EGGS BENEDICT-ISH

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Now that I know a whole extra large egg has about 90 calories, 7 grams of fat and 210 mg of cholesterol, I am pretty okay using Egg Beaters or Liquid Egg Whites to make most of my egg recipes like Veggie Omelets, Veg and Egg Bagels or Skinny French Toast.

But, sometimes, I just need a runny egg!

And no runny egg experience makes me happier than Eggs Benedict..its golden yolk oozing over everything in its path.

Whether it was a breakfast at a fancy hotel (you know, those places you used to go before children??) or the neighborhood cafe where we’ve gone with kids in the last few years, that was my breakfast of choice…

Until I found out how much that choice was costing me!

Even an I-Hop Eggs Benedict has 1020 calories! The Cheesecake Factory version has 1300! (Of course, they offer one with bacon and spinach as well…which has 1420 calories!)

Now, I get my runny egg fix whenever I want it, but in a much skinnier way.

This version uses just one egg, half a 100 calorie English muffin, and a 10 calorie slice of deli smoked ham. It also has fresh spinach for fiber and iron and fresh tomatoes that add even more fiber and nutrients as well as a juiciness that helps make up for the missing Hollandaise sauce. And this baby has only 150 calories!

So enjoy this skinny Eggs Benedict-ish next time you need a runny egg…. your loose-ish jeans will thank you!

½  of a Whole Wheat or Multi Grain Thomas’ English Muffin
1 piece (not the 6 slices that are the 60 calorie serving!)  deli sliced smoked ham
1 big handful of fresh spinach
Squeeze of fresh lemon
1 whole large egg
3 slices of fresh tomato
fresh dill
black lumpfish caviar, optional

Heat a non stick frying pan sprayed with cooking oil and pop your muffin in the toaster.

Put in a big handful of spinach on one side of the heated pan and toss.

Add the slice of ham on the other and just cook it until it’s warm. (just 10 or 15 seconds…or it will shrink and get tough..)

Pull your muffin from the toaster, put it on a plate and add the ham, give a quick squeeze of lemon to the spinach and put it on top. (Don’t cook the lemon on the spinach, it can turn bitter.)

Spray the pan again and wait about 30 seconds for the oil to get hot.

While counting to 30, put your tomatoes on and add salt and pepper.

 

Crack the egg into the hot pan, and as soon as it sets, flip it and count to 20 and then put it on top of the muffin, spinach, ham and tomatoes.

Use your kitchen shears to give your fresh dill a haircut.

Add some inexpensive black caviar if you have it and pretend you’re at a fancy restaurant… without the kids!

About Lisa McRee

After 25 years as a local and network anchor, Lisa was just another American mother struggling, and failing, to lose weight. Finally, she cracked the code, and lost 30 pounds, quickly and for good, by doing what she loves: reporting, cooking and eating! The Skinny is the inside story on how she did it, and how you can, too!
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