The vegetarian sausage adds a lot of sage flavor to the casserole and doesn't need to be precooked. The sausage often comes in a tube and is usually located in the refrigerated area of the produce section, near the tofu. Although we call this dish a breakfast casserole, you can serve it for dinner with sautéed greens or roasted red-skinned potatoes.
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 large egg whites
4 large eggs
14 ounces meatless fat-free sausage, crumbled (such as Gimme Lean!)
4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed white bread (about 4 1/2 ounces)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine the milk, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, green onions, and next 5 ingredients (green onions through eggs), stirring with a whisk.
Divide sausage and bread evenly between 2 (8 x 4-inch) loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture evenly between pans. Top each pan with 1/4 cup cheese.
Cover each pan with foil. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
To freeze unbaked casserole: Prepare through Step Cover with plastic wrap, pressing to remove as much air as possible. Wrap with heavy-duty foil. Store in freezer for up to 2 months.
To prepare frozen unbaked casserole: Thaw completely in refrigerator (about 24 hours). Preheat oven to 350º. Remove foil; reserve foil. Remove plastic wrap; discard wrap. Cover casserole with reserved foil; bake at 350º for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 50 minutes or until bubbly.
This takes a long time to bake, but the aroma is wonderful. Skim milk works well. The recipe says 3 servings per loaf pan, but we got 4 large servings. Works well as breakfast for dinner if you add a vegetable. I wouldn't serve this for breakfast because the total prep and baking time is 90 minutes. Don't be tempted to increase the salt as the sausage is salty. I used Morningstar Farms links and cut them in 1/2" pieces.
I really enjoyed this, and it smelled amazing while it was in the oven. I diced up the Morningstar breakfast 'sausage' patties and used wheat bread, since that is what I had on hand. Those were the only substitutions though. This was really easy and I will definitely make it again.
This is definitely easy to make, and it's quite good. I used skim milk, Kraft Cracker Barrel Vermont Cheddar, and subbed the MorningStar Farms veggie sausage links (chopped up) as I couldn't find patties. It's incredibly filling as well - I am typically starving by lunch time, but this keeps be satisfied longer.
I'm on Weight Watchers, and a serving comes out to 7 Points+, which is totally reasonable! I'll make this again for sure.
This was pretty good and extremely easy. I made it with leftover sourdough rye bread and that added a nice flavor. It's definitely a great recipe to make on Sunday and then eat the first half of the week. Not eggy, for those who don't like eggy breakfasts. This will be a standard for us.