Spinach Sweet Potato Egg Nests

Do you ever feel like the inside of your car is a spot on representation of what your life is like? I do. When my life is a little out of control, my car becomes a sh*tshow. Legit, frightening. I don’t know how it happens but my car will be clean one day, then an explosion occurs by the next day. That’s what’s happening right now. I’m not sure where all these coffee cups came from. And pieces of tupperware. WHERE DID YOU COME FROM!? I must be a sh*tshow. And I’m sure my workout buddies would agree.

I’m really sad right now. No, not because my car is hoarders fantasy land, but because I didn’t get to partake in my weekly kickball game. Such a shame. I did a workout with my friend’s Katie, Sergio, and Clark at CrossFit South Denver, and afterwards, wanted to die. I have absolutely never felt like that after a workout. It felt like how it used to feel when I ate grains. Seriously. I would get the worst stomach aches in the world when I ate grains and as soon as I cut those foods out, I never felt like that again. Until this wod. I think the mix of heatand squat cleans did it. How do you people in extra hot places do it? Are you just cool with vomiting regularly? And feeling like death?

Anywho. Did you know they have Cold Stone Creamery creamer for your coffee now!? Those assholes. That sounds fantastic. I sometimes miss sweet coffee. Mostly when I’m on my monthly gift. Like frappucinos. Get out of town. I dream about those things.

Ok, I’m going to get it together now. I made this little cups of joy for my roommate Laura. She’s trying to eat more veggies. And this was perfect because she doesn’t really love spinach and she liked that it was slightly hidden in this dish. So if you don’t like veggies, DON’T YOU WORRY, they’re hidden, meaning they don’t exist. It’s science.


Spinach Sweet Potato Egg Nests

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 1 medium yam, shredded
  • 20oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of liquid*
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fat of choice (I used bacon fat)
  • coconut oil spray


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Shred your yam in a food processor using the shredding attachment.
  3. Spray your 12 tin muffin pan.
  4. Place shredded yam in each muffin and press down and up onto the sides to create little buckets. Spray the tops of the shredded yams in each tin.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  6. While the little nest bake, take your thawed spinach and squeeze out all the excess liquid.
  7. Place a medium skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of fat.
  8. Throw in your spinach along with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Saute and cover to help cook through.
  9. After 6-8 minutes or once your spinach is cooked through, add spinach to each tin and press down, making sure to leave room for your egg to fit comfortably in.
  10. Bake for 8-9 minutes for runny yolks or up to 12 for hard eggs.
  11. Serve with hot sauce on top!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


65 thoughts on “Spinach Sweet Potato Egg Nests”

  1. I haven’t told you this week I LOVE YOU! Awesome recipe, can’t wait to try it!! And I completely agree on the sh*t show in your car. Right now between training for upcoming triathlons, work, etc I’ve got miscellaneous running, biking, swimming gear, Lara Bar wrappers and DD or Starbucks cups my truck is getting a little piled up! I know when I go through security at work they peek in through the window and go, “WTF is up with that chick..she’s got to be single…” I’m not, but luckily the man only makes comments every month or so…like, “I bet if you washed your truck it would be a totally different color”…Arse. LOL Thanks for another great recipe!

  2. thecinnamonlady

    It looks like there might be a layer between the spinach and the egg. Did I miss a step?

  3. Your writing is like a small show, like a new Sein. or Family Guy. Totally indulgent, starting out one way and swerving in some random direction to some satisfyingly warped non-conclusion.
    As some teacher at the Academy of Poofiness once said, “Simplicity is Elegance.” Shame I can’t manage that in my comments but I’m 3/4’s asleep and my son won’t shut down. Elegant recipe this one.

  4. Oh man- these shall be made… very soon.
    As soon as I go to the grocery store.
    I understand what you mean about your car. My bathroom counter gets like that. When things get crazy- all my sh*t (clothes, scissors, notes..etc..) end up in a pile… a clothes ball..
    I guess it is kind of a good barometer right?

  5. I regularly feel like vomiting after a WOD, but that’s because I am out of shape and haven’t managed to get my diet shit together. I think making these will be an excellent start to get me back on the wagon.

    My car is also a shit show. I’m embarrassed to have anyone other than my dogs ride in it. They don’t judge.

  6. Juli, These sound great. I’ll have to try them! Question; where do you get your coconut oil spray?

  7. These look great! I love baked eggs. Do you think these would keep for leftovers, or would the yoke cook up too much while reheating in the microwave?

    1. It depends how long you cook them. If you want them to keep for a few days, I would stick with cook them til the egg is hard and they will last longer in the fridge

  8. Oh man, I was totally crushed by my WOD last night too. I was second to last to finish and the only guy behind me had to stop to puke. So basically, I finished last.

    These look awesome! I think I’ll make them this weekend for my non-paleo BFF. Subtle brainwashing works, right?

