5 New Ways to Enjoy Eggs
Scrambled, deviled, poached, over easy, over hard. You can enjoy eggs any way you want and at any time of day. As a dietitian I have favored eggs for quite a while, but now the rest of the world seems to finally be catching on to how good they truly are for you. I would even dare to say that there is an "egg revolution" going on. Today, you can find eggs at gas station mini marts, and in Starbucks and other donut shops., Even high-end restaurants serve eggs positioned over salads and vegetables all day long.
Join the revolution with more than just diner versions of egg hardy foods, and try these five easy-to-make recipes that are as healthful as they are delicious.
If you can't decide if you want the pancakes or scrambled eggs, make oaty-eggs. Simply drop 2 eggs, 1/4 cup rolled oats and 1/8 cup lowfat milk or Greek yogurt into the blender. Cook the mixture in a lightly greased pan over a medium high heat. The oats soak up the liquid ingredients and you are left with a light blintz-like pancake that you can make sweet with a little agave and cinnamon, or savory with hot sauce and veggies. Protein plus fiber will give you a really satisfying start to your day, lunch or dinner!
2. Wasabi Devils
Need a great appetizer that won't derail your healthful eating? Make a dozen hard-boiled eggs. Peel and cut the eggs in halves, remove the yolks and put them into a bowl. Mix in 1/3 cup low fat sour cream, 1 1/2 tablespoons wasabi paste, 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Spoon the yolk mixture back into the egg whites and garnish with dill or parsley. These healthful snacks are full of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial effects.
3. Eggs and Asparagus
Perhaps the perfect pair, a poached egg over asparagus feels as elegant as could be. You can boil, grill or roast your asparagus and top it with a poached egg. Serve it with toast for breakfast or alongside your salmon with dinner. I like to add a little oregano, lemon zest or sea salt.
4. Tortilla Española
This tapas staple is the comfort food of Spain. It is made up of potatoes and eggs, cooked in a cast iron pan and turned out onto a plate like a pie. While a wedge is often served as a simple supper, you'll find that the tortilla is a gorgeous appetizer or tapas choice. A small portion is both substantial and satisfying without making you feel weighed down. It pairs perfectly with other munchies such as grilled veggies, frisee salad, grilled meats and marinated olives.
5. Egg Soups
Chinese culture has egg drop soup and Korean culture has gaeran jim (steamed egg soup). There is nothing more perfect than eggs served this way. I often recommend a healthful soup as a light meal on its own or as an appetizer to slow you down and fill you up before your entrée.
Eggs are hardy, delicious and incredibly versatile. Get crackin' on one of these delicious ideas.
Keri is a contributing editor and advisory board member for Women's Health Magazine, and is the Nutrition and Health contributor for NBC's New York Live. She is regularly featured on national television programs including NBC's The Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, The View, The Talk, The Chew, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, The Rachael Ray Show, The Steve Harvey Show, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, and CNN. Keri hosts an original series called "A Little Bit Better" which is featured on Youtube's LIVESTRONG Woman channel.
Keri resides in New York City with her children, Rex and Maizy. Whether she is training for a marathon, going to the farmers' market, or drinking her nightly cup of herbal tea, Keri lives and breathes a Nutritious Life while inspiring others to do the same.