Monday, September 19, 2011

Eat more of this superfood -- for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner

Eggs really do qualify as a superfood. A partial list of their health benefits includes: high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids; protects your eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts; good for your nervous system thanks to their choline content; they contain Vitamin D...and they are inexpensive, easy to prepare and amazingly versatile.
I love this preparation, which has the added enhancement of including another superfood, spinach.

Recipe: Eggs on Creamy Spinach with Crunchy Bread Crumbs
(Serves 2)


  • 1/2 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless country-style bread
  • 5 teaspoons Dijon mustard, divided
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 9-ounce package fresh spinach leaves
  • 3 tablespoons half and half or milk
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 large eggs
  • Fresh thyme sprigs (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss crumbs with 2 teaspoons mustard, 2 teaspoons oil, and mustard seeds in medium bowl to coat.
Scatter on rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Meanwhile, add enough water to deep large nonstick skillet to cover bottom. Add spinach; toss over high heat to wilt, about 2 minutes. Scrape into sieve set over bowl; press out liquid. Wipe out skillet; reserve.
Transfer spinach to medium saucepan. Add 3 teaspoons mustard, half and half, and chopped thyme. Stir over medium heat until thick, about 3 minutes. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Remove from heat.
Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in reserved skillet over medium-high heat. Crack eggs into skillet, spacing apart. Fry until whites are cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Divide spinach between 2 plates, spreading out as base for eggs. Top with eggs, crumbs, and thyme sprigs.

Source: Epicurious/Bon Appetit 

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