Arugula, Ricotta, and Fried Egg Toasts

Introducing….

The incredible, edible egg!

Today’s post is all about swooning, drooling, and dreaming about the magic deliciousness of eggs.

But before you go grab your skillet or soufflé recipe cards, please sit down boys and girls, we’re going to learn a little first. Ok I know, I know, I know…my posts usually consist of at least one reference to the Kardashians or my weird obsession with pink jelly beans…but hear me out…just think of me as that cool teacher from high school that would let you play music in study hall…or accidentally slip four letter bombs in between lectures.

(I found this pic in latest edition of Bon Appetit Magzine, they did an awesome article on eggs this month!)

So let’s begin!

Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past for concerns with raising cholesterol. It turns out that the dietary cholesterol in eggs really has little do with the amount of cholesterol in your body. What you need to be concerned with is the saturated fat in foods. So while eggs do contain cholesterol, they only have about 1.5 grams saturated fat. So I’m definitely not telling you to go crazy now and eat eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… but according to MayoClinic, eating four egg yolks or fewer on a weekly basis is just fine. And if you’re still concerned about consuming the cholesterol, just only eat the egg whites. All of the cholesterol is in the egg yolk.

Phew! Now that that’s out of the way… lets get into why these things are good for you. Besides the fact that they are also a super cheap way to stock up on lean protein, they are also rich source of 13 vitamins and minerals!

Counting calories? One large egg contains about 74 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein . Take out that yolk and you’ve got only about 17 calories and 3 grams of protein.

So how does this all relate to cooking??

Besides the fact that they are an awesome way to incorporate more lean protein into your meal plans, they are….magical. 

I’m not kidding. How cool is to that you can whip egg whites and they grow into this beautiful light fluffiness 10 times their original size? They emulsify into aoilis, fluff into soufflés, and bind moist cakes and tender cookies! Plus its hard to beat mopping up a runny sunny-side up egg yolk with some crusty toast.. Mmmm!

Bottom line – I love eggs – Eggs love me back… as long as I don’t eat them by the carton every morning.

 

 

Ready to practice? These Arugula, Ricotta, and Fried Egg Toasts highlight everything I love about eggs. The warm runny egg yolk is sooo delicious over the creamy ricotta cheese. The peppery arugula and crispy whole grain toast give the perfect contrast to the buttery goodness spread on top. My family loved this dish. We had it for dinner, but this is one of those meals you can eat whenever you want! I’m just usually too lazy in the morning…cheerios anyone? I’m still working on that….



Comments

  1. That looks amazing!! YUM! I love this post ( I love to learn!) please keep sharing! Those eggs look so delicious with the arugula and ricotta. Happy Thursday!

  2. I love the trivia about cholesterol and that egg has nothing to do with the high cholesterol. Now I would not worry about it any more. The dish looks delicious=)

  3. I love savory breakfasts and this looks perfect!

  4. Lovely, delicious and healthy!What more can you ask for? :)Love it!

  5. Love how you’ve called it the incredible, edible egg. And it certainly is. I’m not normally an egg kinda girl but I have to admit that this look like a party in my mouth! Yummy!

  6. i freakin LOVE eggs too. add it in a meal, a it changes EVERYTHING. ♥

  7. Professor Kristina…thank you SO much for the egg lesson.

    I got one of those lessons in school…but it was totally different. *ahem*

    Also, you made me feel better about noshing on eggs. And this egg toast has green stuff. Which means it’s totally good for you. Num.

  8. I have learnt so much about eggs in this recipe – considering I am not a fan of eggs, I still want to devour this :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  9. Eggs have never had a bad rap with me! Love this post. :)

  10. I love eggs… and this looks super tasty! I would totally make this and probably be super lame and add bacon to it to cause I’m like that and if I’m having a fried egg I totally want bacon lol. :)

  11. Eggs are those things I always go to when I need a quick meal, be it dinner, breakfast or lunch. The perfect way to guarantee no leftovers since our family is small. Love the layers here, looks like a great meal to me-yum!

  12. Fabulous post Kristina! Thank you so much for sharing all that info. Love the first picture.

  13. We have eggs for dinner occasionally, so your egg toast would be perfect. All we have to is add the arugula.and ricotta. Love your egg tutorial.

    Have a great weekend.!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Becky! The best part about this meal is that it literally takes about 15 minutes.. start to finish! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner :)

  14. Kristina, you have so many of my favorite flavors in this dish–and I adore breakfast for dinner. This looks great, particularly for the artisan ricotta lurking in my fridge.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Hahah perfect :) I always love finding an excuse to whip out the ricotta, I don’t use it much so its always such a treat!

  15. Breakfast is on our minds ;) This looks awesome-and I love the egg facts you shared. :)

  16. I’m so glad you gave some cred to the incredible edible egg- they are high in quality protein, low calorie, and nutrient packed. Even better: eggs from chickens that have been able to graze outside on whatever they want to eat. Beautiful bright orange yolks and amazing taste!

  17. what an awesome breakfast! love it!

  18. Looks incredible!

  19. This makes for a great breakfast!

  20. I must try this one for hubs. He is a huge egg lover. This really is spectacular.

  21. Bill is the fried egg pan in our household…he’d be delighted with this lovely breakfast. And I’ll take mine scrambled :)

  22. Eggs are one of my go to foods. Quick, easy, loaded with protein and inexpensive. Thanks for taking eggs off the bad rap list!

  23. Your egg is perfect. I love to eat eggs but when I cook I always end up scrambling them. My husband makes the best eggs regardless of the type I pick. I need to take lessons.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      haha well don’t feel too bad… what I didn’t include in my post was the picture of a half dozen horribly fried eggs….oops :)