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Baked egg dish makes for quick dinner fare

Baked Eggs in Sweet Pepper Sauce earns its place at the dinner table.

Associated Press

Baked Eggs in Sweet Pepper Sauce earns its place at the dinner table.

School, kids, work ... it's always something. Whatever the culprit, we are all busy. And on those crazy-busy days, dinner can sneak up on us. And the busier and more hectic the day, the more likely we are all craving something satisfying and hearty.

And this, my friends, is the perfect storm for making some regrettable food choices. This is when the pizzas get ordered out of desperation, not true desire. And I like to save the once-in-a-while foods like greasy Chinese takeout or drive-through burgers for just that: once in a while. In our house, fast food is for cravings, not convenience.

When we need a tasty dinner fast, I turn to a trusty protein source: the egg. Yes, you can do scrambled eggs for dinner (and we do), but to bump the egg up a notch and get it squarely out of breakfast-for-dinner territory, try Baked Eggs in Sweet Pepper Sauce.

Fill a ramekin with about 1/2 cup of sauce or fillings (from cooked meat to tomatoes to salsa and black beans), add the egg and bake for about 8 minutes. Serve with some nice bread you keep in the freezer, and your fast food becomes a feast.

The sauce for these baked eggs uses healthy fast foods you can keep in your pantry, such as jarred roasted red peppers and simple marinara sauce. (Check the labels to avoid added sugars.) You can just about throw the whole thing together in the time it took you to read this.

Food Network star Melissa d'Arabian is an expert on healthy eating on a budget and the author of "Supermarket Healthy."

Baked Eggs in Sweet Pepper Sauce

½ cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers, drained

2 tablespoons capers, chopped if large

¼ cup chopped kalamata olives

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 ¼ cups jarred marinara sauce

4 eggs

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

Baguette, sliced

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, mix together the red peppers, capers, olives, Italian seasoning and marinara. Heat in the microwave (cover with a paper towel to avoid splattering) on high until warm, about 30 seconds (depending on oven).

Mist four 8-ounce ramekins with cooking spray. Divide the sauce among the ramekins. Use the back of a spoon to make a crater in the sauce at the center of each ramekin. One at a time, crack each egg into a small bowl, then gently transfer it to the crater in each ramekin. Season with salt and pepper, then give a quick mist of cooking spray. Set the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with slices of baguette.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition information per serving 240 calories (80 calories from fat, 33 percent of total calories), 9g fat (0g saturated, 2g trans fats), 215mg cholesterol, 1020mg sodium, 29g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 5g sugar, 12g protein.

Baked egg dish makes for quick dinner fare 01/07/16 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:57pm]
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