Who doesn’t love Panera? The sweet bakery smell, the healthy soup options, the myriad of salad toppings…
My family especially loves their breakfast souffles. As breakfast snobs who have tried every breakfast place in the tri-state area, Paneras souffles are an easy decadent option for a weekend breakfast.
I was really intrigued last week by Laura’s recipe using cottage cheese. Loving both cottage cheese and eggs, I had to try it. By adding some veggie bacon and two strong flavored cheeses (including gouda, which tastes like bacon to me), I had a mock souffle that was big enough for two but still fit into my breakfast calorie goal.
Here’s Panera’s souffle (from their website):
FYI: a lot of the calories in the Panera version come from a puffed pastry/croissant dough layer. Eliminating this makes a big difference!
Panera’s version: 570 calories, 37 grams of fat, 36 grams carbs, 21 grams protein [see aother photo here, it’s not mine but one I found through Google]
Lightened Up “Bacon” And Spinach Souffle
[based on this recipe from Sprint 2 The Table]
3 eggs (3 whites, 1/2 a yolk)
1/4 cup lowfat cottage cheese (I used 1%)
1/2 tomato, seeded and chopped
1 cup spinach
1/2 ounce goat cheese
1/2 ounce gouda cheese
1 slice frozen veggie bacon
pinch of dried basil
pinch of dried parsley
pinch of dried thyme
pinch of salt
1) Preheat oven to 350.
2) Whip egg whites and cottage cheese together until frothy. I try to get part of one of the yolks into the mixture when cracking the eggs to add a little bit of emulsifier, color, and flavor.
3) Add in veggies and cheese. Cook veggie bacon (or sub 1 slice regular or turkey bacon – will change the calorie content), crumble, and add to mixture once cooled.
4) Spray/butter baking dish. I used an long, shallow oval dish, probably about 8″; because I like to feel like I’m eating a big portion and it cooks more quickly than a deeper dish. 🙂
5) Bake for 28-30 minutes, then broil 2-4 minutes until top is lightly browned.
Approximate Nutrition: 250 calories, 12 grams fat, 6 grams carbs, 28 grams protein
This version is more than twice the size of Panera’s and less than half the calories and fat.
What do you like in an egg souffle?