Kick-start your morning right with this fantastic breakfast sandwich! Skip the calorie-, sodium-, and fat-laden Sausage and Egg McMuffin and try out this new favorite. In addition to adding a nutritional boost to your wake-up routine, the Better Breakfast Biscuit rolls in at just $0.74 cents a serving – compared to $1.80 for the fast food alternative. That may not sound like a lot, but if you were to saunter into the Golden Arches just 3 times per week you’d be unnecessarily emptying your pockets of $165 of hard-earned money over the course of 1 year! Treat your wallet, your heart, and your belly right instead.
Servings: 12 breakfast sandwiches
(some to enjoy fresh & some to freeze for a quick fix to your morning hunger pangs!)
Total Ingredient Costs: $8.87
Cost per Serving: $0.74
- 3 cups whole wheat flour ($0.83)
- 6 Tablespoons reduced-fat margarine, cold ($0.84)
- 6 teaspoons baking powder ($0.14)
- ¾ teaspoon salt (<$0.01)
- 1 ½ cups 1% or skim milk ($0.52)
- 1 dozen eggs ($2.09)
- 2 fresh red bell peppers, diced ($1.88)
- 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped ($0.50)
- 12 slices turkey bacon ($2.07)
- Black pepper to taste (<$0.01)
- Optional: ½ cup of fresh basil, chopped (especially good during the summer season!)
*You’ll have extra of some of these ingredients which store well in your pantry or fridge for future use! Prices are based on the amount of each item to be used for this recipe.
- Pre-heat the oven to 450°.
- In a medium sized bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well with whisk or fork.
- Cut the butter into little pea-sized pieces and then mix the pieces into the flour mixture.
- Using a fork, try to mash the butter pieces as you mix it together with the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. It is okay if the outcome just looks like the same pea-sized pieces of butter covered with flour.
- Then pour in the milk and mix it all together. Knead the dough with your hands 8 to 10 times and then turn out onto a counter or cutting board.
- Pat it out flat with your hands until the dough is a somewhat even ¾-inch thickness (sprinkle with a little flour if necessary).
- Turn a drinking glass upside down and cut out biscuit rounds. I have also used shaped cookie cutters (like a heart or star) if you have little ones helping you!
- Then put them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray jumbo muffin tins with light cooking spray.
- Add 1 egg to each compartment. Use a butter knife to gently break the yolk and swirl into the egg white – there’s no need to scramble in completely, just distribute the yolk somewhat.
- Divide the diced red pepper, chopped spinach, and basil (if desired) evenly among the compartments. Stir gently again with butter knife without fully scrambling the egg.
- Sprinkle with black pepper, if desired. Skip the salt, the turkey bacon will provide the salty flavor you’re craving.
- Bake for 10-25 minutes until set and completely cooked. (The time will vary, so keep a close watch.)
- Meanwhile, spray a large skillet with light cooking spray and cook the turkey bacon to your desired crispness.
- Split open muffins. On each one, stack 1 slice of turkey bacon and a baked egg. (You can add a little fresh spinach too, if you like the extra bit of veggies!)
- Enjoy your freshly-made breakfast biscuits with your family.
- You can save any leftover breakfast sandwiches by wrapping them and freezing them to be reheated quickly and conveniently!
- REHEAT IN MICROWAVE. For microwave reheating, wrap each muffin in parchment or wax paper. If thawed, 40-60 seconds at full power. If frozen, 3 minutes at half power, turning over after each minute.
- REHEAT IN OVEN. For oven reheating, wrap each muffin in aluminum foil. Place wrapped muffins in plastic freezer bag and freeze. In 350 degree oven, place on baking sheet and heat for 15 to 20 minutes if thawed; 30-40 minutes if frozen.
In addition, check out this side-by-side nutrition comparison:
|Fast-Food Sausage & Egg McMuffin||Our Healthier Version|
With half the calories from fat, the Better Breakfast Biscuit starts your day off with the right kind of calories – those from low-fat proteins and whole grain carbohydrates. The heart-healthy low-sodium turkey bacon shaves off 7g of saturated fat, 50mg of cholesterol, and a whopping 310mg of sodium! If you’re craving some melted cheese (with its gooey goodness and added calcium), opt for thin-cut, reduced-fat options like Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Cheddar.
Ditch that breakfast breakdown and kick your day off right!