3 Unexpected Egg Lunch and Dinner Ideas
By AMANDA RUSSELL
There is no question in my mind that one of the best superfoods of all time is not some fancy new ingredient you pay high prices for in specialty health food stores - actually, it's a simple, versatile item that you can find even at a convenience store!
Of course, I'm talking about eggs! I could go on and on about why I love eggs, from taste, health benefits, weight loss, cost, to simplicity. Eggs are not just the breakfast of champions, but they can also be the lunch and dinner of champions.
I often wonder why is it that eggs get pigeonholed as a breakfast food. Eggs are so delicious and versatile that they can be eaten at any time of day. Here are my three favorite ways to include eggs as part of my lunch or dinner:
1. Throw an Egg In Your Soup
I learned this from my Italian mother while growing up. Whether she was heating up some chicken noodle soup or making minestrone from scratch, she would always throw in an egg. Not only does this completely change the taste and texture (thickens the soup up and makes it surprisingly more delicious), but it also adds protein and nutrients. Try this: As your soup heats up, add an egg when you're about 1-2 minutes from ready, watch the egg explode in the hot liquid and cook right in. Serve and enjoy!
2. Make a Leftover Frittata
Make leftovers into a whole new (and even tastier) meal. Whether it's last night's pasta, stew, or stir-fry, rather than simply heating it up in the microwave, I prefer to throw it all into a pan on the stove. Just use a teaspoon of olive oil (or your preferred cooking oil), and heat up your leftovers with a raw egg. Watch the egg cook into the leftovers as they heat. It's incredible what this does to the flavor. My husband loves this so much, that he has even started asking me to make extra of whatever I'm making at dinner so that he can re-heat it the next day with an egg. This comes from a man who wouldn't even turn on the stove or remotely think of re-heating leftovers for lunch the following day. Added bonus: The cost savings of leftovers!
3. Twice-Baked Sweet Potato With an Egg
These baked stuffed potatoes are the kind of dish that will make you famous for your culinary skills (and creativity), yet, they are so easy, healthy and flavorful. While I was writing my recipe book, I had the idea to bake eggs atop sweet potatoes. I ended up loving this new recipe so much it became my new go-to lunch and dinner party side dish. Tip: You can easily substitute the sweet potatoes with regular potatoes and mix in about 4 ounces of grated cheese instead of Greek yogurt.
Twice Baked Sweet Potato and Egg Recipe
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Protein: 7 grams
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 small eggs
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
4 teaspoons nonfat Greek Yogurt
1-2 tbsp olive oil
Fresh chives, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Scrub potatoes, pierce them with a fork and put them in the oven rack for 30-40 minutes until soft.
2. In a large frying pan heat oil over medium high heat. Sauté the onion with garlic for about 5 minutes until soft.
3. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle cut potatoes in half, lengthwise, scoop the interior out of each leaving about 1/4 inch shell of potato flesh and skin. Add the scooped-out potato flesh, Greek yogurt, salt and pepper into the pan and stir well to combine.
4. Place the potato shells on the baking sheet and feel them with the mixture. Press the mixture with a spoon so a whole is formed to make space for the eggs. Sprinkle chives on top and crack an egg on top of each stuffed potato.
5. Cook at 400°F for 10-15 minutes until the egg is set. The whites will be set while the yolks are a bit runny.
Readers - Do you have other creative ways of incorporating eggs in your lunch or dinner? What are your favorite egg recipes? Let us know on the comments section below. We want to hear from you.
Amanda Russell is a top-rated fitness and lifestyle writer, professional keynote speaker, Olympic-trained athlete, model, spokeswoman, founder of FitStrongandSexy.com and one of the industry’s leading experts in fitness, wellness and change. Amanda has her own professional online workout channel and talk show. She can be found writing about life, fitness, wellness and change on her website, fitstrongsexy.com.