Enjoy a Healthier Easter Brunch
A delicious Easter brunch with family and friends doesn’t have to be packed with calories, sugars and fats. Whip up one of these recipes from Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services for a lighter brunch option.
EASTER BRUNCH FRENCH TOAST
Serves 12| Serving Size: 1-1½” think slices
- 12 slices of day-old French bread, 1½” thick
- 4 eggs (or 2 eggs + ½ cup Egg Beaters)
- 4 cup low-fat milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1½ Tbsp. fresh lemon peel/zest
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Grease two 9×13 glass pans (do not use metal). Divide bread between the pans.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, ¼ cup sugar, lemon peel/zest, vanilla and salt.
- Pour mixture evenly over bread. Let soak 5 minutes.
- Turn bread over, cover and chill for 12 hours.
- Preheat oven to 325◦F.
- Mix 1 Tbsp. sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle over bread.
- Bake uncovered 30 to 45 minutes.
- Serve at once, with powdered sugar, fresh fruit and maple syrup.
- 305 calories
- 4 g fat
- 1 g saturated fat
- 66 mg cholesterol
- 2 g fiber
- 12.5 g protein
- 716 mg sodium
- 109 g carbohydrates
*Nutrient Analysis uses 4 eggs and does not include toppings
Recipe provided by Kathy Duran-Thal, RDN, LD
CHICKEN SAUSAGE SLOW-COOKER BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- One 12-oz package of cooked smoked chicken sausage with apple, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 leek, white and light green part only (or 2 green onions)
- 8 eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup low-fat milk
- ¾ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (approximately 3 oz)
- Coat a 4-quart slow-cooker with cooking spray; set aside.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add sausage; cook for 6-8 minutes or until brown.
- Add sweet potato, red bell pepper and leek; cook for 3-5 minutes or just until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Transfer sausage mixture to the prepared slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl, combine eggs and milk. Stir in ½ cup of the cheese.
- Pour egg mixture over sausage mixture in cooker.
- Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 1-2½ hours or until eggs are set.
- Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup cheese.
- Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
- 247 calories
- 16 g fat
- 6 g sat fat
- 146 mg cholesterol
- 1 g fiber
- 495 mg sodium
Recipe provided by Cindy Kleckner, RDN, LD, FAND