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

      This look so very good. Not a child one in this house, but I would love them. Your little story about the beginning of school reminds me of when I was a new bride many, many years ago. Wanting to be a good wife I embarked on a campaign to make breakfasts from scratch for my new hubby. About three weeks in, he asked that I please stop. He just wasn’t a breakfast person, and he isn’t till this day except on rare occasions. I think these would be good with some browned up sausage, too.

    2. Cathy D says

      Oh thank you! I, too, have that never-ending Mama guilt! Hopefully these little breakfast cups will help mine as well! :-)
      Has anyone tried freezing them? If so, how well did they reheat?

    3. says

      Kristen…I am the SAME way! I start off the school year so good…pancakes and waffles, and muffins, etc. By the 3rd week, cereal has made it into the rotation. 😉

      THESE look so good! How smart…eggs in a muffin tin! I love it! Thank you for the great idea!

    4. says

      You are ahead of me. I have been up since 4 am, and I still fed the big and middle littles cereal, leftover pancakes, and juice for breakfast. You have inspired me, though, as usual, and I cannot wait to try this recipe!

    5. says

      I really need to make these. My husband heads into work at 2:30am and I *hate* that he always wants to grab a Poptart for breakfast. This is a much healthier alternative!

    6. says

      I’m impressed that you get to the list stage – no lists and nothing to do! I love these breakfast treats – i’m calling them bacon and egg cakes and serving them up to my kids on their first day of school – which for me isn’t until after labor day – they miss the first 3 days cos I’m in England for my sister’s wedding…

    7. says

      My little guy will love this. He’s the odd kid out because he doesn’t like cereal but loves eggs.

      These are so creative and so delish looking!

    8. says

      Kristen, the boys and I totally made a list at the beginning of the summer– and now I don’t want Noah to find it because we’ve only done one or two things!

      Still, it’s been a great summer.

      And my boys would love these breakfast cups. Thanks!

    9. says

      I’m not ready for the end of summer… I’m not at all. Too many things I still want to do.

      This beautiful breakfast is exactly what I love to consume on weekend mornings. Beautiful presentation and the shots are stunning

    10. Teagan says

      These are so delicious!! I tried them with bacon instead of ham, and added some onions (I dont know why I love onions so much). I even made a few extra to last through the week ^_^ Thanks for sharing these!


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