Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Easy Lentil & Egg Nests Recipe

Eggs are such a versatile ingredient and something we regularly use in our main meals.  Being vegetarian, eggs provide us with an excellent source of protein and iron.  Brit Mums are challenging bloggers to share their favourite egg recipes, looking for the easiest, quickest and most inventive main meals that incorporate an egg in each portion in their Main Meals Linky Challenge sponsored by British Lion Eggs.

I have adapted a rather complicated and time consuming baked egg recipe that I only use for special occasions into a very quick and easy midweek meal idea.  It takes just minutes to make, is filling, nutritious, cheap and very tasty.  The kids enjoy it too which is a real bonus.  Unlike the oven baked eggs which have a tendency to go a bit leathery on top, this recipe produces a delicious, soft result which is far more palatable.  It uses basic store cupboard essentials so can be made very easily, providing a delicious egg based meal for your family, even if you're short of time.

So this is the recipe I am sharing for the #eggmainsinminutes linky.

Lentil & Egg Nests 

(recipe listed serves 2 but can be easily doubled up to serve 4)



1 400g can of green lentils drained
1 finely chopped onion
1 dessertspoon of tomato puree
oil for frying
pinch of Italian seasoning
2 free range eggs



Fry the finely chopped onion in a lidded frying pan until soft.
Add the drained can of lentils, the tomato puree and the seasoning and stir well.
Heat through.
Make two wells in the lentil mixture and break in the eggs.
Put the lid on the pan and cook gently on a low heat for about 8 minutes until the eggs are fully set.


We love this meal as the lentils make a deliciously, moist base for the yummy soft, baked egg.  They are a perfect culinary pairing.  For a variation on this recipe, you could add curry powder and cumin to the lentils, giving an Indian twist instead of an Italian one.  Either way, it is a very quick and tasty main meal that is excellent served with a portion of fresh green vegetables or a side salad to add some colour.

Find more egg recipe ideas at or check out the Brit Mums linky where you can see other bloggers' egg recipes or enter your own idea.

This post is an entry for the #eggmainsinminutes Linky on BritMums.


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