##### Save the heels!
- If your family aren’t fans of the end slices, don’t waste them! Croutons and breadcrumbs aren’t the only way to use up leftover bread heels and the odd-slices-out with no sandwich match. This recipe is a scrumptiously savvy way to squeeze all the sprouted whole grain value out of every loaf! Simply freeze them until you have 10 – 12 heels, thaw, then use as you would full-size slices in this recipe. (Why 10 – 12? Bread heels are often thinner than full slices—especially if your freezer collection includes bread leftovers from a mix of regular and wide slice loaves).
##### Save time, reduce food waste, and sneak some extra veggies onto picky kids’ plates!
- Keep a bag of frozen broccoli next to the frozen corn and peas you probably already keep stocked in your freezer. Frozen broccoli makes it easy to use only what you need without leaving the rest to wilt in the crisper. Pop a handful in the microwave for 60 – 90 seconds before chopping and toss it into this recipe. Leftover steamed broccoli from last night’s dinner works, too. (Or cut a 2- or 3-inch slice up straight off a block of frozen spinach and chop roughly before you toss it in).
- Kids don’t like mushrooms? Make them disappear! Chop sliced mushrooms into smaller pieces and sauté them in the pan after you crisp your vegan bacon.
##### Serving suggestions:
- Spice it up! This recipe is a crowd-pleasing savoury recipe the whole family will love. Grown-ups who enjoy things a little spicier may find this healthy breakfast casserole pairs will with a splash of their favourite hot sauce.
- Make it extra cheesy! Sprinkle an extra cup (or more!) of shredded vegan cheese over the top, and cover with foil at the 30-minute mark so it stays melty and doesn’t get crisp.
##### Keep scrolling for complete freeze and reheat instructions !
##### Can you freeze it? Yes you can!
- Whether you have a smaller family and find yourself with a half a casserole left after filling your bellies, or you need “make-ahead” to mean “earlier than the night before,” this dish can be baked then frozen.
- **For a full or half-size casserole:** Our tests suggest reheating large portions from frozen is best done in the oven, rather than microwaving to keep the bread from getting soggy. To reheat a full-size casserole from frozen, cover with foil and bake at 375℉ for 45 minutes to an hour, or until casserole is warm throughout. (Poke the middle with a fork to make sure it’s not still frozen in the middle).
- **Safety first!** We froze ours in a plastic container with a lid, then transferred it as a frozen block to an oven-safe casserole dish. If you freeze yours in the bakeware you plan to reheat it in, choose one that is freezer-to-oven safe (e.g., aluminum, metal, or pyrex), or allow glass or ceramic bakeware to warm up on the counter first.
- **For single-serve portions:** Perfect for weekday mornings, freeze single-serve portions in microwaveable containers. Then either let them defrost in the fridge overnight and microwave in the morning for 45 – 60 seconds, or microwave from frozen. (Heating times from frozen may vary. Start with 60 seconds, then repeat on 30-second intervals until portion is warm in the middle).
Easy Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole https://silverhillsbakery.ca/easy-healthy-breakfast-casserole/ December 15, 2021