5 Ingredients or Less: Eggs In A Basket

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, Healthy Recipes, October 11, 2010
Toby's Eggs in a Basket

Also called “eggs-in-a-hole”, “birds nest,” “eggs-in-a-blanket” or “toad-in-a-hole”, I served this fun breakfast fave  to my kids on their first day of school. With less than 5 ingredients, it’s an easy and stress-free dish to cook up on a school day.


Eggs-In-A-Basket
Yield: 4 portions (1 slice each)

Ingredients:
4 slices 100-percent whole-wheat bread
4 large eggs
4 teaspoons unsalted butter
4 slices low fat Swiss cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Whole-Wheat Bread
Look for 100 percent whole-wheat bread with “whole wheat flour” listed as the first ingredient and at least 3 grams of fiber per slice. Check out how various brands stacked up in our taste test.

Eggs
Regarded as the perfect protein, eggs are a quick and easy breakfast option. Packed with nutrients like selenium, vitamin B-12, riboflavin and lutein, it’s an egg-cellent way to start your day.

Butter
Who says butter can’t be part of a healthy diet? It’s all about portions — about a teaspoon on each slice of bread. Choose the unsalted, whipped varieties to cut down on calories and salt.

Swiss Cheese
Balance out the meal with some extra calcium with a slice of lowfat Swiss or another cheese you like. Look for varieties with less than 5 grams of total fat per slice to help keep the artery-clogging fat under control.

Directions:
Create out a hole in the center of each slice of bread – the rim of a wine glass works well. Save the extra bread for mini PB&J after-school snack or check out some of our ideas for using day-old bread. Spread 1/2 teaspoon of butter on each side of each slice of bread. Place buttered bread on a nonstick griddle or skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Let bread toast for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat. Crack egg into each hole and let cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until egg is set. Flip bread over carefully and let cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place a slice of cheese over each slice of bread and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Info Per Serving (1 piece):
Calories: 251
Total Fat: 10 grams
Saturated Fat: 4.6  grams
Total Carbohydrate: 21.6 grams
Protein: 17.4 grams
Sodium: 620 milligrams
Cholesterol: 228 milligrams
Fiber: 3 gram

TELL US: What’s your favorite weekday breakfast?

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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Comments (8)

  1. SusieBeeonMaui says:

    Mmmm, never made with cheese before-great idea!
    Here's my latest bfast concoction-easy and tasty.
    http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/10/choco

    Susan

  2. BusyBee says:

    Absolutely loved this! Simple, easy and quick

  3. sharon says:

    grew up eating this! but my mother would serve bacon or sausage on the side. she would cook the inside rounds aside the "eggs in the hole" and we would have little round toasts!

  4. dkliman says:

    five ingredients or _FEWER,_ not "less."

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