The overnight breakfast casseroles are a great time saver since you assemble everything the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning all you have to do is pop it in the oven. While it bakes, cut up some fresh fruit, make coffee and you have instant breakfast! Just to be different I assembled this in the morning, let it sit in the refrigerator all day and then baked it for an evening meal.
We like having breakfast foods for our evening meal. One time when my children were young the neighbor boy was over playing. I was getting ready to fix dinner and we were having pancakes that night and he had never heard of having breakfast for the evening meal. He was so excited about it and he went home to tell his dad what we were having. He came back a few days later and let us know that his dad fixed him pancakes for dinner! Growing up in the Midwest we had breakfast foods like pancakes and eggs for the evening meal quite often.
This photo was taken in the evening so it’s really dark! I miss natural light for food photos. All of the flavor in this recipe comes from the sausage and the cheese. Be sure and use a spicy sausage – mine was too mild. Extra Sharp Cheddar will add tons of flavor. Since the sausage was mild I added a teaspoon of thyme and 1/4 teaspoon sage and two diced green onions. Although very filling it was still pretty mild flavor wise for me but hubby Tom really liked it. He had the leftovers a couple more times so I guess he found it to be tasty! This recipe got rave reviews on the Cooking Light web site. For myself I prefer the Sausage Cheese Egg Muffins which has been one of the most popular recipes on my blog.
Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
- 12 ounces turkey breakfast sausage
- 2 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 2 cups egg substitute
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 3 large eggs
- 16 (1-ounce) slices white bread
- 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- Cooking spray
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring and breaking sausage to crumble. Remove from heat; cool.
2. Combine milk and next 6 ingredients (through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk.
3. Trim crusts from bread. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes. Add bread cubes, sausage, and cheddar cheese to milk mixture, stirring to combine. Pour bread mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking or 3-quart casserole dish coated with cooking spray, spreading egg mixture evenly in baking dish. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350°.
5. Remove casserole from refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes. Sprinkle casserole evenly with paprika. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes.
My Notes: I added 1 teaspoon dried Thyme & 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage, two sliced green onions and used a soft sourdough bread and left the crust on. Would use a spicier sausage next time.
Yield: 12 Servings
Amount per serving; Calories: 245, Fat: 9.2g, Saturated fat: 3.7g, Monounsaturated fat: 2g,Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g, Protein: 18.5g, Carbohydrate: 20.4g, Fiber: 0.8g, Cholesterol: 84mg, Iron: 2.5mg, Sodium: 609mg, Calcium: 185mg WWPP 6
Recipe Adapted From cooking Light April 2008
Here we are at the end of another year. I have not thought about personal goals for the new year and I don’t usually make new years resolutions. I am a constant work in progress! Hubby Tom and I do set financial goals and we have a goal of returning to daily walking and weekend hiking as soon as I am able. We can’t set a time frame on when I can resume those activities so we have to take it as it comes.
Right now I am just taking life a day at a time as my foot heals. Trying to move more and resume a few of my normal daily tasks as my foot allows. As time goes on I am able to be on it more, there is a little less swelling, less pain, the incisions are healing and I am overall feeling better.
Daughter Katy took me for a joy ride the other day. It was so much fun to get out and see the world. The sun was shining so I got a dose of Vitamin D and it truly lifted my spirits. Hubby Tom took me to Trader Joes. We went early in the morning right after they opened so it wasn’t crowded and I didn’t have to worry about anyone bumping into me or stepping on my foot! Who knew grocery shopping would seem like so much fun after being stuck at home for three weeks!
Thank you to everyone who reads this blog! And to those who feel comfortable enough to leave me such nice supportive comments I feel blessed to have your friendship. When I started this blog I could not have imagined all of the friendships that I would develop through it. Never would I have thought that so many people would be interested in what I am cooking or what I have to say. I remember how scared I was too put myself out here on such a big platform – so exposed to the world. It was one of those leaps of faith, a time to push beyond my comfort zone and take a risk. I’m so glad I did! You the reader make it all worth while – your comments and feedback are my reward.
With heartfelt gratitude I thank you.
Wishing you all a healthy Happy New Year.
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Do you make new years resolutions or set goals for the new year?
Do you like to eat breakfast foods for your evening meal?