This Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake is a partnered post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods for IZEA. All opinions and recipes are 100% mine. #raiseyourmitt #familymealsmonth
Chips and french fries notwithstanding, my kids are not potato eaters. Which is a total mystery to me because we all know potatoes are magical delicious heavenly food that everyone loves. My husband and I are baffled. I refuse, however, to give up and continue serving potatoes in every form. My oldest recently relented on mashed potatoes, and my daughter will occasionally let a curried spud pass her lips. But until today, the ability to wow my children with potatoes had been beyond my grasp.
Today, though. Today! We turned a corner! I'm not sure if it was the ham, or garlic, or a magical combination of everything - but my boys gobbled this Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake! I won't lie to you, Josie ate some, but she mostly just picked out the ham and egg. I'm still calling it a win. I liked it so much I ate it for breakfast *and* lunch. It's a one pot wonder, which makes me super happy and it only takes about 45 minutes from start to on the table. Can I get a whoop, WHOOP? Heck, yeh!
If the recipe looks like too much for your family, not to worry! It will keep well in the fridge and can be reheated in the microwave all week for a filling and yummy quick breakfast.
Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake, Ingredients:
- 2 pounds red potatoes, diced
- 1 small/medium sweet yellow onion, small chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound cooked ham, small chopped (I used Hormel Cure 81 Ham)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 6 eggs
Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake, Directions:
- Place potatoes, onion, garlic and ham in an oven-safe/broiler-safe covered dish.
- Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly.
- Cover and bake on the middle rack at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and turn on broiler for 3-5 minutes, until potatoes are browning.
- Crack eggs over potatoes and return to broiler for an additional 2-3 minutes, until eggs are cooked to your liking.
- Serve and enjoy!
|It's important to have an eager kitchen helper!|
Did you know that September is National Family Meals Month? Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity, substance abuse and to make families stronger - creating a positive impact on our communities and our nation as a whole.
There’s clear evidence the structure of a meal can heavily influence a child’s long-term health. Kids and teens who share meals with their family three or more times per week are significantly less likely to be overweight, more likely to eat healthy foods and less likely to have eating disorders. Berge, J. (2015). The protective role of family meals for youth obesity: 10-year longitudinal associations. The Journal of Pediatrics, 166 (2).
A recent study also shows that children who grow up sharing meals as a family are more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect. De Backer, C.J. (2014). “Our” food versus “my” food. Investigating the relation between childhood shared food practices and prosocial behavior in Belgium. Appetite, 84 (January 2015).
With each additional family meal shared each week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of depression, less likely to use/abuse drugs and less likely to engage in delinquent acts. Meier, A. and Musick, Family, 76 (1).
I'd be lying if I told you we ate our meals together every day, but we do make a concerted effort to gather around the table several times a week. With the summer winding down and things settling into routine again, September is the perfect time to take a dinner challenge and see if you can eat at least 5 meals a week together at home. No television, no phones, just the family hanging out together.
Getting a meal fixed and on the table after a long day of school, work, and parenting is a task few folks look forward to, so that's why I absolutely love one pot meals and quick easy recipe ideas. Also, ingredients that don't require a lot of fuss are my favorite. In this Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake (which can totally be served for dinner, by the way), I used Hormel's pre-cooked Cure81 Classic Dinner Ham to cut down on prep time. It was even pre-sliced! You can visit Hormel Foods to find even more great recipe starters and ingredients.