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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.

Source: Eatingwell.com, June 2019


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Recipe Summary

25 mins
40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Toss zucchini with oil, 1/8 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.

  • Meanwhile, stir ricotta, basil, Parmesan and the remaining 1/8 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 Facts

1 nest
175 calories; protein 11.8g; carbohydrates 5.7g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 2.5g; fat 11.7g; saturated fat 4.1g; cholesterol 197.8mg; vitamin a iu 750IU; vitamin c 18mg; folate 53.1mcg; calcium 154.9mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 31.2mg; potassium 380.1mg; sodium 300.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1 1/2 medium-fat protein, 1 fat, 1/2 vegetable