You get home late, stare into the refrigerator and realize you only have some old lettuce, leftover casserole, and a dozen eggs. Surely there’s nothing dinner-worthy there, right? Think again. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein and cook up faster than you can preheat an oven for a frozen pizza. They’re inexpensive and can assume the flavor of accompanying food and spices. It just takes a little bit of imagination and some basic ingredients to turn boring eggs extraordinary.
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When trying to brainstorm how to use those eggs, here are four things you can think about to come up with a tasty dish:
- Go international. In the mood for Italian, Mexican, or Indian food? Use common ingredients and spices from those foods to mix with your eggs into a scramble. Here’s a recipe for Egg Bhurji from Divya’s Culinary Journey.
- Cook a different way. Experiment with cooking your eggs a different way. Usually go for scrambled? Try a poached egg. Typically go hard-boiled? Try soft-boiled. There are so many ways to prepare them; it should give you some variety.
- Supplement your dishes with eggs. For a protein boost, consider adding eggs to other things you’re eating. For example, savory oats with an egg mixed in can be a delicious way to start your day. Or, chop up some hard-boiled eggs and put them on any greens that you’re eating. When I was growing up, I used to watch my dad crack an egg into his Ramen noodles. To each their own!
- Not just for meals. Create eggs that are protein-heavy snacks for you or your kids. Keep some hardboiled eggs on hand in the refrigerator. Or, serve eggs as an appetizer. Here is a great recipe for guacamole deviled eggs from Skinnytaste.
What are some of your favorite ways to use eggs?