Easy Herby Broccoli, peppers, and cheese strata

Strata is a genius tasty vegetarian breakfast and brunch recipe that can double as lunch. Loaded with tender broccoli, melty cheese, and spicy peppers, this easy recipe could not be simpler to make. Just chop, toss together, and bake. That’s it and you’re ready to serve a mouthwatering bread bake that makes every brunch a tasty success.

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If you love brunch then this easy Herby Broccoli, Peppers, and Cheese Strata recipe is one of the best brunch or breakfast recipes you will ever try. Featuring tender broccoli, peppery cheese-loaded bell peppers, and melted crispy in places cheese intermingled with fluffy bread. It’s meal prep friendly and tastes AMAZING. If you’re looking for a great guest brunch recipe then this is the one for you. Because strata can be made in advance it makes one of the best and stress-free brunch recipes that allows you to serve a tasty, cheesy, and decadent meal without much work. 

How to use stale bread and turn it into an easy herby broccoli, peppers, and cheese strata breakfast bread bake

Using stale bread can be tricky. Once bread begins to become dry and boring it’s no longer a go-to meal option. But this easy brunch bread bake casserole is about to change all that. This broccoli bread bake will turn your stale bread into a fluffy, golden, and crispy cheese-loaded brunch that will turn anyone into a Team Brunch member.

Meal prep friendly vegetarian brunch recipe 

What initially made me come up with this easy strata recipe was a combination of a busy schedule, leftover bread, and friends coming over for brunch. I realized I needed something that would be insanely tasty and something I could prepare in advance. And I wanted it to be loaded with decadent melty cheese and lots of flavorful vegetables. This easy strata or breakfast brunch bake is all that and more. You can make it in a big pan or divide it into smaller oven-safe pots or jars if you prefer. And it’s really easy to bring with you on picnics, ball games or pot lucks. The possibilities are endless.

As a bonus, this strata is also freezer-friendly. So you can make it a day in advance, toss the ingredients together the night before, or make in advance and freeze for later. There are so many easy options making it fit just about any schedule.

Vegan strata brunch bake version 

Of course, I had to make a vegan version of my favorite breakfast bread bake dish. Because as much as I adore my original more traditional vegetarian strata, I also want an all-vegan option that is on the same level of deliciousness. And that’s just what my vegan strata is; decadent, cheesy, and loaded with creamy textures, tender veggies, and rich flavors. I’ve served this for brunch on several occasions and everyone thought it was the original recipe.

So, let’s dive into what ingredients you need for the vegan broccoli bread bake version:

  • Broccoli florets
  • Bell peppers
  • Green beans 
  • Garlic 
  • Silken tofu 
  • Non-dairy milk (I prefer cashew milk or soy milk)
  • Nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Bread (can be any type of bread, fresh or going stale)
  • Thyme

To get that full-flavored rich lux vegan strata that will have everyone thinking it’s authentic it’s all about using a rich and creamy non-dairy milk together with the creamy silky tofu. I prefer using cashew milk or full-fat soy milk to get that deep rich taste that eggs and regular cheese provide. And for an extra decadent cheesy flavor, you can add 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast to the dish. It’s optional but my-oh-my what a delicious cheesiness a little nutritional yeast adds to this bread bake. Not to mention the added vitamins we get from nutritional yeast. Extra cheesy flavors and extra vitamins. It’s a win-win.

Vegetarian strata broccoli cheese bread bake brunch recipe 

So you adore easy delicious brunch too? Then you’ve come to the right place. The name of this bread bake is longer than the ingredients list. Because this easy broccoli pepper cheese-loaded vegetarian brunch is incredibly simple to prepare. Just chop the bread, fry the veggies in a frying pan, toss everything into a pan and load it up with cheese. That’s it. Your bread bake is ready to bake. Simple, no-fuss, and absolutely mouthwatering brunch recipe.

First, let’s look at the ingredients you need for this vegetarian strata;

  • Broccoli florets 
  • Bell peppers 
  • Green beans 
  • Garlic
  • Eggs
  • Whole Milk
  • Bread (can be fresh or stale)
  • Vegetarian mozzarella 
  • Vegetarian cheddar cheese 
  • Thyme
  • Salt

Versatile vegetarian leftover recipe 

This strata is a great recipe to use leftovers. You can add any vegetables you want or have lying around. From peppers to onions, to mushrooms every type of vegetable works in this dish. It’s truly a versatile just-chock-your-leftover-veggies-into-it kind of brunch recipe that somehow only seems to get better with every new veggie you add.

