In what world would you not be happy to see pizza for breakfast? And in what world would your kids not be happy to see pizza for breakfast? A weird alternate universe world, that’s what world.
Sometimes I do breakfast pizzas on an English muffin, but when you use pizza dough, now that’s a true breakfast pizza. Weekends are a great time to play around with this concept, but if you leave the dough out overnight, you can actually get this together in the morning, or use a refrigerated pre-rolled pizza dough (see Note) for even more convenience.
Besides being just plain fun, and just plain delicious, a bacon, cheese and egg breakfast pizza helps you get in all-important grams of protein in the morning, which is important for both kids and adults. Getting enough protein in the morning can help you all feel fuller longer, which helps you concentrate better at school and at work – we all know how droopy that mid-morning slump can feel. One of the easiest and kid-friendliest ways to bump up the protein of whatever breakfast you decide on is to add a glass of wholesome milk, one 8 ounce glass has 8 grams of high-quality protein, and 9 essential nutrients.
Tanya Altmann, MD, is a big fan of a protein-packed nutritious breakfast for the whole family. She says, “Mornings are often rushed, but a nutritious breakfast is so important to fuel a successful school day. You can prep many healthy breakfasts the night before to help save time in the morning.”
Here are some of Dr, Altmann’s examples:
- Make scrambled eggs, omelets or hard boiled eggs the night before. Quickly warm in the microwave in the morning and pair with milk and whole grain bread (you can even make an egg sandwich) for your kids to enjoy before they head out the door.
- Pre-make healthy whole grain oatmeal, or pour into a bowl at night so you can just add milk and microwave for a minute or two to cook in morning.
- Pre-pour cereal in covered bowls and keep milk on lower refrigerator shelf so kids can help themselves in the morning.
And with a bit more time, a breakfast bacon egg and cheese pizza (with a glass of cold milk) is one mighty fine way to kickstart your day.
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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Pizza
- 1 pound pizza dough see Note
- Olive oil as needed
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
- 4 large eggs beaten
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 cup diced fresh tomato
- 1½ cups shredded fresh mozzarella
- 4 pieces thick cut bacon try turkey bacon, cooked until crisp
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or ½ teaspoon dried
- ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives to serve, optional
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Stretch the pizza dough onto the baking sheet until it is a rectangle or circle about ½-inch thick. It may spring back as you stretch it. Allow it to rest between gentle pulls until it holds its shape and remains ½-inch thick. Brush the top lightly with olive oil.
- Bake the dough for about 8 minutes until it is fairly firm, and lightly browned, but not cooked through.
- While the dough is baking, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium low heat. In a small bowl beat the eggs, season with salt and pepper, and scramble in the pan, stopping when they are still fairly wet. Transfer them to a plate.
- When the dough is partially cooked scatter the mostly cooked eggs over the top, then scatter over the tomatoes, the mozzarella and then the bacon. Sprinkle the oregano and Parmesan over all. Return the pizza to the oven and bake for another 10 or so minutes until the dough is cooked through and the cheese is melty. Remove from the oven, let sit for 1 minute, cut into wedges, and serve hot, with a glass of cold milk.
Note:You can use any store-bought pizza dough, which is available at many supermarkets. If you can find the super-convenient type that is rolled up in a tube in the dairy aisle, that saves you a bit of stretching and pulling, which can be fun, but takes a bit longer.
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