Spinach egg muffins are so amazing and versatile that they’d make the perfect early morning breakfast on the go. Using easily customizable and very simple ingredients, this recipe is sure to become a staple within your kitchen, especially if you find yourself having to leave the house in a rush. Instead of picking something up, that is chock full of sugar like a donut or pastry, try making these super simple spinach egg muffins to give you plenty of protein and vitamins for a wonderful boost in the morning.
These muffins are actually great to eat on the go, but they can be made in advance for enjoying over brunch with some friends or even having as a quick lunch with a side salad. You can easily make these spinach egg muffins fancier by whipping up some hollandaise sauce to drizzle on the top or even cutting up some fresh tomatoes and scallions to sprinkle on top, as well. The possibilities are endless with this delicious recipe, and whether you are trying low carb, or you simply just want to try to eat healthier, this is surely the recipe for you.
The Wonderful Health Benefits of Eggs
Eggs are one of the world’s greatest foods because they are packed with protein and are great at filling you up. Eggs are an inexpensive way to get in some of the best protein you can all while being chock full of essential vitamins such as vitamins B2, B6, B12, and Vitamin D, and selenium. Eggs are also a wonderful resource for vital minerals such as zinc, copper, and iron. The best part is that eggs are easy to find and won’t break the bank, even if you are eating eggs at least once a day. They are an ideal kitchen staple to fill you up and help benefit your overall health.
Health Benefits of Spinach
Eating spinach is a great way to start looking after your own health. Spinach is full of wonderful vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, and even minerals like folic acid, iron, and calcium. This is basically a superfood, and if you eat spinach at least once a day you may start to notice dramatic differences in your health. One of the main reasons people eat spinach is to help with their blood iron levels. If you are someone who is anemic or you are just trying to get your blood healthier, spinach is a great superfood to help with it due to all these vitamins and minerals that are essential to your blood makeup.
Cholesterol and Egg Yolks
If you are someone who is monitoring your cholesterol and you are concerned about eating eggs, as it is known that egg yolks do have some cholesterol, there are plenty of ways to remedy this. While yes, egg yolks do have cholesterol in them, it is considered good cholesterol. Your body will produce good and bad cholesterol, so while it’s a good idea to stay away from processed foods to help get rid of bad cholesterol, good cholesterol is actually necessary to help your bodywork. If you are trying to watch overall cholesterol intake, you may want to try to stick to egg whites, as there is no cholesterol within egg whites. You can easily use egg whites in this recipe simply by separating the egg white and egg yolk or by buying egg whites from your local supermarket already separated.
Can I use egg whites?
Absolutely! As briefly mentioned above, you can definitely substitute egg whites in place of whole eggs within this recipe to lower the calories and eliminate cholesterol from this recipe. You can either separate the eggs yourself or buy boxed or a carton of egg whites within your store. While this may change the texture of these egg muffins a bit, the flavor will definitely still be there, and you can feel good about watching your overall cholesterol levels with this healthy option.
What pairs well with this dish?
This egg muffin recipe will pair well with a side of hash browns or even some seasonal fruit if you have time for a good sit-down breakfast. You can pair these egg muffins with a side salad and crumbled bacon if you are eating it for lunch, or even some pancakes or waffles if you are wanting an indulgent side dish. These muffins can essentially be eaten at any time of the day if you want a lighter meal, so you can pretty much pair it with anything from salads to sides of vegetables if you like.
How to Make Spinach Egg Muffins
Once you get the hang of this super-fast recipe, you will see just how delicious it is and how easy it is to incorporate some of your favorite ingredients. Not to mention, it’s one of the best grab-and-go breakfasts you can make for your entire family that is so healthy and nutrient-dense.
- Food Processor or Blender
- Muffin tins
- Cupcake liners, optional
Ingredients you’ll need for Spinach Egg Muffins:
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup mozzarella
- ½ cup chopped ham
- 1 cup baby spinach
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp pepper
How to prepare the Spinach Egg Muffins:
Step 1: Prepare Your Materials
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then spray the inside of the muffin or cupcake tin with non-stick cooking spray or use muffin inserts of paper or foil. This will make sure your muffins don’t stick when cooking.
Step 2: Mix it Up
Add all of your ingredients together, except for the ham and cheese, in a food processor or blender and mix until well incorporated. You can also do this by hand, but it takes some arm muscle.
Step 3: Time to Chop
Chop the ham into small bite-sized cubes. Make sure your hands are nice and clean before handling meat.
NOTE: Ordering a “dinner slice” of ham from your local grocery store deli or using left oven sliced ham from a baked ham will yield a nicer bite. Thinly sliced deli meat can get lost in the frittatas and that chunkier piece of meat has a better texture overall.
Step 4: Scooping the Mixture
Scoop an even amount of the egg mixture into a 12-cavity cupcake/muffin tin. You can also put it all in a spouted cup and pour it into each cavity. Next, add your bits of ham and cheese, until it’s to your liking.
Step 5: Bake It
Bake for 22-25 minutes until the center is set. I’d recommend checking it often to make sure it’s not drying out.
NOTE: Mozzarella is very melty cheese, thus why it is recommended. However, feel free to use
whatever cheese your family enjoys.
NOTE: Placing shredded cheese in the center of the frittata makes for an easier clean-up and is going to melt more evenly for each bite.
And, voila! These make great breakfast items, or the perfect on-the-go snack. Enjoy!