Tuscan Baked Eggs on Lentils for #WeekdaySupper

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 15, 2013


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When I am rustling up breakfast, I try to figure out what’s for dinner. Otherwise, 5 p.m. will be here and I won’t know what the plan is.

But when I came back from a 2-week vacation recently, I was off my routine. For several days in a row, dinnertime came and I just looked like a deer in the headlights.

Luckily, I have some foodie friends whose ideas inspired me, and based on the photos of their recipes, I put the flame on under the skillet and got to work. It’s fun to make up your own recipe based on just an idea. Try it sometime!

Tuscan Baked Eggs on Lentils on Shockingly DeliciousThe starting idea was Tuscan Baked Eggs, which I had never heard of before, but unfamiliarity shouldn’t stop you; it should drive you forward! Here’s what I saw in the refrigerator and pantry that helped me out: eggs, steamed lentils (I always keep a package of Carrots, celery and onions for Baked Tuscan Eggs on Lentils on Shockingly Deliciousthese on hand for speed), jarred pasta sauce, carrots, celery, onion, Parmesan cheese.

Ready, set, go! In less than 30 minutes, I had a new, tasty, healthy, Meatless Monday meal.

Recipe: Tuscan Baked Eggs on Lentils

Summary: Gently baked eggs rest atop a flavorful, tomatoey lentil bed, with Parmesan and pine nuts on top, for a fast Meatless Monday.

Ingredients

  • Melissa's Steamed Lentils on Shockingly Delicious1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (17.63-ounce) package steamed lentils (you will use half the package)
  • Gina Rispoli Arrabbiata 25oz on Shockingly Delicious1 (25-ounce) jar pasta sauce (I used Gina Rispoli Arrabbiata Sauce)
  • 5 eggs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼-1/3 cup pine nuts
  • Optional: 2-3 tablespoons drained capers for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in large skillet and saute onion, celery, carrots and oregano until the vegetables are soft and beginning to caramelize, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in half the package of steamed lentils and the whole jar of pasta sauce, stir, cover and simmer on low for about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Tuscan Baked Eggs on Lentils on Shockingly DeliciousHeat broiler in oven. Remove skillet lid, stir mixture (add a tablespoon or two of water if it seems too dry) and make slight indentations with the back of a spoon; crack an egg into each indentation. (I allowed 1 egg each for me and the kids and 2 for my husband; your mileage may vary.) Replace skillet lid and cook mixture on low for about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Remove lid, sprinkle eggs with grated Parmesan and pine nuts, and move the skillet to the broiler. Broil uncovered for 2 minutes, which will toast the pine nuts and finish cooking the eggs.
  5. Remove from oven and garnish with capers (if you like them), or snipped chives, or leave them as is.
  6. Serve onto plates, with a toasted bagel half tucked beside.
  7. Serves 4.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: Italian

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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes April 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

Oh my goodness, this looks just fabulous Dorothy!

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Dorothy Reinhold April 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Nicole,
Thank you! I loved it A LOT!

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Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator April 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Hey, nice to know I inspired you! Love the idea of adding lentils… mmm.

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Dorothy Reinhold April 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Stephanie,
Inspiration is all around, isn’t it, if only we let it in!

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Tara April 16, 2013 at 10:16 am

Oh yum, I have to try this one, looks so very good!!

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Dorothy Reinhold April 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Tara,
Oh yeah, I really liked this one!

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Geez Louise! April 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

This is the second time I’ve come across a recipe like this in the last few weeks… looks so good and simple, and photographs nicely! I’m on it..

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kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts April 16, 2013 at 3:26 am

I’ve never tried anything like this, but it looks really good and I’m pretty game to try it. It seems like any old cooked lentils would do. (I’m guessing about 1 1/2 cups of cooked lentils go in the skillet?)
Thanks, Dorothy!

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Erika {In Erika's Kitchen} April 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I so rarely think about eggs for dinner – this looks just delicious. A nice crusty loaf of bread and you’re all set. Thanks Dorothy!

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Renee April 15, 2013 at 5:08 am

Everything about this dish sounds so wonderful. I have not tried the steamed lentils yet. I will be on the hunt for them thanks to you.

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Dorothy Reinhold April 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

Renee,
They are in the refrigerated section, or the refrigerated produce section sometimes. Also, if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, they carry them (shhhh…Melissa’s distributes them to TJs and TJs puts their own label on — all is fair in love and grocery stores, right?).

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Hezzi-D April 15, 2013 at 3:32 am

Great weekday supper post! This looks like a quick and easy dinner. Plus, I love anything with pasta sauce!

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Dorothy Reinhold April 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

Heather,
Yeah, you could put pasta sauce on dirt and it would be good!

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