This casserole is so hearty and includes the fabulous Denver omelette flavors of eggs, ham, bell peppers, and cheese all loaded into one absolutely delicious dish! So luxuriously rich in flavors but extremely low in fat and calories. It’s simple to make since using shredded frozen hash browns. It freezes great too! Each skinny serving has just 149 calories and 2 grams of fat. A keeper for sure!
Ingredients for Egg Casserole:
- Olive oil cooking spray or your favorite
- 1½ cups onions, chopped
- 1 cup red bell peppers, chopped
- 1¼ cups lean ham (5 ounces) chopped, see shopping tips
- ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt or nonfat plain yogurt
- ½ cup fat-free cottage cheese
- ½ cup fat-free milk
- 2 eggs beaten, I like using Eggland’s Best Eggs, see shopping tips
- 2 egg whites
- ¼ teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt or salt
- Fresh ground pepper, to taste
Ingredients for Hash Browns Topping:
- 4 cups frozen hash browns, not defrosted, see shopping tips
- ½ teaspoon Lawry’s seasoning salt or salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
In a bowl, cook onions and red peppers in microwave for 3 minutes. Drain liquid.
In a large bowl, add cooked onions and peppers, ham, yogurt, cottage cheese, and milk. Mix well. Stir in eggs, egg whites, ¼ teaspoon seasoning salt or salt and pepper. Mix well.
Pour mixture into baking pan. Spread evenly. Cover the top evenly with frozen hash browns. Make sure to break up the chunks of frozen potatoes. Spray the top generously with cooking spray. Sprinkle top with ½ teaspoon seasoning salt or salt.
Cover casserole with foil and bake in oven for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes. To crisp hash browns, place under broiler for 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Be sure to keep an eye on it while broiling to not burn.
Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes to set. Cut into 6 slices.
This casserole can be reheated and it freezes great! It can be easily doubled and made in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Makes 6 serving (each serving, 1 slice)
Trader Joe’s sells (8 oz.) packages of Black Forest ham. It’s uncured and contains ‘no nitrates.’ In addition, most health food markets sell this type of ham. Or, use your favorite lean ham such as Oscar Meyer.
Frozen Hash Brown potatoes are sold in most supermarkets. They contain no fat, just shredded potatoes. I used Ore Ida’s frozen plain shredded hash browns. One serving (1¼ cups) has just 70 calories, 0g fat, 10g carbs, 1g protein, 1g fiber, 0g sugar, 12mg sodium
Whenever a recipe calls for using eggs, I LOVE Eggland’s Best eggs! They have less saturated fat, less cholesterol, more Vitamin D, more Vitamin E, and double the Omega 3 than regular eggs. Most supermarkets see them in the egg aisle.
Serve this casserole with sliced tomatoes and fresh fruit, if desired.
WW SmartPoints 2-Blue
WW SmartPoints 3-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 3
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice
149 calories, 2g fat, 1g sat. fat, 77mg chol, 14g protein, 15g carbs, 2g fiber, 493mg sodium, 3g sugar
|FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
87 calories, 0g sat. fat, 3g sugar, 8g protein
Serving: 1sliceCalories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 14gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 493mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gBlue Smart Points: 2Green Smart Points: 3Plus Points: 3