Comfort Dinner

I had a really good dinner planned out for myself tonight involving a seared salmon steak and baked butternut squash, but when it came right down to it I made what sounded the best to me: poached eggs on toast and a simple green salad.

I think my desire to always eat poached eggs on toast when I’m feeling under the weather stems back to my mom always making me this whenever I was sick when I was little. The taste of the runny yolk soaking into the toasted bread brings me the same level of comfort as warm socks, hot bubble baths and old, worn-in pajamas. I actually would rank this as one of my all-time favorite meals, too, because it’s easy, fast, cheap and healthy. Not to mention tasty!

So, here’s what I did: I toasted 2 slices of my whole-grain sunflower seed bread (bought it freshly baked from whole foods), topped it with a tsp of promise light and 2 poached eggs sprinkled with sea salt. I drizzled some balsamic vinegar on a salad made just with lettuce and a few grape tomatoes and I drank a cup of herbal tea with it.

There’s no proper method to eating poached eggs on toast. Some people cut their toast into tiny bite-sized pieces, but I always just tear the bread with my fingers and dip it into the yolk I let run freely down my plate. It’s simple this way and leaves me feeling satisfied but not heavy after eating it.




My “feel better” dinner was about 391 calories.

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  • Danielle
    December 29, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Mmm, sounds like a yummy ‘get well soon’ dinner. These past nutritious meals paired with a good nights rest will hopefully scare the sick bug away! By the way, I wanted to tell you that I signed up for unlimited classes at a yoga studio near my school and plan on going to at least 2 vinyasa classes a week and 1 fusion class (a mix of yoga, pilates, and dance). Thanks for the push!

  • jenna
    December 29, 2007 at 12:25 am

    That’s great, Danielle! Let me know how you like it!

  • Anie
    December 29, 2007 at 3:38 am

    My mom used to make the same exact “feel better” dinner for me…hope it works for you and your feeling better tomorow.

  • jenna
    December 29, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks, Anie! Its funny that when we dont feel good we always end up making what our moms made for us when we were little. Traditions! Have a great saturday 🙂

  • jess
    December 31, 2007 at 8:50 am

    Hello again! So ever since reading this post I’ve had a craving for poached eggs on toast and Finally got some worthwhile bread. I’m just curious as to how you’ve managed to poach your eggs so perfectly. Mine nearly always turn out mangled and, while they taste good, I prefer to enjoy my food with my eyes as well as my stomach- any tips?

  • jenna
    December 31, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    Hi jess!

    The secret is…..that I got an egg poacher from william-sonoma for christmas!!!! Ive wanted one forever because its SO easy- just drop the egg in the little dish and then 4 minutes later pop it out all perfect! Totally a worth it investment and I dont think its that expensive. maybe 20 dollars? I have always loved poached eggs but didnt make them that much because I didnt like how they looked on my plate- now ill make them all the time! with good bread of course! 🙂