Before my diagnosis of celiac disease and switching to a gluten free diet, one of my favorite breakfasts was Egg in a Nest. Here is a very satisfying alternative recipe that highlights low carb vegetables and thinly sliced ham “noodles” to form the nest. This is a quick and very easy meal that is perfect for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner. It’s made convenient if you use pre-spiralized vegetable noodles that are becoming more commonplace in the produce or frozen section of many grocery stores. I spiralized zucchini and red radishes to create these colorful noodles that are perfect for springtime, but feel free to substitute your favorite veggie noodles instead. Although this recipe makes one serving, simply increase the amounts listed to make as many nests as you desire. This flavorful egg dish is as fun to make as it is to eat!
Low Carb Egg in a Zoodle Nest
Makes 1 serving
1/2 medium zucchini, spiralized into noodles (about 1 cup)
2-3 red radishes, spiralized into noodles (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 ounce deli ham, cut into long, thin strips
1 tablespoon butter or avocado oil
1 large egg
1/2 ounces cheddar or your favorite cheese, shredded (1/4 cup)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Toss the vegetable noodles and ham strips together. Melt the butter or avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the zoodle and ham mixture to the pan and sauté until the vegetables are beginning to soften and the ham is fragrant and starting to brown lightly.
2. Form the zoodle mixture into a nest, creating a small depression in the center. Crack an egg into the center of the nest and season with salt and pepper. Put a lid on the skillet and allow the steam from the vegetables to cook the egg to your liking.
3. Gently remove the nest from the skillet to a serving plate and sprinkle the shredded cheese around the yolk of the egg. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Information per serving: 165 calories, 4.8 g carbohydrate (1.3 g dietary fiber, 3.3 g sugars), 10.3 g total fat (4.9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 206 mg cholesterol, 440 mg sodium, 149 mg calcium, 368 mg potassium, 1 mg iron, 20 mg Vit C, 13.6 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 3.5 grams
Photos and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2019
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