The colder it gets outside, the more we tend to crave hot and hearty meals, which is why fall and winter are the seasons when comfort food is at its peak. Aside from a winter jacket, nothing prepares you for cold, dreary or snowy weather like a hot meal or drink to warm up your body from the inside out. You will love this warm vegetarian strata recipe, which is basically a veggie egg casserole with cheese and French bread all baked together.
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Breakfast Veggie Strata Recipe [Vegetarian]
One of the best kinds of comfort food recipes that you can make during the colder seasons are breakfast casserole recipes. Not only are they delicious—cheesy, bubbly and filled with egg-y goodness, but they are also incredibly versatile. It’s easy to use eggs and whatever kind of bread, vegetables, cheese and protein you have on hand; breakfast casseroles taste good in dozens of combinations. And while some breakfast casseroles can be unhealthy, it is very easy to tweak recipes so that they are good for you.
Breakfast casseroles like this Strata also make great additions to holiday brunches. A strata is basically a breakfast casserole with eggs, cheese and bread in the mix.
This strata recipe is vegetarian and a great example of a healthy breakfast casserole. It’s low in calories (there are only 160 calories in one serving!) because it is made with egg substitute instead of shell eggs, reduced fat cheese and skim milk. Plus, it’s loaded with veggies- tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms. If you don’t like mushrooms, feel free to add diced bell peppers instead or just omit them. Serve it to overnight guests this holiday season or eat it before you head out into the chilly temperatures to be full and warm without feeling weighed down. Enjoy!
Tomato Mushroom Strata:
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Calories per Serving: 160
PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 16-oz carton Egg Beaters® Original
1/4 cup fat free milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups French bread cubes (1-inch cubes)
1-1/2 cups frozen hash brown potatoes, shredded style
1 14.5-oz can Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, drained well
1 8-oz can sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
How To Make Veggie Strata:
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Combine Egg Beaters, milk, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients; toss to coat.
Place mixture in a dish.
Bake for 50 minutes uncovered or until knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.
Printable Strata Recipe
Tip: If you don’t have French bread, choose another firm, white bread, dry bread or toasted bread. If you have French bread that goes stale, wrap it up tightly, put it in the freezer and use it the next time you want to make this recipe. A hearty bread or stale bread works perfectly since it will hold its texture better in the egg bake.
This strata recipe is perfect for winter mornings, brunch parties, and classroom breakfast parties. Enjoy and share your photos with #familyfocusblog!