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I rarely eat out for lunch, mostly because I'm a cheap-o, and also because I like to cook! Ever since entering the adult world, i.e. securing a big girl job, I have been saving up "good lunch recipes." To qualify as a good lunch, a recipe must:
- Be fairly easy to pull together
- Be healthy (for the most part)
- Hold up well for at least 5 days
Once I have enough of them posted here, I'll do a fabulous "Top 20 Lunch Recipes" post - but until day comes, I'll have to build up my collection!
This Broccoli, Ham & Cheese Egg Bake is basically a crustless quiche, kind of like a frittata. If you like scrambled eggs, you will probably like it! This recipe makes a great breakfast, but pair it with some lightly dressed mixed greens, and you can call it lunch :)
Cut into portions, store in airtight containers, and enjoy pre-made lunches all week.
Broccoli Ham & Cheese Egg Bake
Makes: 4 pieces, 280 calories each
6-8 oz diced ham
6 cups broccoli, cut into small florets
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella, part skim
1/4 cup shredded cheddar, 2%
1 tsp ground mustard
salt & pepper
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, then blanch the broccoli. Bring a medium pot of water to boil while you cut the broccoli into small florets. Salt the water well and once it is at a steady boil, drop in your broccoli. Cooking will only take 1-2 minutes! Quickly remove the broccoli to a bowl of ice water to abruptly stop the cooking. Drain well, and there you have it - blanched broccoli!
Spray an 8x8 square pan with cooking spray. Arrange the broccoli and diced ham in the bottom of the pan.
TIP: If you can't find diced ham in your grocery store, just buy a couple of thick slices and dice them up.
Sprinkle cheddar and mozzarella cheese over the ham and broccoli. In a medium bowl, whisk together 8 eggs, ground mustard, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Pour that over the rest of the ingredients.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the eggs are "set" (i.e. no visible runny eggs, minimal jiggle when you shake the pan).
Cut into 4 portions and serve (or package them up for the week!).