Family meals are important, but they can be challenging to accomplish with busy back-to-school schedules. Consider breakfast as a meaningful time to connect as a family and give everyone a strong start to the day by incorporating nutrient-rich beef in these Ground Beef Sausage Mini Breakfast Pies. This is a perfect meal prep recipe to have on hand for a make-ahead, protein-packed breakfast option.
This post is a collaboration with Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. managed by NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.
When the fall school season comes around the intensity of our family schedule goes way up! I love so many things about football season, but one thing I don’t love is the fact that we only get to eat dinner all together at home maybe once or twice a week.
What I have discovered though, is that breakfast can be a fun opportunity for us all to connect before the day starts. It may be brief, with everyone standing around the kitchen island munching on something or slurping our smoothies, but it definitely makes a difference!
Beef for Breakfast
I suppose that for a lot of other families with conflicting schedules, you might find yourself in the same supper situation. In working with many student athletes and their families, I know this is true. I encourage you to take back some family time in the morning to connect over breakfast. You don’t need anything formal to happen; just an easy, nutritious breakfast with everyone truly present to start the day off strong.
It is this scenario that inspired me to develop this Ground Beef Sausage Mini Breakfast Mini Pies recipe. I really needed it the most! I wanted a delicious, super-fast, make ahead hearty breakfast to get my entire family in the kitchen on busy mornings.
You might not think of beef immediately when you think of an easy breakfast, but you should! From a sheer practical stance, including beef as a breakfast option gives my family a strong dose of high-quality protein that helps sustain them through their busy days. In addition, the iron, zinc and B vitamins in beef are critical for healthy brain development and function both now and in the future. These Lean Beef Sausage Breakfast Pies are also a great opportunity to get in some veggies at breakfast and/or pair with some fresh fruit.
Beef is also an excellent food to include in your teen athletes’ breakfast for all the reasons listed above. From my work as a sports dietitian, I can attest that many teen athletes want to or need to eat more protein. Not only does it help keep them satisfied throughout the day but it also is crucial to help build lean muscle mass and support their performance. Breakfast often lacks high-quality, lean protein, so these make-ahead breakfast pies are a great way to start the day with a higher protein filling breakfast option too. (These also pack well in lunches or for snacks to help teen athletes easily eat the protein they need any time of day.)
Here is the simple ingredient list.
For the beef sausage you'll need:
- Lean ground beef
- Dried sage
- Maple syrup
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Ground black pepper
For the pies you'll need:
- Large eggs
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Sweet bell pepper
- Cherry tomatoes
- Fresh spinach
- Refrigerated pie doughs
- Shredded cheddar Cheese
I chose to “make” my own sausage for this recipe for a couple of reasons. First, by seasoning the beef with sausage flavors, you can use whatever grind of Ground Beef you want. Using lean ground beef keeps the nutrient content high and the fat content lower than using a pre-made sausage product. Second, I personally like a sweet and savory sausage and this seasoning combo perfectly blends a kick of spice, savory sage, and a hint of sweetness from the syrup. Trust me on this one. It’s delicious!
Tips for Recipe Success
Here are some helpful tips for executing this as a make-ahead, meal prep breakfast.
Prep all ingredients before assembling. Fully cook the Ground Beef, chop the veggies, and whisk the eggs and yogurt in a mixing bowl before working with the pie dough. Once you cut the circles out, you will have everything you need to move efficiently, reducing your prep time.
Use muffin tins for 24 pies at once, if you can. It's most efficient to make and bake all 24 pies at once, but if you don’t have enough tins, do a dozen at a time. Keep the second pie dough in the fridge until you're ready to re-use your muffin tins. You can use silicone muffin holders as an alternative to muffin tins.
Lastly, Use leftover ground beef if you have it. You don’t have to cook up the sausage in this recipe if you already have some cooked Ground Beef or Steak on hand. Simply diced it up into small pieces and add it in place of the sausage.Print
The next time you find yourself in a busy season, I hope you'll give this delicious beef breakfast sausage recipe a try!