Layered sweet potato and sausage scrambled egg muffins to make your mornings better! These little treats are so flavorful and delicious. They're toddler approved and freeze great!
Breakfast, Egg Dishes, Recipes

Sweet Potato + Sausage Scrambled Egg Muffins

Layered sweet potato and sausage scrambled egg muffins to make your mornings better! These little treats are so flavorful and delicious. They’re toddler approved and freeze great!

Layered sweet potato and sausage scrambled egg muffins to make your mornings better! These little treats are so flavorful and delicious. They're toddler approved and freeze great!

Little man takes his breakfast to school most days. Along with being a time-saver (hello, we leave the house at 6:45 am), food is also the ULTIMATE distraction in toddlerland. I just can’t bear to leave him when he’s grabbing at my leg and wailing. #theworst So… food it is! (Heaven help us on the days I go in late. Seriouslyyy it.is.so.sad.) He is always psyched to sit down at the little table with his pals and dive in to some breakfast.

Layered sweet potato and sausage scrambled egg muffins to make your mornings better! These little treats are so flavorful and delicious. They're toddler approved and freeze great!

As with everything when you’re busy, making things ahead is KEY for success. Or at least, less stress. HA! Lately I’ve been making a big batch of scrambled egg muffins on the weekend for little man to enjoy for breakfast at school. We usually pair a muffin for him with some fruit or a quarter of these homemade applesauce waffles (that I also make in batches and freeze). This obsession started with a ricotta egg muffin recipe I found (will share THAT recipe soon, I promise!) and escalated into these tasty treats.

Layered sweet potato and sausage scrambled egg muffins to make your mornings better! These little treats are so flavorful and delicious. They're toddler approved and freeze great!

I seriously adore everything about these scrambled egg muffins. They’re layered, similar to a breakfast casserole, but instead of a bread base, I roasted up some sweet potatoes with lots of yummy herbs. Then I cooked some sausage, crumbled it over top of the sweet potatoes, and poured the egg mixture over everything. Top with cheese, bake, and enjoy. SO easy. You could make these with your kids… that’s what I did! My little guy had so much fun filling up the muffin cups with all the ingredients (I did pour the egg mixture but he did everything else–including helping me whisk the eggs). Since my son is still pretty young I did let the sweet potatoes and sausage cool before he handled it, but he had a blast helping his mama in the kitchen. Lately he’s going through a bit of a picky eater phase, but I really believe he’s been enjoying these scrambled egg muffins so much because he helped make them! It’s the sweetest thing. Hope you guys enjoy these as much as we do!

one year ago: Lentil Veggie Mac & Cheese
two years ago: Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Bars
three years ago: Butternut Squash and Mushroom Tart
four years ago: Oatmeal Fudge Bars
five years ago: Neely’s Lemon Pasta Salad
six years ago: Pineapple Apricot Teriyaki Chicken
seven years ago: Chicken Pot Pie

Sweet Potato + Sausage Scrambled Egg Muffins

  • Servings: 12
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Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence (or other dried herbs)
  • 8 ounces breakfast sausage
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used Gruyere)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Dice sweet potatoes into small one inch cubes, then toss with oil and herbs. Place on a single layer on a large baking sheet, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes until soft, tossing once or twice.

Meanwhile, cook sausage and drain grease.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and Dijon mustard.

Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with silicone liners.

When sweet potatoes are cooked, divide between muffin wells. Top each with crumbled sausage, then pour egg mixture on top. Repeat until ingredients are gone–amounts may vary slightly, as my silicone muffin cups are a little small. Top with cheese, then bake for 22-25 minutes until set.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Also freezes great!

Layered sweet potato and sausage scrambled egg muffins to make your mornings better! These little treats are so flavorful and delicious. They're toddler approved and freeze great!

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Reviews

Book Review: How to Be a Perfect Christian

Read on to learn more about the NEW book from The Babylon BeeHow to Be a Perfect Christian.

