK YOU.

Something happens when it warms up over in our house. I become a happier human being, I find energy to cook, clean and make lists of things to cook and clean when I run out of time. Thoughts of vacations and places to visit start popping into my head and trails I want to hike become a date on the calendar and not just a thought. I send home reminders to all my daycare parents that we are headed outside FINALLY so prepare for muddy children. I go for walks outside instead of the local mall where we do laps…..so boring. All in all, things just become a bit brighter for everyone when I become a happier human being.

In my heart I know this is too good to be true, since it is Wisconsin and we could easily get one, if not more, snowstorms well into March, but for now I am taking it and loving every last minute. So take a look at what I did this week in the world of exercise. Not a single mall lap walk during the whole week and that I am so thankful for.

Sunday: gym: 30 minute elliptical and full body weights on the TRX suspension trainer

Monday: evening walk outside 3 miles

Tuesday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike

gym: 30 minute elliptical

Wednesday: evening walk outside 3 miles

Thursday: home: 30 minute recumbent bike and total body weight routine

Friday: rest

Saturday: trail hike of 2.5 miles…original plan was 3.1 miles but it was more like a skating rink so instead of falling and injuring myself, I cut it short and still had a wonderful time. Here are some pics from todays 50 degree hike in February.

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As for meals this week. I did not do very good at remembering to snap pictures but don’t think we did not eat…haha. I again tried two new recipes, this one which will be shared soon.

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and this one which turned out better than expected.

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And one night I rebounded to a family favorite of turkey fajita seasoned brats with veggies, and like always we enjoyed one dinner out on Friday evening.

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The highlight of my week next to the awesome weather we have had was when my son snagged some floor to ceiling mirrors from the gym he works at that they were going to toss out. One corner is a bit cracked and one is slightly chipped but hey, they will do just fine here at home. I have been wishing for mirrors for my workout area to keep an eye on my form when doing yoga and lifting weights but they cost a fortune to buy. Now we just need some time to install them….which until the temps turn back to freezing, this will not happen because WE WILL BE OUTSIDE……HURRRAAAYYYY!!!!

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