So remember how I was oohing and ahhing over the wonderful weather we were having this past weekend? Well it stayed beautiful until Wednesday night. Then, out of nowhere I was upstair in our bedroom and it sounded like someone was throwing rocks at the window. It kept getting louder and louder and then there was thunder! What the heck Colorado! It was sunny and warm all day and now it was hailing, windy, and cold. When I got up the next morning I was less than thrilled to see snow on the ground and read that the temperature was only 24, but with the wind felt like 17. Awesome…this was going to make for an interesting run. I ran 5 miles on my treadmill until it was light out and warmed up slightly (about 3 degrees). I then put on my warm running clothes and headed outside. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but knew I needed to run another 5 miles. When I started it wasn’t too bad, but then I hit the first patch of ice…great, this was going to be a slow and cautious run. I then turned the corner and was blasted with the 17 mph wind, yeah that felt good! The next 2 miles were like trying to push a wall as I ran. Then came the real fun part. The light snow from the night before had left a good layer of powder covering up the crunchy ice. The wind and powder got together and decided it would be fun to blow it everywhere. Snow does not feel good hitting your face, it feels like sand hitting you, only this is frozen sand! By the time I finished my last 5 miles I had hands that were so numb I could barely curl my fingers, my face was stinging from the cold, and my legs were not impressed with my not so graceful way of running through icy, crunchy, snow. I took a hot shower immediately to defrost and then I was starving. I wanted something warm so I decided to make these spinach and roasted red pepper baked eggs.
They were just what I needed to warm up and get my energy back. To make them I sprayed a pan with cooking spray and quickly sautéed the spinach and diced roasted red pepper with a little salt and pepper.
While that cooked I sprayed two ramekins with cooking spray. I then cracked 6 eggs, I was making these using only the egg whites, so 3 egg whites per ramekin. I whisked a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of half and half into the egg whites.
I then took my spinach and pepper mixture and divided it into the two ramekins. I then divided the egg mixture evenly between the ramekins. I finished each of them off with a tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese and a pinch of red pepper flakes. They baked in the oven for about 25 minutes and when they came out they were puffed up and golden on top. They tasted amazing!
I loved the combination of the spinach and roasted red pepper in them, and the parmesan cheese on top gave them a nice golden cheesy crust. It was the perfect protein packed and healthy (only 110 calories) breakfast that I needed after that beating of a run. The great thing about these spinach and roasted red pepper baked eggs is that they taste great any time of day. I saved the other baked egg and had it later in the day for a snack. I simply reheated it in the microwave and it was just as good. The next time you get pummeled with wind and blowing snow make these delicious spinach and roasted red pepper baked eggs to warm you up!
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper, diced
- 6 egg whites
- 1 t. half and half
- 2 T. parmesan cheese
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray two 7 ounce ramekins with cooking spray.
- In a medium saute pan sprayed with cooking spray, add the spinach and roasted red bell pepper.
- Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and cook until the spinach is wilted.
- In a small bowl gently whisk the 6 egg whites and teaspoon of half and half until just combined.
- Season the eggs with a pinch of salt.
- Put half the spinach and pepper mixture into each ramekin.
- Pour half the egg mixture into each ramekin.
- Top each ramekin with a tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
- Place the ramekins on a cookie sheet and place them on the middle rack of the oven.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the eggs are set and golden brown on top.