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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Savory Bread Pudding for a Vegetarian Supper


Savory Bread Pudding for a Vegetarian Supper (photo by LivligaHome)
My husband reminded me the other day that he loves bread pudding. It inspired me to roam around in my old cookbooks and favorite recipe sites to get inspired. For me a bread pudding is a dessert. Something yummy and gooey, usually with a caramel sauce. This would not be good for our healthy living goals.

I was amazed and pleased to find there are many different kinds of bread puddings. There are both savory and sweet versions. They can be used as a main meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They exist with or without meat.

My goal as we headed towards the big holiday was to find a vegetarian variety I could make for dinner (I am only preparing vegetarian dinners up until the holiday to help control the holiday bloat and girth growth). I found a bread pudding that used butternut squash in it from one of my Cooking Light cookbooks. Happily, I also found it online. It is called Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding. The recipe serves 6. Calories per serving are 304.

It was delicious and surprisingly hardy. I served it with sauteed Kale (60 cal). Total calorie count for the meal was 364. It is easy to make. Cooking time is 45 minutes. This makes for a great savory supper on a cold night. I could also see serving it up for a brunch as an alternative to the typical sausage and egg casserole. The whole family liked it. No one did the usual complaining about having "only vegetarian" for dinner. A definite repeat.
Butternut Squash Bread Pudding served with Kale (photo by LivligaHome.com)
As an easy, one casserole supper you can't beat a bread pudding. Click here for more Savory Bread Pudding recipes.