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potato and egg breakfast casserole

05 Apr

You know that hash brown casserole that you find at brunch potlucks?  The one with the corn flakes on top?  I have good news and bad news for you.  I calculated a random hash brown casserole from allrecipes.com and came up with a total of 99 PointsPlus for the 9×13 pan, with each serving having 22 grams of fat!  That’s the bad news, for both you and your cholesterol level.  The good news is that I have a lightened up version that will satisfy the “I need something cheesy and potatoey for breakfast” craving.  The whole recipe has 39 PointsPlus, and each serving has less than 3 grams of fat.  Yeah!

The only down-side to this recipe is that it needs to cook for a little over an hour in the oven.  Not the most convenient weekday breakfast.  Lucky for me, we have a new “houseguest” named Wilbur who gets 5 am walks with my daughter and husband.  I assembled the dish the night before and then had Marc put the casserole in the oven before their walk.  The rest of the house woke up to a hot breakfast an hour later 🙂

I made mine pretty plain, with just sautéed onions.  Try adding a cup of mushrooms or red peppers (sautéed with a little non-stick spray).  The PointsPlus don’t change!  Or add 3 ounces of turkey bacon, crumbled (will increase the PointsPlus by 1 per serving).

Potato and Egg Breakfast Casserole

  • 16 ounces frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 12 ounces fat-free evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion, sautéed in non-stick spray until browned and soft
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 ounces low-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat a 8×8 pan with non-stick spray.  Layer hash browns, sautéed onions and cheese (and other vegetables or turkey bacon if using).  In a small mixing bowl, combine evaporated milk, egg whites, and salt.  Pour evenly over ingredients.  Cover and bake for one hour.  Uncover and bake another 5 minutes or until top is slightly browned.  Makes 8 servings.

Recipe adapted from Heart Healthy Recipes.

Using the Weight Watcher’s Recipe Builder:

8 servings= 5 PointsPlus

6 servings= 6 PointsPlus

4 servings= 9 PointsPlus.

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2 responses to “potato and egg breakfast casserole

  1. Kay

    April 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

    it sounds great! Am i missing a print icon? Is there a way to print the recipes easily, besides cutting and pasting the verbiage into a word doc? I want to keep my favs of yours.

     
    • kelly@dailyhomemade

      April 6, 2012 at 10:01 am

      I don’t currently have a print option 😦 I’m going to look into adding one. Happy Easter Kay!!!

       

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