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Easy Breakfast Casseroles Using Tater Tots

by Sarah Badger

Tater tots, the crispy potato nuggets that appear with kids' meals, add a crispy potato flavor and golden hue to breakfast casseroles. Purchase a large bag of frozen tater tots and experiment with easy one-dish morning meals that your family will love waking up to. Casseroles are a good way to use up leftovers or incorporate vegetables you'd like your kids to eat.

Bacon Casserole

Satisfy the bacon aficionados in your house with a bacon casserole. Cook and drain the bacon first, then layer it on the bottom of a casserole dish. Add the remainder of the ingredients to your casserole dish. Incorporate cheddar cheese and beaten eggs, plus other ingredients -- such as mushrooms, bell peppers and ranch seasoning -- your family will like. Top the whole dish with frozen tater tots and shredded cheese, then bake and serve hot.

Bread and Egg Casserole

A tater tot casserole can be a resourceful way to use a loaf of bread quickly going stale. Layer the bread on the bottom of a casserole pan, then top with a mixture of beaten eggs, milk and shredded cheese. If you like, add veggies like mushrooms, onions and bell peppers to add nutrients to your breakfast. Add flavor to your dish by seasoning the eggs with salt and pepper or a dry salad dressing mix. Sprinkle frozen tater tots across the top, cover the dish with tinfoil and bake.

Vegan Casserole

If you have a vegan in your family or you want to reduce the amount of saturated fat in your breakfast, try a vegan tater tot casserole. In addition to tater tots, mash tofu with spices, garlic and onions and layer it into the pan with shredded, store-bought vegan cheese. Include frozen vegan breakfast meat substitutes like soy sausage, if you like, then top the whole dish with more frozen tater tots.

Slow-Cooker Casserole

Make your casserole overnight in a slow-cooker to wake up to a completely cooked breakfast. Layer the ingredients you want to include in your casserole, such as bacon, sausage, ground beef, an egg and milk mixture, creamed soups, ranch-flavored seasoning, vegetables and cheese, making sure to include tater tots on the top and bottom. Put your slow-cooker on low for 10 to 12 hours and serve. If your casserole includes eggs, make sure they are thoroughly cooked before you turn off the slow-cooker.

About the Author

Sarah Badger is a certified pilates and group fitness instructor, writer and dance teacher. Her work has appeared in "Dance Spirit" magazine and several literary journals. Badger earned her bachelor's degree in English and religious studies from Marymount Manhattan College, and currently owns a dance and fitness studio in upstate New York.

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