Asparagus, Bacon and Cheese Strata

Stratas make an excellent breakfast or brunch, and they give you the perfect opportunity to use up leftover vegetables, lean meats and day-old bread.

Ingredients

2 tsp olive oil, or vegetable oil

4 slice(s) uncooked turkey bacon, diced

1/2 cup(s) onion(s), diced

2 cup(s) asparagus, fresh, or frozen and thawed, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 spray(s) cooking spray

6 slice(s) light whole wheat bread

4 large egg(s)

5 large egg white(s)

3/4 cup(s) fat-free skim milk

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 tsp table salt

1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, about 4 oz

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add onion and asparagus; sauté until vegetable are soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove vegetables from pan and set aside.
  • Preheat broiler.
  • Off heat, coat same skillet with cooking spray. Arrange bread slices tightly in bottom of skillet.In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, milk, mustard, salt and pepper; pour over bread and allow milk mixture to soak in entirely (like when you make French toast). Sprinkle bread with 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.
  • Place skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Cook, shaking pan frequently to promote even cooking, until almost cooked through to the top, about 4 or 5 minutes.
  • Place skillet under broiler to set eggs, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from broiler; top with bacon-vegetable mixture, cheddar cheese and remaining tablespoon of Parmesan cheese. Place skillet under broiler again until cheese melts, about 1 to 2 minutes. Slice into 6 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.

Points Plus=5 (This is a Weight Watchers recipe on their new Points Plus program- I joined yesterday).

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