Eggs are an incredible ingredient to always have on hand in your house because of their incredible versatility and ease of preparation. When most people think of eggs, they usually think of breakfast, but it doesn’t have to stop there. The next time you are searching your fridge or pantry for something to cook for dinner, remember that eggs are always a quick and delicious ingredient that often get overlooked outside the realm of breakfast, and who says that breakfast for dinner isn’t a crowd pleaser?
Eggs are an amazing source of nutrients, especially when it comes to keeping your eye health. Age-related macular degeneration is a problem that affects many people over the age of 65. This occurs when the central part of your eye necessary for seeing detail experiences low levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients are usually not freely found in the body, but can be absorbed by the consumption of products that contain these antioxidants. Lutein and zeaxanthin are readily found in the yolks of eggs. They are also found in many forms of greens, and also in some nuts. These are just a small sampling of options that you can incorporate into your diet when you are in search of these powerful nutrients.
Mediterranean Tartine with Fried Egg and Green Salad
- 1 large slice of your favorite multigrain bread
- 2 extra large eggs
- 2 tablespoons roasted garlic hummus
- Radish sprouts
- Red onion, thinly sliced
- Cucumber, sliced and seeded
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon, juice and zest
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Mixed greens
- Toast your sliced bread until very crispy. This is the bottom layer of your tartine, and you want it to be very crunchy and flavorful. Once toasted, remove from either oven or toaster and rub with a garlic clove and drizzle with olive oil. Keep warm.
- In a small egg pan, on medium-low heat, heat up a tablespoon of olive oil in skillet. Gently crack eggs and add them to the preheated pan side by side, but do not crack the yolks.
- Using a rubber spatula, test that the eggs are not sticking by gently running the spatula around the sides of the eggs. Season with a sprinkling of Kosher salt and pepper.
- Once all of the whites have formed and the egg is sliding around the pan easily, you may either turn the heat down, finish the egg sunny-side up, or may lightly flip the egg for and over-easy or over-medium egg. For an over-medium egg, cook for about one minute on the other side. For an over-easy egg, just flip the egg and turn the skillet off and serve immediately.
- Spread a generous coating of hummus over the warm piece of bread. Prepare sprouts, onions and cucumbers by tossing in a bowl with a bit of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Place prepared vegetables on top of hummus, and top with a beautiful fried egg.
- Serve with fresh mixed greens tossed with olive oil and lemon juice/zest.