Dinner time poached eggs

Dinner time poached eggs

Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes.
Serves 1.

This is great as a quick dinner for when you can’t be bothered to cook anything more strenuous, as it’s super easy to make. After eating this you feel pleasantly full but not too stuffed so it’s ideal if you’re going out afterwards. It’s made of ingredients that you are likely to have in your cupboard and if not you can get them from your local shop. You can make it two ways – vegetarian or with bacon.

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Ingredients

½ tbsp olive oil
1 tsp margarine
1 small onion or ½ a medium onion, chopped
½ green pepper, roughly chopped (optional)
230g tin of tomatoes or ½ a 450g tin tomatoes (chopped or whole)
¼ fresh chilli, chopped or 1 tsp chilli sauce
2 x slices bread
30g (1oz) cheddar cheese, grated or finely chopped
1 large egg

Option 1: The Veggie
1 tbsp capers

Option 2: Bacon
1-2 rashers bacon, smoked or unsmoked

Equipment

Non-stick pan with a lid

Method

Fry onion and pepper in olive oil and ½ tsp margarine in the pan, on a fairly low heat, covered until soft, about 5 minutes. If using bacon, add it to the onion at this point and cook for a further 3 minutes.

Add tinned tomatoes, chilli and capers (if you’re using them), if using whole tinned tomatoes then mush them in the pan with a wooden spoon to break them down. Bring mixture to the boil and simmer for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, preheat the grill and toast two slices of bread (either under the grill or in the toaster).

Break the egg on top of simmering tomato sauce mixture, cover the pan and leave this to slowly cook until the white of the egg has turned completely white (is no longer transparent) and yolk looks slightly cooked but still runny, this should take between 5 and 8 minutes if the tomato mixture is on a good simmer.

Meanwhile, spread remaining margarine on the toast. Then put the cheese on the toast and put under the grill to melt.

Once the cheese is melting and starting to turn golden, put the toast on a plate, put the poached egg on top and pour over the tomato sauce.

Eat straight away.

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