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Skinny Eggs Benedict {Vegetarian}

healthy eggs benedict

Hi, I’m Nicole and I am a hollandaise sauce junkie.  I love ordering it in restaurants but I have made some dreamy, creamy, restaurant-quality hollandaise sauce at home too.  More often than not you’ll catch me licking my plate clean, but behind those satisfied eyes lies a face full of guilt.  I feel guilty knowing what I just put into my body.

It’s an internal battle for me.  My tastebuds argue, “It’s soooo good!  Eat some more.  That’s not enough sauce, you should put another gallon on top of those eggs!”  While my heart screams, “What in the world are you thinking?!  I thought you liked me!!”

Because I do love and respect my heart, I thought I would try making a “skinnier” version of this sauce.  I used light greek yogurt and a bit of mayo to accomplish the same mouth feel.  The lemon and the greek-style yogurt add a familiar zing like you would find in a traditional hollandaise sauce.  Although, it’s not perfect and it’s not the quite same as hollandaise, it did satisfy my craving.

healthier eggs benedict

Have you tried a recipe similar to this before?  What do you do to lighten your “heavy” sauces?  Do you have any favorite substitutes?

Enjoy your day!

Skinny Eggs Benedict

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yields: 2 servings

Skinny Eggs Benedict


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 light multi-grain whole wheat English muffins
  • 8 large leaves of basil (or you can use wilted spinach)
  • slices of tomato
  • 1/4 cup lemon low fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon light mayo
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • fresh chives (to garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar


  1. Combine lemon yogurt, mayo, dry mustard, salt and cayenne in a small saucepan and whisk gently on low heat until warm and smooth
  2. Fill a medium pot with 2 inches of water and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Bring water to a boil and reduce heat to a low temperature where the water is still consistently boiling but very low; crack one egg into a small dish and gently pour it into the pot, doing the same for each additional egg, one by one. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until desired doneness, spooning hot water over the yolk until slightly opaque.
  3. In the meantime, toast the english muffins. Place toasted muffin halves on two plates and top with basil leaves (or spinach) and tomato slice(s).
  4. Carefully remove eggs from the water with a slotted spoon, letting the excess water drain away; place on top of tomato; drop a dollop of sauce on top; garnish with chives and a sprinkle of cayenne.

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4 thoughts on “Skinny Eggs Benedict {Vegetarian}

  1. I haven’t made Hollandaise before, but I have a favorite mushroom sauce recipe that calls for cream, and I replace it with equal parts full-fat greek yogurt (10% milkfat) and soy milk, shaken in a jar. Less than half the fat of cream, and you get the tang and texture of the yogurt.

    1. Hi Sean! I’ve never tried making a sauce in a jar before. I love that! Easy, (practically) mess-free, plus if you have any extra sauce, it’s already packed up and fridge-ready. Brilliant!

  2. This is a great recipe that sadnts on its own; it is totally different from Eggs Benedict!I saw a similar recipe a few weeks ago on another blog that used gravlax with a garnish of parsley. I asked if they had ever considered dill as the garnish, so I’m asking you if you ever considered gravlax for this recipe? It would tie in well as another variation.I would not be afraid to top this with Hollandaise, either. Hollandaise is a health food.Jim

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