Read on to learn more about the NEW book from The Babylon Bee--How to Be a Perfect Christian.

A description of the book from the publisher:

With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The OnionHow to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith.

Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your “holiness” as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community.

As usual, my five point review:

  • Alright, let’s make sure we have this straight: THIS BOOK IS SATIRE. So, don’t get all cray cray on me thinking we can really be “perfect Christians.” You and I know that isn’t exactly true (or possible). But now that we’re clear… this book is hilarious–it is a must read if you enjoy The Babylon Bee. I have to admit I picked up this book for my husband. He LOVES The Babylon Bee, and I love watching him chuckle while reading their amusing articles. Ben and I don’t exactly have the same sense of humor, but I can appreciate some good sarcasm and satire every now and again, so I like some of The Babylon Bee’s stuff too.
  • How to Be a Perfect Christian is such a clever book but you have to read with a critical thinking mindset… and also realize that they are trying to make a subtle point about our faith practices through humor and satire. Each chapter analyzes a different aspect of American Christianity and pokes fun at everything in the modern church, from how Christians do devotions (i.e. social media images of your Bible and coffee) to worship (choosing the holiest place to sit) to spiritual growth practices (of all types). Prepare to be slightly offended, and maybe a little convicted too.
  • On the vein of being “slightly offended,” there’s lots in this book that could offend. So just be aware of that. I highly doubt that they’re intentionally trying to offend (or maybe that’s the point? I don’t know!). I think most of that is harmless, but depending on your views about language there could be some offending points. Also (and this is just a note), they are sort of casual when talking about Jesus, calling him “our homeboy” and mentioning things about “breathing down Jesus’ neck” in relation to holiness. I would have to reread and consider this more, but considering who we believe Jesus is (God), this is potentially a little too much. Yes, it’s satire, but it may go too far at times. Maybe that’s just me though. I’ve seen similar things on their site in the past. The last chapter shares the gospel much in the same way… so again, your appreciation of this book may vary based on your ability to separate satire and truth.
  • One great thing about this book is its ability to make you question your motives as you practice faith. Are you doing something because it’s Biblical or because it “feels” holy? This book, though funny, has the potential to be so much more… to challenge Christians to consider why they believe or do things, and not just do whatever the modern church tells them to.
  • Overall, I recommend this book. You’ll laugh and cringe, and hopefully come away with a better understanding of you as a Christian as well as how the world perceives you. Maybe you’ll also make changes in your life as a result, or at least examine your motives. As for audience, it would be enjoyed by high school-aged students on up. It could be a great gift to a college grad as they embark into the “real world” and learn how to be a Christian outside of a protective bubble of childhood and the college campus. If you regularly read The Babylon Bee, you may recognize some content or themes, but there is a lot of new material too.

Interested in this book? It releases on May 1, 2018 but for now you can read an excerpt here

What are you reading lately?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own. Thanks to Blogging for Books for the chance to read this great book!

How I Eat, Dallas: Simple, Veggie Based Meals for Dinnertime Success
How I Eat

How I Eat: Simple, Veggie Based Meals for Dinnertime Success

Welcome to How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People. (If you missed it, click over to read more about this series on The Pajama Chef.) This series is meant to inspire readers (and myself!) with tips and tricks for meal planning and getting dinner on the table. Whether you’re cooking for one or a crowd, I firmly believe that good food shouldn’t be sacrificed just because life is busy.

How I Eat, Dallas: Simple, Veggie Based Meals for Dinnertime Success

Today’s feature on How I Eat is Dallas from Day By Day Masterpiece. Dallas and I found each other’s blogs online a long time ago, and we actually met up for coffee when she was in grad school at Purdue, in my hometown of West Lafayette, Indiana. She’s so sweet and I can’t wait for you guys to meet her!

Tell us about yourself. Who are you cooking for? What else influences how you get meals on the table?

