Savory Breakfast Casserole

Photo: Karry Hosford
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.

Yield:

2 casseroles, 3 servings per pan

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Nutritional Information

Calories 316
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fat 9.2 g
Satfat 4.3 g
Monofat 2 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 30 g
Carbohydrate 26.7 g
Fiber 2.2 g
Cholesterol 162 mg
Iron 3.2 mg
Sodium 864 mg
Calcium 347 mg

Ingredients

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)
Cooking spray

Preparation

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 3. 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.

Note:

Barbara Seelig Brown,

March 2003