1 recipe Mexican-Style Beef Sausage (recipe follows)
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 cups packed fresh baby spinach
6 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups skim milk
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
8 cups day-old French bread cubes (1-inch)
1-1/2 cups reduced-fat or regular shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Salsa, chopped green onions, chopped tomatoes, dairy sour cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Mexican-Style Beef Sausage. Stir in bell pepper and spinach; set aside.
Mexican-Style Beef Sausage: Combine 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner), 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves, 1-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder in large mixing bowl mixing lightly but thoroughly. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add sausage mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, beat eggs, milk, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl until blended. Stir in bread and 1 cup cheese. Stir in sausage mixture.
Spray 3-quart shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour sausage mixture into prepared dish. Top evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Cover with aluminum foil; bake in 350°F oven 40 minites. Remove foil; continue baking 10 to 15 minutes or until puffed and lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with toppings, if desired.
Nutrition information per serving, using 93% lean Ground Beef: 638 calories; 24 g fat (11 g saturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat); 371 mg cholesterol; 1501 mg sodium; 48 g carbohydrate; 4.1 g fiber; 53 g protein; 12.4 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 3.3 mcg vitamin B12; 7.3 mg iron; 58.5 mcg selenium; 7.5 mg zinc; 322.3 mg choline.