Saturday, February 25, 2012

Paula Deen's Lean: Eggs In A Nest

Scrambled eggs are a favorite go-to in our house for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Eggs are a great source of protein, easy to cook, affordable and just incredible. Guess that's why it is called the incredible edible egg!

Anyway...when I saw Paula's adorable recipe for Eggs in a Nest, I just had to try it out! I knew Kimber would love it. Plus, how cute would these be for an Easter brunch?!?!

Below is a basic recipe for the lean version of Paula's recipe. However, there is a lot of room to really have some fun with these and still keep 'em nutritious. Think about what you would normally put in your eggs. Maybe some sauteed peppers and onions? Maybe a little bit of diced lean ham or crumbled turkey sausage? Salmon? The options are there. Just remember to keep it lean.

EGGS IN A NEST
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
  • 1-1/2 cup Egg Beaters
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup 2% shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley, for garnish
DIRECTIONS

For the nest...
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a prepared baking sheet (spray with non-fat cooking spray), divide Parmesan cheese into four circles.

Bake for 3 minutes, until cheese is bubbly.


Remove from oven and allow to cool for a minute. When able to handle, carefully take the melted cheese circles and place inside a cupcake mold.

Allow to harden for at least 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups and place on serving platter.

For the eggs...
In a pan over medium-high heat, scramble the Egg Beaters. Season with salt and pepper. Add Cheddar cheese and other desired ingredients into the eggs. Continue to scramble until cheese in melted.

Remove the eggs from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Spoon the eggs evenly into the "nests" and top with parsley. Serve!


RESULTS

We LOVED these guys! Not only did subbing the Parm nest for the phyllo save nutritionally, it added so much flavor!! And the Egg Beaters....Rudy didn't even realize they weren't regular crack n' cook eggs! I can't wait to make these again with a little somethin' extra like turkey sausage or some veggies.

Overall, just leave out the butter and you are making huge steps in the right direction!

Let's see how we did nutritionally speaking!

NUTRITION FACTS (per nest):

BEFORE~ 627.75 calories / 57.59g fat / 11.65g carb / 31.93g protein / .28g fiber
AFTER~ 202.75 calories / 10.75g fat / 2.72g carb / 21.73g protein / 0g fiber
SAVES~ 425 calories / 46.8g fat / 8.93g carbohydrate



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