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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Clean Eat Recipe :: Turkey Eggwhite Strata


Eat Clean Egg Strata
Eat Clean Cookbook, Tosca Reno

If you are anything like me, I struggle to make breakfasts on weekday mornings.  I ultimately want myself and Jim to have a hot meal before he leaves the house, but in the midst of our crazy, hectic lives, I often forget that it takes time to make food - it's not instant!

I was super excited to try a recipe from an old favorite, Tosca Reno's 1st Cookbook, "Eat Clean Cookbook." It's a Ground Turkey Eggwhite Strata.

1 lb lean ground turkey (the 97/3% variety)
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 tsp sea salt, divided
9 egg whites + 3 whole eggs
Dash of Tabasco sauce (I left this out because I didn't have it - try it and let me know what you think!)
2 cups Skim Milk
1 tsp black pepper
1 loaf sourdough bread (Recipe calls for at least 16 slices - I only used 8). Make sure this bread does not contain high-fructose corn syrup. The best would be a whole wheat sourdough loaf if you can find it! Don't forget to remove the crust.
1 cup grated low-fat Monterrey Jack Cheese
1 small onion, peeled, chopped fine

1. Spray a lasagna pan with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium-sized skillet. Add lean ground turkey, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp sea salt. Cook meat until no longer pink, breaking up any large chunks of meat while cooking. Once meat is cooked, remove from skillet and pour into a fine mesh sieve to drain fat and liquid.
3. In a medium bowl, mix eggs, 1/2 tsp sea salt, Tabasco (optional), milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper. Using a wire whisk, beat egg mixture until frothy. set aside.
4. Time to assemble the strata! With crusts removed, place bread in the bottom of the pan, filling any space that may be left. Add 1/2 of the cooked lean ground turkey, 1/2 of the grated low-fat Monterrey Jack Cheese and 1/2 of the small chopped onion. Repeat the layering process, starting with the bread.

5. Once your two layers are complete, add the egg mixture by slowly pouring it over the layers in the lasagna pan. Cover loosely with tin foil and refrigerate overnight.


6. After refrigeration overnight, remove the tin foil from the strata. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Once the oven is preheated, place the mixture in the oven for 60 minutes and bake to a golden brown. Allow the strata to sit for about 10 minutes to cool and thicken slightly.
7. Enjoy!

Tip: Refrigerate the left overs and you will have breakfast for multiple days!

Servings - 8
Approximate Calories per Serving - 400 (depends on size of eggs and choice of bread)

It's amazing! You will not be disappointed! Check out Tosca's Reno's Eat Clean Cookbook for more great recipes.

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  1. I did my take on this recipe saturday morning! We did not have turkey, but we did have clean venison so we used that. I also added a roma tomato and a bell pepper. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the ideas! Looks good. And I like Melissa's idea of adding a tomato.

  3. We are glad you tried it Melissa! Sounds good with roma tomato & bell pepper. We may have to try it like that! ;-)

  4. I have been wondering if worcestershire sauce is clean...I am guessing the answer is yes since you included it in this recipe? Sorry ifthis is a silly question...I am new to all this!!

    1. Laura, it is depending on brands - some have additives! Its high in sodium, so you want to use it sparingly!

  5. I'm surprised to see sourdough bread listed in the ingredients as flour is not clean. Even if you get whole wheat flour... the wheat is ground so finely into flour that it acts just like white flour in your body. Yes it has some vitamins/minerals and a little more fiber, but not enough to make it ok to eat. I'm curious if you've tried Ezekiel bread in this recipe and if so has it turned out the same flavor-wise? Since Ezekiel bread is sprouted and not made with flour, it would be considered clean.

    1. I have thought about the Ezekiel bread but haven't tried it yet. Let me know if you do - I would love to know how it turns out!

  6. Do you have to let it sit overnight?

    1. It's best if you do! At least 2 hours so it soaks through the bread.

  7. Can you make this Gluten Free using GF bread? would it change the taste or anything?

    1. Absolutely! It shouldn't change the taste!


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