Thanksgiving Breakfast

Breakfast is important EVERYDAY… even days like Thanksgiving.

There are a couple of different strategies you can employ to make sure you’re not as miserable as you could be on Thanksgiving day. Here are some things I remind myself during the holiday season…

  • Eat breakfast in the morning. If you skip the most important meal of the day – you’re sure not to have any self-control later in the day.
  • Say “No, thank you.” It’s not necessary to say “Yes, please” to everything.
  • Cook less – the more you make, the more you’re likely to try to eat.
    It might be a GOOD thing to run out of food. Then maybe you could focus on something else besides food.
  • Plan some non-carbohydrate, low calorie foods to fill up your plate.
  • Play cards, football, board games, music, something, ANYTHING besides continuing to eat all. day. long.

Let’s cover the first tip: Eat Breakfast.

I’m usually up earlier than the rest of my family, so I am the designated breakfast cook. I felt like it should be something special to celebrate the holiday – balanced, but not too much food.

I settled on breakfast casserole and whole wheat nut pancakes with cinnamon apples. Too be honest, I’d never made a breakfast casserole before, but I understood the basic idea behind it. No recipe, no problem.

Thanksgiving Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

Serves 8-10


  • 6 slices whole wheat bread, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 package sausage
  • 4-6 C fresh spinach
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 C Milk
  • 2/3 C Salsa
  • 2/3 C Shredded Cheese
  • 2 Avocados, diced


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut bread and place in large casserole dish. Toast in oven 10 minutes.
  3. Brown sausage. Drain grease. Add sausage back to hot pan and cook with fresh spinach until halfway wilted – 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Remove toasted bread and add diced avocado. Top with sausage and spinach.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, whisk eggs, cheese, milk and salsa together. Pour this mixture over the top of sausage.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until middle of casserole is cooked through.

Cooking Confession: I actually ran out of time and finished this casserole off in the microwave. No problem. It was done in 6 minutes and tasted great. Don’t be afraid to improvise. My whole family loved it.

Thanksgiving Breakfast Casserole

Not to be forgotten, my mom’s contribution to breakfast. Her famous whole wheat nut pancakes.

Alternate toppings for pancakes

Happy Thanksgiving!

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