Breakfast casserole with ham and cheese is a low carb, make-ahead recipe that can help make your mornings fuss-free and delicious. Make this dish to impress your guests at your next brunch, too!
What are the advantages of making an overnight casserole?
Even if you have the best of intentions, mornings can often feel rushed with no time for making a keto breakfast. But overnight casserole recipes can be prepared in advance so that you only have to pop them into the oven the next morning.
Besides being convenient, another great thing about this low carb breakfast casserole with ham is that you can customize it. You can substitute the ham with another cooked meat or make a vegetarian version by eliminating the ham and adding some of your favorite vegetables. Find different combinations that you and your family enjoy – the possibilities are endless!
Are eggs good for me?
One of the reasons that many people avoid eating eggs is because they believe eggs are bad for their cholesterol levels. However, according to research, scientists have found that cholesterol levels are more linked to the fats that you ingest (saturated fats and trans fats) rather than the amount of cholesterol you eat.
Of course, it’s also still important to be aware of what you feed to your body.
Eggs are packed with lot of healthy goodness:
- Vitamins and Minerals. Eggs contain many vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, D, and E and folate, iron and zinc. Eggs also provide a healthy dose of vitamin B12.
- Protein. One large egg has approximately 70 calories and provides about six grams of high quality protein and 5 grams of fat.
- Amino Acids. Eggs contain all nine essential amino acids which help the body form protein. Our bodies can’t build these amino acids from other components so we need to include them in our diet.
- Choline. This nutrient is a bit less well known, but it’s important, especially for pregnant women. Choline has been shown to support the development of children in the areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory.
For healthy individuals, eating eggs each day as part of a healthy diet is completely fine. And so is following an egg fast diet plan where you eat eggs for every meal!
How long will it keep in the refrigerator?
After baking, any leftovers should be covered and refrigerated within two hours. The cooked breakfast casserole with ham will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator.
Can it be frozen?
If you won’t be consuming the leftovers within three to four days, then you should freeze it. Divide the leftovers into single servings or family-sized servings and place them into airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
You can also prepare the breakfast casserole ahead of time and freeze it without baking it first. There are two ways to freeze the unbaked casserole:
- Build your casserole in an oven-safe dish, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and place into the freezer.
- Line your baking dish with aluminum foil. Build the casserole. Cover the entire dish with foil and place it in the freezer. Once frozen, remove it from the dish, re-wrap the casserole tightly in plastic wrap and foil, then place it back into the freezer.
Baked and unbaked casseroles can both be kept in the freezer for at least two months.
How do I reheat the frozen breakfast casserole with ham?
To reheat a frozen baked casserole: Thaw the casserole in the refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350ºF for about 20 minutes or until heated through.
To reheat a frozen unbaked casserole: (If the frozen casserole is not in a dish, unwrap it and place it in an oven safe dish before thawing). Wrap the casserole dish tightly in aluminum foil and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, bake the casserole according to the recipe instructions.
What to serve with the breakfast casserole?
Although this low carb casserole is a tasty meal on its own, you can add a few side dishes to turn this into a great brunch feast. Here are just some suggestions of dishes to serve alongside a breakfast casserole with ham:
- Fresh fruit, like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
- Sugar-Free Gluten Free Donuts (Low Carb)
- Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins (Keto)
- Keto Cinnamon Rolls – Coconut Flour Fathead Dough
- Coconut Macadamia Bars
- Low Carb Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Muffins
- Bulletproof Tea
- Coconut Flour Bread
Breakfast Casserole with Ham
- 6 large eggs
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk beverage
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups cooked ham diced
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In large bowl, beat together eggs, low carb milk, salt, and pepper. Pour a small amount into a greased 8×8-inch baking pan.
- Sprinkle the ham and cheese over the egg layer. Then pour in the rest of the egg mixture.
- Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes or until browned on top.
- Net Carbs 0g
- % Carbs: 0%
- % Protein: 33.7%
- % Fat: 66.3%
Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.