What could possibly beat the feeling of waking up to a home-cooked breakfast casserole? (Especially if it’s one of our top recipes.) Whenever I think of this cozy meal, I remember the morning when Grandma Doster—with worn-out rags serving as oven mitts—would bring out a cheesy, sausage-laden casserole for me and my brother to dig into. Inevitably two (or three) slices would make their way into my mouth. Though, I’d never knock Grandma—her extra cheesy breakfast pizza casserole wasn’t the best thing for my waistline.
Now that I’m cooking for myself, I ask: Is it possible to turn all of Grandma’s cozy goodness into a healthy dish?
Believe me, friends, it is.
It was love at first bite when I tried this sausage-vegetable egg bake submitted by home cook Cathy Banks from Encinitas, California. Seriously, it was like a light was shining down from heaven when my fork met this better-for-you breakfast dish. The recipe is made healthy by utilizing a few healthy ingredients.
Instead of classic pork sausage, Banks calls for lean turkey sausage. (I love the Jennie-O brand!) The recipe also calls for part-skim mozzarella. Now, you might call me a fool, but I don’t think there’s much of a difference in flavor between full-fat and low-fat cheese—especially when it’s baked and served in a dish like this. Last, the breakfast casserole is loaded with all the fresh veg that I adore. Bring on the mushrooms and chard, please! Best part? A single serving of Cathy’s casserole is about 250 calories. Even Grandma would approve of that.
Looking for more healthy casseroles? Check out these healthy recipes sent to us from readers around the country. Each clocks in at just under 300 calories per serving.
Healthy Breakfast Casseroles
I substituted reduced-fat ingredients and reworked this recipe to fit my diet…and my tastes! Served with melon or grapes on the side, it’s ideal for overnight guests. —Cecile Brown, Chillicothe, Texas
This hearty cheese and sausage casserole is perfect for a yummy breakfast or bunch. Since it’s prepared ahead, it’s convenient for serving on special occasions when you’re hosting overnight guests. —Mary Stoddard, Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Ham ‘n’ Cheese Squares
So easy to prepare, this appetizing egg dish is loaded with ham, Swiss cheese and caraway flavor. It cuts nicely into squares, making it an ideal addition to a brunch buffet. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona
Broccoli-Turkey Brunch Casserole
I have a lot of company at Thanksgiving, and I enjoy making new things for them. I came up with this recipe as a great way to use up the leftover turkey. Don’t have any turkey leftovers? That’s ok, cooked chicken works well, too. —Kellie Mulleavy, Lambertville, Michigan
Meatless Breakfast Casseroles
Makeover Broccoli Cheddar Brunch Bake
This slimmed-down version of a favorite brunch recipe is hearty, wholesome and boasts all the gourmet flavor of the original! —Carla Weeks, Independence, Iowa
Potato Egg Bake
No one will ever guess that this nutritious, mouth-watering breakfast bake is lighter at all! Potatoes give it a hearty base, cheese and veggies pile on color and wonderful flavor. —Rena Charboneau, Gansevoort, New York
Meatless Sausage Egg Bake
Crumbled vegetarian patties make the potato casserole a hearty option that doesn’t pack on the pounds. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Green ‘n’ Gold Egg Bake
Just five ingredients are needed to assemble this pretty casserole. The firm squares have a delicious spinach flavor that’s welcome at breakfast or dinner. —Muriel Paceleo, Montgomery, New York
French Toast Casseroles
French Toast Casserole
Cinnamon and sugar top this fuss-free fare that tastes like French toast. “Since you assemble it the previous night, you save time in the morning. —Sharyn Adams, Crawfordsville, Indiana
Mixed Berry French Toast Bake
I love this recipe! Perfect for fuss-free holiday breakfasts or company, it’s scrumptious and so easy to put together the night before. —Amy Berry, Poland, Maine