Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WARNING: Unexpected broccoli appreciation ahead!

Knit broccoli found here
Off topic for a moment...you may have noticed that I feature knit, felt or other fake foods as the main picture in my posts.  Why?  I think they're cute.  That's it, no good reason at all.  Oh, well, and it does link back to one of my other favorite hobbies, (besides torturing my children with vegetables) knitting.

While on a search for the perfect adorable broccoli to accompany today's recipe, I came across this word: amigurumi.  Intrigued, I had to check wikipedia:

Amigurumi (編みぐるみ?, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.[1] Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features.

So there you go.  Learn something new everyday!

Back to food.

I usually make my fancy-schmancy recipes for dinner, but I came across an idea for a "breakfast muffin" that I thought would be fun...so I made it for lunch.  I don't know about you, but we don't do much more than cereal for most breakfasts.  The mornings, even in the summer, are just to hectic to try and cram in a bunch of baking too.

I took a couple of different recipes, smashed them together, used what I had on hand (go figure!), and here is what I came up with:

Breakfast Egg Muffins

1-10 oz  package Green Giant broccoli and cheese sauce, defrosted
1 cup Bisquick
1/3 cup plus 3 tbsp milk
3 eggs
3 Morningstar vegetarian sausages
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Heat oven to 350 degrees
Spray 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray
Cut broccoli into small pieces (especially for picky broccoli eaters), set aside
Mix Bisquick and milk, knead 10 times. Roll into small (about 1") balls, put about 4 into each muffin cup

Cut up sausage, mix in with broccoli
Divide sausage and broccoli mix evenly among muffin cups (about 2 tbsp per)

Beat eggs w/ 3tbsp milk, pour into muffin cups
Using a knife or spatula, gently lift biscuit balls to get egg underneath
Sprinkle with cheese

Bake for 20-25 mins, until egg mixture has stopped bubbling

Now, this may sound like a hit or miss recipe...and true, #2 hated the broccoli, #1 complained about the fake sausage, but they both ate their muffins, and said they loved everything else about them.  The real surprise is that #3 and #4 gobbled up TWO muffins each!  Plus, while eating, #3 asked, "Is this broccoli?"  As you can imagine, my mind raced with how to answer...No!...Yes!...Maybe?...What do you think it is?...She answered her own question, "Yes. It is broccoli.  Yum."


You could have knocked me over with...well, a stalk of broccoli!

Here's the official tally:

Edited to add pictures...and fix the thumbs!


  1. Look forward to trying this one! Except, oh wait, Dad won't eat broccoli....

  2. aren't your thumbs a bit wrong if #3 & #4 ate them?? Shouldn't there be at least 2 thumbs up???

  3. Whoops!! I boo-booed! I'll fix the thumbs, thanks Jean!