Vegetable-Cheese Strata


Start this cheesy strata the night before to wake up to a delicious, hearty breakfast.

Vegetable-Cheese Strata
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
50 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 5 cup cubed whole wheat baguette-style French bread

  • 4 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 cup chopped red sweet pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cup sliced fresh cremini mushrooms

  • 3 cup lightly packed fresh spinach leaves

  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (4 oz.)

  • cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

  • 8 eggs

  • 8 egg whites

  • 1 ¾ cup fat-free milk

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Lightly coat a 3-qt. rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of the bread cubes in prepared dish.

  2. In a large skillet heat 2 tsp. of the oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, sweet pepper, and garlic; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from skillet. Add remaining 2 tsp. oil to skillet. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until tender. Add spinach; cook until slightly wilted. Stir in onion mixture.

  3. In a small bowl stir together both cheeses; reserve 1/3 cup of the cheese mixture. Spread half of the vegetable mixture over bread cubes in dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture. Layer with remaining bread cubes and vegetable mixture.

  4. In a large bowl whisk together remaining ingredients. Slowly pour over layered mixture in dish. Cover and chill overnight.

  5. Preheat oven to 325°F. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes; sprinkle with reserved 1/3 cup cheese mixture. Bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until a knife comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

285 Calories
12g Fat
24g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 285
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 200mg 67%
Sodium 686mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 31.9mg 160%
Calcium 272.6mg 21%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 362mg 8%
Folate, total 84.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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