Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest

Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

Vegetarian Dairy-Free Gluten-Free 20 Minutes or Less

Total Time: 5 mins

Yum

This is another one of those sort of on-a-whim recipes that I threw together one morning, and I absolutely loved it.

Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest - Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

I know that a breakfast-for-one recipe doesn’t exactly make perfect sense on a blog that’s all about living together in peace … but sometimes the carnivorous guy and toddler are over there gnawing happily on their bacon, and I feel like I’m missing out on the breakfast action. So then I whip up something special for myself and I feel a little better. So, see?! Even this Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest helps keep our mixed-diet family happy!

Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest - Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

This simple, satisfying, and protein-rich breakfast isn’t only delicious, it’s super easy, too. Seriously – it takes only about 5 minutes to whip up!

Just saute a little spinach …

Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest - Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

Smash some chickpeas in there along with some lemon zest …

Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest - Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

And make a “nest” …

Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest - Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

… for the egg to cook in.

Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest - Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

Salt, pepper, a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, and breakfast is served.

The egg cooks perfectly, at least to my taste – a bit of buttery yolk oozing out to flavor the “nest” here and there. And the chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) crisp up in wonderful little browned bits. Yum.

Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest - Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

I’ve gotta say, my bacon-obsessed loved ones are totally missing out.

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Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest

Five minutes to a satisfying, wholesome, protein-rich breakfast! Sunny lemon brightens up breakfast with this super-simple egg-in-a-nest for one.

Yield: 1 serving

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • Pinch kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cooked/canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 egg
  • Lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the spinach along with a pinch of salt and pepper and saute, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 1 minute.
  2. Add chickpeas and lemon zest. Carefully smash the chickpeas with a fork while combining the ingredients.
  3. With a wooden spoon, shape the mixture into a "wreath" with a hole in the middle. Drizzle the remaining teaspoon of olive oil into the hole, and then crack the egg into the hole.
  4. Cover pan with a lid and cook until egg has cooked through to desired doneness (for me, that's about 3 minutes).
  5. Use a large spatula to transfer the egg and "nest" to a plate. Some of the edges of the nest may fall off; just put it back into position on the plate.
  6. Top egg with a little additional salt and pepper, if desired, and squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the top. Serve.

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

8 Responses to “Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest”

  1. Sinclairika posted on April 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. So good. I think the browned bits of chickpea were my favorite part. This will definitely become a staple.

  2. Arthur in the Garden! posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Love it!

  3. Laura Curtin @ Incredibly Edible posted on April 18, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Yum, this looks so easy and nutritious! I will be giving this a go:)

  4. Pam T. posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Made this the other night, and it was fantastic! I don’t like runny egg yolk, so instead we added a little extra egg white and just scrambled them. I’ve been eating a similar dish with black beans and salsa, but the lemon and chickpeas make this my new favorite!

    • Karen Raye posted on June 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Pam! So glad you like this! I’ve made it with whites too and liked it almost as much myself. :)

  5. Clarissa posted on February 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Made this for breakfast today, it was great! Thank you so much for the recipe! :)

  6. Sara posted on May 22, 2015 at 6:22 am

    How do you transfer it to the plate and still keep the presentation intact?

  7. Guy who reads posted on June 25, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Sara – read step 5 of the directions

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