I’m a 30-year-old newlywed who is building a business as an author, blogger, teacher and writing coach. No two days are the same and both my husband and I often get home in the evenings right around dinner time, so preparing ahead is key for us! My husband loves meat but I have gradually convinced him more and more of the deliciousness of hearty veggie meals. We generally eat meat only 1-2 times a week. Eating healthy, fresh food is so important to me, which is how I got into blogs like The Pajama Chef! My husband and I are also trying to save money to pay off student loans, so limiting our meals out has been a big help.

How I Eat, Dallas: Simple, Veggie Based Meals for Dinnertime Success

What meals do you plan?

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In a typical week, approximately how many meals per week do you plan to eat at home or prepare to take with you (e.g., to work or school)? No shame… curious minds want to know! For this, I would include any food purchased at the grocery store (e.g., rotisserie chicken, bagged salad mix, etc.) but not takeout.

  • 21: I make all my own food and very rarely eat out.

What is your basic meal planning method?

I keep it simple– I use a whiteboard on our fridge.

How I Eat, Dallas: Simple, Veggie Based Meals for Dinnertime Success

What are your favorite weeknight meals?

One of my favorite things to do is throw a bunch of veggies, beans, maybe a grain like barley or some pasta, broth and spices into the crock pot in the morning, and then when I get home that evening a nourishing soup is waiting. I call this “Kitchen Sink Soup” and it’s a great way to use up leftovers or veggies on their last legs! (Note from Sarah: here’s a recipe for something similar if you need some measurements. But soups like this are SO forgiving!)

What are your “no-brainer” meals? Or what meals do you make when there’s “nothing” to eat?

I love simple meals like scrambled eggs, salads, soups and veggie-filled pastas.

Do you use any tools to help you create your meal plan and/or execute it?

  • Meal planning whiteboard or chalkboard
  • Home meal delivery service (e.g. Blue Apron or HelloFresh)
  • Freezer or batch cooking
  • Weekend meal prep

Is there anything you would like to elaborate on from the previous question?

We only use Blue Apron every 6 weeks or so, as a special treat. It’s a fun date night to cook together and try new recipes! I like to make big dishes– crock pot soups, chilis, casseroles– and freeze a large portion so we always have leftovers ready to go in the freezer for busy days.

How I Eat, Dallas: Simple, Veggie Based Meals for Dinnertime Success

What is your best advice for someone who is just starting to meal plan?

Little by little can really add up! You don’t have to jump into the deep end right off the bat. Even taking 15 minutes at the beginning of the week to sketch out a brief plan for your meals– even just one meal a day– can really help you feel so much more prepared and less stressed, not to mention healthier!

Anything else you want to add?

Thank you for asking me to participate! 🙂

How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People - a new series on thepajamachef.com inspiring YOU in the weekly routine of meal planning!

Thank you, Dallas! I love your encouragement to start simple. Little changes can add up to big results! Freezing large portions of big meals (like chili) is so helpful. We do that too! I think I need to give Blue Apron (or something similar) a try for date night–you’re the second guest on this series who has mentioned that. Sounds so fun!! Please check out Dallas online–she’s a wonderful writer! And she also shares tasty treats from time to time. 🙂

Connect with Dallas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more inspiration.

How I Eat, Sarah: "Aim to Follow 80% of your Plan 80% of the Time" #mealplanning
How I Eat

How I Eat: “Aim to Follow 80% of your Plan 80% of the Time”

Welcome to How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People. (If you missed it, click over to read more about this series on The Pajama Chef.) This series is meant to inspire readers (and myself!) with tips and tricks for meal planning and getting dinner on the table. Whether you’re cooking for one or a crowd, I firmly believe that good food shouldn’t be sacrificed just because life is busy.

How I Eat, Sarah: "Aim to Follow 80% of your Plan 80% of the Time" #mealplanning

Today’s feature on How I Eat is Sarah. Sarah lives in the Cincinnati area with her family. Our husbands were college roommates, and though we don’t see each other often, it’s always fun when we do. 🙂 I love chatting about recipes, food blogs, and more with her!

