Skillet Garden Eggs

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Garden Skillet Eggs - a perfect breakfast for the 17 Day Diet

If you struggle with making breakfast a bit more interesting than the usual scrambled egg variety, this Skillet Garden Eggs dish is a recipe I found that I modified so it would be 17 Day Diet friendly.

This would also work for lunch or dinner – you really can have eggs any time of the day!

You can either make the recipe as-is, or substitute your favorite veggies if you’re not a fan of tomatoes or mushrooms.

Skillet Garden Eggs is such a healthy and delicious breakfast!
Photo courtesy of Kaitlynn P. of the 17DD Blog Community


Skillet Garden Eggs Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this Skillet Garden Eggs recipe:

Lean Protein

A good quality lean protein is the first ingredient you’ll need.

This particular recipe calls for ground turkey, but you could easily use ground chicken if that’s what you have.

If you’re on Cycle 3 of the 17 Day Diet, consider Canadian bacon or a low-sugar sausage.

Non Starch Vegetables

Once you have your protein base, your vegetables are next.

As the recipe is written, you’ll start with red onion. If you’re not a fan of onions like me, you can skip this ingredient.

Next, you’ll want fresh spinach or kale. Fueling up on a fiber-rich breakfast is so important and adding spinach to your dish will do just that.

Spinach will give you extra fiber, minerals and vitamins and will help you stay satiated during lunch time.

Spinach is a nutrient rich ingredient in many smoothie recipes for the 17 Day Diet

You can use frozen spinach, but make sure you squeeze all the extra liquid out once it’s defrosted. Otherwise, you’ll have a very runny breakfast!

Get your morning minerals in with fresh mushrooms. I personally like crimini mushrooms, but any variety will do.

Crimini Mushrooms are full of vitamins and minerals

If you want, canned mushrooms are fine as well.

Next, you’ll want to gather tomatoes – either grape or cherry are fine.

If you don’t have these variety, a Roma tomato would be good because they’re typically less juicy than a beefsteak tomato, for instance.

Tomatoes are yummy and good for you!


Of course you have to have eggs. What’s breakfast without them? Especially this breakfast recipe!

Eggs are a great source of extra protein in the morning. 

If your cholesterol is on the higher side, consider scrambling egg whites instead.

Eggs are a great source of protein for the 17 Day Diet


Finally, you’ll want a good quality cheese.

This recipe calls for mozzarella or Parmesan because they’re lower in fat, but you could crank it up a notch with a yummy goat cheese if you’re in Cycle 3 (or stick to low or non-fat in Cycles 1 or 2).

If you’re on the 17 Day Diet, cheese is allowed! You’ll find it on the condiment section of the Cycle 1 food list to be used in moderation.

The Cycle Food List does mention non-fat cheese, but I personally like less of a full or lower fat cheese. You can read my post about cheese on the 17 Day Diet for more information as to my reasoning. 

Parmesan Cheese

Ingredient Substitutions or Additions

The sky really is the limit when it comes to this breakfast recipe. If you’re not fond of red onions, but don’t mind scallions for instance, then go with scallions.

If you don’t like mushrooms, skip them entirely.

If you want to add in roasted sweet potato, this would be a great addition! 

Be creative and have fun with your breakfast!

Other Low-Carb Breakfast Egg Recipes

If you enjoy this Skillet Garden Eggs dish, you might want to try these other healthy breakfast ideas:

Additional Low-Carb, Egg-Free Breakfast Recipes

If you’re looking for more low carb breakfast ideas with recipes that don’t contain eggs, here are a few more ideas: 

If you make this Skillet Garden Eggs recipe, let me know how you enjoy it! I’d also appreciate it if you come back and review the recipe in the card below. Plus, if you’re on social media, tag me @17ddblog so I can see your creation!

If you switch it up a bit and use different ingredients, I’d love to hear from you! Enjoy!

Low Carb Skillet Garden Eggs is a protein and fiber rich breakfast for the 17 Day Diet

Skillet Garden Eggs is such a healthy and delicious breakfast!
Yield: 2 Servings

Skillet Garden Eggs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A yummy breakfast dish with all of your favorite garden veggies!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces of Ground Turkey (for Cycle 1 or 2) OR 2 slices Canadian Bacon or Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon (for Cycle 3 only)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped spinach or kale (for Cycles 1 or 2) OR 2 cups chopped Swiss chard (for Cycle 3 only)
  • 5-6 sliced mushrooms (for Cycles 1 or 2) OR 1/2 small zucchini, finely chopped (for Cycle 3 only)
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated low-fat mozzarella or Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium, heat the olive oil.
  2. Add the meat and onion and sauté until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the greens (spinach, kale or swiss chard) and mushrooms or zucchini and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and beginning to brown.
  4. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Stir well, then arrange the vegetables in an even layer.
  6. Using a spoon, create 4 wells in the vegetables, each about 2 inches across.
  7. Crack an egg into each well. Cover the skillet and cook until just shy of desired doneness, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle the cheese over the vegetables and eggs, then cover and cook for another minute. Use a spatula to transfer half of the vegetables and 2 eggs onto each plate.


Approved all cycles. See recipe for substitutions for later cycles.

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14 thoughts on “Skillet Garden Eggs”

  1. Not sure if this is a question or a comment !! I am on day four of the challenge, and have been following the plan to the letter. After the first day ( and the previous ”smoothie”day ) I had lost five and a half pounds !! The next day, I was up almost a pound, and then up a bit this morning, too. I have still lost four pounds in the first three days, which I realize is awesome :) but am puzzled about the ”bounce back” of the weight, and wondered if anyone has experienced the same thing ?

    • Hi Barbara, this happens to a lot of people, and for some, not at all. Everyone loses/gains weight differently. The best thing I can say is if you’re going to weigh yourself daily, make sure it’s the exact time each day. Your body weight naturally fluctuates during the day anyway. My second best thing is if you have a hard time seeing the weight go up and down everyday, consider weighing weekly instead of daily.

      • I weighed myself first thing in the morning, at more or less exactly the same time…..just to see if things were going in the right direction ( i.e. DOWN !! lol). I think that initial 5 1/2 lbs in two days was a fluke ( water weight ?) and the 4lbs in 3 days ( including the weight apparently ”gained back”) much more realistic, and in my eyes anyway, a very satisfactory amount !! I feel good on the diet, am enjoying the food, and have decided to just stay off the scales completely until the 17 days are complete. Thanks so much for the support, it REALLY helps !!

  2. This was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had. I did not have the right meat add used prosciutto and didn’t have the mushrooms. I used parmesan for the cheese. It was gorgeous and incredibly tasty! Thanks for this recipe!

    • Hi Megan, if you’re sticking by the book, coffee creamer isn’t allowed. However, many members use it and don’t have an issue. If you’re looking for a bit of flexibility in your diet, you can certainly try it and see how it goes. Another alternative is unsweetened almond milk. It’s allowed starting on C3, but many use it throughout all cycles and don’t have an issue.

    • Hi Paula! You can be on any cycle/day when we begin. We usually have members starting on different days, or have already been going for a while so it’s quite common! The meal plan you receive is Cycle 1 friendly, but EASILY customizable to fit into your Cycle 2. If you register before the Thursday deadline, you’ll also receive a 7-day meal plan for extra variety! I hope you’ll join us!

  3. As a single Greek woman, I make this recipe, cut in half, in a “green pan”, one of those ‘seen on TV’ non-stick jobs that closes like a clam. My modification is adding some feta instead of parmesan and sometimes sneaking in 3-4 Kalamata olives that have been halved. I usually wait until I have been 100% good for 3-4 days for my little olive cheat.


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