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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. You’re a super-mom! These sound great, and your kids are so lucky to be treated to home-cooked meals!

    2. 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.

    3. 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!

    4. With school starting back, I’ve been playing with simple breakfast recipes for the past few weeks for those crazy mornings. This one looks yum!

    5. Ooooo this is RIGHT up my alley, Kristen! I’m gonna make these this week, if I can regain vision after looking at the glory.

    6. Can you be MY mom? These looks perfect!

    7. 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.

    8. I love these! I have no kids but will be making these for myself!

    9. yum…i love the idea of having these in the frig to heat up in the morning. Thanks for this idea.

    10. These look and sound delicious Kristen! My girls will eat them, as long as I get up and cook them! lol…….you’re a GREAT Mom

    11. oh I do the same things and my kids eat frosted flakes and carnation instant breakfast! We still have a few weeks of summer left, so I will definitely make these!!

    12. These look mighty delicious and I sure love simple and fast recipes like this!

    13. That’s an awesome idea. Beats an Egg McMuffin by a mile!

    14. Oh, I like this idea! I think they might freeze well for me to grab on the fly. I’m going to try lining the muffin cups with a 1/2 slice of prosciutto…

    15. You. Are. Genius. I adore this. I am SOOOOO making them! Thanks for the great recipe and inspiration!

    16. 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!

    17. Love this idea, and not just for kid’s breakfast. I feel a brunch coming on……

    18. PS – Do you think you could do these one at a time in the microwave?

      • 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.

    19. I have seen recipes like this, and I have yet to try it. I think I’ll try it with your recipe . . . my kids love eggs (most of the time). And, this seems too easy to be real. Can’t wait. Wrapping in bacon. Um, YUM. Might have to try that, too!


    20. 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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