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How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg - Plus 7 Easy Recipes

author image Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN
Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, is a chef, nutritionist, recipe developer, media personality and award-winning cookbook author. She’s a culinary instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education and frequent contributor to Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. Her newest book is the second edition of "The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook."

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How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg - Plus 7 Easy Recipes
Melanie Andersen

One of the easiest ways to get high-quality protein is by enjoying one simple food: an egg. A hard-boiled egg is nature’s convenience food all wrapped up in in its own environmentally-friendly package, a.k.a. the shell. When you boil several eggs in advance and store them in your refrigerator, they’re one of the quickest, easiest nutrient-rich snacks in existence. Hard-boiled eggs are tasty on their own with a just a pinch of salt. But there are so many more ways to enjoy hard-boiled eggs! We'll show you how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs. Then we'll show you seven nutritious recipes for ways to keep your hard-boiled eggs interesting and yummy all week long.

How to Prepare the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg
Melanie Andersen


Whether your eggs are fresh from the farm or closer to the “use by” date on the carton, here’s the newest foolproof method for making hard-boiled eggs. We suggest boiling half a dozen large eggs at a time. Fill a medium saucepan at least halfway with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add eggs quickly but gently using a large slotted spoon or mesh strainer and boil for 10 minutes for fully cooked yet moist yolks (or 12 minutes for drier yolks). Drain the cooked eggs, cool in an ice water bath (a large bowl filled with ice and cold water) and drain again. Peel or chill for later. To peel, gently tap an egg against the counter to completely crack the entire shell surface, then peel. The shell should easily come off. But if shells don’t remove easily, peel under drizzling cold water by starting at the end with a slight air pocket. Pat dry and enjoy!

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1. Egg, Bacon and Tomato Stack
Melanie Andersen


A salad can sometimes seem like an afterthought. Not this one! It’s bursting with flavor and enticement and may steal the spotlight. It’s a twist on the classic duo of bacon and eggs. You’ll serve this recipe inspiration as a tomato-based salad that’s tasty any time of the day. You can swap the bacon for toasted pine nuts, if you prefer. Either way, it’s loaded with good nutrition. New research published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that an effective way to enhance carotenoid absorption from other carotenoid-rich foods is to consume cooked whole eggs with it. So by eating eggs as part of this salad, you may significantly enhance your absorption of health-protective lycopene from the tomato. CALORIES: 151.

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2. Deconstructed Deviled Eggs
Melanie Andersen


If you enjoy deviled eggs, but need a speedier snack or app, this recipe is made just for you. Rather than whipping up the egg yolk with mayonnaise and other condiments, here you’ll simply dollop a little non-GMO mayo onto the yolk of each cut egg and then sprinkle with minced fresh chives. That’s it! You might also want a little sprinkling of sea salt to make flavors pop. These take just two minutes to fix, yet they look rather glamorous. Most importantly, enjoying these deviled eggs can help assure you’re getting adequate protein throughout the day. CALORIES: 174.

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3. Easy Asian Egg Pilaf
Melanie Andersen


You ordered Chinese or Thai takeout last night and have leftover steamed rice in the fridge: Try this fast fix that looks and tastes better than the original. Prepare it when you want to give plain old rice a worldly twist and a protein boost. All you need to do is sprinkle freshly cooked or reheated rice (preferably brown rice) with diced hard-boiled egg, soy sauce and scallion. Serve it as a side dish to balance a light entree that may not be so rich in protein, like an eggplant “steak” or vegetable kebabs. CALORIES: 242.

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4. Guacamole and Egg Soft Tacos
Melanie Andersen


It’s difficult to say “no” to guacamole. Fortunately, you don’t have to. A study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that overweight and obese men and women following a moderate-fat diet that included one fresh avocado per day significantly improved their ratio of total cholesterol to “good” cholesterol as well as the ratio of “bad” to “good” cholesterol. Here’s one way to get an avocado today: Top organic corn tortillas with fresh guacamole, boiled-egg wedges and fresh cilantro leaves. Now that’s an easy take on a taco. Your heart will be delighted. CALORIES: 294.

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5. Eggcellent Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
Melanie Andersen


Hummus is one of the healthiest dips around -- after all, it has chickpeas as its base. It provides a fun and flavorful way to get a punch of plant-based protein, and it’s an especially quick way if you pick up a prepared container of hummus. If you do just that, be playful with it. Create your own unique hummus blend. Here’s one for you: Blend classic hummus with chopped boiled egg, sun-dried tomatoes and extra-virgin olive oil. It kicks up flavor and provides a still bigger punch of protein from both the egg white and yolk. Eggs are high in the essential amino acid leucine, which plays a specific role in forming muscle. CALORIES: 142.

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6. Egg and Avocado Tartine
Melanie Andersen


Many people used to think that egg yolks and avocados were “off limits” in a healthy diet. But these foods are now viewed as they should be: delicious eats filled with wholesome nutrition. In fact, most of the vitamins and minerals in a whole egg are in the yolk. Folks forgoing yolks may be shortchanging their nutritional health. So enjoy avocados and whole eggs. And do so together -- they’re a dazzling duo. In alternating fashion, arrange Hass avocado wedges and boiled-egg slices on whole-grain sourdough toast and splash with fresh lemon juice. Don’t worry if your tartine doesn’t look perfect, it’ll be tasty either way. CALORIES: 268.

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7. Eggs Beat Up in a Cup
Melanie Andersen


This simple recipe brings back comforting childhood memories to many. Combining a hard-boiled egg with sliced or chopped toast pieces, butter, salt and pepper in a cup is all it takes to create this snack. You can also enjoy this recipe with a medium-boiled egg, which allows the toast pieces to soak in some of the egg yolk. CALORIES: 173.

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