Yesterday I read a study that said people who eat eggs at breakfast consume fewer calories throughout the day than those who don't. That makes sense. Eggs are packed with protein and low in carbs so you feel fuller for a longer time after eating them than eating a high-carb or high-sugar product in the morning.

 

It only takes a few minutes to scramble an egg in the morning, but for some people even those couple of minutes are difficult to find. It's quicker to grab a muffin or some other bread-like food. It also creates less of a mess. A scrambled egg might take less than five minutes, but cooking one also creates some messy dishes that need to be cleaned up.

 

If you want to eat eggs in the morning, but feel you just don't have the time to cook them and clean up the mess, here's a solution: Make egg "muffins" on the weekend. You can cook up an entire week's worth in muffin tins, and freeze them individually. In the morning, pop one in the microwave while you're making your coffee, and you'll have an egg breakfast without the mess.

 

Here are a few recipes for egg "muffins" that are not only packed with protein, they're also packed with some nutritious veggies.

 

  • Freezer Friendly Muffin Tin Eggs: Sunny Side Up and Omelets – There are two ways to prepare eggs in muffin tins here. The first is to simply crack eggs in muffin tins and cook them in the oven for future use in a sandwich. The second is to scramble them with spinach, peppers and onion before putting them in the tins.
  • Petite Vegetable Frittatas – Bell peppers, zucchini, onion, chives and Parmesan cheese go in these individual frittatas cooked in muffin tins.
  • Egg Casserole in Muffin Cups – If you like a little bacon in the morning (nitrate-free from humanely raised pigs, of course), this recipe uses bacon and jack cheese, and you could certainly add a few veggies if you wanted.
 

Once you've taken a look at these recipes, I'm sure you'll see how easy it would be to customize egg "muffins" to your individual tastes and dietary needs. If you have these ready made in your freezer, you'll be less tempted to reach for pastries and sugary cereals in the morning. You might even lose a few pounds.

 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.