My Spicy Egg Recipe With a Secret Ingredient
By JESS BARRON
Increasing my daily lean protein intake in my diet helped me to better control my hunger cravings as well as to maintain my goal weight. To accomplish this, I’ve been a power user of daily calorie tracking on the MyPlate app to ensure that I not only stay within my daily caloric range, but also to make sure that I consume enough protein each day.
In addition to using a food tracking app, planning ahead and portioning my food for meals and snacks has been essential to keeping me on track in consuming the right amount of calories and macronutrients.
I’ll confess, I don’t often have time to cook during the week. So, here’s what I do instead: I cook most everything I eat during the week on Sundays, and I store it stacked in the refrigerator in small Tupperware containers I can easily grab and bring to work to heat up in the microwave.
Here’s what I cook: I grill up a bunch of chicken breasts, steam several bunches of asparagus and a big bunch of spinach, and I hard boil 5 or 6 eggs. I portion out the chicken into 4 or 5-ounces in the containers with a bit of steamed veggies. And I put the eggs in small containers to grab as snacks.
I eat at least one whole egg every day as a morning snack. Hard boiled eggs are just so convenient to easily grab and eat on-the-go at work, in the car, at the gym after a workout, or wherever. And, since they contain about 80 calories and 6 grams of protein, hard boiled eggs make a satisfying snack. And I have science backing me up on this: a 2008 study found that adults who ate 2 eggs for breakfast lost more weight and had more energy than those who ate a bagel instead.
Sometimes, when I’m feeling like I want some extra spice in my life or if I need an appetizer to bring to a party, I make my special spicy deviled eggs with a secret ingredient that gives them extra-eggciting flavor along with a punch of extra protein.
In eating two halves of these deviled eggs, you will get 100 calories and 6.5 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, and 3 grams of carbs, as well as an infinite amount of flavor!
Jess’s Spicy Deviled Eggs Recipe (Always a Hit at Parties)
Number of servings: 6
Serving size: 2 egg halves
*6 large eggs
*5 T spicy hummus
*1 1/2 T Dijon mustard
*1 T dill pickle, chopped fine
*1 T pickle juice
*1/4 t black pepper
*1/4 t Cayenne pepper
1. Put the eggs into a large sauce pan and fill with water to one inch above the eggs. Bring to gentle boil, and then remove pan from heat and let stand for ten minutes. To avoid the green color around the yolk, avoid overcooking them, and be sure to soak them in a bowl of ice immediately after removing them from the heat. Here are some great step-by-step instructions for a perfect hard boiled egg.
2. Run the eggs under cold water and soak in a bowl of ice until cool.
3. Cut each egg in half and carefully remove all yolks, placing them in a large bowl.
4. Using a fork, mash the yolks until they are small, uniform, and granular.
5. Chop the pickle until fine.
6. Add the pickle and the remaining ingredients to the yolks in the bowl.
7. Stir until yolk mixture is well-blended and uniform.
8. Scoop the yolk mixture with a spoon or pipe with a piping bag back in to egg halves.
9. Sprinkle on top with Cayenne pepper.
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Jess Barron is LIVESTRONG.COM’s Editor-in-Chief. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer’s Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. Some of her favorite workout routines include running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess’s writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC’s “The Most,” ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!