These zucchini egg bake nests are gluten free, low carb and packed with nutrients. And despite all of that, they’re incredibly delicious and perfect to serve as a healthy breakfast.
If you’re all about a breakfast casserole, but are looking for something a bit unique and different, this recipe is an absolute must try.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
My family absolutely loves a good breakfast casserole, and this recipe is actually a great modified version of it.
It tastes absolutely delicious and is actually a very easy recipe, even if it doesn’t seem like it.
Plus, it is a great low carb recipe that needs minimal prep time.
- 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.
How to Make the Zucchini Egg Bake?
Once you have all the ingredients for the egg bake ready, here’s what you’ll need to do.
Step 1: Get the Ingredients Ready
Assemble all the ingredients for the egg bake. Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl and season it with your favorite seasonings.
Step 2: Prep the Zucchini
Slice the fresh zucchini into thin strips and set aside.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Add the Egg Mixture and Ricotta
Next, add the crumbled ricotta, and stir some of the whisked egg mixture into each ring.
Step 5: Add the Turkey Bacon and Feta Cheese
Now add the bacon and crumbled feta.
Step 6: Add the Remaining Ingredients
Top the nest with some chopped onion, thyme leaves and a bit of oil.
Step 7: Bake Until Done
Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Before you jump right into the recipe, here are a few tips and tricks you might want to have handy before you put the dish together.
- Remember to spray the baking dish with some cooking spray before you arrange the egg nests on it. This will help keep the nests from sticking to the dish.
- You can also use a large skillet instead of an oven dish.
- Remember to preheat oven before you pop the zucchini egg bake nests in. This will ensure that the nests are cooked to perfection.
- We’ve used feta cheese and ricotta cheese for this recipe, but you can also add some shredded mozzarella or any other shredded cheese of your choice. Doing this will make this low carb dish more flavorful.
- The cook time for this recipe depends on the thickness of the egg nests. To ensure that the egg mixture is cooked to perfection, you can insert a skewer into the center to check if it is still runny or comes out clean.
- If you’re worried about the monounsaturated fat from the egg yolk, you can stick to using only egg whites instead of whole eggs.
With just a few steps and add-ons, you can also try different variations of this easy zucchini egg bake recipe.
- 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 pepper to get that extra pop of color.
- You can also try replicating the recipe with yellow summer squash instead of the zucchini.
- If you love breakfast casserole, and want to try using these ingredients to put one together, you could do that too. Just layer all the ingredients in an oven proof dish- starting with the sliced zucchini, then the cheese and then the egg mixture, and keep alternating layers until you get the perfect egg casserole. This will actually be an amazing crustless quiche that you can make ahead and meal prep too.
- 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.
- 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.
- You can also add some dried herbs like rosemary and thyme into the egg mixture to bring some extra flavor into it.
To make this into an air fryer recipe then check out this chart on oven to air fryer conversion.
Storage & Reheating Instructions
Your leftover egg bake can be refrigerated for up to 2 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.
The nests can then be reheated in the oven or the microwave as per your preference.
What To Serve With This Recipe?
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Asparagus: Elevate your meal with the savory combination of garlic and Parmesan, a perfect match for the zesty Zucchini Egg Bake Nests.
- Quinoa Salad with Cherry Tomatoes: A refreshing quinoa salad bursting with juicy cherry tomatoes adds a light and wholesome touch to your brunch.
- Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes: Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside – these lemon-infused herb potatoes complement the richness of the egg bake nests beautifully.
- Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette: A crisp and vibrant mixed green salad drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette offers a delightful contrast to the heartiness of the zucchini and kale.
- Caprese Skewers: Delight your guests with these bite-sized caprese skewers featuring fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and basil – a colorful and flavorful accompaniment.
- Sweet Potato Hash Browns: Add a hint of sweetness and crunch with golden sweet potato hash browns, providing a delicious contrast to the savory egg bake nests.
- Cucumber Avocado Salsa: A zesty cucumber avocado salsa brings a burst of freshness, enhancing the overall flavor profile of your brunch spread.
- Mushroom Spinach Saute: Sautéed mushrooms and spinach create a simple yet savory side dish that perfectly complements the wholesome goodness of the Zucchini Egg Bake Nests With Kale.
- 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
- Assemble all the ingredients for the egg bake. Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl and season it with your favorite seasonings.
- Slice the fresh zucchini into thin strips and set aside.
- Lay out the strips in the form of a ring in a baking dish and add the chopped kale in the center.
- Next, add the crumbled ricotta, and stir some of the whisked egg mixture into each ring.
- Now add the bacon and crumbled feta.
- Top the nest with some chopped onion, thyme leaves and a bit of oil.
- Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
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
More Zucchini & Breakfast Recipes
If you enjoyed putting the zucchini to use, and are looking for some more easy recipes to utilize it, here are a few good ones you might want to check out.