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Poached Eggs With Sauteed Spinach & Mushrooms

Poached Egg, Sauteed Spinach & Mushrooms

For those of you who know a little about me, even just a little, you have probably heard me say many times that I don’t eat breakfast. And it’s true. Somewhat. If I don’t eat a little something mid-morning, I am about to chew my knuckles by the time 1pm gets around. But having breakfast at home before I head out the door? Highly unlikely. I have tried. It makes me want to crawl back into bed and cozy under warm blankets.


Brunch Mise En Place

Lunch is about the same story. It makes me want to take a long siesta. Don’t fall for the stereotype that every French people must have a two-hour lunch, a steak-pomme frites and a glass of wine for lunch. At least not this Frenchie, and I am far from being an exception to the rule. Like most working folks in a business that can’t wait around (food on a photo shoot is a living element, y’all!), I eat "sur le pouce" (on the go). I usually sneak in the Oxmoor House Test Kitchen to see what I can nibble on.


I live for dinner. And brunch. When I have the time to chop, dice, stir. Mix and taste. When hearing onions sizzle in the pan signal that I am making a home, not simply living the minutes between the time I had coffee and that well deserved glass of wine in the evening. The smell of garlic wafting through the air as I smash it on the counter with the back of my knife? The promise of a tasty reward in my plate as I go sit down to read on the back deck.

Acorn Squash

There is no sweeter time for me than knowing that I will have the time to enjoy the food I prepare. So, breakfast and lunch? They are so timed and methodological that I don’t want them. Dinner is my time to let me feel like my day was good and beautiful and that I had a great time whatever I was doing. Because at the end of it, I got to come home, play with the old pup, craft dinner and enjoy the rest of the day til sleep drew me under the covers. 


I feel the same about Sunday brunch. I will never pass on brunch. The promise of a leisurely morning. A moment when everything is still in planning mode. Pajamas pants and big plans.

Poached Egg With Spinach & Mushrooms

Don’t blame me for having brunch for dinner a couple of times a week. When the only few things you have to think about are whether to have your eggs poached or fried and that your bread toasted or not. Or whether you would like plenty of sauteed spinach and mushrooms with that egg or a side of roasted squash.

 And when thankfully, you do not have to decide and you can have it all…

Poached Eggs With Sauteed Spinach and Mushrooms, slightly adapted from Cooking Light Good Mood Food:  (cover and some interior shots I photographed)

Serves 4


1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 shallots, chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

salt and pepper to taste

1 (10 ounce package) bag baby spinach

1 (8 ounce package) cremini mushrooms, quartered and sliced

2 tablespoon red wine vinegar

8 cups water

2 tablespoon whine wine vinegar

4 large eggs


In a large sautee pan set over medium high heat, add one teaspoon of olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the garlic and shallot and aute for about 2 minutes. Add the fresh thyme and salt and pepper. Add remaining oil along with the spinach and mushrooms. Cook for about 5-8 minutes over medium low heat, until the mushrooms are cooked and the spinach is wilted. Adjust seasoning to your taste.  Stir in the vinegar and reserve, aside from the heat.

In a large saucepan, combine the water and white wine vinegar ad bring to simmer. Break the eggs, two at time, in the saucepan ad cook for about 3 minutes. Remove using a slotted spoon. 

Divide the mushrooms and spinach evenly among 4 plates, top each with a poached egg. Serve with toast, bread or/and roasted acorn squash if desired.

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Anonymous March 29, 2013 um 12:24 pm

Brunch happens to be my favorite meal of the week as well…. This recipe looks absolutely delicious and perfectly versatile as a go-to breakfast, lunch or dinner ๐Ÿ™‚ What a lovely post… Thank you for sharing and Bon Appetit!

Lizabeth March 29, 2013 um 12:36 pm

Oh, YUM! I wish the SO would eat spinach but since he doesn't that leaves more for moi :)))) Maybe adding bacon to the spinach might tempt him!

How is your new job going? Would love to hear about a typical day and how it's different from when you were freelancing.

ami@naivecookcooks March 29, 2013 um 3:20 pm

Aww such a lovely way of enjoying dinner, my dear!! Though I get hungry by mid day and this seems to be perfect to cook!! Easy and fulfilling!

Colette (Coco) March 29, 2013 um 9:53 pm

Gorgeous combo of flavours.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures March 30, 2013 um 3:39 pm


Anonymous March 31, 2013 um 12:12 pm

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Megan March 31, 2013 um 6:38 pm

Such beautiful photos (as usual ;). May I ask where you bought your beautiful plate or who the designer is in the first image? It's simply gorgeous!! Thanks.

Lawrence B March 31, 2013 um 8:37 pm

My favourite breakfast. Thanks for sharing.
Who would think that spinach and eggs taste to great together?

Lawrence B March 31, 2013 um 8:39 pm

Try again – not sure what happened to my first attempt.
Thanks for publishing this is my favourite breakfast combination.

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Ella March 31, 2013 um 9:08 pm

I don't think you can blame anybody for how they like to eat throughout the day actually! Even if I do eat breakfast and lunch, I agree with you that dinner is a little more special! The one you cooked here ( for whatever time of the day ) sounds so good! Happy Easter from sunny Sweden

Johanna April 1, 2013 um 12:10 pm

This looks delicious!
Thank you and happy Easter Holiday!

Le Petit Chef SB April 2, 2013 um 6:45 pm

I love how you can make even the simplest foods look so appealing…you are so talented!

Kelli April 4, 2013 um 12:56 am

This is beautiful and looks SO yummy and comforting! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah @ SimplyScrumptiousbySarah April 5, 2013 um 1:36 am

Mmmm… I love the idea of greens with an egg over them… I may have to try something like this!

Unknown April 5, 2013 um 4:49 pm

I love your blog. Poached eggs over any veggies is one of my favorites. It's like you already have a sauce! This looks delicious! My new favorite is over shredded brussel sprouts.

Anonymous April 7, 2013 um 12:42 am

Eggs, baguette and a side of mushrooms & onions is my idea of glory. The addition of butternut squash just makes me want to eat breakfast right this minute! Thank you for your always gorgeous pix and prose.

Ellie April 8, 2013 um 8:36 pm

Mmmmm this looks so delicious and pretty light, perfect for brunch! But I truly don't know how you survive without breakfast ๐Ÿ˜›

Misty Piper April 9, 2013 um 10:38 pm

This looked absolutely delicious!

It has been ages since I have had a fried egg with spinach, so I will definitely be whipping this up in the next few days.

Thanks :-0

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl April 14, 2013 um 2:23 am

This will be bookmarked for when we start to harvest our kale in a few weeks, thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

Penelope April 25, 2013 um 1:51 pm

Fresh picked spinach from the garden with an egg on top. I eat it almost every morning in garden weather. And in the winter I switch to mushrooms ๐Ÿ™‚

Sara London September 1, 2013 um 1:19 pm

Absolutely delicious – the vinegar in the spinach/shrooms really lifts it. Beautifully shot too – thankyou!

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