My foodie addiction of late has been Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils mixed with their Trader Giotto's branded Bruschetta Sauce. The lentils are pre-cooked, so all you have to do is break them up a bit with a fork and mix with the brushetta, which is fresh, not canned. I discovered this combination through an in-store demo. I've been trying to eat more beans in my diet, but I am often put off by the texture. These lentils are perfectly hidden in the bruschetta. It's great as a dip for pita chips. I've also used it as the base sauce for delicious homemade pizza.
When I was planning an Easter brunch, I wanted an elegant presentation with a new twist, so I thought of using this lentil-bruschetta mixture as a base for Shirred Eggs. Shirred, or baked eggs, is a dish in which eggs have been baked in a flat-bottomed dish. They are baked simply until the whites have set and the yolks are thickened, and are usually served in the dish in which they were baked. I cooked them in soup bowls, making for an individual presentation for each guest. I used a base layer of the lentil-bruschetta sauce, then poured two egg whites and one whole egg on top. Once cooked, I garnished with sliced avocado.
This is an easy egg dish to dress up my own meal plan, since I can cook a single serving. I can use my toaster oven for the small dish, and one will take as little as 20 minutes, so I can put a dish in the oven then go take a shower, and breakfast is ready by the time I'm out. For myself, I use egg whites only, omitting the cholesterol of the yolk.