Spiralized Zucchini Nest Eggs

Spiralized Zucchini Nest Eggs

1 Review
From: Eatingwell.com, June 2019

These impressive-looking zucchini eggs in a nest are actually surprisingly easy to make. There's no frying or poaching required—instead, the eggs are baked right on top of a bed of spiralized zucchini noodles. An herbed cheese mixture adds plenty of flavor and keeps the eggs from running through the zucchini nests. Serve these eggs for a healthy breakfast or brunch.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 medium zucchini (1 pound), spiralized (see Tips)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 medium eggs (see Tips)


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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Toss zucchini with oil, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, salt and garlic powder until evenly coated. Using 1 cup zucchini each, create 4 nests on the prepared pan. Bake for 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, stir ricotta, basil, Parmesan and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon pepper together in a small bowl. Spread 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the center of each nest, creating an indentation. Crack an egg into each indentation. (It's OK if some of the egg spills out.) Bake until desired doneness, 12 to 15 minutes for medium set or 14 to 18 minutes for hard set.
  • Tips: Look for a package of fresh zucchini noodles in the produce department, or make your own zucchini noodles.
  • If you only have large eggs on hand, they will work but might overflow the nests a bit. Add 3 minutes additional cook time if using large eggs.
  • Equipment: Spiral vegetable slicer

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 nest
  • Per serving: 175 calories; 12 g fat(4 g sat); 1 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 12 g protein; 53 mcg folate; 198 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 750 IU vitamin A; 18 mg vitamin C; 155 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 300 mg sodium; 380 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (30% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1½ medium-fat protein, 1 fat, ½ vegetable

Reviews 1

July 18, 2019
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By: Elle
Delicious and easy! The only change I made was I substituted 2% cottage cheese for the ricotta cheese. This was excellent - I will definitely make it again.
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