Judith Pena

Meatless Monday: Easy Egg Bake

Go vegetarian this Meatless Monday with an Easy Egg Bake inspired by a Fried Egg and Spicy Tomato Sauce dish I had at Danny Meyer’s Maialino. As they’re unfortunately no longer serving the dish on their brunch menu, I decided to re-create the dish and add a bit of Southern flavor–in the form of cheese grits(!)–into the dish.


Feel free to get creative and add mushrooms or more veggies to grits or sauce. Serve this dish as either a hearty breakfast or brunch or as a meatless lunch or dinner with a side salad any time. Even better, make all of the components a day (or night) in advance and build the grits and tomato sauce layers and store in the fridge until you’re ready to top with eggs and bake everything off.

Easy Egg Bake

Photo by Judith Pena


As I sometimes go about cooking with a no-recipe philosophy, here’s a quick talk-through of how to make this tasty dish:

  • Make Moroccan-inspired spiced tomato sauce and let simmer to intensive flavor
  • Make grits and add cheese
  • Layer grits into a baking dish, layer tomato sauce on top of grits, crack two eggs on top and sprinkle with grated cheese
  • Bake until eggs are cooked and other layers are warmed. Top with herbs (optional) and serve.

Prefer more detail?

Get the recipe: Easy Egg Bake



More Meatless Monday recipes:

Easy Egg Recipes

Terrific Tofu Recipes

Vegetarian Whole Grain Recipes 


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Gigabites: Foodie USB Drives

USB-thumb drives are coming in ever-tastier disguises. Do a double take with the smorgasbord below because one of them is a fake! Tell us which of the drives is your favorite in the comments below. My favorite is the watermelon one!

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Thirsty Thursday: Gin and Honey Champagne Cocktail


Take a deep breath, people, we’re almost to the weekend! So take a moment to mentally prepare and engage in–what college students often call–Thirsty Thursday. Unlike some college students though, let’s keep it classy by kicking back and relaxing with our April-inspired Champagne Cocktail instead of multiple Pabst Blue Ribbons (no offense). Read more about it and get the recipe below!



Gin and Honey Champagne Cocktail

In our “Year of Champagne Cocktails” recipe collection, we used the classic “Gin and Juice” as inspiration for our custom-made April concoction. We promise that once you taste how the gin’s herbal notes pair perfectly with the rose and red fruit flavors from the pink champagne, you’ll swear we took the spring season and put it directly into a glass. Sip on this cocktail when you’re ready to ring in Spring, which we so are!

Get the recipe: Gin & Honey Champagne Cocktail 



Meal planning made easy: Express-Lane Suppers

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When I’m pressed for time and planning dinner drops to bottom of my to-do list, I reach for our Express-Lane Suppers. Our time-saving meal plans, featured in most issues of the magazine, consist of a customized shopping list and three specially paired recipes that can be made in only 10-ingredients plus a few pantry staples.


The customized lists, which I now call my Monday-night-supermarket-shopping-secret weapon, have given me the power to fly through the express lane and then make great meals throughout the week.


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The Secret Health Benefit in Olive Oil’s Scent

Olive OilAs if we didn’t already love extra virgin olive oil enough–we even have a well known abbreviation for it, EVOO–two recently released research studies are giving us another reason to love this healthy fat!

Aside from being chockfull of antioxidants and high in monounsaturated fat, researchers have found that olive oil increases satiety, the feeling of fullness, which could be key to a healthy diet and weight loss. 

Read on about why you should smell your olive oil after the jump!

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