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Week of December 9, 2013
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Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Spinach

from the
American Institute for Cancer Research

Time off with family over the holidays is a perfect occasion to serve a leisurely breakfast with a new twist – adding veggies.

Hearty whole-grain bread is layered with a mixture of sautéed mushrooms, spinach, onions and scallions. Unsweetened almond milk gives this dish a rich flavor in a healthier way than cream. Almond milk can be a smart choice for people who have difficulty digesting lactose; as a substitute for calcium-rich dairy, be sure to look for brands that are fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

You can add even more “veggies” to breakfast by garnishing with fresh tomatoes and wedges of avocado – both add to a cancer protective plant-based diet. To add a finishing touch, place a sprig of fresh thyme, rosemary or parsley on top of each serving.

Cutting the breakfast casserole into squares around each piece of toast ensures neat portions. So bake up this veggie surprise and enjoy it with loved ones as you linger a little longer over breakfast. This dish makes a great brunch entrée or easy dinner meal too.

Spinach Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms and Spinach

  • 6 (1-oz) slices whole-grain bread
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 green onions, chopped, including green stems
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (any variety works, shitake or crimini are especially good)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cheddar, part-skim mozzarella cheese or Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped parsley or chives

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In toaster, lightly toast bread. Coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Arrange toast in flat layer without overlapping.

In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 5 minutes. Add green onion and sauté 3 minutes.

Add mushrooms and cook until they begin to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook another 4 minutes. Stir in spinach and let wilt, about 2-3 minutes.

Evenly spread mushroom and spinach mixture over toast.

Crack an egg over each piece of toast. Lightly season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour milk over eggs and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake until egg whites are set, about 28-30 minutes. Garnish with parsley or chives. Cut into 6 sections and serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.

Per serving: 209 calories, 9 g total fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 g carbohydrate,
13.5 g protein, 3.5 g dietary fiber, 309 mg sodium.


Our Mission: The American Institute for Cancer Research champions the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that we can help people make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.

We have contributed over $105 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. Find evidence-based tools and information for lowering cancer risk, including AICR’s Recommendations for Cancer Prevention, at www.aicr.org.


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