Post-Summer Mama Guilt {Recipe: Ham and Egg Breakfast Cups}

I start each summer off with high hopes and big plans. We make summer “bucket lists” – essentially outlining the fun things we want to do before summer ends. In reality, I spend the last one to two weeks of summer cramming in as much activity as I can so I don’t suffer the post-summer mama guilt that seems to haunt me at the end of each and every summer.

To try to make up for my lack of ability to actually check off every item on our summer bucket list, I start each school year being super on top of things at breakfast time. There’s no cereal, bagels or pop tarts… only home cooked, hot of the stove or out of the oven breakfasts. This lasts for, oh, about one week then we are back to our typical grab whatever you can and rush out the door mornings. Tell me you can relate… please!

I make a version of these handy little egg cups wrapped in bacon, but thought I’d try them without the bacon and instead adding a little bit of chopped ham. Friends… these are so incredibly easy, I promise. Send your kids off with these delicious, breakfast goodies in their bellies and you’ll feel like a parent who has their stuff together, even if you are only faking it.

Recipe: Ham and Egg Breakfast Cups

These can be placed in the refrigerator after they are baked and reheated in the microwave for a quick and easy breakfast on the run!

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped deli ham
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a muffin pan generously with Pam cooking spray
  3. Crack one egg into each hole of the muffin pan, using a fork to gently break the yolk.
  4. Sprinkle each egg with ham, salt, cracked black pepper and cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Pop out of muffin tins and serve.


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    1. says

      Ok the fact that you just crack and egg in a muffin pan and bake for 350 for 20 mins..this is a newsflash to me! After years of being vegan, I cook/bake with eggs every so rarely again these days but am not clued into egg recipes…lol

      Post summer mama guilt…I have that on Sunday evenings…post weekend guilt that I didnt do enough. Us mama’s…it always something, isnt it.

    2. says

      Delish!! I would probably prefer the ham to the bacon, they sound so flavorful. I have a hard time with hearty breakfasts in the morning before I head out to work…I always end up spending way too much time on Twitter so I don’t end up making anything!

    3. says

      Hahahaha…I can TOTALLY relate!! But Jon David won’t eat breakfast that early, so I end up begging and I’m lucky if I can get him out the door with a piece of sausage or some cubed cheese.

      These look fabulous!! Definitely on my “to do” list.

    4. says

      Oooooo! This is so
      Yummy looking my mouth is
      Watering with breakfast envy right now!
      Glad I bought more eggs this week! Thanks again for
      Sharing ! Such a Mom thing which is a
      GOOD thing!

      • Danielle says

        you can, just make sure to break the yolk! And if you scramble it (I usually do when microwaving because the yolk can get rubbery) they puff waaay up.

    5. Pat Wogan says

      Having eaten these at your house, my question is, could you substitute sausage for the chopped ham for your little sausage lover? I didn’t realize these were so easy to prepare. I’ll be trying them!


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