  9. I love you. You know this. Not a surprise. My car is gross too, but I throw everything in the trunk, and it makes me feel better. Now, open my trunk and I will shove grains in your mouth. That’s a fact =) I do have a question. Eggs make me bloated too, how often do you eat eggs in a week?

    1. I honestly don’t eat them often Terri. I made these for my roommate but just tasted one to make sure i liked it. I tend not to eat a ton of eggs because i get bloated too. so i only eat them when i feel really lazy in cooking, 1-2 meals a week with them

  10. As for the workouts in very hot climates time of day, diet, hydration and electrolyte levels must all be considered. Living in las vegas I have had ample hot days to test my theory. Drink a coconut water before and after, work out in the early morning (like dawn) if you can and go for hard intense but very short WODS ….you eventually learn to tolerate it – but you never get used to it.

  11. Here’s a suggestion/tip: cook some bacon and use the renderings (bacon fat) to cook your spinach and then crush the bacon and sprinkle on top of the egg.:-P yum!

  12. Hahaha!!! you are crazy hilarious!!! And YES – my car is my storage room.. or wait maybe trash can at some point.

    I will never be able to do crossfit i don’t think. I am struggling with P90X at the moment – struggling but liking it. 🙂

  13. Hi there,
    I can’t get any of these recipes to print…When I click on the print link, the recipe comes up again but doesn’t print.


  14. If you lived in NC I would stalk you until we became besties! For now I’ll settle with e-stalking. Going to preheat the oven and start shredding yams… The hubs will be so proud that I tried to cook. This counts as baking right? 🙂

  15. OMG I saw a commercial for that Cold Stone creamer business the other day and literally almost puked in my mouth. I hardly watch TV, so when I do, and see shit like that, I’m always like “Seriously?! People WANT that?!”….and then I look in the fridge and see that my roommate owns it. And then I do a dance because I’m moving in 2 weeks. But anyway…I’m making these cups, and I’m staying away from ice cream creamer grossness ewwww

  16. three words: texas in august. don’t try and tell me denver is hot. although 87 is pretty warm (i looked at the historical data… i’m a nerd), but you probably don’t have the 1000000% (yes it’s possible) humidity that we do in houston :-p i second the electrolyte comment. i take endurolytes from hammer nutrition during the summer. they come in caplet form. swallow 3-4 about 20 min ahead of time and you’ll be good to go. you’ll probably still feel pukey, but maybe less so 🙂

  17. Just a thought…if you opt for some bulletproof coffee, it might replace some of the sweet that you are missing. I really feel like the mix of butter/coconut oil makes my coffee taste like a latte.

  18. OK, so I am new here, but LOVE this blog, like instant love. I am experiencing my lovely monthly “gift” right now, and let me tell you how bad that is for my food habits. I’ve had sooo much sugar over the last several days, it’s seriously ridiculous.

    And I agree with the car thing too. Right now I am coaching volleyball, working full time and trying to keep my work out schedule relatively normal…my car is a ridiculous sh*t show mess. My husband yells at me frequently. So, I think I’ll make him these yummy muffin-y things for breakfast so he will shut up! 🙂

    1. These were fantastic! Perfect way to do runny eggs without being a slave to poaching 🙂 We’re Texans and will pretty much eat salsa on any/everything, but since I had the time I made some paleo blender hollandaise sauce and it was magical 🙂 These will be on the permanent brunch rotation. Thanks!

  19. Hi Juli,
    Quick question, hope it’s not dumb…can I use fresh spinach? Also, will shredding the yam with a cheese grater work the same? Thanks for the fantastic recipes!!!!

  20. Cannot wait to attempt these! Have you (anyone) tried to freeze them individually…for a quick breaky to take with to work?
    A big thank you!!!!

  21. I made these yesterday for brunch. After 12 minutes of being in the oven the eggs were still not cooked enough. So I turned the broiler on which was a mistake because it made the eggs rubbery.

    Overall they were delicious, but I really screwed up the texture of the egg. Will try them again….

  22. I make ‘frappes’ with my magic bullet and they’re pretty fun (they separate a little due to the lack of that sugar/gum base they use, but so will a frappuccino after a while)…
    decaf coffee/VIA, cream, stevia, extract flavoring of choice (i like rum!!), ice cubes…and some coconut shavings/sea salt for the top!

  23. I am so excited! They are in the oven right now! Can’t wait to try them, they look fantastic:D Thanks for another great recipe! You rock!

  24. Hell yeah! these look fantastic and I will be making them this week. I’ll be adding this to my low-carb recipes.

    Alohas! Jamie

  25. U-G-H another recipe i want to try but need a freaking muffin tin….question: can i just use a sweet potato? 😉

    1. try this: bake a sweet potato, scoop out the middle, whisk some eggs and add some cooked spinach, then pour it into your sweet potato and bake!

