But we know that sometimes the chaos of trying to get them out the door in the morning makes this a challenge. So we created this breakfast with that in mind.
Assembled entirely the night before, this warm and satisfying breakfast casserole has all the makings of a great start to the day — whole-grains, lean protein, even some fruit. All you have to do in the morning is turn on the oven and pop the casserole in for a few minutes. And consider saving a piece for yourself to rewarm for lunch with a salad.
WHOLE-GRAIN APPLE AND HAM BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
Start to finish: 10 minutes active, overnight refrigeration, 35 minutes baking
4 ounces deli-sliced ham, chopped
3 apples, peeled, cored and diced
6 slices whole-grain bread, cubed
1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
8 egg whites
3/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
The night before, in a medium casserole dish toss together the ham, apples, bread cubes and cheese. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat together the egg whites and fat-free half-and-half. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and meat. Use a fork to gently press the bread to help it absorb the liquid. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the casserole. Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate until morning.
When ready to bake, heat the oven to 375 F.
Bake the casserole, covered, for 20 minutes, then uncover and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 160 calories; 30 calories from fat (19 per cent of total calories); 3 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 10 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrate; 12 g protein; 2 g fiber; 440 mg sodium.