Baked Eggs Provençale
Make this simple French-inspired, vegetarian egg dish, featuring healthy ingredients and quick prep time.
Packed with protein and B vitamins, eggs are a great breakfast choice. They keep you feeling full, which studies show may help with weight loss. Try this nutritious, vegetarian egg recipe, which has its origins in France in the morning or as a quick, light dinner.
To make this recipe you will need a large shallow pan and a sharp knife for chopping herbs.
Nutrition information (per serving)*: Total Fat (15.7g); Carbohydrates (16g); Sodium (599mg); Sugar (3g); Fiber (4g); Cholesterol (327mg); Protein (15g)
1 15-oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Handful of basil or parsley, chopped
1. Preheat the Oven
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.
2. Bake the Tomatoes
Spread the can of crushed tomatoes in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with the chopped thyme and bake for 10 minutes.
3. Add the Eggs and Back More
Carefully remove the pan from the oven and crack all the eggs directly into the tomato sauce. Sprinkle the eggs with salt and pepper; drizzle the whole dish with olive oil; and bake another 10 minutes or so, until the yolks are done to your liking – the yolks will still look glossy on top when they’re cooked through.
4. Top with Fresh Herbs and Serve
When the eggs are done, scoop them onto plates with the sauce, and top with chopped basil or parsley.
Arthritis Friendly Bonuses
- Garlic-lovers could stir a teaspoon of finely chopped garlic into the tomato sauce before beginning. Garlic contains a type of antioxidant called quercetin. Researchers are investigating quercetin’s potential ability to relieve inflammation in diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
- Tomatoes are considered a nightshade vegetable which some people claim aggravates arthritis pain and inflammation. However, there aren’t scientific studies that prove they cause inflammation. If tomatoes don’t trigger pain for you, it’s worth including them in your diet. They’re rich in the antioxidant lycopene and are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and folate.
- Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats that can help lower your blood LDL [bad cholesterol] level and raise HDL [good] cholesterol, which in turn can help prevent cardiovascular disease. Inflammatory arthritis has been linked to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease.
*Disclaimer: All nutritional information provided is approximate and based on USDA measurements. Actual amounts may vary based on exact ingredients used, how they are prepared and serving size.
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