Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  223
  • Protein  10 g
  • Carbohydrates  12 g
  • Fat  15 g
  • Cholesterol  154 mg
  • Sodium  385 mg
  • Potassium  208 mg
  • Phosphorus  147 mg
  • Calcium  60 mg
  • Fiber  0.3 g

Breakfast Casserole

DaVita dietitian Nancy has created a kidney diet-minded casserole for breakfast or brunch by combining eggs with bread, reduced fat sausage and cream cheese instead of the traditional processed cheese found in many recipes. Nancy’s Breakfast Casserole is sure to please a crowd at your next breakfast get-together.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Nancy from Virginia

Portions: 9     Serving size: one 3" x 3" square


  • 8 ounces reduced-fat pork sausage
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup liquid Coffee-mate® non-dairy creamer, original flavor
  • 4 slices white bread, cubed or broken
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chopped onion


  1. Preheat oven to 325 F°.
  2. Crumble sausage and cook in a medium skillet; set aside.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in a blender.
  4. Add cooked sausage to mixture.
  5. Pour combined ingredients into a greased 9" x 9" inch casserole dish.
  6. Bake 55 minutes or until set.
  7. Cut into 9 portions and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 meat
  • 1/2 starch
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Nancy uses Jimmy Dean® brand reduced-fat sausage.
  • Try one of the Sausage recipes for a lower sodium option.
  • Let casserole set for 10 minutes before cutting into portions.
  • Many other breakfast casserole recipes contain milk and cheese, which adds extra sodium, potassium and phosphorus.

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Breakfast Casserole

Strqatsue says:


We would have to substitute something else for the sausage as we have to watch the sodium content as well as fat content. Dietitian comment: Try the Homemade Pan Sausage or Homemade Turkey Sausage recipe on Both are low in sodium. The Turkey Sausage has only 3 gram of fat per patty.

May. 14, 2014, 1:30 PM - Inappropriate review?

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kharris86 says:


This looks good. Could you freeze the individual servings for use later?? Dietitian comment: I have not tried freezing it but if you wrap well it should work.

Aug. 09, 2013, 4:47 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Peggy says:


I love this! Make it as a treat. Even eat as a lunch with a small side salad.

May. 06, 2013, 8:42 AM - Inappropriate review?

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martstephan says:


Is almond milk kidney friendly? This sight is excellent! Dietitian comment: Thanks! With the explosion of nut milk beverages over the past few years, it seems there is no consistency between products in regards to protein, poitassium, phosphorus, sodium and calcium content. General guidelines are to check with your dietitian for specific products, read the nutrition label and ingredient list and select products without 'phos' additives and with lowesr potassium and phosphorus content.

Dec. 18, 2012, 9:04 PM - Inappropriate review?

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pollyaz says:


This recipe looks very good. I am going to try it with some green chili sausage. I was wondering why one would use the non dairy creamer that is so full of chemicals, wouldn't that be hard on our kidneys? Moderator comment: The nondairy creamer substitutes milk to help lower the potassium and phosphorus. You could also use unenriched rice milk as a milk substitute.

Jul. 28, 2012, 9:13 AM - Inappropriate review?

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cheryl1968 says:


I do not understand. I am a newly diagnosed PKD patient. I thought I needed to avoid protein and sodium. Eggs and sausage? I am so confused. Moderator comment: As you learn more about your individualized diet needs there will be less confusion. Kidney diet limitations will vary depending on stage of kidney disease, a person's size and their lab values and if on dialysis, the type of dialysis. The goal is to stay within your prescribed targets for nutrients such as protein, soidum, potassium and phosphorus. Calories, fat, cholesterol and carbohydrates may also be of concern depending on other diagnoses. Even some of the foods on the 'Limit or Avoid' list may be incorporated and still achieve daily targets. Ask your dietitian for help.

Nov. 17, 2011, 3:18 PM - Inappropriate review?

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nesterbr says:


I was reluctant to try this at first but found that it tastes quite good! I was pleasantly surprised and will continue to make this dish! Thanks

Apr. 06, 2011, 10:15 AM - Inappropriate review?

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dpuglia says:


I have been looking for new ways to "do eggs". This one is delicious.

Jul. 22, 2010, 10:14 AM - Inappropriate review?

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