Because Sugar Tastes Good

While SH and I have been sharing a home for over 24 years, this is the first time that he has ever asked me to make a certain recipe. Even weirder is the fact that my husband subscribes to Eat Better America. Next I will find out he is a secret blogger.

This email arrived this morning:

Oooh, make this...

"Healthified" Monkey Bread

57% less fat • 61% less sat fat • 32% fewer calories fewer calories than the original recipe—see the comparison. Show your love of baking and health with a breakfast favorite that's meant to be pulled apart. From Eat Better America.
Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 10 min
makes:16 servings

1/4cup sugar
2teaspoons ground cinnamon
2cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated reduced-fat buttermilk biscuits
1/2cup chopped pecans or walnuts
3/4cup fat-free caramel topping
2teaspoons vanilla

In 1-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix sugar and cinnamon.
Separate both cans of dough into 16 biscuits.
Cut each biscuit into quarters. Add biscuit pieces to sugar mixture.
Seal bag; shake to coat.
Layer biscuit pieces and pecans in pan.

In small bowl, mix caramel topping and vanilla. Pour over biscuit pieces.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center.
Cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 250 (Calories from Fat 80); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 3 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 640mg; Total Carbohydrate 39g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 15g); Protein 3g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 8% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2 1/2
*% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

BG requested "the brunch casserole you make for Christmas". So, there you have it. We will be ingesting plenty of fat and sugar on Easter morning. Last I heard, SH was planning to golf on Sunday, leaving BG and me to eat cereal (or pickled beets and eggs!!!). Nope, the weather will not be cooperating for golf, which means I need to make another trip to the grocery store.

I might also try this recipe:

"Healthified" Italian Sausage Egg Bake

42% less fat • 55% less sat fat • 66% more vitamin A fewer calories than the original recipe—see the comparison. Choose an eggs-cellent make-ahead breakfast or brunch dish that's trimmed down and ready for any gathering. From eatbetteramerica.
Prep Time:30 min
Start to Finish:10 hr
makes:12 servings

12oz lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1medium red bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
2cloves garlic, finely chopped
1box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
4cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes (from 30-oz bag), thawed
2cups reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
2tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3/4cup fat-free (skim) milk
1teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2teaspoon salt
1/2teaspoon pepper

Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.

In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up sausage with spoon, until no longer pink; drain if necessary. Add onion and bell pepper; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in spinach.

In baking dish, mix cooked sausage mixture, potatoes and cheeses. In medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, basil, salt and pepper until blended. Pour over mixture in baking dish. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight but no longer than 24 hours.

Heat oven to 350°F. Bake covered 1 hour. Uncover; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until center is set. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 280 (Calories from Fat 110); Total Fat 12g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 235mg; Sodium 630mg; Total Carbohydrate 24g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 4g); Protein 19g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 45%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 25%; Iron 10% Exchanges: 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Medium-Fat Meat Carbohydrate Choices: 1 1/2 MyPyramid Servings: 1/2 c Dairy, 1 oz-equivalents Meat & Beans, 1/2 c Vegetables
*% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


  1. You can "healthify" sausage? Who knew? If only I could get my youngest to eat it. Or anything, for that matter. I think I'll be making Easter breakfast too, might have to give the monkey bread a whirl. Anything involving sugar and Pillsbury dough has to be awesome.

  2. The Monkey Bread sounds sooooooo good, minus the nuts, of course. Then again, cardboard sounds pretty good right now since I haven't had breakfast.....

  3. AH...SUGAR!!! I'm game though...I think I'll try the monkey bread on Easter morning...

  4. Hm..it's Easter which means we're having the typical fatty food dinner!! Nothing special for breakfast, I do good to get us out of the house on time for church I'm not getting up any earlier to prepare a special breakfast too ;0)

  5. Sounds gorgeous Lisa - better make enough for 2 more and a little one. I am sure that Amelie would happily give all that a good go!!

  6. We will be eating monkey bread and a healthy egg casserole too. Can't wait!

  7. Oh, that sounds SO good, Lisa! I'll be right over! (Don't I wish!)


    Sheila :-)