Cheddar Mushroom Breakfast Squares
2 teaspoons butter
2 cups sliced button mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced green onions (including tops)
6 slices country style bread
2 cups shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese
2 cups 1% milk
2 cups egg substitute
1 teaspoon red pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8-inch square pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
Melt butter in medium skillet, over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook 5 minutes or until softened and brown on edges. Stir in sliced green onions; set aside.
Cut bread into cubes. Place 1/2 the cubes in bottom of prepared baking dish. Scatter 1/2 the mushroom and 1/2 the shredded cheese over bread cubes. Layer remaining bread and mushrooms on top; set aside.
In a large bowl, beat milk, egg substitute, pepper sauce and salt. Pour milk mixture over bread cubes; top with remaining cheese. Cover dish and refrigerate until morning or bake immediately.
Cover with foil, bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until top is puffed, cheese is browned at edges and middle is set. Let cool 5 minutes; cut into 9 squares.
Nice way to start off breakfast. Recipe may be prepared ahead, covered and refrigerated over night. Bake as directed in morning. Recipe was created by 3-A-Day of Dairy. Serves 9
This is a nice tasting recipe, which is also low in calories, fat, and cholesterol. May substitute regular cheese and 8 fresh eggs; calories will be 280, fat 16 g, cholesterol 220 mg, and calcium 30%. Most of the calories and fat are from the eggs. You may wish to consider using part regular and part reduced fat product.
Breakfast Boosts Brain Power
This week is National School Breakfast Week – why a week just for school breakfast?
* good reminder we all need to eat breakfast BECAUSE…
* kids (and adults) do better with breakfast (better concentration and learning, make fewer errors, more creative, work faster)
* less like to be late, absent, have headache or stomach ache that distract or send them to school nurse)
* fewer behavior problems (less fights, get along easier)
* what’s good for kids is also good for adults
But what if you’re not hungry first thing in the morning?
* start small – eat just a little
* get ready for work/school first
* pack a grab-and-go breakfast for later in the morning
How can we make sure our kids eat breakfast?
1. Keep breakfast foods on hand (have at least 2 easy-to-serve items)
2. Keep breakfast foods highly visible and convenient to grab
3. Be a role model – eat breakfast
4. Encourage kids to eat breakfast at school if you don’t get a chance at home
Wherever your child eats breakfast,
Whether it’s hot or whether it’s cold,
Breakfast boosts Brain Power,
and that’s as good as gold!