Maurie"s Egg Casserole

I serve this for my family every holiday we have a brunch and it is always a big hit. And I use turkey sausage instead of ham steak.

olive oil cooking spray
1½ C finely chopped red or yellow onion
1 C finely chopped red or green bell pepper, or a combination
6 slices whole-wheat bread, cubed(from a light, fluffy loaf, not a dense one; about 70 calories per slice)
5 oz (about 2 C) finely shredded Cabot’s 75% Light Cheddar cheese, or your favorite low-fat Cheddar
A pound of turkey sausage
2½ C egg substitute
¼ C fat-free milk
2 t dry mustard
½ t black pepper
⅛ t salt

Lightly mist a medium nonstick skillet with olive oil spray and place it over medium heat. Put in the onion and bell pepper. Cook until the veggies are tender and the excess liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, lightly mist an 11-by-7-inch ovenproof glass or ceramic baking dish with the cooking spray. Spread half of the bread evenly in the dish to form a layer. Then evenly layer half of the cheese, followed by half of the onion mixture, then half of the ham. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, making sure they are evenly distributed all the way to the edges of the dish and not mounded in the center. Set aside.

Combine the egg substitute, milk, mustard, black pepper and salt in a large measuring cup or medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, cheese, veggies and turkey sausage. Use a fork to very gently press the ingredients into the liquid without mashing them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 40–45 minutes, until the egg is set in the center. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5–10 minutes. Cut the casserole into six pieces and serve immediately. Makes six servings.

Per serving: 209 calories; 23 g protein; 22 g carbohydrates; 4 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 3 g fiber; 740 mg sodium.

Traditional version: 456 calories; 22 g protein; 30 g carbohydrates; 27 g fat; 15 g saturated fat; 178 mg cholesterol; fiber n/a; 824 mg sodium.

You save 247 calories; 23 g fat; 14 g saturated fat.

Recipe from The Most Decadent Diet Ever! by Devin Alexander (Broadway 2008).