Vegetable Strata Is the Triple-Threat Recipe You Need Right Now

A budget-friendly pantry meal that can be made ahead of time? Yes, please!

Veggie Dinner Strata beauty, as seen on Food Network Kitchen Live.

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If you ask me, there is truly nothing better than a triple-threat recipe. When I’m looking up new things to cook, I always look for recipes that are budget-friendly, able to be meal prepped and that rely on ingredients I’m likely to already have on hand. It’s not often I’m able to find one that checks off all the boxes, but Catherine McCord’s Veggie Dinner Strata class on the Food Network Kitchen app does just that.

If you’re new to strata, it’s basically a savory version of a bread pudding. Don’t stress if you’re unfamiliar with that, too — Catherine walks you through every step of the dish while providing tons of tips and tricks. She starts by explaining that because her son is vegetarian, she loads her strata with plenty of veggies, but chicken or turkey could work, too. As Catherine says, “Feel free to make it your own. As long as you have the base, which is the eggs, bread, a little milk and cheese, you can become really creative with whatever is in your refrigerator.”

While she assembles her strata, Catherine offers plenty of advice for meal prepping, too. If you want to make it ahead of time, that’s totally fine. Prepare the dish as usual, then pop it in the fridge overnight or until you’re ready to eat. Speaking of overnights, Catherine also mentions that her strata is equally delicious when served for breakfast or brunch — especially if it’s paired with a mimosa on the side!

But wait, there’s even more to love about this veggie-packed wonder. Did we mention that one strata serves eight people? As Catherine says, it’s “not very expensive for a dish of this size.” And, if you’re only cooking for a handful of people, it’s the perfect opportunity for leftovers. Trust me (and Catherine) ­— when a dish is this good, you’ll definitely want extras!

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