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Eggs in a Nest

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Eggs in a Nest

A delicious, healthy, meat-free recipe inspired by Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle."

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  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4
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Eggs in a Nest


salt and pepper taste
large bunch roughly chopped spinach leaves
cup chopped sundried tomatoes
cup chopped carrots
cloves garlic, chopped
to 1 yellow, white or red onion, chopped
tablespoons olive oil
cups instant brown or white rice


  • 1 Prepare instant rice as directed.
  • 2 Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute until golden, about 5 minutes.
  • 3 Add carrots, sundried tomatoes and 1 tablespoon water and saute until carrots are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
  • 4 Add spinach and cook down slightly. Cover until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes.
  • 5 Using the back of a spoon, make depressions in the mixture around the edges of the pan. Crack an egg in each depression and cover until eggs are poached, about 3-5 minutes.
  • 6 Serve egg mixture over rice and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

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Eggs in a Nest  

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough

Growing up in a household of meat eaters, I know there is nothing like biting into a juicy, fresh-off-the-grill burger or digging into a hearty slice of meatloaf.

So when the husband and I decided to drastically reduce the amount of meat in our diets, you’d better believe I felt like I was losing out on some of my favorite flavors.

Over the years, however, we’ve learned how to transform our meatless meals into something as (or more) delicious than anything made with meat, including this recipe for Eggs in a Nest.

We discovered this gem while reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal Vegetable Miracle (which includes several tasty recipes) and with a few tweaks of our own, have made this dish a healthy and satisfying staple in our meat-free dinner rotation. Here’s how to get it on your own table in less than half an hour:

First ingredients in skillet

First, heat a few tablespoons of olive oil or butter in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and a couple cloves of chopped garlic to the mix and sauté until golden. In the meantime, prepare a couple cups of brown or white rice on the stovetop or in a rice cooker.

More ingredients in the skillet

Add the next few ingredients – some chopped carrots and sundried tomatoes, along with a tablespoon of water – and sauté until the carrots just start to tenderize.

Add spinach

Next, add a heaping – and I mean heaping – helping of spinach and cook it down slightly. Cover the mixture for a minute or two until the spinach is completely wilted.

Spinach added to other ingredients

Using the back of a spoon, make depressions around the edges of the pan, and crack an egg in each depression

Here’s where the “nest” part comes in: Using the back of a spoon, make depressions around the edges of the pan, and crack an egg in each depression.

Cover the pan again for a few minutes to “poach” the eggs

Cover the pan again for a few minutes to “poach” the eggs…

Eggs in a Next on plate

Place a serving of cooked rice on a plate, top with the egg-veggie mixture and a sprinkling of salt and pepper and voila! A meal so good, you won’t miss the meat.

Cutting into Eggs in a Next

Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!
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