Meatless Monday – Trying Something New

In the spirit of Meatless Monday, the chef made wheat spaghetti with wilted spinach, feta and poached egg. This recipe was incredibly simple yet indulgent. The star(s) of this meal were a poached egg and chicken broth. Both give a very nice touch of creaminess to this dish and the wheat past makes it nutrient dense. 

[yup, this pic was taken before the one above]
The chef never poached eggs before so this was his first time and it was great!!! I could have easily just had another poached egg and omitted everything else… In chef’s words “Ahh this was easy”.  It turns out, poaching eggs is easy and delicious and pairs quite nicely with the savory cheese. A glass of red wine would have been a perfect pairing to this dish. I just didn’t feel like wine tonight..water it was. 
It’s a busy TV night for me – Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game – my goodness, thank God for DVR – and I have a bunch of magazines I want to get through – MS Living, Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Storage and HGTV Magazine – wow, I am tired already… 
Q: What are you doing this fine Monday night?
Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach, Feta and Poached Egg Recipe  [recipe adapted from the Clean Eating, October 2011]Ingredients:
1 bag of spinach
2 tsp. Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
Pinch Sea Salt, plus additional to taste
2 Cups low sodium chicken
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 large Eggs
1/2 lb. whole wheat spaghetti (8 oz)
1/2 cup crumbled Feta Cheese
Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Cook spaghetti, set aside
Heat oil in large skillet. Add onion, red pepper flakes, and garlic. Cook until onion is soft. Add spinach to pan. Saute until spinach is wilted, then add broth. Cook 5 minutes. Meanwhile, poach eggs. Drain spaghetti; add to spinach mixture and toss. Serve poached egg on top of spaghetti and top with feta. Bon Appétit!


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