Zucchini Egg Bake Nests With Kale

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These Zucchini Egg Bake Nests, are a delightful twist on traditional breakfast fare. Nestled within a zucchini base, these savory egg bakes are not only visually appealing but also bursting with delicious flavors.

Perfect for brunch gatherings or a wholesome breakfast, these nests offer a satisfying combination of fresh vegetables and protein. Get ready to elevate your morning routine with this creative and nutritious dish!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Family Favorite: My family absolutely loves a good breakfast casserole, and this cheesy zucchini egg bake recipe is actually a great modified version of it.
  • Delectably Delicious: Offers a fantastic taste that pleases the palate.
  • Ease of Preparation: Despite appearances, the recipe is simple and straightforward to make.
  • Minimal Prep Time: Requires very little preparation time.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Kale: Adds a hearty, vegetal flavor and an abundance of nutrients, creating a healthy base for the nests.
  • Zucchini: Provides a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a tender texture, acting as the ‘nest’ for the eggs.
  • Bacon: Brings a savory, smoky element to the dish, complementing the vegetables and adding a crunchy texture.
  • Ricotta: Offers a creamy, mild flavor that binds the ingredients together and adds a touch of indulgence.
  • Eggs: The star of the dish, they add protein, richness, and a comforting familiarity to the breakfast bake.
  • Feta Cheese: Introduces a tangy flavor and crumbly texture, enhancing the overall taste.
  • Green Onion: Adds a subtle, savory undertone and a pop of color, enhancing the presentation.
  • Thyme: Infuses the dish with a slight minty, light-lemony flavor, complementing the other ingredients.
  • Olive Oil: Helps to cook and brown the ingredients, contributing a fruity note and enhancing the overall flavors.
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How To Make Zucchini Egg Bake?

Step One: Preheat Oven

Preheat your oven to 180C.

Step Two: Gather Ingredients

Assemble all the ingredients for the egg bake. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl and season them with your favorite seasonings.

Step Three: Prep the Zucchini

Slice the fresh zucchini into thin strips and set aside.

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Step Four: Arrange The Zucchini Nest

Lay out the strips in the form of a ring in a baking dish and add the chopped kale in the center.

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Step Five: Add The Egg Mixture And Ricotta

Next, add the crumbled ricotta, and stir some of the whisked egg mixture into each ring.

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Step Six: Add The Turkey Bacon and Feta Cheese

Now add the bacon and crumbled feta.

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Step Seven: Add The Remaining Ingredients

Top the nest with some chopped onion, thyme leaves and a bit of oil.

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Step Eight: Bake Until Done

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Step Nine: Serve Warm

Allow the egg zucchini bake nests to cool slightly before serving. Carefully remove the nests from the baking dish and serve warm.

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Cooking Tips

  • Prevent Sticking with Cooking Spray: Spray the baking dish to prevent egg nests from sticking.
  • Cook Time Variability: Adjust cook time based on the egg nests’ thickness and use a skewer to test doneness.
  • You Can Use Skillet: To prepare Zucchini Egg Bake in a skillet without an oven, begin by cooking your zucchini on medium heat in a large skillet. Once softened, add your egg mixture, cover, and cook until the eggs are set.
  • Air Fry: This recipe can be made in the airfryer. Check out this Oven To Airfryer Conversion article for working out the correct cooking times.
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Optional

  • Baking Powder: Makes the egg nests fluffier and lighter, enhancing their texture. Add it with the eaten eggs before combining it with other ingredients for the best results.
  • Fresh Parsley: Sprinkle finely chopped parsley over the nests before serving to enhance the presentation and add an extra layer of taste.

Substitution

  • Shredded Mozzarella: Using shredded mozzarella as a substitute for feta cheese in the Zucchini Egg Bake Nests with Kale recipe enhances the dish by adding a creamy, melty texture.

Variations

  • Bell Pepper Boost: To add some more flavor and nutrition to the egg bake, you can also add some chopped bell peppers along with the kale. I love using red and yellow bell peppers to get that extra pop of color.
  • Summer Squash Swap: You can also try replicating the recipe with yellow summer squash instead of zucchini.
  • Breakfast Casserole Twist: If you enjoy breakfast casserole, try layering these ingredients in an oven-proof dish: sliced zucchini, cheese, and egg mixture. Repeat layers for a delicious crustless quiche. Perfect for meal prep!
  • Shredded Zucchini Variation: You can also use shredded zucchini instead of sliced zucchini, and replicate the same recipe. Just remember to squeeze the excess water out to be able to prepare the egg nests easily.
  • Cheesy Zucchini Mix: If you want, you can also add some shredded cheese to the zucchini mixture. This cheese will melt and blend together with the zucchini nicely.
  • Herb-Infused Egg Mixture: You can also add some dried herbs like rosemary and thyme into the egg mixture to bring some extra flavor into it.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Storage: Your leftover zucchini egg bake can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Let the nests stay in the same baking pan and just cover it with some cling wrap to keep it fresh. Alternatively, you can move the nests into an airtight container and refrigerate them.
  • Reheating: The nests can then be reheated in the oven or the microwave as per your preference.
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What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Herb Roasted Vegetables: Serve zucchini egg nests with a side of herb-roasted vegetables, such as carrots, bell peppers, and cauliflower. The caramelized flavors of the roasted veggies complement the savory zucchini nests.
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Accompany zucchini egg nests with creamy garlic mashed potatoes for a comforting and hearty side. The creamy texture and garlic-infused flavor of the potatoes pair well with the eggs and zucchini.
  • Steamed Asparagus: Pair zucchini egg nests with asparagus spears seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The tender-crisp texture and smoky flavor of the asparagus enhance the overall meal.
  • Quinoa: Serve zucchini egg nests with a flavorful quinoa made with vegetables and herbs. The nutty flavor and fluffy texture of the quinoa complement the eggs and zucchini, providing a satisfying and nutritious side dish.
Zucchini Egg Bake Nests

Zucchini Egg Bake Nests with Kale

Yield: 4
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These delicious and tasty Zucchini Egg Nests With Kale, are easy to make and packed with goodness.

Ingredients

  • Kale 3 cups
  • Zucchini 2 
  • Bacon 100 g
  • Ricotta ½ cup
  • Eggs 6 
  • Feta cheese 60 g
  • Green onion 1 tbsp
  • Thyme 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil 1 tbsp

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. Assemble all the ingredients for the egg bake. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl and season them with your favorite seasonings.
  3. Slice the fresh zucchini into thin strips and set aside.
  4. Lay out the strips in the form of a ring in a baking dish and add the chopped kale in the center.
  5. Next, add the crumbled ricotta, and stir some of the whisked egg mixture into each ring.
  6. Now add the bacon and crumbled feta.
  7. Top the nest with some chopped onion, thyme leaves and a bit of oil.
  8. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Allow the egg zucchini bake nests to cool slightly before serving. Carefully remove the nests from the baking dish and serve warm.

Notes

  • Prevent Sticking with Cooking Spray: Spray the baking dish to prevent egg nests from sticking.
  • Cook Time Variability: Adjust cook time based on the egg nests’ thickness and use a skewer to test doneness.
  • You Can Use Skillet: To prepare Zucchini Egg Bake in a skillet without an oven, begin by cooking your zucchini on medium heat in a large skillet. Once softened, add your egg mixture, cover, and cook until the eggs are set.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 721mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 27g

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