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Healthy Breakfast Twist: Bell Pepper Egg-in-a-Hole

Posted Jul 22 2010 10:07am

Breakfast:  the most important meal of the day!

My days as a dietetic internship graduate in dietetics limbo include several activities which demand the mental and physical energy that only a healthy breakfast can provide–studying for the RD exam, working out at my local 24 Hour Fitness, writing for the blog, writing in this blog. . .

. . .I came across this nifty, healthy idea in a recent issue of Everyday Food (you may have noticed that I love this magazine). Eggs in a Hole, using round pieces of Bell Pepper rather than cutting a hole in the bread! It is so tasty, and such a simple idea that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before. This has become one of my new staple breakfasts which helps me start the day out right.

Bell Pepper Egg-in-a-Hole

1.  Cut bell pepper into 1/2 inch thick rounds and remove the veins. Hint: Look for a pepper that is wide all the way down. If the pepper starts wide and gets thin at the bottom, slices from the bottom of the pepper will have a smaller hole and won’t hold the egg as well.

2.  Heat some Smart Balance on medium high until bubbly. Add the bell pepper circles and crack an egg into each. Season with salt and pepper (I add a bit of crushed red pepper) and cook until whites become opaque. Flip eggs and cook for a short time on the other side, until they are your desired doneness.

3.  Serve eggs on whole grain toast. Top with grated Parmesan cheese, and serve!

Other Notes

- This recipe works great with many other pepper and cheese combinations. I also like Red Bell Peppers with Shredded Cheddar. I’m thinking that Green Bell Peppers with Pepper Jack would be delicious as well.

-  I like to saute diced leftover bits of bell pepper to sprinkle on and around the finished eggs. Bell peppers are an excellent source of Vitamin C–why pass up a little extra?

Happy Breakfasting! What foods do you like to start out your day?

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