Healthy Breakfast Casserole

This healthy breakfast casserole is my go-to dish to serve for brunch. It's full of veggies with a secret layer of roasted sweet potatoes on the bottom!

Vegetarian Healthy Breakfast Casserole

I love a good frittata. Frittatas are my go-to choice for brunch if Jack and I are hosting a couple of people. Now that we’re living around more family here in Chicago, I’ve changed things up – this healthy breakfast casserole recipe is basically a frittata in casserole form. Why? Well, with a breakfast casserole, you get a lot more portions with no more work. It’s perfect if you’re hosting a Mother’s Day get-together with your family this weekend!

Breakfast Casserole Recipe ingredients

My Mom’s Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole

Speaking of moms, I borrowed (er…took?) this vegetarian breakfast casserole recipe from my mom. She first started making it around the time of my sister’s baby shower last spring and it has been her go-to brunch recipe ever since. My favorite part is the hearty layer of roasted sweet potatoes on the bottom. Since the sweet potatoes naturally sink to the bottom of the egg mixture, they create a beautiful and delicious base to this egg dish. My mom makes her recipe with bell peppers and zucchini, but I swapped in asparagus and peas to celebrate spring. With the addition of mushrooms and scallions, this healthy breakfast casserole recipe is positively packed with vegetables.

How to make a vegetarian breakfast casserole

Breakfast Casserole Recipe Variations

I love this springy mix of asparagus, mushrooms, and peas, but this recipe is flexible. Feel free to swap in whatever veggies you enjoy! I recommend any of these variations:

  • Use 1 1/2 cups chopped bell peppers in place of the mushrooms.
  • Substitute 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli or broccolini for the asparagus.
  • Replace the peas with 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes.

I love the feta in this recipe, but if you’re a fan of goat cheese, try using it here! A layer of grated Parmesan or white cheddar would also be good.

Healthy breakfast casserole recipe

Since I don’t drink regular milk, I used my go-to Almond Milk to whisk into the eggs. If you skip the feta, this healthy breakfast casserole recipe is entirely dairy-free, but I really love feta cheese’s tanginess in this one, so I don’t recommend leaving it out :).

Vegetarian breakfast casserole

Healthy Breakfast Casserole Serving Suggestions

If you’re serving this recipe as part of a big brunch, it would be great with any number of sweet breakfast items. Here are some recommendations:

Healthy breakfast casserole

If you love this healthy breakfast casserole…

Be sure to check out this shakshuka or this frittata for your next brunch!

Thanks, mom, for the recipe!


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This healthy breakfast casserole is my go-to dish to serve for brunch. It's full of veggies with a layer of roasted sweet potatoes on the bottom.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, brunch
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 10 to 12 ounces mixed mushrooms, (cremini mushrooms, quartered)
  • 1 bunch asparagus, tender parts, chopped
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 12 large eggs
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon sea salt*
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • Microgreens, optional, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On one baking sheet spread the sweet potatoes, on the other baking sheet spread the mushrooms and asparagus. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pinches of salt and pepper and toss to coat. Roast the sweet potatoes for 30 minutes. Place the baking sheet with the mushrooms and asparagus in the oven to roast during the final 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, garlic, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch** baking dish with nonstick spray. Place all the sweet potatoes evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Add half of the vegetables from the second baking sheet and spread out evenly. Sprinkle with the feta cheese, scallions, and peas.
  4. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the vegetables. Add the remaining mushrooms and asparagus.
  5. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the eggs are set and the edges are lightly golden brown. Let the casserole sit for 10 minutes before slicing.
  6. Garnish slices with microgreens and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.
Notes
* Use ½ teaspoon salt if using the feta cheese; use 1 teaspoon salt if omitting the feta cheese.
** Although the pan in the photo is a bit smaller than a 9x13, the recipe fits into a standard 9x13 pan. If you use a smaller pan, you'll need to use multiple pans.

 

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  1. Liese
    05.10.2018

    That looks very pretty and the veg combo sounds great…I’m going to veganize it with a thin bechamel sauce, tofu based “feta” or maybe slices of Follow your heart smoked gouda and a good layer of sliced sweet potatoes to soak up the liquid.

