Little Mama On The Prairie

A life and weight-loss journey.

Baked Eggs!

on April 17, 2013

When I fall in love with something, I usually fall hard and fast. Just ask my husband. A while ago, I fell in love with baked eggs. This week, I fell in love with them all over again. Don’t worry whipped oatmeal, I’m still in love with you too.  So I am going to do a bit of a recipe post for you today and share the few forms of baked eggs with you that I know, and maybe you can comment back with some ideas of other varieties!

First off, I have tried both baking at a lower temperature and broiling. At the moment, I am preferring broiling since I’ve had more success at getting the whites cooked but keeping the yolks runny this way. And I like runny yolks.

I first tried Italian baked eggs from the Weight Watcher’s website. The recipe is simply to place about 1/2 cup of pasta sauce (use a “light” version if you can) in the bottom of a small oven-proof dish. Make 2 wells in the sauce and crack an egg into each, or just one well and one egg if you don’t want two. You can keep the same amount of sauce though. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and 1-2 Tbsp of grated parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until the whites are almost set. They will continue cooking after you remove it from the oven. You can also add fresh herbs to the sauce before adding the eggs like basil or oregano. Basil is really nice.

Next, I tried a more southwestern baked eggs variety, substituting salsa for the pasta sauce and topping with a light sprinkling of cheddar cheese. I have tried with both baking and broiling and I preferred the broiled ones over baked. To broil, place your salsa in the bottom of the baking dish, place under the broiler for just a minute or 2 to heat it up. Crack the eggs into a bowl then gently pour over the salsa, careful not to break the yolks. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cheese. Broil 5-6 minutes until the whites are almost set and remove from oven.

Mexican Baked Eggs in the cutest mini cast iron skillet you've ever seen.

Mexican Baked Eggs in the cutest mini cast iron skillet you’ve ever seen.

 

On the same note as Mexican/Southwestern baked eggs, I decided to it using leftover chili one morning and that was super yummy. There was only about 1/2 cup of chili leftover anyway, not really enough for any of us to enjoy as a meal so it was perfect to use with the eggs. Just use the same steps as with salsa.

The latest version of baked eggs I’ve tried is Herbed Baked Eggs. First, in a small bowl, combine 1-2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese, 1 small clove of garlic, minced; Chopped herbs of choice (I used rosemary and loved it). Place 1 and  a 1/2 tsp of cream + 1 tsp butter in the bottom of your baking dish. Place under the broiler just until bubbly. Swirl around to combine. Crack your eggs carefully into a bowl and gently pour over cream/butter. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cheese mixture. Broil for about 5-6 minutes, until the whites are almost set and remove from oven.

Herbed Baked Eggs.

Herbed Baked Eggs.

So try some baked eggs today! Come up with new varieties and share with all of us so we can enjoy your creativity too.

 

*WEIGHT-LOSS TIP OF THE DAY*

EAT BREAKFAST! It is a well-known fact that people who skip breakfast gain more weight than those who eat a healthy breakfast. Fill up on protein and/or whole grains and watch your morning go by without hunger pangs or major temptation for every donut that walks past. For myself, I know if I have a hearty, healthy breakfast, I can make better food choices all day long.


One Response to “Baked Eggs!”

  1. Barb Wohlford says:

    Those sound delious might have to try those. I agree eating breakfast is a must. I switched from protein drink to cereal this week to see I can lose some weight. Have not seen a difference yet, so maybe have to try it for two weeks.

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