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Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales

Mother’s Day is almost here, and I can’t help but wonder what awaits me this year.  Usually my husband is on point about gifts and taking me out, but no matter what we do, I’m always left with those dang dishes!  That, I can expect. But how will my day begin?  Will they make breakfast for me?  Will we go out to eat for breakfast?  I’ve never been a fan of going out for breakfast on Mother’s day.  The wait time is always too long.

My daughter has been having fun with the (new to her) concept of bringing my husband and I breakfast in bed.  She’s getting pretty good at it too!   This one was from last month…

Breakfast in bed from my 7-year-old

She did good, right?  She’s got all the basics to a good start: Toast, tea, yogurt, fruit.  It was a proud moment for us :). She has already started saying she’s going to bring me breakfast in bed again for Mother’s day.  This got me thinking. Do I even like having breakfast in bed?  Personally, I think it’s better than waiting an hour or more at a restaurant!

I read an article a while back, it might have been a survey actually, asking women if they like having breakfast in bed. A good majority of them said NO because it’s too messy and they don’t want to get their sheets dirty.  That’s a good point, so then I thought…do I like to have breakfast in bed?  Do I want it on Mother’s day?  There’s no way I’m going to tell my 7-year-old little girl that I don’t, THAT I am sure of.

After really thinking about it, however, I think breakfast in bed is kinda nice!  It can be messy, that is true.  But I’m always the one cooking in the kitchen!  So why not welcome this little time to myself in MY bed watching TV while being waited on in the comfort of my own home?  Sitting down and not doing anything is one of the hardest things for a Mom to do, didn’t you know?  We are constantly cleaning, fixing, rearranging, driving, restocking, yada yada yada, you get the point.

So with all that in mind, I thought about some ideas that might make breakfast in bed a little neater for the Mom in your life (unless she has an infant or toddler attached to her hip, then maybe not).

  • Serve cold drinks in a cup with a lid and straw.
  • Use a thermos or traveling coffee mug for hot drinks!
  • Serve the food on a sturdy serving tray such as these.
  • Use smaller condiment jars for ketchup or hot sauce so the tray doesn’t become too heavy.
  • If you’re serving toast, butter it yourself, don’t bring the butter and knife to her.
  • Don’t even think about serving cereal!
  • And don’t you dare think about changing the channel if she’s watching TV too.

That’s all I got for now so I’ll leave you with a recipe that I liked.  You can make this a day in advance too!

Mini egg and toast breakfast muffins filled with chorizo and nopales.

Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales

Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales 13Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make sure the rack is in the center of the oven.

Begin by cooking the chorizo for about 7 minutes on medium-low heat.  Add the chopped nopales and continue to cook another 3 minutes stirring often.

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Turn off the heat and let it cool while you prepare the muffin pans.

Lightly grease the cups of two mini muffin pans with butter or cooking spray.

Mini Mexican Breakfast Muffins 3Slice the edges off the bread then flatten each piece with a rolling pin.  Cut each slice into four pieces and press them one by one gently into the muffin pan cups.

Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales 5Set that aside and combine the eggs with milk and cheese in a bowl or large cup.

Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales 6Leave a little bit of cheese to top the muffins with just before they go into the oven!

Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales 7Once the eggs, milk and cheese are fully combined, start filling the bread cups with the chorizo and nopales filling (about 1/2 teaspoon in each).  It should be cool enough by now.

Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales 8Pour about 1 tablespoon of the egg over the chorizo filling.

Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales 9Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  As soon as they come out of the oven, use a toothpick or plastic knife to loosen them around the edges.  This will help keep them from sticking.   It’s best to do this right away, just be sure to protect your hands with oven mitts since the pans will be HOT.

Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales 10Serve with tomato, avocado, and sour cream.

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I hope you all have the best Mother’s day EVER!

 

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Mini Breakfast Muffins with Chorizo and Nopales
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Ingredients
  • 4.5 ounces chorizo
  • ¾ cup nopales from the jar, drained and chopped
  • 6 slices white bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium non-stick pan, cook the chorizo on medium-low heat for 7 minutes. Add the chopped nopales, continue to cook another 3 minutes. Turn off heat, let cool.
  3. Lightly grease the cups of two mini muffin pans with butter or cooking spray. Slice the edges off the bread then flatten each piece with a rolling pin. Cut each slice into four pieces and press them one by one gently into the muffin pan cups. Set aside.
  4. Combine the eggs with milk and cheese in a bowl or large cup. Leave a little bit of cheese to top the muffins with just before they go into the oven. Once the eggs, milk and cheese are fully combined, start filling the bread cups with the chorizo and nopales filling (about ½ teaspoon in each). Pour about 1 tablespoon of the egg over the chorizo filling.
  5. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven, use a toothpick or plastic knife to loosen them around the edges. This will help keep them from sticking. It’s best to do this right away, just be sure to protect your hands with oven mitts since the pans will be HOT. Serve with tomato, avocado, and sour cream.