Paleo Bird's Nest (Whole30, Dairy Free)

Make breakfast fun with this Paleo Bird's Nest. Made with a few simple ingredients, this spaghetti squash based breakfast is Whole30, Dairy Free, Kid Friendly and Adult approved!

I'm starting this post off with a warning that I may or may not be going crazy. Iā€™m not quite there yet, but give me a couple more weeks of not being able to run and I can guarantee I will be. This whole shoulder thing is really bumming me out. Running is a therapeutic activity for me so not being able to just head out and hit the road for a few miles is driving me insane. I see dozens of people running through the city and all I want to do is be them. Or trip them. It really depends on my cranky level for the day. I mean, COME ON! Chicago has finally decided to let it be summer and I can't do one of my favorite outdoor activities! Have I complained enough yet? Yes? Ok, fine.

Since I can't currently participate in one of my favorite outdoor activities, I'm going to continuously participate in one of my favorite indoor activities. Eating. Eating everything in my house results in fun new recipes. This particular new one is super easy to make and helps you use up leftovers. So I call that a win.

Spaghetti squash has become a favorite of mine. Most think of it as just a pasta alternative, but it can be used so many different ways. I find myself using it in my breakfast dishes a lot, like in my Spaghetti Squash Breakfast Bake recipe. The other day, I found myself with some left over baked spaghetti squash that I wasn't sure what to do with. It wasn't enough for a casserole and I really wasn't in the mood for any type of pasta. That's when I came up with this idea. It's partially inspired by egg-in-the-hole recipes, which is where you fry an egg in the middle of bread. Well since I don't eat traditional bread, I decided to make a version of this recipe using spaghetti squash, which is more like a messy bird's nest. 

This recipe makes a nice combination of veggies from the spaghetti squash and protein from the egg. It's a simple process if you are using leftover squash, but even if you're not, that's easy to cook up. Just check the easy instructions over here.  Heat up your squash, crack an egg in the center of it, fry that to your liking and voila. An easy and tasty breakfast.  This one is perfect to make with kids or to eat on your own as an adult.  I serve mine with a side of bacon or sauteed greens, but you could easily have this be a full meal. Also, I haven't tested it yet, but I bet if you found a Paleo friendly hollandaise sauce recipe, it would taste good AF on this.

Yield: 1 Serving (2 Nests)
Author: Katie Doyle

Paleo Bird's Nest

Make breakfast fun with this Paleo Bird's Nest. Made with a few simple ingredients, this spaghetti squash based breakfast is Whole30, Dairy Free, Kid Friendly and Adult approved!
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 15 M


  • 1/2 cup baked spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbs butter, ghee or oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
  • dash of paprika
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 lg eggs
  • 1 tbs coconut oil for pan
  • crushed red pepper *OPTIONAL


How to cook Paleo Bird's Nest

  1. In a medium bowl, mix spaghetti squash with all seasonings and butter.
  2. In a medium frying pan, melt 1 tbs oil on low
  3. Divide spaghetti squash into 2 servings. Place them separately into the pan.
  4. Using a fork, carefully create 2 nests 4-5 inches wide, making sure you have a hole in the center for the egg. Tip: try not to make the edges of your nest too flat or the egg will spill over once in it
  5. Once nests are formed, turn heat up to low-med. Crack an egg into the center of each nest and let it cook.
  6. Remove when egg is done sunny-side up or carefully flip it over after 5-10 minutes to cook the other side. Serve with a sprinkle of crushed red pepper or a slab of bacon.


If spaghetti squash is not already baked, please account for an additional ~40 minutes for preparation of that while it bakes in the oven.



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