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How to Make Perfect Zucchini Egg Nests (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

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Learn how to make the perfect zucchini egg nests that are sturdy, easy, and so yummy! They are a healthy breakfast item that’s paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly.

Now that we finally moved into our new house (YESSSS), we are so excited to have get togethers with friends in our spacious home. Brunch is my favorite meal, so I’m thinking I need to host more weekend brunches for me and my girlfriends over the summer.

Whenever I host, I’m always looking for new recipe ideas that are fun and delicious, and zucchini egg nests have recently been on top of my mind to perfect. I’ve been refining this recipe over and over again because they have come out too watery or too weak to hold their shape while eating.

Zucchini Egg Nests Recipe

Well, after several attempts, I think I finally found a method to making the perfect zucchini egg nests that are not only so pretty to look at (yes, that matters!), but also sturdy, flavorful, and really easy! After you make it this way, I don’t think you’ll go back to any other method. It’s seriously comes out perfect every time.

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How To: Perfect Zucchini Egg Nests

One of the most important part of making the perfect zucchini egg nests is to first sweat the zucchini to squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Without this step, they can come out watery or they won’t be sturdy enough to comfortably eat without falling apart. And another bonus to this method? You end up eating way more veggies in the process because the zucchini will shrink down to half their size after the moisture is squeezed out.

Another step that took my zucchini egg nests to the next level is separating the yolk from the whites, then mixing the egg whites with the zucchini. It might seem tedious but this helps the zucchini firm up really well during the baking process, and makes the yolks pop in color.

Lastly, use a jumbo muffin tin or a ramekin to help the egg nests hold their shape. This seriously helps so much!

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Handsome Brook Farm Eggs

Before I get to the full recipe, I first want to highlight the importance of using the highest quality eggs for their nutrition profile, health benefits, and taste. Eggs are one of my grocery list items that I always try to purchase pasture raised, because there’s such a huge difference in quality when it comes to the different labels.

My recent favorite brand is Handsome Brook Farm, because they are so transparent about how their chickens are raised which I respect so much. Their hens get at least 108 square feet per bird on rotated pastures, and they believe that the happier and healthier the hen, the tastier the egg. Pasture raised is the most humane for the hen and more delicious and nutritious for us! How awesome is that??

If you want to learn more about egg labels and what they exactly mean (and don’t mean), you can read my post here.

Now go pick up some Handsome Brook Farm Organic, Pasture Raised Eggs and make these perfect zucchini egg nests! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

How to Make Perfect Zucchini Egg Nests (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Zucchini Sweating Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 egg nests
Calories: 94 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Learn how to make the perfect zucchini egg nests that are sturdy, easy, and so yummy! They are a healthy breakfast item that's paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly.

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Ingredients

  • 3 large zucchini or 4 small, enough to yield 6 cups spiralized
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • Ghee or coconut oil, for greasing
  • 6 Handsome Brook Farm eggs
  • Optional: Crushed red pepper, spices, fresh herbs like dill, cilantro, parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Use a vegetable peeler or a spiralizer to slice the zucchini in to noodles. 

  2. Place in a colander over a bowl and toss with sea salt until evenly coated.

  3. Let the zucchini noodles sit for 20 minutes so they can sweat.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and use ghee or coconut oil to generously grease a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin or 6 ramekins that are at least 3.5 inches in diameter.

  5. Use your hands to squeeze the zucchini noodles to release as much moisture as possible. 

  6. Place in a bowl and add garlic powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper. 

  7. Carefully separate the egg whites from the yolk. The easiest way to do this is crack an egg into your hand over a bowl, then pass the egg yolk from one hand to another until the whites drip down between your fingers into the bowl. 

  8. Place the yolks on a plate, and add the whites to the zucchini noodles and mix together. 

  9. Divide the zucchini noodles into the prepared muffin tin cups or ramekins. Create a nest and leave an indent in the center.

  10. Carefully place a yolk in the center of each zucchini nest. 

  11. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper.

  12. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the yolks are cooked to your liking. 

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Perfect Zucchini Egg Nests (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Amount Per Serving (1 egg nest)
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 187mg 62%
Sodium 465mg 19%
Potassium 324mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 21.3%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus (Paleo, Vegan) [VIDEO]

This paleo and vegan roasted red pepper zucchini hummus is nut free and grain free, and it’s a delicious low-carb alternative to the chickpea version!

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When I used to be a hummus lover (and boy, did I eat a TON of it), I used to always get the roasted red pepper flavor because it was so delicious. These days, I don’t eat much grains anymore, except for white rice occasionally, but I do get a hankering for a good hummus dip to go with my veggies and crackers now and then.

Recently, I’ve been seeing zucchini being used in such creative ways, like getting blended into smoothies and sauces to create a creamy texture. So I thought, why not try to make a hummus with it?

I was so surprised to find out how well this recipe turned out, especially after sweating out the zucchini to remove the moisture. I just love the versatility of this vegetable and I’m so happy I found a way to enjoy hummus without grains or nuts (which many paleo hummus is made of).

I’ve been eating this with almost everything (it was ESPECIALLY amazing on some grilled pork chops) and I just can’t get enough!

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If you don’t love roasted red peppers, you can just do without it for a regular hummus or customize it any way you want! I’m planning to make an olive version next.

The video I posted above shows that I used 2 red bell peppers, but I’m adjusting the recipe to use one so you can taste the hummus part more than the bell peppers. I ended up doubling the other ingredients to blend again to even out the flavors, so excuse the minor detail error.

If you are avoiding grains and/or nuts, or if you are just looking for a great low carb dip recipe, try out this Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus and you’ll want to slather it on ALL the things!

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Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus paleo vegan

Roasted Red Pepper Zucchini Hummus (Paleo, Vegan)

Course: Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 55 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
Author: Jean Choi

This paleo and vegan roasted red pepper zucchini hummus is nut free and grain free, and it's a delicious low-carb alternative to the chickpea version!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of peeled and cubed zucchini about 1 large zucchini
  • 1 red bell pepper halved, seeded, and cored
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Optional: Fresh herbs, paprika, and/or olive oil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Use 1/2 tsp of sea salt to salt the zucchini and toss. Let sit for 20 minutes in a colander, then pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Heat the oven to broil.
  3. Place the bell pepper on a baking sheet with the skin side up. Broil them for 5-10 minutes until the skin is black and charred.
  4. Place the bell pepper in a bowl, and cover with a plate so it can steam for 5 minutes. Uncover, peel the skin, then cut into chunks.
  5. In a food processor, combine lemon juice and tahini and blend until creamy.
  6. Add zucchini, olive oil, garlic, and 1/2 tsp of sea salt. Blend.
  7. Finally, add the roasted red peppers and blend until creamy. Add more salt if needed.
  8. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so the hummus can thicken.
  9. Garnish with herbs, paprika or more olive oil, and serve cold.

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