Bring on the madness

March Madness is officially heeeeeeere. I look forward to this all year, and it always go by so quickly! Trying to savor it. I’ve spent some time this morning working on my bracket, and do this every time a Sportscenter announcer says they believe Arizona will make it to the Final Four.


(This is my favorite band member and he has the SWEETEST dance moves. Never graduate.)

Today was pretty chill. I taught BODYPUMP -and switched it up by using some older tracks- and took Livi her gymnastics class.

This is the latest Suja obsession: it tastes like a creamy dessert. I’m going to try and replicate it at home. 


Breakfast this morning was leftovers from last night, which turned out 283748x better than I anticipated. I mean, if you’re going to put goat cheese and egg together in a dish and bake it, it’s destined to be tasty, but this was amaaaaazing.

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I figured we’d have plenty of leftovers to photograph this morning in the sunlight, and we ate more than half the pan. The Pilot and I happily finished it this morning. 😉

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I’m happy everyone in the family seemed to love it. We’ve been in a bit of a chicken rut lately, and I’ve been trying to explore some different options. Grilled chicken or salmon has become our default, and I used to make so many vegetarian dinners on a regular basis. I’m trying to add some spice back into the rotation.

Since Easter is just around the corner, and visions of my nana’s famous egg dish dance in my head, I thought I’d whip up something similar, using my favorite cheeses (goat cheese and Manchego!) and also make it gluten-free for my gf friends. If you’re looking for a spring brunch idea, or just trying to switch up the dinner rotation, I must say that this is an excellent choice.

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The bottom layer is creaming goat cheese, layered with savory green chiles,

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fluffy egg, and golden cheese on top. It’s delicious by itself, but especially amazing with chunky salsa and wrapped in a tortilla.

Just dooooo it.

Green chile and egg breakfast casserole


Green chile breakfast casserole

A savory breakfast option, and is perfect to make ahead for family parties and brunches. Serve with fresh fruit, tortillas for wrapping and salsa.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 8 1x


  • 5 oz creamy goat cheese
  • 5 whole green chiles
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup grated manchego


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a 13×10 inch baking dish with olive oil or nonstick spray.
  2. 2. Crumble the goat cheese and distribute evenly on the bottom of the dish.
  3. 3. Gently place the green chiles on the dish, using more as needed. (You don’t need to cover the bottom of the dish entirely.
  4. 4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and almond milk. Whisk in the almond meal, baking powder, and season well with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  5. 3. Stir in 1/2 cup of the manchego and pout the mixture into the baking dish.
  6. 4. Top with the rest of the manchego.
  7. 5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and set.


  • Serving Size: 8

What did you have for breakfast today? Are you into March Madness or notsomuch? Who’s your team??

Have a great night! See ya in the morning with a new workout.



Check in with today’s workout here!

More beloved eggtastic breakfast recipes:

Breakfast rellenos

Fiesta breakfast casserole

Eggs in a basket (Whole30 style)

Cheesy broccoli egg muffins

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  1. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on March 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Gina! Sounds delish! I had a Greek yogurt/fruit/nut bowl for breakfast, as I’m usually into a sweeter first meal of the day. And my husband works for an NBA team (the Warriors, obviously!), but I’m not that into college basketball. Good luck with your bracket!! 🙂 Have a great night. I’m off to teach BODYATTACK!

  2. Taca @ A Side Of Dessert on March 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Oh this looks delicious! I had some oatmeal hemp pancakes this morning and they were quite delicious as well. I’m part of a pool for March madness this year. First time ever! I seriously have no idea where to start with my bracket so I’ll be doing a bit of research tonight. Wish me luck!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      that sounds amazing!! 🙂 hope your bracket goes well. where’d you put az? haha

  3. Annie B on March 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Making this tomorrow! Oh my gosh, sounds so perfect!! 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      let me know what you think! <3

  4. katie M on March 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Bear Down Arizona!!! Fellow Wildcat, class of 2006! I love March Madness every year and I have a good feeling about this year! Having Brandon Ashley healthy could just be the thing we need to make it this year! I can’t wait for the tourney! My prediction is Kentucky vs AZ!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      BEAR DOWN! i totally agree. between ashley, johnson, rondae, and TJ… i think we’ll be ok 😉

  5. Britt@MyOwnBalance on March 16, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    That looks so delicious! I’ve been in a huge chicken rut too. I really want to start making some really interesting veg meals.

  6. Elle on March 16, 2015 at 4:08 pm


  7. Sam on March 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I cheer for the VT hokies. Their basketball team is, ahem, not the best though so I’m not too much into march madness.

