Baby-Friendly Breakfast Casserole
When our little dude got the okay from the doctor to start eating solids (around 5-6 months old, I think), I was pretty pumped, as you might expect. I had visions of cooking and blending magical bowls of nutritious food that would delight his new tastebuds.
What actually happened was something pretty unexpected but I guess not completely uncommon. Basically, he wasn’t into pureed foods. I mean, he would eat them, but he was very indifferent. Whether it was fruit, veggie, or even some light meat mixtures, he wasn’t excited about them.
This, of course, put a pretty large dent in my food blogger ego. But hey, isn’t that what kids are good at? CURVE BALLS.
Maybe a month after trying various purees with minimal luck, he got some early teeth and started showing interest in what Betsy and I were eating. So I gave him some.
It turns out that the whole time he just wanted to feed himself. Now he eats really well, but he wants to feed himself which is partly fun but mostly messy.
The mornings are the worst because everybody has somewhere to be but everybody really just wants to go back to bed. Feeding T breakfast was the biggest challenges of the day for us until I figured out this breakfast casserole trick!
I keep it really basic and don’t add any spices or anything. It’s largely just veggies that he has already had and I know he will like mixed with eggs and bread. It reheats beautifully in a few seconds and he can feed himself while mom and dad try to get their act together.
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2) Butter an 8×8 baking dish (or spray with nonstick spray if you want).
3) Spread out shredded veggies in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with crumbled bread and cheddar cheese.
4) Whisk together eggs and milk and pour over veggies and bread. Let sit for a few minutes to soak in.
5) Bake the casserole for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F. until middle is set.
6) Reheat casserole by cutting it into bite-sized pieces and microwaving it for 15 seconds on high.
Casserole will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days.
Mandatory Baby Food Note
Okay. This should go without saying, but obviously don’t blindly feed your baby this casserole because you read it on a blog. (Even if that blog happens to be amazing.) Check with your doc first to make sure you get the okay.
Also, I recommend introducing all the foods to your kiddo individually A) to make sure there are no issues and B) to make sure they like them. It would suck to make this whole casserole and then realize that your kid hates eggs.
The Easy Baby-Friendly Breakfast Casserole
This casserole is nothing fancy but it’s probably the first breakfast casserole your kid will have so they will love it.
I used some shredded carrot and red pepper because our guy loves those veggies. You can use any veggie, really. I recommend shredding it because it’s easier for them to eat it that way.
Spread the veggies out in a baking dish that has been lightly buttered or oiled.
Then I added some crumbled stale bread and cheddar cheese. This gives the casserole some bulk, but again, you can alter it if your kid isn’t eating bread or cheese yet. No biggy!
Then whisk together the eggs and milk and pour it in!
Let this sit for a few minutes so the eggs can soak in before baking it.
Bake this thing at 350 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes until the center is set. It shouldn’t get crispy really, but should have more of a fluffy texture for easier baby eating.
Reheating the Casserole
The nice part about this casserole is that it keeps great for a week (5 days at least). For heating, I would just chop up a chunk of the casserole into bite-sized cubes and microwave them for 15 seconds.
T loves starting his day with this casserole and Porter the Dog doesn’t mind it too much either. I’d say he ends up with 30% of all casseroles!