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Healthified Italian Sausage Egg Bake

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42% less fat • 55% less sat fat • 66% more vitamin A than the original recipe. Choose an eggs-cellent make-ahead breakfast or brunch dish that's trimmed down and ready for any gathering.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 10 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

12
oz lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1
medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
4
cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes (from 30-oz bag), thawed
2
cups reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
2
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
12
eggs
3/4
cup fat-free (skim) milk
1
teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1 Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up sausage with spoon, until no longer pink; drain if necessary. Add onion and bell pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in spinach.
  • 3 In baking dish, mix cooked sausage mixture, potatoes and cheeses. In medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, basil, salt and pepper until blended. Pour over mixture in baking dish. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake covered 1 hour. Uncover; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until center is set. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 80
  • Fat Reduced By 9g
  • Saturated Fat Reduced By 5g
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
235mg
235%;
Sodium
630mg
630%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
19g
19%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Before After
1 lb bulk Italian pork sausage 12 oz lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
3 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (12 oz) 1 box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
3/4 cup milk 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
360 (before)
280 (after)
Calories from Fat
 
 
190 (before)
110 (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
9 g (before)
4 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
21 g (before)
12 g (after)

Did You Know?

Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

If you choose to make this recipe with egg product instead of whole eggs, the texture will be a bit more moist than with the eggs. But for each serving, you'll also save 40 calories and reduce the fat by 5g.

You can use mild or hot sausage to make this hearty dish.

This recipe was developed to be a make-ahead dish but you can bake it right after assembling if you like. Bake covered for 50 minutes; uncover and bake 10 to 20 minutes longer or until center is set.

Ratings & Reviews

We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/19/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
280
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
235mg
235%;
Sodium
630mg
630%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
4g
4%
),
Protein
19g
19%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
45%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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