Tell us about yourself. Who are you cooking for? What else influences how you get meals on the table?

I cook for my husband and my two small boys (ages 6 & 22 months). I am a stay at home mom which means I sometimes have time to prep meals ahead of time. But the reality is my youngest is screaming while I type this. We really like slow cooker meals, soups, and casseroles (easy clean up is our main concern). My husband’s family has a history of heart disease and he is trying to lower his cholesterol, so “Heart Healthy” meals are something we also try to make on a regular basis.

How I Eat, Sarah: "Aim to Follow 80% of your Plan 80% of the Time" #mealplanning

What meals do you plan?

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

In a typical week, approximately how many meals per week do you plan to eat at home or prepare to take with you (e.g., to work or school)? No shame… curious minds want to know! For this, I would include any food purchased at the grocery store (e.g., rotisserie chicken, bagged salad mix, etc.) but not takeout.

  • 19-20: I eat out once or twice a week.

What is your basic meal planning method?

It’s really more of a venn diagram of what’s on sale and what my kids are willing to eat. My husband will ultimately eat anything I make. I like to look at our activities for the week as well as the weather. Believe it or not, the weather really helps us with our meal planning. When it’s really cold we really like soups, casseroles, and slow cooker meals. When it’s warmer we enjoy grilling and eat more raw fruits and veggies, as well as things like chicken and tuna salad. As far as activities predicting the menu goes, I have choir rehearsals on Wednesday evenings and my oldest has swim lessons on Tuesday evenings. On Tuesdays we some version of “Taco Tuesday.” It’s fast, easy, inexpensive, and everyone likes it. On Wednesdays I make soup or a slow cooker meal. I can dig in before Hubby gets home and then he can feed the boys after I leave for rehearsal.

What are your favorite weeknight meals?

What are your “no-brainer” meals? Or what meals do you make when there’s “nothing” to eat?

  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Brinner (Breakfast for dinner)
  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Do you use any tools to help you create your meal plan and/or execute it?

  • Home meal delivery service (e.g. Blue Apron or HelloFresh)
  • Freezer or batch cooking

Is there anything you would like to elaborate on from the previous question?

We just started using Blue Apron, so far we really like the food. It really helps on days that my husband doesn’t get home from work till 6:00 pm. I can feed the kids something then after we put them to bed, we can eat an adult meal. I also really enjoy cooking with him and having a meal with just us (date nights are expensive when you have to add a sitter).

What is your best advice for someone who is just starting to meal plan?

Aim to follow 80% of your plan 80% of the time.

How I Eat, Sarah: "Aim to Follow 80% of your Plan 80% of the Time" #mealplanning

Anything else you want to add?

Our priority is our boys and the time we spend in the evenings with them. We really value authenticity over perfection and believe that our “good enough” is sometimes more than enough. We aren’t perfect and don’t try to be. Thank you Sarah, for asking me to be a small part of your new series. Love reading your blog and love that our lives have crossed paths.

How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People - a new series on thepajamachef.com inspiring YOU in the weekly routine of meal planning!

Thank you, Sarah! I love your attitude of “good enough” instead of perfection! This is true in so many areas of life, not just the kitchen. 🙂 Great tip to do Blue Apron for a date night… that sounds like so much fun. I need to try those weeknight meals! That honey mustard chicken looks fantastic! Hope our families can get together soon.

Connect with Sarah for more inspiration on Instagram.

How I Eat

How I Eat: Nutritionally Balanced Meal Planning for Families

Welcome to How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People. (If you missed it, click over to read more about this series on The Pajama Chef.) This series is meant to inspire readers (and myself!) with tips and tricks for meal planning and getting dinner on the table. Whether you’re cooking for one or a crowd, I firmly believe that good food shouldn’t be sacrificed just because life is busy.