  8. RachelG on March 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    After last years epic march madness with my alma mater, UConn taking the mens and womens championships I figure I’ll let other teams have some fun this year. 😉

    That dish looks so savory and delicious!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      so kind of you, haha 😉

  9. Kate @ on March 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I love, love, love that quote!

  10. Kary on March 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    This looks so good! I don’t think I can sneak goat cheese past my hubby…any suggestions on a different cheese that would work? 🙂

  11. Beth @ Running with the Sunrise on March 16, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Ooh, I don’t think I would have thought of doing chiles for breakfast, but I love all variations on a Mexican theme, so I’ll have to give this a try sometime. How do you like that book? I have a perpetually growing list of yoga books that I want to read. Someday. When I get free time. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      i love it so far. i’m reading it slowly so i can soak everything in 🙂

  12. Jennifer Lattin on March 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I love goat cheese. This morning, breakfast was maple pumpkin oatmeal (cottage cheese added for protein.)
    Hubby and I are in the “not so much” category of sports. Buuuuut we are from KY originally, so, GO WILDCATS!

  13. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on March 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Oh my yum!! That looks fabulous!

    We’re doing a bracket at work and I literally just clicked pick random. haha I know nothing about sports.

  14. Leslie on March 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Yum! Kicking breakfast up a notch! That looks tasty…& I’m hungry. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Yum! I’m really good about rotating my dinners and getting a variety of vegetables, grains and proteins. Something I’m not good at is mixing up my lunches. They always seem to be the same thing over and over->canned tuna, brussels sprouts & a handful of sweet potatoes on lettuce with mustard. I’m looking for something new for summer. Maybe I should start eating eggs for lunch since I love them!

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      egg salad is such a good and easy option!

  16. Alyssa on March 16, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I’m a Wisconsin Badger, so I do the exact opposite of that dance when I hear analysts say that the Wildcats will make it to the Final Four. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      you guys beat us last year! i’ve heard a lot of people say that the az vs. wisconsin game will be the craziest one in the tournament

    • Jennifer M on March 17, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      I’m also a Wisconsin Badger and I believe we can beat those Wildcats back to back tourneys! Watch out!

      • Fitnessista on March 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

        *covers ears*

  17. Crystal on March 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Omg that egg casserole sounds so good. Is there anything better than eggs+cheese+chiles? (The answer is no). I might have to make this sooooon 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      i think no 🙂 let me know how it turns out!

  18. Amanda M. on March 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm


  19. amelia@i_heart_kale on March 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    I love that suja flavor too. Not too shabby nutritional stats either. If I’m pressed for time I grab one. I also sometimes add it to the blender with frozen spinach to get in extra veggies. Can’t taste it!!
    I’ve tried replicating it and have come very close. I used:
    1 frozen banana
    1 tbsp almond butter, raw unsalted
    Dash cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice
    1/3 c. almond/coconut milk blend by silk
    1/2 c. Pastuerized liquid egg whites (instead of the hemp/pea protein)
    1/2 c frozen spinach.
    Vanilla extract
    So good!! If you want it sweeter, you can add a date or two.

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      ahhh thank you so much for posting this! can’t wait to try 🙂

  20. Alana on March 16, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Yeahhh Bear Down!!!
    That casserole sounds delish, especially with some roasted (and hot!) Hatch green chile.

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      BEAR DOWN 🙂

  21. Charlsie N on March 17, 2015 at 4:39 am

    BEAR DOWN!!!! Cheering them on from Ohio!

  22. Kris on March 17, 2015 at 5:20 am

    That Suja looks amazing! Where can you buy those?

  23. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on March 17, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Yum!! Manchego and goat cheese are two of my favorites 🙂

  24. Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey on March 17, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I LOVE green chiles in egg casseroles! I will have to try this soon! 🙂

  25. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on March 17, 2015 at 6:21 am

    What an absolutely delicious sounding dish!! Thanks for sharing. I love when I see vegetarian dishes popping up on here 🙂

  26. Erin on March 17, 2015 at 6:27 am

    That video of the band member is AMAZING!

  27. Tracy on March 17, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Yum! Putting this on the menu for next week!

    I had a green smoothie in honor of St Patty’s Day 🙂

    Go Jayhawks!!!!!!

  28. Elizabeth on March 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    That casserole looks awesome, but do you recommend anything in place of the goat cheese? Not a fan at all unfortunately.

    Go HEELS!

  29. Katie on March 17, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Go Cats…as in, Ky Wildcats!!! This is our year! 🙂

  30. Amanda on March 23, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    We had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! We had it with some greek yogurt, salsa, avocado, and cilantro. Oh and I heated up some black beans to go along side. Both my husband and I loved it (and that’s saying a lot since he is usually suspicious when there’s not “real” protein involved…i.e. chicken/beef/fish etc…haha)!

  31. Sarah @ on March 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Gina – is there a nut-free substitute for the almond meal & milk?

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