Breakfast: Eggs In a Nest, Fun Meal made with Eggs and Shredded Squash


Egg in a nest

Eggs in a nest, eggs in a basket- either way these are a very fun meal! I think they look just like birds’ nests! I used butternut squash for my nests, which makes them a fun bright yellow-orange color and is a fantastic way to get vegetables and a good protein source (the eggs) into your morning meal!

Eggs In a Nest Recipe

Serves 3

1 pound butternut squash, grated
2 tablespoons organic butter, ghee, or coconut oil (Buy Butter or Coconut Oil here)
1/2 teaspoon salt (Buy Sea Salt here)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 eggs

Equipment for Eggs in a Nest

A frying pan with a lid
Thin metal spatula to sauté the squash with and to use to remove the finished nests from the pan

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Eggs in a Nest Instructions

In your frying pan melt your fat (butter, ghee, or coconut oil) over medium heat until melted.  Add the shredded squash and salt and sauté until cooked through and starting to brown, 10 minutes.

Form the squash into three nests, using your spatula to round out a hole for the egg in the middle.

Crack one egg into each nest, sprinkle with freshly ground pepper, and cover the frying pan with a lid.  Allow to cook until the yolk is set but the egg is still runny (or however you prefer), approximately 5 minutes.

Using a spatula, slide onto a plate and enjoy!

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Cara is the main author here at Health Home and Happiness. She loves the health and energy that eating well and playing well provides and has a goal to share what she's learned with as many families interested in making healthy changes as possible.

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  1. Sarah Smith says:

    Mmmm, this looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. That’s such a fun idea!!

  3. Fun, fun idea! I’ll probably use leftover spaghetti squash when I try it. That way I don’t even have to grate it. :)

  4. You are so creative! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing this. It’s so fun!

  5. One of our FAVORITE lunches is birds’ nests–except we make ours with shredded potato. :) Will have to try with squash.

  6. Could this be more creative??!! I’ve always done the “nest” as a piece of bread. I can’t wait to try this for a simple Sunday supper.

  7. How creative!! And it could work any time of the day.

  8. I really can’t wait to make this!

  9. I made these for my family today and it is the new favorite. Fry the squash til there is a light crisp crust and they taste like slightly sweet hashbrowns. Thanks!

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  11. I just made this tonight except I used zucchini. I really liked the idea. They came out ok – I need more zucchini next time and they will be perfect!!!!

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  13. Made these this morning – can’t believe how filling they are! Also, the husband hates squash and he liked these. Must be the fun shape. :D Thanks for the awesome idea!

  14. I loved these with butternut squash last winter and today I tried it with grated zucchini, grated carrot, and a few peas. It was very tasty and texturally interesting. I called it eggs in a garden. Thanks for the inspiration Cara!

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  16. Di Nimmervoll says:

    I’ve just made this for lunch and it was yummy. Will definitely make them again. :)

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