Breakfast Bowls

I have a confession to make, I am addicted to McDonald’s.  My love of breakfast (and sweet tea) is well known by my friends and colleagues.  The problem is that a sweet tea and a couple of breakfast burritos per day is not good for either the waistline or the pocket book.

Lately I haven’t been feeling the healthiest.  Not that I’m feeling terrible, just sluggish and yucky.  Typically when I feel like this is because I’m overloading on non-healthy food, sugar, caffeine with a little bit of not exercising thrown in.

Outside of the fact that I love their sweet tea and burritos, one of the reasons I stop every day at McDonald’s is the convenience.  Having a non-fast food breakfast requires planning and forethought – how fun is that?  You’re right, it’s not very fun at all but a necessity if I want to improve my eating habits.

One trick that I’ve been using is to buy the Jimmy Dean Delight Breakfast Bowls.  They’re very yummy and I can get them for about $2.19 at my grocery store which is only a couple of pennies more expensive than my McDonald’s run (minus my sweet tea).  Of course, my next thought is “I can make that myself and save myself the money!”

The beauty of making your own breakfast bowl is that 1) you can choose your own ingredients 2) it’s significantly cheaper 3) no preservatives or additives.

Breakfast Bowl
Makes five servings

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 small potatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 package turkey sausage
  • cheese (any cheese works fine)
  • other ingredients as desired (mushrooms, tomatoes, etc)
  • seasonings (salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic, etc)

Dice your potatoes, onions and other ingredients.  Season (I used rosemary and garlic) and saute until cooked.  Add to a large mixing bowl when finished

I used pre-cooked turkey sausage so I just cut into small pieces and then added to the mixing bowl.  If you are using non-cooked sausage you will want to cook, drain and crumble before adding to the mixing bowl.  I personally like to use Jones Turkey Sausage because there are no nitrates or additives, however any brand will work.

Crack your eggs in a bowl, adding any additional seasonings.  I used salt and pepper with a dash of milk to to make them fluffy.  If you prefer, you would be able to use egg whites or an egg substitute instead.  Typically I like my scrambled eggs a little more cooked but since these will be heated up in the microwave I left them a tad bit underdone but still thoroughly cooked.  Once finished, add to the mixing bowl.

Add cheese and mix thoroughly separating into five containers.  As you can see, I like to use freezer bags but a bowl you could eat out of would be more convenient.

Voila!  The finished product
I estimate that these cost about $.75  and are about 275 calories per serving.
Now I’m not only eating healthier but with making my own sweet tea I’m saving money too!

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37 thoughts on “Breakfast Bowls

  1. Do you freeze them or just refrigerate? Do you reheat them, and if so, how?

    I take my lunch to work 3-4 days a week, and I prefer a hot lunch, so we make extra of most things we have for dinner and pack lunch portions when putting away leftovers. I like to put them in the Pyrex bowls with plastic lids. They are pretty sturdy, grease and odors don’t cling to glass like they do to plastic, and because the lid isn’t touching the food in the microwave there’s no worry about chemicals from plastic getting into the food.

    I’ll also sometimes (esp. with soup) bring my leftovers in a glass jar that originally held peanut butter or salsa. Those are microwave-safe (without the lid) but it is important to scrub off all the glue from the label–if there’s any left, it gets soft in the microwave and will stick to your hand (or your skirt that you’re using as a potholder!) when you take it out.

    • I freeze them and take them to work where I emptied the bag into a disposable bowl and reheat them. I have a little bit of a commute so they’re thawed a little bit by the time I get there. Typically I’ll heat for 40 seconds at a time until they’re warm enough.

      Thanks for the tip about the skirt potholder, certainly don’t want to get glue on my clothes 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hi there! Visiting and now following you from the Sundae Scoop link-up!

    These look SO tasty! I’m always in a hurry in the morning, so I’m definitely going to have to try this and see how it helps my morning routine!

    Hope you can stop by and return the follow! My latest post I linked up: Easy Sugar-Free Popsicles Recipe!

    Would love to connect with you! Have a great rest of your weekend.

    Sarah B Texas @ City Girl Gone Country

  3. Yay! You will not only be healthier, but richer too! I’m so glad you are making your own breakfast instead of settling for the Jimmy Dean one. You are making me want breakfast for a mid-day snack…thanks for this post and recipe : )

  4. My husband would love this recipe! I’m going to have to make it for him. Great blog, now following you via the blog hop and would love a follow back. All the best! Monica

  5. Hi–visiting from Mealtime Monday.
    Thank you for sharing this idea! I’m usually stuck eating a quick bowl of cereal, which gets old fast.

    • I guess I didn’t realise that Ziploc made disposable bowls. It would be a lot more convenient in a bowl. Typically I keep disposable paper bowls at my desk at work and dump the bag in to reheat. I’ll have to check out the Ziploc ones.

      Thanks for stopping by and the tip.

    • I love eggs for breakfast, it’s an easy way to have them without making a mess or spending a lot of time cooking every day.

      Thanks for the heads up u your solutions party, I’ve linked up and added you to my party list.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. What a smart idea! I too have a weakness for McDonalds Diet Coke. I am that girl who goes through the drive through on the way to work just to order a fountain Diet Coke : )

    Thanks so much for linking up at Mealtime Monday! Can’t wait to see what you link up tonight!


    • They do have the best fountain soda, don’t they? Next time you’re in the drive through I’ll be the girl behind you ordering only a sweet tea, light ice 🙂

      I’ve been trying to be good but it doesn’t help when you’re always there dropping your kids off for work!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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