If you thought casseroles were usually a dinner thing, you’d be right. Easily prepped in advance and popped in the oven when you get home from work, they’re super popular for no-brainer evening meals. But why limit their time-saving benefits to just dinner? Make-ahead bakes are just as handy for breakfast, whether you’re feeding houseguests, hosting brunch, or just need something to easily reheat during the week. From the eggy and savory to the fruity and sweet, these seven breakfast casseroles get the job done.
Let your favorite hearty bread—gluten-free or otherwise—and frozen blueberries soak overnight in a slightly sweet blended mix of banana, almond milk, and chia seeds. Those little seeds will help absorb the liquid, so when you wake up in the morning, all it needs is 30 minutes in the oven to puff up the bread to doughy, browned perfection.
They say you should “eat the rainbow” throughout the day. Why not get it done at breakfast with this veggie-packed casserole? With broccoli, sweet potatoes, red peppers, and zucchini, it’s so colorful it’ll actually make you want to get out of bed.
This casserole lands somewhere in the delicious midpoint between a cinnamon roll and French toast. You’ve got the eggy bread and blueberry topping of the breakfast classic, but the drizzle of cream cheese “frosting” over it all is a nod to the popular pastry.
Lots of breakfast plates involve eggs, sausage, and potatoes, but who has time to make all those separate components? Make prep (and cleanup!) easier by putting all those ingredients in a casserole dish and cooking them up in the morning. Some mozzarella cheese takes the taste over the top.
If sweet breakfasts are your thing, but you don’t want to overdo it on the sugar, this casserole is definitely for you. The sweet potato is flavorful enough that you don’t need too much extra brown sugar, while a pecan crumble makes it taste like dessert. Those wholesome rolled oats remind you that it’s good enough for breakfast.
There may be no grains in here (it’s Paleo after all!), but spiralized sweet potato makes it taste like a spaghetti casserole. The spud, along with red peppers and spinach, is also responsible for the high-fiber count in this recipe, while chicken, eggs, and bacon make it a protein powerhouse.
Here’s a hearty but healthy breakfast that’s guaranteed to please a crowd: There’s still plenty of meat, cheese, and eggs in here, but turkey sausage, reduced-fat cheddar, and several egg whites lighten up the traditionally heavy breakfast combo.