Savory Ham, Cheese, Broccoli and Egg Bake

This past weekend I made a big leap into getting healthy and losing weight. I didn’t make a weight loss resolution at New Year’s, because let’s be honest, resolutions come and go. I wasn’t ready on Jan 1st to focus on what it takes to be successful.

I have had success in structured weight loss programs in the past when I make time to focus on the aspects of the program. If you fail to plan in any program, you are planning to fail. I made the decision that I was ready to plan.

One of my BFFs has always had success on the South Beach Diet, so for something new, I decided to try it. First on the agenda was to find an easy make ahead breakfast to take to the office. I often make baked eggs, so when I found a new recipe, I knew I had to try this savory Ham, Cheese, Broccoli, and Egg Bake.

I’ve made a few egg bakes before, and this is, by far, one of my favorites. Of course you can vary it to your own favorite ingredients, maybe all veggie, or skip the cheese, etc. The possibilities are truly endless if you like a lot of different vegetables.

2 pkg steam in bag broccoli florets (12 oz)
1 cups diced lean ham
1 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
8 eggs
2 tsp. Garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
2. Spray a 9×14 glass baking dish with nonstick spray
3. Microwave frozen broccoli for half of the time listed on bag instructions. Don’t over cook since the broccoli will cook more when the dish bakes.
4. Dice the ham
5. Drain broccoli into a colander placed in the sink.
6. In a glass baking dish layer the broccoli, diced ham, and grated cheese.
7. Beat the eggs and pour over the other ingredients.

8. Use a fork to gently stir so all ingredients are coated with egg.
9. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the eggs are set and the top of the egg bake is slightly browned.
10. Serve hot

This dish baked up so amazing! I couldn’t wait to dig into it. I almost ate it for dinner the evening I made it, but I decided to wait and rewarm it for breakfast. Waiting would also be a good test to make sure the dish still tasted good after the reheating process.

The egg bake was a warm and delicious way to start my day, especially since it has been so rainy, gray day here in Atlanta this week.  The ham, cheese, and broccoli are a flavorful combination together.  I modified the original recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen found here.  Kalyn also suggested not freezing the egg bake, but I gave it a try anyway.  I will be sure to let you know how it reheats after freezing.  I have frozen my baked egg dishes before and they were fine for me.  It just depends on personal preferred textures and taste.

I’m on day four of Phase one, that is to last 2 weeks.  Giving up the carbs and sugar has been ok so far, but I am not close to the end of 14 days yet.  Come ask me how it’s going in another week! 🙂

Don’t worry though, South Beach Diet recipes will not be taking over the blog.  I still have a family to feed. My intention is to share dishes that everyone will enjoy, and you know I love making my bundt cakes and treats for the office! I can’t give that up now that I am having so much fun!

What is your favorite go to dish to make when you feel you need to cut down on the carbs and sugar?

Disclosure: This post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by the South Beach Diet Program. I am trying the program on my own, knowing friends have had success, and my desire to eat yummy food that is good for me.

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