Bon EYEppetit: Eggs in a basket with strawberry hearts

Treat your eyes to a special breakfast that not only tastes good, but is good for your health. Eggs are packed with vision-friendly nutrients – like lutein, which is found in eye yolks and can help fight macular degeneration, and zeaxanthin, which can help protect the eyes from UV damage from the sun.1 Plus juicy strawberries are chock full of vitamin C, which can help lower your risk of cataracts.2

Serves: 1
Time: 20mins
Difficulty: Easy
Eye healthy ingredients: Egg, strawberry

INGREDIENTS
Egg in a basket:
1 Egg
1 Slice of bread
½ TBSP of butter
+ Salt and pepper
+ Parsley
+ 3” heart-shaped cookie cutter

Strawberry hearts:
+ Strawberries
+ 1 ½” heart-shaped cookie cutter
+ ¾ “ heart-shaped cookie cutter

STEPS
Egg in a basket:

  1. With a heart shape cookie cutter, cut out the center of 1 slice of bread. *Note: If you don’t have a heart shape cutter, a cup can be used to create a circle.
  2. Warm a skillet on medium heat. Once warm, coat the entire skillet with a layer of butter. Place both pieces of the bread slice in the skillet, letting them absorb the butter.
  3. After about 2-3 minutes, or until evenly toasted, flip both pieces of toast over and lower the heat to medium-low. Crack open egg and carefully let it drop into the heart-shaped hole in your toast.
  4. Cover with a lid and allow to cook for 2-4 minutes, or until egg white becomes vibrant and white.
  5. Remove from skillet. Sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper.

Strawberry hearts:

  1. After washing and drying strawberries, use your hands to pluck all leaves off.
  2. Using a sharp knife, slice the strawberries directly in half.
  3. Using either the medium or small sized heart-shaped cookie cutter, push the cutter all the way through the strawberry starting seed side up and remove the excess.
  4. Use your finger to pop the strawberry out of the cutter. Repeat these steps for as many strawberries as you plan to serve.

[1] YourSightMatters.or, Move Over Carrots: Eggs for Eye Health.. http://yoursightmatters.com/move-over-carrots-eggs-for-eye-healthcid20130325ysmtz1/. Accessed May 1, 2018.
[2] Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 5 Top Foods for Eye Health. https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/5-top-foods-for-eye-health . Accessed April 4, 2017.