This is not your average “I eat eggs for breakfast” kind of post. Mornings during the week always feel so rushed. I’m struggling to get myself ready for work, my lunch packed, not to mention the baby dressed and packed up to head over to Nana’s for the day. That’s why I like the weekends. Not just because it means not having to go to work, but because the morning is nice and leisurely. I can take my time, sit and feed the baby, drink some coffee and make myself some breakfast. The plan is for my schedule to be changing soon. With going to three nights a week I should be able to experience these slow mornings more frequently.
I’ve been working on trying to lose weight since the start of the year and to jumpstart things again (I dropped 7 pounds in January, but then hit a plateau) I opted to join my husband and try the ketogenic diet. While I was researching recipes, I stumbled upon a website called Eat This Much. It’s a service that will take what kind of diet you want to do, how much weight you want to lose and how much time and generates a week’s worth of meals custom tailored to your macros and calorie needs. This is my first week trying the site, but I can tell you it was very helpful to have a week of meals generated for me, plus a grocery list. I opted to plug it into the Kroger ClickList and picked up the groceries Saturday morning.
Today I prepped meals so that I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking breakfast and lunch during the week. But for Sunday morning I opted to make my breakfast fresh, using a recipe called Egg in the Nest. The Keto spin on it was that instead of making a nest with a piece of toast, you create it using bacon and zucchini. This was an opportunity to use some of the zucchini I grew this summer and have had in my freezer.
It actually didn’t occur to me to share this recipe as a blog post until I started cooking. At which point I grabbed my camera and started shooting. My little one even cooperated and played contently while I cooked breakfast. The photos, as a result, are imperfect, but life is imperfect. You’re not going to get the beautiful food porn with each meal. Still, the nests were rather tasty even if they weren’t as beautiful as the picture included in the original recipe. I modified the recipe slightly to include some additional seasonings. If you’re interested in trying a nice low-carb breakfast I recommend you give this a shot.
Eggs in a Zest
A Keto, low-carb take on a traditional breakfast item!
- 2 cups of zucchini
- 2 strips of bacon
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- garlic powder
Spiralize, shred, or julienne zucchini into thin slices or "noodles." Cut bacon slices in half, then cut them lengthwise into ¼ inch thick strips - like bacon noodles.
In a heavy saute pan, cook the bacon for about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and mix well. Season with garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper and spread out within the pan evenly. Flatten slightly, creating two depressions for the eggs.
Sprinkle with the cheese. Break one egg into each dent. Cook on medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, then cover and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking and the bottom is crispy. Serve hot.