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Broccoli-Cheese Strata

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray
  • 12 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 10 oz pkg frozen chopped broccoli, thawed (or 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli)
  • 4 oz shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz shredded low-fat Swiss cheese

Directions

  1. Spray a square casserole dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.
  2. Cut off the bread crusts with a knife. Cut each bread slice in half lengthwise.
  3. Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk. Add the Parmesan cheese and pepper and mix with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  4. Place 6 half-slices of bread on the bottom of the glass casserole dish.
  5. Cover the bread slices with some chopped broccoli. Sprinkle some cheddar and Swiss cheese. Repeat the same sequence (bread, broccoli, cheddar, Swiss) three more times.
  6. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours).
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes or until lightly golden in color. Using oven mitts, remove the casserole from the oven.
  9. Cut into 6 servings. Use the spatula to serve.

Note: Children may find it helpful to divide the broccoli, cheddar cheese, and Swiss cheese into 4 equal portions so they will have reserved enough ingredients for each layer.


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