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Eggs Florentine Recipe

Eggs Florentine Recipe

I wanted to impress my family with a holiday brunch, but keep it healthy, too. So I lightened up the hollandaise sauce in a classic egg recipe. No one could believe this tasty dish was good for them! —Bobbi Trautman of Burns, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat stick margarine
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 pound fresh spinach
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 English muffins, split and toasted
  • Dash paprika


  • 1. In a large saucepan, melt margarine. Stir in flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  • 2. Stir a small amount of sauce into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and peel. Set aside and keep warm.
  • 3. Place spinach in a steamer basket. Sprinkle with pepper and remaining salt. Place in a saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 3-4 minutes or until wilted and tender.
  • 4. Meanwhile, in a skillet or omelet pan with high sides, bring 2 to 3 in. water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer gently. Break cold eggs, one at a time, into a custard cup or saucer. Holding the dish close to the surface of the simmering water, slip the eggs, one at a time, into the water. Cook, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken. Lift out of the water with a slotted spoon.
  • 5. Place spinach on each muffin half; top with an egg. Spoon 3 tablespoons sauce over each egg. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Parkay Light stick margarine.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 229 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 267mg cholesterol, 635mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 fat-free milk.

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