Frugal, Filling Meal
The problem with saving money is that people have to eat. Think how easy life would be if we only needed a snack every two or three weeks. We would all be a lot richer, our kitchens would be super clean, and we would probably be fashionably thin.
But the stinking reality is that we must nourish our bodies, and even though its not our fault...we still have to pay for it.
This week, I came across a new way to make a budget friendly dinner recipe with poached eggs.
I haven't made poached eggs in SIX years, because I didn't want to stand at the stove making them three at a time while everyone else was eating their meals. (Okay, I also didn't buy a poacher.)
Thanks to this new technique, I can make anywhere from 1-12 eggs at a time! And its cheaper than the traditional egg poacher pan too.
Okay. No more teasing. Here is how I made fancy poached eggs and impressed my husband. (his first poached egg ever!)
What You Will Need
- A muffin tin (I used my 12 cup Farberware pan because my crew eats a LOT)
- Olive oil
- Eggs (as many as you will be serving)
- Sandwich rounds ( I used the honey wheat sandwich thins from Walmart.)
- Deli salami slices
- Fresh baby spinach greens
- Grated mozzarella cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Wipe the inside of your muffin tin with a little olive oil to keep the eggs from sticking.
3. Fill each cup with about two tablespoons of water. (This doesn't have to be exact.)
4. Crack an egg gently into each cup of water.
5. Place muffin tin and eggs into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until as solid as you like. 10 minutes makes very soft eggs, 12-15 minutes for firmer eggs, depending on your oven. Mine is a gas oven so it takes longer.
6. While eggs are baking, butter the bottom halves of the sandwich rounds (optional). Sprinkle with a little grated cheese.
7. Layer on some spinach leaves and slices of the salami.
8. When the eggs are done, use a spoon to gently loosen them from the edges of the tin if needed. Lift with a slotted spoon or fork (carefully) and place on the sandwich round. Top with more cheese and a sprinkle of your favorite spices.
9. You can top with the other half of the sandwich round, or eat them open-face like we did.
- Add a slice of fresh tomato to the sandwich
- Use bacon slices instead of salami (or ham) to create breakfast sandwiches
- Use Parmesan and Italian seasonings
This can be a cheap, easy meal for a busy weeknight. Depending on where you shop, you can make this for $10!