Shamrock Eggs with Braised Spinach
St. Patrick’s Day brings to mind recipes like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Soda Bread, Irish Stew and Irish desserts. Apart from Corned Beef & Cabbage, which is naturally low-carb, all these are high in carbs and calories. Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on a few quick & simple low-carb recipes to make your St. Patrick’s Day festive. Here is the result of my efforts (links to 2 more recipes at the bottom). You may have already tried eggs cooked in bell pepper rings. Here is a little tip on how to make your breakfast more interesting:
Hands-on: 10 minutes
Overall: 15 minutes
Nutritional values (per serving):
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Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (4.9%), protein (20.1%), fat (75%)
Ingredients (per serving):
- 2 large eggs (free range or organic)
- 2 rings of large green pepper, approx. 2 cm / 1 inch thick (~ 40g / 1.4 oz)
- ½ small red onion (30g / 1.1 oz)
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach (30g / 1.1 oz)
- ¼ cup sliced organic bacon (30g / 1.1 oz)
- 1 tbsp ghee (or unsalted organic butter)
- salt and pepper to taste
Note: When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives). Try to get nitrate-free bacon or slice your own from pork belly.
- Rinse the bell pepper, remove stem and seeds. Slice it into two thick (2 cm / 1 inch) slices just near the center of the pepper (the widest part). Save the rest of the pepper for a salad or with your breakfast.
- Grease a non-stick pan with half of the ghee or butter and add the pepper rings to the pan. Cook on one side for about 3 minutes. Crack an egg into each of the bell pepper rings. Don’t worry if some of the egg white leaks out, you can simply remove it later on with a spatula. Season with salt and ground black pepper and cook until the egg white becomes firm. When done, set aside.
- In a separate pan, warm the remaining of the ghee or butter and add finely chopped red onion. Cook for a few minutes until slightly brown. Then, add sliced bacon and cook shortly. Add washed and drained baby spinach, season with salt and cook for another minute.
Note: I already had some crispy bacon prepared in my fridge, so I just added that at the end.
- Place everything on a serving plate and enjoy!