Breakfast Bowl

by KetoFocus.com

Like Jimmy Dean's Breakfast Bowls, but better!

These hearty & filling breakfast bowls will save you time in the morning. They only take about 20 minutes to prep up 10 breakfast bowls to store in your refrigerator or freezer. Come breakfast time, just crack in an egg or two and microwave!

Meal prepping breakfast definitely saves time in the morning – which is ideal if you aren’t really a morning person and find yourself running behind often. Besides other easy make ahead breakfast options like chia pudding or breakfast sandwiches, these breakfast bowls are already portioned into single serve containers, so there’s no extra dishes and no measuring out portions.

A hand taking out a forkful of scrambled eggs from a white bowl.

Since each of these breakfast bowls are already portioned into mason jars or containers, just grab from the fridge, add in an egg or two, stir and microwave! In under two minutes, you’ll have a satisfying protein packed breakfast to keep you going. Plus these breakfast bowls are healthy than the processed stuff you get from a Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl or Egg Scrambles. Those packaged products you find at the store have lots of preservatives and unnecessary ingredients. Making your own homemade breakfast bowl allows you to control the ingredients so you get a fresh tasting breakfast made from real food ingredientseggs, sausage, cheese, vegetables!

If a savory breakfast bowl doesn’t sound good, try a smoothie bowl. It’s filled with low sugar fruits and healthy fats to keep you satisfied. Plus offer a sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with crunchy toppings like coconut flakes and nuts.

How to make a breakfast bowl

  1. Prep your vegetables, if using. Chop up bell pepper, onion or any other vegetables you feel like adding.
  2. Cook the proteins. Whether you are using sausage (like this recipe), bacon, turkey sausage or chorizo, prepare and heat until cooked through.
  3. Sauté vegetables. To the same skillet, cook the vegetables until just softened. Then mix proteins back into the vegetables. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Portion out. Assemble meal prep containers by adding 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the protein vegetable mixture to your container first. Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Store. Replace lid and store in the refrigerator or the freezer.
  6. To prepare, crack in 1-2 fresh eggs or add 1/4 cup egg whites on top of the mixture. Stir and microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds, stirring halfway through.

Pro Tip: If you plan on freezing your breakfast bowls, don’t use Mason Jars to store your breakfast mixture in. These glass jars can easily break or crack, especially if you put them in the freezer with the sausage and veggie mixture still hot.

Homemade Jimmy Dean breakfast in meal prep jars stacked next to each other.

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Breakfast Bowl Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground breakfast sausage or pork
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 10 - 20 eggs

Breakfast Bowl Directions

Close up of a meal prep jar showing the layers of the breakfast bowl - the sausage and bell pepper layer, the cheese layer and the egg layer.

Savory breakfast bowl options

Besides just the sausage, bell pepper, egg and cheese breakfast bowl, you can mix it up and try other variations by changing the protein, vegetables, eggs or cheeses.

Use different proteins

  • Sausage – From breakfast sausage, mild Italian sausage or even ground pork.
  • Bacon – Make up a bunch of bacon ahead of time by cooking it in the oven or even the grill.
  • Turkey bacon – a high protein, low fat alternative to bacon
  • Chorizo – Cured or smoked meat with loads of flavor.
  • Ham – Dice up chunks of ham. The perfect way to use up leftover ham from the holidays.

 

Vegetables means flavor

  • Bell pepper – Visit all colors of bell pepper. Besides red and green, try yellow or orange bell pepper.
  • Onion – Any type of onion, from purple, white, yellow, green or even shallots
  • Zucchini – Finely diced zucchini or squash help to add substance to your power bowls
  • Potatoes – Not low carb but a popular addition to breakfast bowls. Sweet potatoes are often substituted to limit the carbs in the dish.
  • Tomatoes – Add flavor and color.

 

Did you say cheese??

  • Cheddar cheese – From sharp, medium or mild, cheddar is always a good option when paired with breakfast foods. Be sure to shred your own to avoid the anticaking agents found in packaged shredded cheeses.
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Colby Jack cheese
  • Pepper Jack cheese
  • Goat cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Provolone cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese

 

Eggs

  • Whole eggs – Add in one or two eggs to add more protein and to turn your breakfast bowl into a scramble.
  • Eggs whites – If trying to avoid excess fat or cholesterol, just add in egg whites!
A forkful of sausage and egg scrambled over a bowl with more scrambled eggs.

Storage information

Refrigerator

If you plan on eating your make ahead breakfast within 5 days, just pop them in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for up to 5 days.

Freezer

Any longer and you will want to store your meal prepped breakfast in the freezer. They will keep for 1-2 months without getting freezer burnt. It’s best to avoid Mason jars if freezing as they may crack or break. Consider using plastic, silicone or ziploc bags.

Breakfast Bowl: FAQS

Are Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls healthy?

Although they do contain a hearty dose of protein, you are better off making your own breakfast bowls. Jimmy Dean bowls have preservatives and artificial ingredients. With making your own, you can add any type of vegetable or more protein.

How many carbs are in a Jimmy Dean breakfast bowl?

It depends on the bowl but the sausage breakfast bowl has 16 carbs per serving. The carbohydrates are coming from the diced potatoes.

What toppings can you add to your sausage egg scramble?

Some favorite toppings to a savory breakfast bowl are sriracha, ketchup, hot sauce, chives, green onions, salsa and sour cream.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Breakfast Bowl

Servings: 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories 545
Fat 44.5g
Protein 32.4g
Total Carbs 3g
Net Carbs 2.5g

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3 Comments

  1. What a great idea, Annie! My daughter doesn’t have a microwave. (i don’t know how she does it!) Do you have any idea what temp and time she might try for cooking in her oven? Thank you for all you do.

  2. The straight sided ball jars are perfectly fine to freeze stuff in. But they have to be the straight sided ones. People been doing it for many many years.

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