Eat Smart  |  Posted 12.23.14

Cheese and Spinach Strata

Cheese and Spinach Strata

Strata, a savory breakfast bread pudding, can be prepared the night before so the egg mixture has time to absorb into the bread, making a soft, custardy, comforting dish. Even though some people may be turned off by eggs, in this mild strata the egg flavor is not assertive.

This version includes chopped spinach for added nutrients, but you can leave it out if spinach isn't appealing. You can make the flavors stronger by adding sautéed mushrooms, tomatoes, or other ingredients if your stomach is up to it.

Use any type of leftover bread. For better texture, leave the bread out for several hours to go stale so the eggs will better soak into the bread.

Spinach is full of vitamins C, E, and K, as well as beta carotene, folate, and riboflavin. Eggs are not only high in protein, but also provide biotin, a structural component in bone and hair.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Prep Time: 30 minutes or less
Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes plus 8 hours or more refrigeration

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 5 cups cubed stale bread (about 1-inch cubes)
  • 1 cup regular or reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed of excess liquid, and patted dry
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Generously coat an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the milk and stir well to combine. Add the bread, cheese, spinach, and season with salt and pepper and stir well to combine. Transfer to the baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down to submerge the bread, and refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap and cover tightly with foil.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes our clean and the strata looks puffy. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 250; Total Fat 12; Total Carbohydrate 20 g; Dietary Fiber 2 g; Sugars 5 g; Protein 16 g; Sodium 400 mg

Source: What to Eat During Cancer Treatment, American Cancer Society