Savory Bread Pudding–AND the menu plan

Join me in my chant: “No More Turkey!”.

Yes, like millions of American’s we spent the last four days eating Turkey, but now it’s a new week and almost a new month and I’m over turkey. This week’s menu plan features absolutely no turkey in any way. I’m sure there are tons of blogs out there who are featuring a full week of leftover turkey dinners, but not me. Our 14 pound bird provided four delicious dinners and that’s all I wanted out of it.

This week, I’m thinking of lighter fare. We had some insane dinners over the last week. Thanksgiving tends to bring with a season of decadence, but as we ring in December, I’m feeling like I need to eat things that are a little less complicated and heavy.

But first I have to share this amazing breakfast/brunch recipe that Big Daddy, the big girls and I enjoyed a few weeks ago. Big Daddy loves bread pudding and I’ve made sweet versions for dessert, but I was looking or a breakfast casserole type option a few weekends ago and this popped up on my Pinterest board. We stop and picked up a good loaf of bread from our local bakery and I turned this out for Sunday morning. It’s worth the time and the wait.

Breakfast Bread Pudding
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Ingredients
  • 4 c of cubed bread (we used a good quality bread from the baker)
  • 3 c grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb of sausage, cooked and drained
  • 14 oz of diced tomatoes
  • .25 c fresh basil
  • .25 c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1.5 c whipping cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray
  2. Combine bread, cheese, tomatoes, sausage sugar and spices in a large bowl and combine.
  3. Pour bread mixture into casserole dish
  4. Mix eggs and whipped cream.
  5. Pour over bread mixture
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-65 minutes

This is one of those recipes where you keep going back for just one more bite until the pan is gone. I’m thinking that I will pre-prep this Christmas Eve and then combine and bake on Christmas morning. It is absolutely delicious!

 

The Menu Plan

Monday Chicken and Rice (I’ve used this recipe several times and slowly make adjustments to it.  However, it’s delicious and filling and simple, just as it’s written).

Tuesday Slow cooker honey garlic chicken and veggies

Wednesday  Chicken Taco Salad

Thursday  Chicken Burrito Bowls

Friday  Bubble Up Pizza