      1. you’ll be proud & relieved of my annoying posts….i’m going to buy a muffin tin this weekend. I want to make your recipes as you intended them to be made.

  26. holy cow these are good! I subbed out shredded carrot for SPs to keep down the carbs since I’m still trying to slim down, but these rock.

    i tried a second batch the same way, but adding some chorizo in with the spinach, and these turned out better… although i strained it, the leftover grease in the chorizo made the eggs super fluffy. yum.

  27. OMG is right!!! These are so freakin’ fantastic! I didn’t have any spinach so I used fresh kale that I had picked up at the Farmers Market this morning.

    I just recently (as in like 2 days ago) went Paleo for a couple reasons. 1 – support my BFF who’s struggling with some weight. 2 – because I was pretty close to Paleo already.

    I know there are a few things I won’t give up completely (like Dark Chocolate – the universe just isn’t right if there’s no dark chocolate), my splash of milk in my morning coffee (though I have stopped using the vanilla extract I was using because it had sugar in it and a, now only having my coffee with my milk and either agave or coconut sugar granules).

    So as a newbie to Paelo, I am totally loving your blog and recipes. I’m a busy working mom and distance runner so having foods that are easy to “grab-n-go” with are essential and this recipe is a Gold Medal Winner!! Thanks 😀

  28. I haven’t tried this recipe – making the Sweet Potato Brownies for my a BBQ for one of my Crossfit buddies – I can smell them cooking!
    I’m just glad that other people have messy cars. The busier my life gets the messier it gets. I have a husband, luckily he only comments once in a awhile. It’s really kind of gross – gym clothes, coffee cups, drycleaning . . . The messy car comment really makes me happy. Thanks.

  29. I just found your blog thru a Google search for ‘paleo recipes’ and I’ve been here forever now. I think I love you. Seriously, girl, you are f*cking hilarious. I’m a reader for life now. I have a blog, too, I’d be honored if you checked it out. (link above). Thanks!

  30. This is SO good! We made it in ramekins (no muffin tin to be found) and used cumin instead of onion powder…amazing, especially with hot sauce 🙂 thanks for the winner!

  31. So question, but first, first these look amazing & I will be making them for breakfast next week. Now, back to my question. This may be stupid but I have a really hard time thinking of simple answers to simple questions sometimes. I was reading over the egg comments & I’ve seen Paleo posts before about being careful with eating too many eggs. I eat eggs for breakfast 7 days a week. I’m worried I’m going to get sick of them but can’t think of anything else to eat breakfast (besides the occasional leftovers from dinner). I’m also very strict no carb because I’m that horrible apple shape that gains belly fat if I look at pancakes, so protein shakes & sweet potatoes aren’t the answer. This recipe will even be an indulgence because of the yam in it! anyway, any other breakfast suggestions???

    1. Nicole, I’m not great with breakfast either. I usually just eat leftovers, so whatever I have on hand. About a month ago, I asked Facebook what they eat for breakfast. Check out the thread on my Facebook page on June 11th!!! I has over 200 ideas!

  32. Made these this morning. So delicious. I had a little trouble getting the sweet potato cups out, but I probably just didn’t have enough oil. I added some Italian chicken sausage to the spinach layer, which was the best decision I’ve made this week. Baked eggs might be my new favorite style.

  33. Juli- OMG these are so fantastic! I got fancy with it and sautéed a blend of spinach and basil in olive oil. Slapped a thin slice of onion between the sweet potato and spinach layer and added chopped bacon on top of that. And then I found if you let the eggs bake for 7 minutes and switch it from bake to broil, the egg white bubbles over the yolk and makes a thin crust over the top and the yolk remains soft. Amazing recipe, Juli, thanks!

  34. This looks awesome! Do you think if I make some today I could keep them in the fridge until say like Wednesday to have each morning for breakfast? Or you recommend they be eaten same day? Thanks!

  35. I’m just switching over to the Paleo lifestyle and this was my very first recipe to make. Made it for,breakfast for my husband and 16 year old son. LOVED IT!!! We all did. This is going into my recipe box for sure! Thank you.

  36. I made these last night, so good! I substituted some left over steamed squash for the yams and didn’t par bake them before adding the spinach and eggs. I also left the yolks a teeny bit runny. They were perfect left over for breakfast this morning. Id like to try them with bacon sometime! Thanks

  37. Christine Neff

    I’ll bet a squirt of horseradish sauce would top these nicely, too. I love it on my boiled eggs.
    Car=pit. Kids double the mess in half the time. Oh well.

  38. Any idea what temp and time is necessary at sea level? At the jersey shore and love this breakfast idea!!

  39. You rock my world. You and your food. And your writing. I wanna high five you every time I read (then inevitably make) one of your recipes.


  40. My family just gobbled those up for breakfast. They are so delicious! I am pretty new to Paleo and really appreciate your recipes.

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