*I’m excited to share this Simple Baked Eggs with Spinach and Salsa guest post from my friend and talented RDN, Sara Haas from Sarahaasrdn.com. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love Sara’s simple formula for a healthy morning meal! Another protein-packed breakfast favorite that you may want to try are these Southwest Beef and Egg muffins. So good!
Hi there! I’m Sara Haas, a registered dietitian nutritionist and chef based in lovely Chicago, Illinois. Amee handed the reigns over to me today and I’m so happy that she did! It’s so fun to be here and I’ve got the perfect spring dish for you! Just what is it? Read on to find out!
There’s no better time to enjoy eggs than the spring! Something about that beautiful yellow yolk elicits images of sunshine and warmth. Am I right? But sometimes the thought of cooking up a batch of eggs makes you sigh. So much work and so many dishes! But you’re wrong! I’ve got a simple way (1 dish even!) to make those spring-time eggs you want. It’s called Baked Eggs!
Yes, baked eggs are a “thing.” Did you know about them? If not, I’m about ready to change your world. Baked eggs are just as they sound, eggs baked in a vessel. Wow, does it get easier? I’m not sure it does! The beauty of this dish is that it is versatile, meaning you can re-invent it in so many different ways. That means no more breakfast boredom!
How To Make Simple Baked Eggs with Spinach and Salsa
How Do You Make Them?
Believe or not, there’s a simple formula to making baked eggs that always come out perfectly.
The formula goes like this:
Step 1: Purchase a small ramekin or baking dish. A 6-ounce size is good, and can be found anywhere, even the grocery store!
Step 2: Build a base. This is where you can be creative! I like to start with veggies, usually about a 1/2 cup will do. Raw, leafy veggies work well, but so do leftover cooked veggies.
Step 3: Add some liquid. Again, more creativity! Yay! Add about 2 tablespoons of a liquid ingredient, but choose wisely. I love salsa for this because it adds flavor without a bunch of calories. You could also use tomato sauce or Romesco or even a gremolata.
Step 4: Add the egg and milk. The shining star, the egg, comes next and then I like to add some milk to help prevent the yolk from drying out during cooking. I got that great tip from the find people of The Kitchn.
Step 5: Add cheese, spices and other accoutrement. Again, personalize here! Add a small amount of flavorful cheese – like sharp cheddar, feta or blue cheese. Sprinkle on some of your favorite spices or add a drizzle of hot sauce. Have fun!
Step 6: Garnish. Add the final fixings to give your baked eggs that special something. You can totally skip this step, but why not add some fresh herbs or a crunchy tortilla chip or two!
Now Enjoy Your Baked Eggs!
It’s time to set you free! Print out this blog along with the recipe and get building. Heck, have a party and have your friends and family bake some eggs too! Have fun with it. After all, isn’t that what cooking is all about!?
Simple Baked Eggs with Spinach and Salsa
- 1/2 cup chopped baby spinach or baby kale
- 2 tablespoons prepared salsa
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- kosher salt to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cilantro chopped, if desired
- 2 crumbled tortilla chips if desired
- Preheat the oven to 375’F and coat a ramekin or small baking dish with non-fat cooking spray. Place the greens in the bottom of the ramekin and spoon salsa on top. Crack the egg on top of the salsa then drizzle with 1 tablespoon low-fat milk. Season with salt and pepper and top with cheese. Bake until whites are set and yolks are just firm around the edges, about 12-15 minutes. Top with cilantro and crumbled tortilla chips, if desired.