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Try this healthier Italian Sausage Egg Bake

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 7:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 1:24 p.m. CDT
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Betty Crocker 300 calorie comfort food 300 favorite recipes for eating healthy every day, including a healthier Italian Sausage Egg Bake. (Akron Beacon Journal/MCT)

Christmas is over and it’s time when many of us will start our New Year’s resolutions and take on a healthier lifestyle.

Just in time, Betty Crocker is out with a new cookbook, “300 Calorie Comfort Food” ($19.99, softcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which takes all of the traditional favorites and lightens them up so they are 300 calories or less per serving.

The book includes 300 recipes, including breakfast dishes like this Healthified Italian Sausage Egg Bake, which would work nicely for a New Year’s Day brunch.

HEALTHIFIED ITALIAN SAUSAGE EGG BAKE

¾ lb. lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed

1 medium onion, chopped (½ cup)

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 box (9 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained

4 cups frozen country-style shredded hash brown potatoes (from a 30-oz. bag), thawed

2 cups shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz.)

2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

12 eggs

¾ cups fat-free (skim) milk

1 tsp. dried basil leaves

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

In a 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 1 to 2 minutes longer until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in spinach.

Spray a 13-by-9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In baking dish, stir together the chopped sausage mixture, potatoes and cheeses. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, basil, salt and pepper. Pour over mixture in baking dish. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight but no longer than 24 hours.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake covered 1 hour. Uncover, bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until center is set. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 12 servings.

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