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Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Casserole

Posted by ReganJonesRD
December 05, 2013
Featured in: Quick Fix Kitchen
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A lactose-free Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Casserole is the perfect way to feed a crowd.

[Disclosure: This post is one in a series sponsored by The National Dairy Council. I was compensated for my time.]

A lactose-free Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Casserole is the perfect way to feed a crowd.

My husband is lactose intolerant. I’m not sure that he would want me sharing that here on the blog, but since he can barely describe to friends and family “what I do” for work, I kinda doubt he’s sitting at his computer right now reading this. What he doesn’t know can’t hurt him right? Our little secret….

What I’ve learned in cooking for him is that using lactose-free dairy milk in recipes is a really simple swap. Since lactose-free dairy milk IS regular milk, there’s not much difference in the cooking or tasting (and the nutrition is the same as regular dairy milk). The only difference is that lactose-free dairy milk has added lactase - the natural enzyme that some people are deficient in - which helps breakdown the lactose in the milk into its two simple sugars (galactose and glucose). It’s this little bit of “help” that makes lactose-free dairy milk easy to digest (and also makes it slightly sweeter to taste).

The good news for anyone living with lactose intolerance is that lactose-free dairy milk is now so widely available. And beyond just fluid milk, many other dairy products contain little to no lactose making them good choices for people with lactose intolerance (like hard, aged cheeses for instance - Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan - because the aging process naturally breaks the lactose down).

If you, or family/friends, are lactose intolerant, it’s important to keep these things in mind when cooking… especially at the holidays. The recipe I’m sharing below would be an ideal addition to any holiday menu.

For more tips on managing lactose intolerance, including information about the individual symptoms (which may range from mild to more severe) check out NDC’s website.

What about you? Have you tried lactose-free dairy milk? Did you know that some dairy products contain little to no lactose? 


A lactose-free Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Casserole is the perfect way to feed a crowd.

A lactose-free Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Casserole is the perfect way to feed a crowd.

 
A lactose-free Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Casserole is the perfect way to feed a crowd.

Sausage and Tomato Breakfast Casserole

Yield

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 (30 oz) bag frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes (thawed)
  • 2 cups 2% reduced fat lactose free milk
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary or thyme
  • 4 italian sausages crumbled or chicken sausages quartered and browned
  • 3 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 oz finely shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat a 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange potatoes in bottom of dish. Combine milk, arrowroot, salt and oregano; pour over potatoes. Top with sausage and tomato slices; sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

*Note: 1 ounce of Parmesan cheese contains less than 0.1g of lactose.

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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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