Other vegetables that work really well in vegetarian bread bake:

  • Cauliflower 
  • Leeks
  • Olives
  • Artichokes 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Zucchini 
  • Eggplants/aubergines

How to make vegetarian broccoli, peppers, and cheese brunch bake

  • This recipe could not be more simple or easy to make. It’s pretty much just chop the bread, fry the veggies and toss everything together in a baking pan. That’s it. 
  • But in case you want more instructions, here’s the rundown:
  • First, fry the broccoli florets and peppers in olive oil in a non-stick pan.
  • Then toss in the garlic and season with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Scrape the veggies into a baking tray/pan
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk and eggs. Pour the mixture over the veggies and top generously with shredded cheese. Cover with tinfoil. At this point, you can place the dish in the refrigerator overnight, or you can bake it right away.
  • Bake the broccoli strata in the oven at 350F for 20-minutes or until the cheese has completely melted and the bake is golden and lightly crispy on top.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Frequently asked questions 

What kind of bread is best in strata or bread bakes?

Any type of bread works well in strata. Whether it be fresh or stale, white or rye bread it all works equally well. That being said, making bread bakes is one of the best ways to use stale bread in a tasty way.

Is broccoli bread bake freezer friendly?

Yes. Bread bake can easily be frozen both before and after baking making it a super easy guest brunch recipe. 

How can I make bread bake gluten-free?

Strata is naturally full of gluten, but it can be adapted to a gluten-free diet. All you have to do is use bread that is already gluten-free. It’s that simple. You can make your own gluten-free bread or get it at the grocery store. 

Easy Herby Broccoli, peppers, and cheese strata

Strata is a genius tasty vegetarian breakfast and brunch recipe that can double as lunch. Loaded with tender broccoli, melty cheese, and spicy peppers, this easy recipe could not be simpler to make. Just chop, toss together, and bake. That’s it and you’re ready to serve a mouthwatering bread bake that makes every brunch a tasty success.
If you love brunch then this easy Herby Broccoli, Peppers, and Cheese Strata recipe is one of the best brunch or breakfast recipes you will ever try. Featuring tender broccoli, peppery cheese-loaded bell peppers, and melted crispy in places cheese intermingled with fluffy bread. It’s meal prep friendly and tastes AMAZING
Course Breakfast, brunch
Keyword breakfast, brunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

Vegetarian cheesy broccoli strata (brunch bread bake recipe)

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets
  • 2 Bell Peppers Sliced
  • ½ cup Green Beans
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 cups Diced Bread Cut into large chunks
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ cup Whole Milk
  • ½ tsp Sea salt or Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Ground Pepper
  • ½ cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese Vegetarian
  • ¼ cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese Vegetarian

Vegan cheesy Broccoli bread bake brunch recipe 

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets about 1 head broccoli broken into florets
  • 2 Bell Peppers Sliced
  • ½ cup Green Beans
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 cups Diced Bread Cut into large chunks
  • 2 packs Silken Tofu
  • ½ cup Non-dairy Milk cashew, or soy milk
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast optional
  • ½ tsp Sea salt or Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Thyme
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Ground Pepper
  • ½ cup Vegan Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¼ cup Vegan Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

Vegetarian cheesy broccoli strata (brunch bread bake recipe)

  • First, fry the broccoli florets, green beans and peppers in olive oil in a non-stick pan.
  • Then toss in the garlic and season with salt, pepper, and thyme.
    Scrape the veggies into a baking tray/pan and add the diced bread.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk and eggs. Pour the mixture over the veggies and top generously with shredded cheese. Cover with tinfoil. At this point, you can place the dish in the refrigerator overnight, or you can bake it right away.
  • Bake the broccoli strata in the oven at 350F for 20-minutes or until the cheese has completely melted and the bake is golden and lightly crispy on top.
    Serve and enjoy.

Vegan cheesy Broccoli bread bake brunch recipe 

  • First up, heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and add the broccoli florets, green beans and sliced peppers. Season with salt, pepper, thyme, and oregano. Allow the vegetables to fry for a few minutes while stirring occasionally. Once the peppers become lightly charred in places, add the minced garlic. 
  • Scrape the veggies into a baking tray/pan and add the diced bread.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the non-dairy milk and silken tofu. Pour the mixture over the veggies and top generously with shredded vegan cheese. Cover with tinfoil. At this point, you can place the dish in the refrigerator overnight, or you can bake it right away.
  • Bake the broccoli strata in the oven at 350F for 20-minutes or until the cheese has completely melted and the bake is golden and lightly crispy on top.
    Serve and enjoy.

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