How was your weekend? If you follow me on Insta, then you know that I spent mine relaxing and frolicking around town with one of my best gal pals from back home. She came and stayed with us all weekend, and I could not be more thankful! It truly means the world to me that she made the effort (6 1/2 hour drive!) to come experience what my life is like here in AR for a weekend! We made her an honorary Ingle, and spent our time doing things we always do, going to our usual places, running our usual errands, eating at our favorite and most frequented restaurants, and even going to church on Sunday. She requested we not do anything out of the ordinary because she truly wanted to just be a part of our everyday routine. It was so much fun showing her around, catching up over multiple cups of coffee, and planning out our hypothetical futures. Friendships you can maintain no matter the distance, are worth the extra effort!
Ok so before I share this DELICIOUS breakfast casserole, let’s chat about the two last minute workouts I squeezed in this weekend in preparation for Disney! Which is, hello, happening in 6 days! And I fly out on Friday!
1. Before everyone woke up Saturday morning, I did 6 miles at the gym on the treadmill (meh). I ran my usual pace of 8:49/mile, but also added in the walking intervals that we plan to use on race day. If you’re a new reader, this is my second marathon and our only goal is to have fun and finish! No time goals this go around, so we’re just going to take it easy, run/walk, and soak up the Disney magic!
2. Sunday afternoon, I went back to the gym and rode 10 miles. I know I’ve been harping on my love for using the bike as my means of cross training, but I really do believe in it! If I were running this marathon with intentions of setting a PR or hitting a certain time, I definitely would have increased my running milage, but since my goal is simply to have fun and finish, I’ve cranked up my cross training, saved my joints and feet, and I’m hoping it helps! I rode for 45 minutes, and hit 10.3 miles. I once read somewhere that when you bike, it’s like half the effort of running, so theoretically biking 10 miles is like running 5 miles. At least that’s what the internet said. And if the internet said it, we know it has to be true.
Breakfast casserole time!
Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Ok so, my duty on Christmas morning was to make the all important breakfast casserole. I scoured over dozens of recipes on Pinterest, and finally found a few that were very similar, so I picked one and went with it. Kind of. I really feel like a breakfast casserole is something you can’t mess up, so my measurements in the following steps are just what I thought seemed right. And really, aren’t all breakfast casseroles the same at some point, give or take one or two main ingredients? You’ll need a 9X13 casserole dish, one normal-sized can of croissant rolls, one pack of sausage (I always look for the MSG-free one!)(And spicy!), one yellow onion, one green bell pepper (maybe like a cup of both? it really just depends on how many veggies you want in yours), 6-8 eggs, and shredded cheddar cheese. I’d imagine throwing in a few diced tomatoes would be tasty as well.
Here’s what I did:
1. Spray the bottom of a 9X13 casserole dish, then create a bottom layer by spreading out a can of crescent rolls. (The regular sized can, not the minis). If you don’t want this extra bread, I’m sure it’d turn out fine if you skipped this step.
2. Next, create a layer of sausage. Already cooked of course. I am a huge fan of breakfast meat, so I loaded it up!
3. On top of the sausage, add a layer of sautéed and diced green bell peppers and onions. I left a corner of the casserole free of these so people who don’t like onions wouldn’t be surprised.
4. Next, in a separate bowl, whip together 8 eggs as if you were about to scramble them. Then pour the eggs over top of the veggies, as evenly as possible. I think the original recipe called for only 5 or 6 eggs, but after doing that I found that it barely covered the dish, so I added a few more. I wanted my casserole to be plenty egg-y.
5. Lastly, sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top, and pop in the oven at 350* for 30-40 minutes.
6. I chose to serve mine in slices, similar to cutting brownies. The croissants on the bottom make it pretty stiff so it’s easier to serve this way.
And there you have it. Super simple, and super delicious. I cooked mine just a tad too long, so be sure to keep an eye on yours at the end.
How was your recipe? If you’re running Disney, are you ready?! How do you make YOUR breakfast casserole?