My 3 Monsters: Monte Cristo Casserole {featuring Boar's Head Lower Sodium Deli Meat!}

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Monte Cristo Casserole {featuring Boar's Head Lower Sodium Deli Meat!}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boar's Head for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

It has been sooo cold here in Arizona.  I know, I don't dare complain because many of you live in much colder areas, but you guys!  It was only 25 degrees when I drove Dylan to school this morning!  In Arizona that is downright frigid.  It was only 44 degrees when I went to pick him up in the afternoon, too.  I was totally in the mood to make something warm and comforting for dinner.  Monte Cristo casserole is my ace-in-the-hole for nights like this.
I've never forked out the big bucks at Blue Bayou in Disneyland to try the original Monte Cristo sandwich, but I hear it is heavenly.  It would have to be for this wanna-be casserole version to taste as good as it does!  It's simple to throw together, too -- a huge plus in my book.
I was lucky enough to get to sample Boar's Head lower sodium deli meats and cheeses and use them to make this meal, so I used the Black Forest Smoked Ham (with 25% less sodium} and the Premium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast {with a whopping 47% lower sodium}.  Why is lower sodium a big deal?  I'm so glad you asked.  Did you know that 1 tsp. of salt has 2,325 mg of sodium and that the recommended daily sodium intake is only 1,500-2,300 mg?  Now guess how much the average American gets.  Guess.
3,400-4,500 mg!!!!
Why?  Sodium is a flavor enhancer.  So much of our food is processed and has no flavor of its own -- especially convenience foods -- so they rely heavily on sodium for flavor.  Boar's Head believes that if you start with the highest quality products, you can enjoy their natural flavor without adding a bunch of salt.
We loved our Monte Cristo casserole made with the Boar's Head meat.  In fact, we polished off the whole pan.  You can't do that every day, but on a cold night like this it was just what the doctor ordered.  Here's the recipe in case you want to try it, too.
Monte Cristo Casserole
1 C. warm milk
6 eggs
2 boxes of frozen french toast sticks
1/2 lb. Black Forest Brand 25% Lower Sodium Smoked Ham, diced
1/2 lb. Premium 47% Lower Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, diced
1/2 lb. grated swiss cheese
Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top and strawberry jam to serve on the side.
Warm your milk and gradually add it to eggs.  Whisk the milk and eggs together.
Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cut french toast sticks into 1-inch cubes and place in the bottom of pan. Add diced deli meats and grated swiss cheese to pan and gently toss to combine.  Pour milk and egg mixture over the top.

Let sit for at least 10 minutes or over night.  Bake in a 375-degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top and cooked through.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with strawberry jam on the side.  {I know it sounds weird, but it is delicious dipped in strawberry jam.  Trust me!}

Happy healthier eating!  I'm going to snuggle under my down comforter now . . .
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