Q: I signed up to be responsible for making an informal breakfast bar for my large family the morning after Thanksgiving again this year, so I'm hoping for some fresh ideas! The issues:
1. Refrigeration is limited due to Thanksgiving foods. I'll have a cooler with ice and a freezer.
2. As morning-work-free as possible since people will just be snacking and hanging out. Lots of prep work a couple of days in advance is fine; I would rather not need to do much that morning.
3. Most people are trying to be healthy, so at least a couple of low-carb, whole-wheat, or low-fat options would be ideal.
Last year I made mini quiches in muffin tins, pre-made coffee cake, fresh fruit and scones, but would like to change it up and be a bit healthier. A variety of breakfast foods and not just the bready/sweet kinds would be ideal.
Sent by Courtney
Editor: Courtney, even if you're trying to lighten it up a bit, breakfast casseroles are still a good bet. This one has potatoes and bacon, but you can use low-fat milk and throw in more veggies if you like.
• Bacon, Potato & Egg Breakfast Casserole
Or try a basic oven omelet and load it up with vegetables and herbs:
• Quick Breakfast Recipe: Basic Oven Omelet
If you still want something indulgent, though, do try the one pictured above:
• Pancetta & Cinnamon Ricotta Casserole
Seriously yum. Readers, what else would you suggest?
Related: Fresh and Light: 12 Modern Breakfast Casseroles
(Image: Rebekah Peppler)