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Holiday Recipe Remix: Sausage Egg Nests

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Holiday Recipe Remix: Sausage Egg Nests

The MyFitnessPal Holiday Recipe Remix continues! In case you’re tuning in for the first time, a few weeks ago we asked you to submit your favorite unhealthy holiday recipes so Elle, the MyFitnessPal Registered Dietitian, could remix them into more nutritious versions of their former selves.

So far we’ve shared Elle’s remixed recipes for a delicious, Spicy, Not Sinful Pumpkin Spice Latte and her lightened up Sweet Potato Pecan Tart. Today we’re sharing Elle’s makeover of MyFitnessPal user Lori‘s hefty Sausage Egg & Cheese Hashbrown Casserole. Her holiday brunch dish packed almost 350 calories, 21 grams of fat and over 50% of the recommended amount of saturated fat per slice. But really, when it comes to large casserole dishes and hefty serving spoons, who has the self-control to dish out just one slice?

Elle lightened up a few ingredients and took the guesswork out of portion size with these savory Sausage Egg Nests.

Pre-baked, grated potato forms a nice little nest for the egg, green onion, sausage and cheese. To cut the fat without losing that delicious sausage flavor, Elle swapped out ground pork for ground chicken sausage.

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Not only did she keep the sausage, Elle also added bacon. Just a little crispy thick-cut bacon sprinkled on top adds a lot of flavor.

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Allowing us to eat bacon? Now that’s our kind of Registered Dietitian!

Even with the bacon, a serving of 2 sausage egg nests has 90 fewer calories, 6 fewer grams of fat, and about half the amount of saturated fat in Lori’s sausage casserole bomb.

Sausage egg nest nutrition collage

Besides looking great on a serving platter, these Sausage Egg Nests allow all of your holiday brunch guests to get hot eggs, which is probably why those sinful egg casseroles came about in the first place.

Here, Elle explains how she remixed the recipe:

The recipe is below–just be sure to log your Sausage Egg Nests in MyFitnessPal! Search Holiday Recipe Remix in the food database. There you’ll find the full nutrition info and be able add these delicious numbers to your food diary!

If you don’t yet have a MyFitnessPal account, you can sign up on the web or by downloading the free app for your iPhoneiPadAndroid or Windows mobile device.

Lori’s recipe was voted the grand prize winner of our Holiday Recipe Remix Contest and will be getting a MyFitnessPal apron, a Withings Smart Body Analyzer scale, a cookbook from Cooking Light, a Fitbug Orb and a one-week personalized meal plan from Elle, the MyFitnessPal RD!


The MyFitnessPal Team

Photos by Elle Penner | MyFitnessPal

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6 responses to “Holiday Recipe Remix: Sausage Egg Nests”

  1. Avatar Peggy Simons Medema says:

    How well do these freeze? I’d love to make a big batch and then pop them in the microwave at work in the morning.

    • Avatar Billie says:

      I’ve made similar and they freeze beautifully. Just take the number you use out of freezer bag and zap them in the microwave.

  2. Avatar Ron says:

    It was not listed in the food data base,will it be added?

  3. Avatar lolainsf says:

    Could these be made low carb by creating the nests out of grated cheese instead of potatoes? I’ve made little cheese nests to hold various fillings for appetizers. They’re really easy to do, delicious and impressive looking on a platter!

  4. Avatar Phyllis Shess says:

    Couldn’t you use frozen hash browns and save a step (assuming there is no added fat in them)?

  5. Avatar Sam says:

    This is a lot of work for something that’s actually not that healthy – not sure why it’s being promoted on here.

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