Italian Baked Eggs Zucchini Boats

 

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Egg Council.  All opinions are entirely my own. 

I am not shy about my love for eggs. I could eat eggs every day for multiple meals and I would be thrilled. There are just so many delicious ways eggs can be prepared! I must say though, this past year my love of runny eggs has grown tremendously. Runny eggs add a perfect dimension, like a tasty sauce to any dish, plus you get a healthy protein that will keep you full. Everyone wins!

Italian baked eggs are one of those simple but fancy dishes that always taste perfect and are appropriate for almost every occasion. Italian baked eggs make an excellent breakfast, lunch, dinner, or appetizer. For the new year, I decided to skip that crusty bread, and instead, I baked my Italian eggs in a zucchini boat, to which I also used to scoop up the egg.

When the new year hits, I like to always start fresh by eating healthy. I don’t do fad diets, but I do like to try to increase my protein intake and eat as many vegetables as possible. Whenever I am trying to eat healthier, which feels like most of the time, I always incorporate more eggs into my diet. The 6 grams of protein you find in any egg can help you stay full longer, and eggs also help build muscle. Eggs are a great food to turn to if you are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Check out how adding eggs to your diet can help you manage your weight.

If you enjoyed eggs today, there is a good chance that the eggs you ate came from an Iowa Egg Farm! Iowa is the #1 egg-producing state in the country, producing over 15 billion eggs per year. Almost 1 out of every 5 eggs produced in the U.S comes from Iowa!

Replacing your sugary breakfast cereal or yogurt, or your lunchtime sandwich with an egg dish would be a great New Years resolution for 2019!

If you are looking for new and fun ways to prepare eggs, the Iowa Egg Council’s website is a great resource, with lots of recipes that your family will love!

The other essential ingredient in Italian Baked eggs is milk. The milk makes these eggs super creamy and irresistible! This meal makes a wonderful, high protein breakfast, and can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner as well!

Italian Baked Eggs Zucchini Boats

serves 4

Ingredients

2 medium whole zucchini

1 cup marinara sauce

4 tablespoons of whole milk

4 eggs

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

optional- garnish with herbs

Method:

  1. Slice your zucchini and half lengthwise and trim the edges of the zucchini off. Scoop out the pulp.
  2. Place about a tablespoon of marinara sauce on the bottom of an 8 by 8 baking dish and lay the zucchini boats in the dish. Add about a tablespoon of marina sauce in each zucchini boat.
  3. crack an egg in each zucchini boat. place about a tablespoon of whole milk over each egg. followed by an additional tablespoon of marinara sauce.
  4. top with the first half of parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven. Add the rest of the parmesan cheese and garnish with any herbs you like.

These Italian baked eggs zucchini boats were so satisfying! I find zucchini to be very filling. I love it when I can get eggs and a nice big serving of vegetables in a dish together!

Don’t forget to check out the Iowa Egg Council for more delicious egg recipes!

check out other egg dishes that I have made for the Iowa Egg Council!

Egg, Bacon and Avocado Sliders

Lemon French Toast Casserole

Spinach Salad topped with warm bacon dressing and poached eggs

Scrambled Egg breakfast pastry pies

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