Eggs top the list of convenient, affordable and delicious high-quality protein sources. Try one of these eight excellent ways to eat eggs.
Eggs are one of my absolute favorite foods. I’m not picky about how they are prepared either. Over-easy, hard-boiled, scrambled, an omelet or a baked frittata – I like them all. That’s one of the great things about eggs – there are so many ways to eat them, that you can literally choose a different preparation method every day of the week.
Another benefit of eggs is the price and the convenience. They are one of the most affordable high-quality protein sources you can eat, and you can find them in almost any store that sells food. Nowadays, you can even get packs of hard-boiled eggs at the convenient store.
The best part, though, is that you get that variety, affordability and convenience while also getting tons of nutrition. In addition to the high-quality protein, eggs are one of the best sources of choline – a nutrient that promotes normal cell activity, liver function and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. It also plays a big role in the development of infant’s memory functions.
So, are you ready to get cracking? I’m sharing 8 excellent ways to prepare eggs.
It doesn’t get any easier than this, especially if you have kids. Boil 8-12 eggs in the beginning of the week and keep them in the refrigerator. That way, they are ready-to-eat when you need a quick snack. Super quick and portable, too. I often make meal platters that include hard-boiled eggs. A quick meal is 1-2 hard-boiled eggs, ½-1 cup raw veggies, some hummus and a piece of fruit.
If you love fried eggs, but are tight on time, learning to bake them in the oven is key! They are not exactly the same as over-easy, but they have the same a similar look and feel. You can bake a batch over the weekend, keep them in the refrigerator, then heat them up when you are ready to eat. Serve on top of toast, a salad, rice or other favorite foods. Learn how easy it is to bake eggs in the oven here.
Egg muffins are another quick and easy way to make eggs in the oven. The big benefit to egg muffins is that they can be frozen, then re-heated for a quick protein options when you are on the go. Preparing eggs this way has another big benefit – they are a vehicle for a variety of other highly nutritious vegetables. You can also add tons of flavor by including just a small amount of bacon or ham, and you can boost the calcium and protein even more by adding in shredded or crumbled cheese. Get the recipe here.
Friday’s are for frittata’s – and there’s a reason why. Frittata’s are a great way to put leftovers to use. You can prevent food waste by mixing together all of the vegetables you didn’t use during the week. Plus, like the other egg recipes, they make a quick, easy and nourishing meal any time of day. Just toss all ingredients together, pour them into one dish and bake it. No fuss; no waste! Get the full recipe here.
If you’ve ever been to a breakfast buffet, you were probably offered scrambled eggs. It is one of the most common ways to prepare eggs. I rarely make scrambled eggs for myself, but when I do, it’s most likely to make a breakfast burrito. The photo below is from my trip to Australia. I ordered this traditional Aussie breakfast a lot while I was there. It includes eggs, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes and a side of BBQ sauce.
Omelets are another popular way to eat eggs that can be found on most restaurant breakfast menus. As with frittatas, they are a great way to use up the leftover veggies in your refrigerator, add variety and nutritional quality to your meal. One of my favorites is a spinach and mushroom omelet, but you can add your own favorite vegetables, proteins, cheeses and herbs. Most restaurant omelets are made with 3 eggs, but don’t be afraid to ask for a custom preparation. I usually ask for mine to be made with only 2 whole eggs and 1 white, just to keep my portions in check. If you do order an omelet that is too much to eat at one meal, take 1/2 home. Most toppings will hold up for a day or two and taste great re-heated with a side of fruit or a piece of toast.
For mornings when you have a bit more time, making a fried or over-easy egg in the skillet is another option. I hadn’t prepared my eggs this way in years, but ate them this way a lot when I was in Australia. The simple over-easy eggs and toast meal in the photo is one of my favorites, but you can also add an egg to salads, pizza or other foods to boost the flavor and nutrition content.
Egg salad is one of the few high-quality protein options that doesn’t need to be heated. That makes it a great option if you need a packed lunch or if you travel. Keep egg salad in a separate container, then when you are ready to eat, spread it on whole grain bread, a bagel or crackers. You can also eat it as part of a snack platter with raw vegetables & a side of fruit.
Do you have a favorite way to eat eggs? Share it in the comments below.