Eggcellent!

I know, I know…that title is rather cheesy. Gimme a break, though. It is Monday morning, after all. Monday fun day, riiiight? Riiight.

Here’s a thought for brightening up your morning: eggs!

In recent trends, eggs are no longer being banished from the diet as its been found that dietary cholesterol intake has little impact on blood cholesterol levels. The body synthesizes cholesterol, too, ya know? Improving blood cholesterol (total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol) is best achieved by limiting saturated and trans fats in the diet, not eggs.

Of all high biological value proteins (i.e. those that are best utilized in the body), eggs are the most versatile and cost-effective. I talk about eggs a lot in my work because all of my patients require nearly double the amount of protein as a healthy adult, and many of them have restrictive budgets.

This recipe is quick, simple, cheap, high in protein, and healthy. I can throw together this recipe in 2 minutes and let it bake while I am getting ready for work. Making a hot breakfast on a tight time line doesn’t have to be complex or time-consuming. But it most certainly should be delicious!

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Baked Eggs in the Basket slightly adapted from An Edible Mosaic

2 pieces whole wheat bread, crusts cut off
2 eggs
Butter non-stick spray
Salt and pepper
Minced fresh chives, or any other green herb you like (optional, for garnish)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 F; generously spray two muffin wells or two individual ramekins. Place a piece of bread into each well, then gently crack an egg into each piece of bread. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top of each egg and bake until the egg reaches your desired consistency (about 14-18 minutes gives set whites with runny yolks; increase time from there if you like a more well done yolk).

To serve, if you used a muffin tray, let the egg baskets rest about 5 minutes in the tray, then run a sharp paring knife around the outside and use a fork to gently remove (if you used ramekins, you can serve them in the ramekins.)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 320 calories; 11 g. fat; 430 mg. cholesterol; 694 mg. sodium; 38 g. carbohydrate; 6 g. fiber; 12 g. protein

Result: I LOVED these! I think these are absolutely adorable! They would be perfect for a brunch, or just to impress friends & family with. They don’t need to know how easy they are to make 😉 Just as well, they can be an every day breakfast for you and your family. Enjoy!

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Question: What’s your favorite way to enjoy eggs?

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17 Comments

  1. January 24, 2011 / 6:47 am

    My Mom used to make Eggs in a Basket all the time for me when I was younger. Maybe now I can pay back the favor and make her some! 😉

  2. January 24, 2011 / 6:56 am

    On a sausage and cheese biscuit ;)!

  3. January 24, 2011 / 7:05 am

    I LOVE eating eggs this way! Its delicious and so fun to eat too 🙂

  4. January 24, 2011 / 8:31 am

    That’s one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to nutrition- people always talk about how bad they are for you and I just have to chime in and say “well actually, it’s one really good and wholely nutritious things you could eat and this is why…”

    I love them scrambled and thrown on top of toast. Pretty simple and easy. 🙂

  5. January 24, 2011 / 8:42 am

    Yum! I stopped eating eggs for a year or so and have been slowly eating them (and craving them!)…I need to get over the fear of everything in the past i’ve heard and give into the cravings!!!!

  6. January 24, 2011 / 10:39 am

    What a great idea – I love eggs but rarely eat them during the week. They are more like a weekend breakfast for me!

    I love that this recipe can cook while I’m in the shower!

  7. January 24, 2011 / 11:15 am

    I love eggs for the same reason you mentioned: They’re super cheap. Plus, they keep me full for so long. Sometimes if I know I”ll be eating lunch on the earlier side, I can’t eat eggs because they fill me for, literally, over six hours.

  8. January 24, 2011 / 11:40 am

    I love eggs, but rarely eat them for breakfast. I’m a huge fan of eggs for dinner, and absolutely love them in egg salad (I just posted a recipe today)!

  9. January 24, 2011 / 12:20 pm

    I love eggs so much. When I was younger, I was HIGHLY allergic. Like, if I ate something that touched an egg, I would have a migraine for a week. It sucked.
    I outgrew it though – thankfully, so now I eat eggs all the time. Soft boiled is my favorite way to cook them.

  10. January 24, 2011 / 2:27 pm

    Your eggs in a basket look great!

    I lover over-easy eggs on top of “Asian” flavored rice. I just love it when the yolk runs all over the rice…

    Have a great week!

  11. January 24, 2011 / 2:49 pm

    I love eggs and I especially adore them hard boiled! They make the perfect portable snack in my opinion and help me stave off mid=morning hunger! Those eggs in a basket look awesome!

  12. January 24, 2011 / 9:47 pm

    I love eggs in a basket! Eggs are my go-to food because they’re good, cheap, and good for a protein source. My favorite egg toppings are salsa, cheese, & avocado.

  13. Yahpee
    January 25, 2011 / 2:39 pm

    I just starred this. Totally making this like, tomorrow.

  14. January 25, 2011 / 3:44 pm

    Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Nicole! I’m definitely craving it again now so I think it’ll be on the agenda for tomorrow’s breakfast! 🙂

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