How I Eat, Emily: Nutritionally Balanced Meal Planning for Families

Today’s feature on How I Eat is Emily from A Nutritionist Eats. I’m so excited she was willing to stop by in the midst of her family’s transition from LA to Minnesota! She has two cute little girls and a healthy, simplified approach to eating–not just for adults, but for kids as well. I wish we lived close by–I think playdates together would be a blast. Read on to learn more about Emily’s simple, old-school approach to meal planning (that totally works! It’s very similar to my method, that I should share with you too.). She’s got great ideas, delicious recipes, and a fun new meal planning service launching soon. I think you’ll love hearing from Emily!

Tell us about yourself. Who are you cooking for? What else influences how you get meals on the table?

I’m a Nutritionist and mom so I plan meals that are nutritionally balanced – and of course, family-friendly!

What meals do you plan?

  • Dinner

In a typical week, approximately how many meals per week do you plan to eat at home or prepare to take with you (e.g., to work or school)? No shame… curious minds want to know! For this, I would include any food purchased at the grocery store (e.g., rotisserie chicken, bagged salad mix, etc.) but not takeout.

  • 16-18: I eat out 3-5 times per week, maybe a few days for lunch or so.

What is your basic meal planning method?

In an ideal world, I check out what we have in the freezer and/or pantry and try to build a meal around that and I always start by figuring out what nights we need dinner – or what nights we’re going out/have something going on. I always have a huge list of recipes I want to try and test, so I’ll usually use weeknight dinners as an opportunity to test recipes that I’m working on. I also mix recipes that are super fast with ones that take a little bit longer – it seems like there are always nights when dinner needs to be on the table in 15 minutes.

What are your favorite weeknight meals?

Panko Crusted Fish – This easy fish takes about 15 minutes and is SO tasty!

How I Eat, Emily: Nutritionally Balanced Meal Planning for Families

Easy Baked Ziti – My easy baked ziti is a super satisfying and comforting meal. And who doesn’t love pasta?

How I Eat, Emily: Nutritionally Balanced Meal Planning for Families

One Pot Mexican Quinoa – I love when meals come together in one pan or pot – less dishes and mess! This one is full of flavor and little ones will have fun topping their bowl!

How I Eat, Emily: Nutritionally Balanced Meal Planning for Families

What are your “no-brainer” meals? Or what meals do you make when there’s “nothing” to eat?

I always (or hopefully!) have sprouted bread, eggs, pasta, and a jar of pesto in the cupboard, so I’ll often make fried egg sandwiches or pasta with pesto. In meals like this, the veggie might be as simple as baby carrots!

Do you use any tools to help you create your meal plan and/or execute it?

  • I use old-school paper and pen!

Is there anything you would like to elaborate on from the previous question?

I like to sketch out meals and grocery list on the same sheet of paper! It’s old-school, but it works for me! I think that’s the important piece too, find a method that works for you!

What is your best advice for someone who is just starting to meal plan?

I would suggest to start simple, you don’t need to strive for perfection! Start by planning three dinners a week and some breakfast and lunches.

Anything else you want to add?

I’m launching a meal plan service soon – let me know if you need any help when it comes to meal planning or want to try it out for free! Read more about this service here… and get the yummy recipe for Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken and two meal ideas for it! (Sarah’s note: I think Emily’s meal planning service sounds AWESOME and fills a great niche… cook once, eat twice – simplified meal plans for busy families.)

How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People - a new series on thepajamachef.com inspiring YOU in the weekly routine of meal planning!

Thank you, Emily! I love your approach to simple, balanced, healthy eating. You always inspire me to introduce new foods to my son. Your tips about feeding kids (that appear regularly in your Instagram stories, for my readers who haven’t met you before today) are always so helpful! Your oldest daughter is just a little older than my son so it’s great to see that example and get ideas.

How I Eat, Emily: Nutritionally Balanced Meal Planning for Families

Connect with Emily on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest for more inspiration.