A Healthy Holiday Breakfast
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A Healthy Holiday Breakfast

A Healthy Holiday Breakfast

From your Henry Mayo Nutritionist: Liz Tarabour, MS, RDN:

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is having hot, breakfast casserole after opening presents on Christmas morning. When I was a teenager, I took this on as my contribution to the workload of the day. I mixed the ingredients the night before and just popped it in the oven Christmas morning before opening presents. Out came hot, bubbling, deliciousness, ready-to-eat when we were done tearing open packages. Back then I used a lot of sausage and tons of cheese, making it a real gut buster. I trim it down a bit now, and find that it is just as tasty, and maybe even better. And I don’t feel sick 30 minutes after eating it from all of that fat!

Holiday Egg Bake


  • 1 ½ cups cubed ham (or slices deli style if that is what you have)
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup crushed saltines (6-8 crackers)
  • ½ cup shredded Swiss or Cheddar cheese
  • 1 can (7 ounce) green chilis, chopped (or fresh jalapenos, quantity to taste)
  • ¼ cup diced onions
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Transfer to baking dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.


  • Don’t add salt! It is salty enough with the ham, saltines, cheese, and canned peppers.
  • I found whole-wheat saltines and they tasted great!