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Happy Heart Strata (Serves 6)

This type of make-ahead breakfast casserole has long been a friend to the cook with weekend or holiday guests.  Here is a scrumptious healthy heart version that’s lower in fat and cholesterol and features fat free milk.

Vegetable cooking spray
3 cups cubed French bread
3/4 cup diced lean cooked ham
2 tablespoons diced sweet red pepper
1 cup shredded, reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
1 and 1/3 cups fat free milk
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

1. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.

2. Place bread cubes in baking dish.

3. Layer ham, red pepper and cheese over bread; set aside.

4. Combine milk, egg substitute, dry mustard, onion powder and white pepper. Thoroughly mix together; pour over layered ingredients.

5. Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.

6. Remove from refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes.

7. Bake, uncovered, in preheated 350 degree oven 30 minutes, until mixture is set.

8. Serve immediately.

 

Nutritional information per serving:
153 calories, 5 grams fat, 15 grams protein, 12 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram fiber, 22 milligrams cholesterol, 441 milligrams sodium