Ditch the Guilt with this Breakfast Casserole
By Lauren Stobbie, Health and Fitness Program Supervisor
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and casseroles just happen to be one of my favorite holiday breakfast dishes! I usually only have them around the holidays so it’s always something that I look forward to. There is just something special about waking up to a warm casserole filled with bacon, eggs, and cheese. This recipe is jam packed with nutritious ingredients and has about half the calories of your traditional bread casserole. It has a creamy texture inside with crispy bread pieces on top. Enjoy!
4 center-cut bacon slices
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (about 1 medium onion)
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
6 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
6 ounces crusty whole-grain bread, cut into 1-in. cubes
3 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
4 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium until crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings in skillet; discard any remaining drippings. Finely chop bacon; set aside.
- Add onion and garlic to drippings in skillet over medium-high heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is browned and tender, about 10 minutes. Add spinach; cook until spinach wilts, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Toss together chopped bacon, onion mixture, bread cubes, and cheese in a large bowl. Arrange mixture evenly in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Combine milk, yogurt, eggs, egg whites, mustard, pepper, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until well combined. Pour evenly over bread mixture. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover baking dish; let casserole stand at room temperature as oven preheats. Bake in preheated oven until top of casserole is browned and a knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour.