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Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach

Time’s ticking by. You’re hungry, and you don’t have a plan for dinner. What about eggs—breakfast for dinner? How about these scrumptious skillet poached eggs with spinach and leeks?

Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach | Letty's Kitchen

Perfectly poached eggs nesting in an emerald bed of spinach and leeks, this recipe is simple and quick! We need such recipes in our back pocket.

Leeks, more subtle and milder than onion or garlic, were in our farm share box last week. Good thing, because I might have subbed an onion for the leeks–and missed the flavorful prize! Leeks’ understated sweetness contrasts and gives punch to the wilted spinach. I need to keep leeks in the fridge more often!

I’m always on the lookout for new vegetarian dinner ideas. I plucked this one out of a chapter called Breakfast for Supper in Good Food Eats blogger Jessica Fisher’s cookbook by the same name, Good Cheap Eats.

Jessica serves breakfast for supper to her family of eight all the time. While quite a few of the recipes in her cookbook contain tempting meat, chicken and fish recipes, I found plenty of vegetarian and plant-based choices, including the chapter “Going Meatless.”

chopped leeks for Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach

“Eat well, act your wage, enjoy life”,  is author Jessica’s life motto. She a big proponent of eating at home and enjoying good food–with people you love. I can totally relate.

In this cookbook, the “cheap” is that the meals are designed to feed 4 people for $10 or less. The “good” is that they’re all straightforward, inviting and tasty. Like skillet poached eggs with spinach!

Good Cheap Eats book cover for Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach

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Recipe © 2014 by Jessica Fisher and used by permission of The Harvard Common Press.

Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

When it's pushing 7 o'clock in the evening, we're hungry, and we haven't an idea for dinner--we cook eggs. Perfectly poached eggs nesting in an emerald bed of spinach and leeks--just the answer!

Course: Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings.
Author: Letty Flatt | Letty's Kitchen
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 leeks , halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise into half-moons
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 8 large eggs (I used 3--see note)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a large skillet with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the leeks and sauté until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the spinach. Stir gently and cook until slightly wilted.
  2. Spread out the spinach mixture to create 8 small wells. Crack an egg into each well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Cover and cook until the desired doneness is reached for the eggs, 5 to 8 minutes.
Recipe Notes
  • Jessica’s recipe calls for 8 eggs. I only poached 3—we like more veggies with our eggs.
  • Chard and garlic, or leftover rice and beans, or spicy tomato sauce--we poach eggs in those too.
Skillet Poached Eggs with Spinach and Leeks. Quick and easy vegetarian dinner or brunch. #glutenfree


  • Letty

    good luck everyone on the raffle! My favorite go-to veggie dinner–eggs poached in just about anything, but tostadas with leftovers and salsa are a close second! Reply · 11 September, 2014

  • Love the looks of your dish, and your many suggested variations! Perfectly adaptable to whatever veg are needing to be eaten. That book looks good! Reply · 12 September, 2014

    • letty

      Thanks Dorothy. I even make a kale ‘shakshuka’ on occasion. Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • Yummy! I love eggs and greens. The leeks sound lovely. Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • letty

    Thanks for your comment Maura–yes this dish is yummy! Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • savvy

    definitely breakfast for dinner….light, eggs scrambled with add-ins from veggie bins, leftovers, roasted red peppers, and maybe a smidge of cheese!! YUM!! Reply · 12 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Sounds like out house–often!Get it on the table before we faint from hunger. 😉 Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • We are boring – go to cheap meal is simple spaghetti! I also do roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli and a protein quite often. Reply · 12 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Alisa…Cooking at home–that’s the part we want to keep–pasta is on our last minute list too. Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • Jane Bauer

    I love this recipe. I make eggs with any greens. This time of year, as the garden is waning, I’m using kale, cabbage, and spinach…oh and did I mention beet greens? Reply · 12 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Love beet greens with eggs like this! Great to hear from you Jane. Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • Teri Thomas

    Make our last minute veggie entre as follows: saute chopped onions then add garlic, toss in kale ’til slightly wilted. Drizzle all with a bit of balsamic vinegar. Serve and top with nuts (usually walnuts) for protein. Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • Letty

    I love the addition of nuts. Vegan with no eggs. Thanks Teri. Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    My family really loves Indian food like curry and dahl. I use my mom’s recipe to make dahl with lentils or mung beans and serve it with yogurt and rice or homemade chapati bread. It’s a frugal meal, being that it’s vegetarian (possibly vegan if you leave out the yogurt), but we find it very filling and delicious. Adding a “toppings bar” with various options like raisins, minced onion, chopped apple, peanuts, jars of chutney, etc., doesn’t raise the cost very much and really amps up the appeal of the meal as well. Reply · 12 September, 2014

    • Letty

      I’d love to sit at the curry and dahl table with you. Love the toppings bar idea. Thanks Elizabeth! Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • Marlaena Barber

    This looks so good…and I am not a fan of eggs!

    My go to last minute meal are two: quesadillas cheese and what ever veggies and meat are left over in the fridge and spaghetti! I usually have sauce in the freezer, thankfully! 😉 Reply · 12 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Ahh–quesadillas. We do those too. Thanks for your comment Marlaena. Reply · 12 September, 2014

  • Leah

    My go to meal recently has been leftover beef roast, potatoes, green beans, and onions made into a hash. Thank you for the chance to win! Reply · 12 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Leah. Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Kel

    Eggs on sautéed greens are a go to, but the bf doesn’t love it. He might like this more interesting combo. Loaded quesadillas with less cheese, mashed black beans, avocado slices and corn salsa are another go to. Reply · 12 September, 2014

    • Letty

      I like his combo to Kel. Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Melissa

    We love spinach , black bean and corn quesadillas. Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Yum! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Samantha

    I like to make big batches of refried beans fo rthe freezer, so my go-to dish is often bean and cheese burritos with all the fixins, or bean and rice bowls with cheese and all the fixins! Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Samantha–thanks for the comment. Have you seen Fantastic Foods instant black bean mix? I try to keep some on hand. It’s seasoned–add 1 Cup boiling water to 3.5 ounces of the mix–10 minutes later you have seasoned refrieds. You can buy pinto beans mix as well! Good luck in the raffle! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Lee

    Those look so yummy! And I’m with you, more veg is better. My husband and daughter side with Jessica 🙂 Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      😉 Veggies rock! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Either quesadillas or rice and beans! Both are super easy, yummy, and my three kids (ages 1, 2& 4) love them! Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Yup–quesadillas! Thanks Lisa. Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Rachel

    Our go to inexpensive meal is eggs or waffles and fruit. Kids and adults love it! Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Anything breakfast makes popular dinners! Thanks Rachel. Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Angie

    That looks amazing! I love a good poached egg! Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Angie! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Allison Hilton

    This is an impressive meal. Easy to put together, healthy, and sure to make the taste buds satisfied. Would love to make this for company. Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Allison! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • two of my favorite inexpensive go-to dinners are black beans & rice (or quinoa) and kale frittatas. pretty easy but so delicious! i am fortunate that my husband loves them too 🙂 Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Sarah–good luck in the raffle! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Rebecca Harner

    Our go to vegetarian dinner is a mixture of roasted veggies with garlic and spices over a bed of angel hair pasta – yum!! Thanks for the chance to win!! Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Rebecca. Pasta and veggies–we do those too! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Morgan

    Great giveaway! I love Jessica’s recipes and look forward to her new cookbook. Thanks for the review! Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      You are welcome! I love Jessica’s recipes too! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • LeslieT

    My favorite is Vegetable Soup with Meatballs (or not) from the Once-a-Month Cooking Family Favorites book. You can throw the stuff together in a freezer bag, and heat it up later and toss in some frozen meatballs. It would also be great with a little pasta or tortellini. Reply · 13 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Leslie,
      It sounds like you will love Good Cheap Eats! Good luck in the raffle. Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Lillian

    My favorite go-to dinner is waffles & scrambled eggs with cheese – I always have the ingredients on hand and they’re so easy to make. Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Jen

    My go to meal is Frito Tacos. So easy to make on a busy night. Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Crystal Hankey

    Frozen Veggies (or fresh if the garden is still going/ ones I have frozen from the garden) steamed over Jasmine Rice with a little butter, salt and dill. Yummy! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Colleen M

    My favorite inexpensive meal when time is short is rice and beans with a green salad. I am lucky to have a family that loves beans!! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Vickie

    A few of our go to fast and economical meals are omelets for supper, tomato corned-beef hash over grits and chilli beef mac. Thanks Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • judith

    My go-to last minute veggie dinner is lentils & rice with any veggies I have on hand. Yum! Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • lili

    grilled cheese sandwich Reply · 13 September, 2014

  • Laura Blickenstaff

    My go to meal is tacos. Not sure how frugal they are but everyone can make their own how they like it. My son makes his with a flour tortilla wrapped around a crispy shell! Reply · 14 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Your son wraps a flour tortilla around a corn tortilla? Reply · 14 September, 2014

  • Kathy

    Veggie-centric! Love that phrase. My latest favorite is falafel, which I THINK I can incorporate into a freezer plan. (freeze the uncooked chickpea mixture…) Reply · 14 September, 2014

    • Letty

      I think that sounds like a great freezer plan–I love falafel! Reply · 14 September, 2014

  • Stephanie Sample

    Pasta with red sauce is my go to meal during the busy week. I chop carrots and zucchini to add to the sauce and my kids usually don’t notice. Reply · 14 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Sneak those veggies in! Reply · 14 September, 2014

  • Pasta, with either red or white sauce, and bread and/or salad, is one of our cheap and easy go-to’s around here! Reply · 14 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Carrie! Reply · 14 September, 2014

  • Lissa

    my go to meal is omelets or tacos Reply · 14 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Lissa! Reply · 14 September, 2014

  • Sara

    Beans and Rice, as inspired by Jessica! Reply · 14 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Thanks Sara! Reply · 14 September, 2014

  • Lauren

    Breakfast for dinner. Reply · 15 September, 2014

  • Candice H

    I would love to win a copy of this to give to my mom! 🙂 Reply · 15 September, 2014

  • Katherine

    Pasta with red and white sauce is our go too quick, cheap, easy meal. My kids love it. Reply · 15 September, 2014

  • katharine

    we love black beans with rice — throw together a salad and you have a delicious, nutritious meal. Reply · 15 September, 2014

  • Acmommy3

    One of our favorite fast go-to dinners is Tostadas! Easy & fun and frugal since you can use up leftover ingredients. Another is breakfast for dinner or grilled cheese with fruit. Reply · 15 September, 2014

  • Hilary

    I easy go to meal is breakfast for dinner. So many choices and so quick and easy. Reply · 15 September, 2014

  • Charity L.

    My go to meal is Polish Pancakes served with fresh fruit. Reply · 15 September, 2014

  • we really do love beans + rice. it’s the toppings that really make it shine. fresh salsa made from our garden tomatoes! Reply · 16 September, 2014

  • Molly

    I’m glad I found your blog today. Lots of yummy veggie meals to prevent me from getting in a rut. 🙂 Reply · 16 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Hi Molly–I’m happy you found me too! Enjoy… Reply · 16 September, 2014

  • My go to meal is chicken fried rice – one chicken breast, eggs, leftover veggies and rice – simple, inexpensive and delicious! Reply · 16 September, 2014

  • Jenny

    Leftovers? Oh, I wish we had more these days 🙂
    Probably chili boats… Reply · 16 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Leftovers. I’ve been having them for lunch the next day–when Robbie was thinking they would/could be dinner! Thanks Jenny. Reply · 16 September, 2014

  • Sue D

    My go -to is breakfast foods–pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs etc. Reply · 16 September, 2014

  • Amy

    Funnily enough, my quick, cheap and yummy veggie meal is the exact one you prepared! I found this recipe on Jessica’s site months ago when I was trying to eat healthy and lose a few pounds. I was home a lot during the day and decided I would be really good at lunch time and make this for myself about 4 times a week. It came out to about 200 calories and it filled me right up. Not only did I feel virtuous for eating so many greens and good protein, but I felt so full of energy too! Gotta get back to that eating schedule again. 🙂 Reply · 16 September, 2014

    • Letty

      Wow Amy–great testimony to the recipe. Thanks for the note! Reply · 16 September, 2014

  • MPaula

    Curried Lentil Kale Soup is my stand by recipe. I can use any vegetable in the fridge. I always make a big pot so it lasts for days although somehow there never seems to be enough to freeze. Reply · 16 September, 2014

  • Emily Adams

    My go to recipe is skillet lasagna. I use mushrooms instead of meat. Reply · 16 September, 2014

  • Crystal

    Black beans, corn, tomato, spinach and quinoa, throw in some spices and you’re good to go Reply · 17 September, 2014

  • Miranda

    Fruit, eggs and pancakes. Reply · 17 September, 2014

  • Carmen N

    We do breakfast a lot – eggs and toast, pancakes or waffles. Reply · 17 September, 2014

  • Sloppy joes with homemade sauce! Reply · 17 September, 2014

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