Make-Ahead Holiday Breakfast

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Twas the night before Christmas?

And all through the house
only one creature was stirring–
and it wasn’t a mouse.

The breakfast the night before, keeping it in the refrigerator overnight, with only the chore of turning on the oven and drinking a cup of coffee waiting for me in the morning. I like this on any weekend morning but I particularly appreciate this “make ahead” technique the night before Christmas or any major holiday. It’s become a tradition in our house.

Just in case you don’t know what holiday morning breakfast dish you can make the night before, here are 3 recipes to get you started. They have all been lowered in calories and fat (with an emphasis on increasing fiber and better fats when possible) and they all fit in the WebMD saturated fat, 2.1 g monounsaturated fat, 1.8 g polyunsaturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 537 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 20 percent

Christmas Strata

After talking with a few friends and neighbors, I discovered, to my surprise, that many people celebrate Christmas morning with an egg strata type dish. It actually makes sense — it’s a complete breakfast all rolled into one breakfast entrée (except the fruit). This recipe contains bread, a serving or two from the meat and egg group, some vegetables and some dairy. That pretty much covers it.

7 slices of whole wheat bread, cubed (not the small sized slices)
canola cooking spray
2 cooked boneless and skinless chicken saturated fat, 2.3 g monounsaturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 398 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 33 percent

Per serving (using sugar): 340 calories, 6 g protein, 63 g carbohydrate, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 4.1 g monounsaturated fat, 2.6 g polyunsaturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 398 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 21 percent.