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Are you burned out on the same old breakfast? Are the standard cereal and toast just not doing it for you anymore? Then it’s time to kick it up a notch with some delicious sausage and egg breakfast pastries that you can make ahead to freeze for an effortless, but tasty breakfast during the week. Pair this sausage and egg pastry and milk with a mid-morning snack of 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese and peaches/fruit to get 25-30 g of protein before noon.
Really, the ingredients can be whatever you want. Unless you’re baking, there aren’t any rules when it comes to cooking. Have fun with it! I used breakfast sausage, green pepper, Monterey Jack cheese, and spices. You could use bacon instead of sausage, or go all vegetarian with spinach and tomatoes. Whatever you like and have on hand will probably be delicious.
Are you ready to get cooking? Combine the eggs, spices, and green peppers and set them aside. While warming a non-stick pan, cut a slit down the sausage link and remove the casing. Add the sausage to your warm pan to brown. If you have a hard time getting the sausage to crumble like I did, pull out a potato masher to break it up. It’s both effective and kind of fun.
When the sausage is brown and crumbly, add the egg mixture and scramble them. Easy, right?
This is the fun part. Thaw the puff pastry on the counter for about 45 minutes then cut it in three strips along the folds; a pizza cutter works best if you have one. Cut the strips in half and get ready to stuff them.
Add cheese to the center of the dough, then add the eggs and cover with a second piece of dough. Press the edges closed all the way around with your fingers, then seal the edges all the way around with a fork. Cut slits in the tip so air can escape and put them on a pan covered with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
After baking for 15-20 minutes in a 425 degree oven, breakfast is served! Hearty, flaky, and flavorful.
These breakfast pastries are easy to make ahead then wrap and freeze. To defrost, pop one in the microwave for 60-90 seconds and enjoy!
Do you feel down in the dumps and have to resort to caffeine to keep yourself awake in the morning and don’t know why? You may not be getting enough protein in the morning. Many experts are now saying that when you get your protein is just as important as how much protein you get. Many Americans are skipping breakfast or eating a breakfast that is more carbs than protein and a typical American is only getting about 13 grams of protein at breakfast. Many nutrition experts now recommend 25-30 grams of protein at every meal for best daily nutrition.
In addition to eating protein-rich food in the morning like eggs and cheese, pairing an 8oz. glass of milk with breakfast is an easy way to power up your morning get the recommended amount of protein to keep you energized. This January and February, Milk Life is educating people on the importance of protein in the morning and how to include more high-quality protein, including milk.
Footnote:  What We Eat in America, NHANES 2009-2010. 2 Layman D. Dietary guidelines should reflect new understandings about adult protein needs. Nutr Metab. 2009; 6: 12..
Are you getting enough or going to make the change to get more protein in the morning? Show Milk Life how milk and high-quality protein is part of your #mymorningprotein, and they’ll reward you with milk! Visit MilkLife.com/morningprotein to see how you can fill up your cup with milk to get closer to your morning protein goal.