Cheesy eggs in ham without the cheese, sounds…..cheesy…..
The zesty, cheese flavor you get in these ham and egg cups comes from one of the God-sends of paleo products: Nutritional Yeast.
If you have never tried nutritional yeast before, the flavor resembles a tangy powdered cheese. While you don’t get the whole stringy, melt-y cheese experience (which might not be too bad; it is not attractive to have a string of cheese hanging down your chin, been there, done that), you still get a nice similar flavor of sharp cheddar cheese.
Nutritional yeast is also great sprinkled on salads, used it to make cheese-like sauces, makes a tasty seasoning for homemade kale chips, etc.
Not only is it tasty and versatile, it also is salt-free and contains protein, fiber, and provides more than your RDA’s of some complex B vitamins such as Riboflavin (B2), Pyridoxine (B6), Vitamin B12, Thiamine (B1), etc. in just one tablespoon! The vitamins in the B complex are great in helping ease stress, treating anxiety and depression, aiding your memory, and helping reduce your risk of heart-disease. These vitamins are essential to good health and are very difficult to find in the processed, highly-refined foods of the Standard American Diet (SAD).
These muffins also have a whole serving of vegetables and plenty of protein, making them the perfect way to start your day!
Serves 1 (Makes 3 “egg baskets”)
3 slices of deli ham
1 egg + ½ cup liquid egg whites (see recipe notes for other options)
1 cup spinach, chopped
1-2 tbsp. nutritional yeast (depending on how much of a “cheesy” taste you would like)
1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Ground black pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 375° F.
2. Line a muffin tin with your three slices of ham
3. Sautee chopped spinach over a medium-low heat until wilted
4. Add an equal amount of sautéed spinach to the bottom of each ham-lined muffin tin
5. Wisk your eggs, egg whites, garlic powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl
6. Sprinkle half of your nutritional yeast onto the spinach and then add your egg mixture to the ham-lined muffin tins.
7. Sprinkle the rest of the nutritional yeast on top of the eggs
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked through
9. Let cool. Enjoy!
●If you don’t have liquid egg whites (the kind from the carton), use the one egg and 3 egg whites
●If you prefer to use only whole eggs, that works just as well. Use three.
●Make sure that your ham is thick enough so that the egg mixture won’t run through. If you have a very thin cut ham, you may have to add two slices per muffin tin.
Question of the Day: Have you ever tried nutritional yeast before? If so, how do like to use it?
~”I love them with scrambled eggs and on top of my fajita salads-chicken/shrimp, grilled veggies, salsa, guacamole, and nutritional yeast!”