Easy Veggie Egg Muffins {Recipe}

January 12, 2017

Veggie Egg Muffins are a make-ahead recipe perfect for breakfast on rushed mornings and your children’s lunchbox. Easy, healthy, and totally customizable to your family’s preferences!

Veggie Egg Muffins are a make-ahead recipe perfect for breakfast on rushed mornings and your children's lunchbox. Easy, healthy, and totally customizable to your family's preferences! Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Egg muffins, egg cups, mini egg frittatas — whatever you call them they are a nutritious and delicious breakfast or lunch choice. While you can find a lot of egg muffin recipes online, these Easy Veggie Egg Muffins are a long overdue addition to the Nutritioulicious blog and they are finally here!

If your house is anything like mine, there’s no time to stand over the stove making eggs on weekdays. Most mornings the girls and I have some combination of cottage cheese, kefir, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and fruit. The key to getting us out the door and to school on time is making sure we have these quick, easy, and healthy options on hand at all times.

There are mornings though when we just don’t have our act together, and on those mornings there’s no time to sit down to a bowl of anything. That’s where these Easy Veggie Egg Muffins come into play. Like with my Ricotta Berry Oatmeal Cups, I always have a batch of these egg muffins in the freezer, ready to be quickly heated in the microwave and tossed in a reusable plastic bowl with some fruit for easy on-the-go enjoyment as we rush out the door.

While I don’t generally condone eating in the car or on the run, skipping breakfast is not an option. (Check out my post The Benefits of Breakfast to find out why.) The thing is, the majority of on-the-go breakfast options aren’t the most nutritionally balanced and are often filled with added sugar. That’s why I like having my own homemade healthy options at the ready.

Breakfast on the run isn’t all these Veggie Egg Muffins are good for – they’re also perfect for the lunchbox! When paired with some fresh vegetables and fruit you have a well-balanced meal that the kids love.

Veggie Egg Muffins are a perfect make-ahead recipe for the school lunchbox. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly. Get the recipe @jlevinsonrd.

The Ingredients & Preparation

One of the best things about these Easy Veggie Egg Muffins is how customizable they are for your own individual family. The recipe below, which includes mushrooms, peppers, and onions, is really just a guide to help you get started. I love making these egg muffins with different vegetables, herbs, and cheeses depending on what I have on hand in my fridge and freezer, what my girls’ latest vegetable preference is, and what mood I’m in when I make them.

Changing up the ingredients also keeps these veggie egg muffins from getting boring, and we certainly want to prevent boredom in our children’s meals! Here are some combinations I like to make and you can try yourself:

  • Mushroom, sun-dried tomato, and Parmesan
  • Broccoli and cheddar (check out Kaleigh’s version here)
  • Tomato, mozzarella, and basil
  • Peppers, onions, and spinach
  • Mushrooms, asparagus, and Parmesan
  • Smoked salmon and goat cheese (check out my friend Marisa’s version here)

Almost all of these varieties are vegetarian, nut-free, and gluten-free. While I include cheese in all of my egg muffins, you can very easily leave it out if you’re vegan or need a dairy-free version. Same goes with the little bit of milk or half and half included in the recipe. You really won’t miss much by leaving it out. We keep kosher and breakfast is usually dairy in our house, which is why I don’t include any meats, but if you’re a meat lover, feel free to add some in for a protein boost.

Veggie Egg Muffins are a make-ahead recipe perfect for breakfast on rushed mornings and your children's lunchbox. Easy, healthy, and totally customizable to your family's preferences! Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

I make my Veggie Egg Muffins in a very similar way as I make my egg frittatas – basically these muffins are just a miniature version of the larger full size frittata. It’s a simple 6 step process.

  1. Sauté the vegetables and deglaze the pan if necessary (which it usually is, especially with mushrooms – check out my Baked Mushroom Leek Frittata post to learn more).
  2. Sprinkle cheese in the bottom of every muffin cup.
  3. Top cheese with sautéed vegetables.
  4. Whisk together eggs, half and half or milk (if using), salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup of egg mixture to each muffin cup.
  5. Top each muffin cup with extra cheese if desired.
  6. Bake and enjoy!

You really can’t get easier than that! I provide quantities in the recipe below, but those are really just a guideline for the sake of sharing the recipe. You don’t need to be so precise with this kind of recipe, just keep in mind you don’t want to overstuff the muffin cups!

I hope you enjoy these Easy Veggie Egg Muffins as much as my family does and that they make your mornings and school lunch packing that much easier and stress-free! For more breakfast ideas for rushed mornings, check out these 40 Quick & Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Back to School.

Veggie Egg Muffins are a make-ahead recipe perfect for breakfast on rushed mornings and your children's lunchbox. Easy, healthy, and totally customizable to your family's preferences! Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

The Easy Veggie Egg Muffins Recipe

Veggie Egg Muffins are a make-ahead recipe perfect for breakfast on rushed mornings and your children's lunchbox. Easy, healthy, and totally customizable to your family's preferences! Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.
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Easy Veggie Egg Muffins {Recipe}

I always have a batch of these Easy Veggie Egg Muffins in my freezer for rushed mornings or to pack in my girls' lunchboxes. The recipe is easy, healthy, and totally customizable to your family's taste preferences. Use the recipe below as a rough guide and inspiration for the veggies you want to include. Then make a batch and enjoy!
Course Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan-Friendly, Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 (serving size: 2 muffins)
Author Jessica

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion ~1 small onion
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms ~6 ounces
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper ~1 medium pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons half & half or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese I use Trader Joe's Light Shredded 3 Cheese Blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and stir occasionally until translucent and starting to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms and stir with the onions. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the water has been released from the mushrooms and they are tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add peppers, stir together with mushrooms and onions, and add 1 tablespoon of water to deglaze the pan. Cook vegetable mixture until peppers have softened, about 3 minutes more.
  5. Add thyme and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half (or milk), salt, and pepper, to taste.
  7. Divide cheese, vegetables, and eggs evenly among muffin cups starting with cheese on the bottom (about 1 tablespoon for each), followed by the vegetable mixture, and finally the egg mixture (about 1/4 cup for each). Sprinkle extra cheese on top of each muffin cup if desired.
  8. Bake egg muffins for 25 to 30 minutes until eggs are set and muffins are slightly brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool about 5 minutes before removing egg muffins from tin.
  9. Serve immediately or cool completely before refrigerating or freezing.

What egg muffin pairing would you choose?

Share with me in the comments below!

Veggie Egg Muffins are a make-ahead recipe perfect for breakfast on rushed mornings and your children's lunchbox. Easy, healthy, and totally customizable to your family's preferences! Get the gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

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  1. So easy we usually do spinach and veggies. I never thought about sending them to school with the girls, I’ll have to try that! Although my oldest might not be a fan as she took hardboiled eggs once but the smell never again will she.

    1. I think you and the girls will love them Lauren and I know you will love the more relaxed mornings too. Thanks for sharing and let me know how they go over in your house!

  2. Egg muffins are my favorite make ahead recipe! I love that they can be made with just about any veggie, totally customizable! I like to use whatever produce I have about to go bad in the fridge to cut down on food waste 🙂

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