It's breakfast time. If you're holding a box of cereal (You don't have to tell me it's Froot Loops. Keep your secrets.) in your hand while scrolling through your phone , stop right now.

This month on Recipe Redux the challenge was to create recipes that give you a fresh start to a healthy breakfast. While I'll always have a special place in my heart for oatmeal, smoothies and heck yes- occasionally cheesy tomato grits, it was time for more veggies. For breakfast I'm making egg whites with diced tomato and herbs in a bell pepper ring.

Traditionally, 'Egg in a Frame' is a charming slow morning dish where a biscuit cutter is used to remove the center of a slice of bread. An egg is cracked into the circle and cooked on a skillet with the bread framing it. Well 'Egg in a Frame', you just got Reduxed. 


  • Egg Whites
  • Bell Pepper
  • Tomato (diced canned is great, especially in winter)
  • Basil or Cilantro
  • Cooking Spray/EVOO/Butter
  • Salt & Pepper


  • In a small bowl add egg whites, diced tomato, basil or cilantro, and salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Slice a bell pepper to create a ring (seen in picture at top of post). Slice the ring between 1/2 inch-1 inch thick, depending on your preferred serving size. 
  • Place pepper ring on skillet and slowly pour egg mixture into the pepper ring. Pour the first layer slowly to create a 'seal'. This makes sure the rest of the egg will be contained within the ring. Once the initial egg layer is set, pour the rest of the egg to just below the top of the pepper edge. 
  • Cover skillet with lid to cook thoroughly. If you want an exciting and possibly messy breakfast, you could attempt to flip it towards the end of the cooking process. 
  • Plate and garnish with more fresh herbs. 

The egg whites are protein packed to keep you full all morning and you'll get two different veggies straight off the bat. Using a pepper as your 'frame' lends itself to a crisp freshness toast just doesn't do. If you're in a rush, you could always put this between two whole wheat english muffins for a breakfast sandwich to go. This is also a great brunch option to make a bit ahead of a party and keep warm in the oven! I'll help you Healthy Hostess any day.

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-Carlene Future RD

Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.