    • I just loved the recipe and I am gonna try to make it in the upcoming weekend.

  2. sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    05.10.2018

    you already got my attention with sweet potatoes, but also like the almond cashew milk, didn’t even know it existed as a product, just something you’d have to make, so love that too since I don’t usually drink milk either, love all of the rest too, very nice recipe, thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.11.2018

      it’s really good and a bit creamier than regular almond milk. I find it at Target, just fyi.

  3. Brittany Audra @ Audra's Appetite
    05.10.2018

    I completely agree with you!! I love making frittatas for guests when they come to visit for a healthy yet delicious brunch!

  4. Aastha
    05.11.2018

    this looks delightful! question- if using regular milk, since I always have that in my fridge, should i use the same amount?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.11.2018

      yep – the same!

  5. Eva from leningparticulier.nl
    05.11.2018

    Jummie! Ziet er heerlijk uit! 🙂

  6. Marsha Berberich
    05.11.2018

    If using the bell peppers and green beans as in your moms original recipe, how much of each and which color of peppers does she use? Thanks so much!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.11.2018

      She uses 1 green bell pepper and 1 red bell pepper (both diced), and 2 carrots sliced into thin coins… skipping both the asparagus and peas. Hope that helps!

  7. Marsha Berberich
    05.11.2018

    Sorry, in first post I meant to say zuchinni, not green beans!

  8. Gaby Dalkin
    05.13.2018

    This looks like a brunch must-have!

  9. 1) Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! 2) This looks delicious and not too time consuming to make. I can’t wait to try!

  10. Kimberly Baxter
    05.15.2018

    Made this for breakfast yesterday. So good! Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Meg
    05.28.2018

    How long would this keep in the fridge?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.29.2018

      I keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days after making it. It’s best just out of the oven – if you’re serving it to guests, I’d make it on the same day. The leftovers are great for quick weekday breakfasts.

      • Meg
        05.29.2018

        Beautiful! I was planning to make a half recipe for a quick breakfast option for me and my partner, so lovely to know that it keeps well! Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes. <3

  12. Roberta
    05.31.2018

    I made the recipe and love the nutrient rich ingredients and it looked so pretty, too!
    Although you reply above that it is best served out of the oven, can you tell me if you can prepare it, refrigerate it uncooked overnight and then cook it the next morning? I would like to serve it to guests but would love a partial make ahead option so you get the best of both worlds, advance prep but just baked when serving.

    Second, I enjoy some spice and wonder if you would serve it with sriracha sauce? Any ideas???

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.07.2018

      Hi Roberta,
      Apologies for my slow reply – yes, my mom makes it the night before, keeps it in the fridge and then bakes it the next day to serve to guests.

      I love hot sauce on eggs – you could also add a diced jalapeño to the mix.

      Hope that helps!

        • Roberta
          06.07.2018

          Oops. I better be sure I am clear. When you write she makes it the night before, you mean she prepares it (up until baking instructions) and then bakes the next day. I know you can bake and reheat the next day but that wasn’t what I was asking. So, to clarify, the question is can you prepare it up to the point of baking, refrigerate it, and bake the next day? Extra baking time needed since it will be cold??? Thanks for clarifying.

          • Jeanine Donofrio
            06.07.2018

            yes she prepares it and puts it in the fridge un-baked. She bakes it about 5-10 minutes longer. I’d just press the center to make sure the eggs are set before you take it out.

  13. Roberta
    06.07.2018

    Perfect! Thanks, again!!!

  14. Lara
    07.29.2018

    could you tell me what casserole dish you use? I’m in the market for a new one 🙂

  15. E
    01.27.2019

    Are you using different types of mushrooms on this recipe? From the photos, looks like the dish has both Cremini and Shumeji mushrooms. Would love to know if that’s the case. Will try to make this recipe next weekend.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.28.2019

      Yep, I used both – as long as the total mushroom amount is 10 to 12 ounces you can mix!

  16. Haley
    02.08.2019

    I love that it has sweet potatoes in it.

  17. Megan
    02.12.2019

    This is the perfect breakfast for a brunch or even a Christmas party.

  18. eloise
    08.12.2019

    Can this be made the day before, refrigerated, and then reheated?

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