Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest

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

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

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!

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

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 …

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

Smash some chickpeas in there along with some lemon zest …

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

And make a “nest” …

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

… for the egg to cook in.

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

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.

Breakfast for one: Lemony egg in a spinach-chickpea nest | Kitchen Treaty

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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5 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 replied on June 16th, 2014 on 1:33 pm

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

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