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Eggs are the breakfast, lunch, and dinner of champions. Rich in protein but low in calories, they make the perfect base for countless healthy meals or snacks. And since eggs are so versatile, you can get creative and whip them into savory entrees, brunch dishes, desserts, or even healthy cocktails. Read on for 20 of our favorite fast and easy ways to enjoy eggs.
Sliced hard-boiled eggs are great on salads or in sandwiches, but a soft-boiled egg in the morning is a treat! Make sure to boil them for only a few minutes if you want a yolk that’s still runny.
Stuffed with scrambled eggs, lean turkey sausage, and diced tomatoes, a whole-wheat breakfast burrito is actually a healthy, filling lunch option. Add some low-cal guacamole for an extra flavor boost.
This good-for-you egg salad cuts out the fatty mayonnaise used in typical recipes. Layer the salad between two slices of bread for a hassle-free lunch.
If you're monitoring your cholesterol levels, you can still enjoy the benefits of eggs (just remember that whole eggs are packed with essential nutrients). Separate the cholesterol-free egg whites from the yolk to make a heart-healthy omelet.
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An entire corn and pepper quiche will keep you satisfied for days. Cobbling it together with egg whites and soy milk gives it a healthful twist.
Beat a few raw eggs together and scramble them for a quick, satisfying breakfast. Make it the perfect portable meal by piling the eggs on top of a toasted English muffins, which are low in carbs and calories.
A delicious sunny-side up egg takes only minutes to cook. While you’re at it, chop up some potatoes and veggies to toss into the pan and whip up a stir-fry to accompany your protein-packed egg.
Fold mushrooms and diced bell peppers into an omelet for a nutritious, veggie-packed dish. One tip for making omelets extra creamy? Beat some nonfat milk into the egg batter before frying.
A perfectly poached egg makes a delicious garnish on a slice of whole-grain toast. And since it's cooked in nothing by water, poaching is one of the healthiest way to prepare an egg. Check out this video for a no-fail poaching method.
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Give creamy deviled eggs a makeover with fat-free mayonnaise and chopped celery. If you’re entertaining guests, impress them by adding a dash of curry powder and a squeeze of lemon to the yolks.
Steaming eggs is painless (and much easier to clean than scraping dried yolk off a frying pan!). Whisk several eggs together with water or low-sodium chicken broth, and then add the mixture to individual cups or a large bowl placed over a steamer. Follow this recipe for a formula that yields a silky smooth texture.
Drop a raw egg into a steaming bowl of soup. The egg cooks in the hot broth, making it thicker and giving your meal an instant boost of protein.
The idea of soaking your eggs in tea may sound strange, but it's a popular and wholesome snack in China. All you have to do is immerse hard-boiled eggs in a marinade of soy sauce and tea. It’s one of the easiest recipes for a healthy snack on the go!
For an impressive-looking brunch dish, carve out a hole in the center of a breakfast bun, drop a raw egg into it, and place it in the oven to bake. Use multigrain rolls in this recipe for a hearty breakfast.
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Eggnog is a holiday cocktail favorite often laced with cream and sugar. Made with a single egg white, this low-cal recipe allows guilt-free indulgence over the holidays.
This cottage cheese and egg custard recipe requires a little more time than a quick scramble, but it results in a light egg dish with rich flavor and a fluffy texture.
Like its cousin the omelet, the frittata is fast and easy to assemble. The important thing is to use low-fat cheese and lots of vegetables such as tomatoes and spinach.
A rolled omelet, or tamagoyaki, is a well-known Japanese dish that looks insanely complicated, but it's actually a snap to make. Follow this recipe for a simple, healthy, and totally unique way of frying an egg.
If you're trying to find a good use for spare hard-boiled eggs, chop them into quarters and sprinkle over a simple mix of greens. The eggs do double duty by adding nutritional value to the salad and keeping you feeling full for hours!
The fastest way to cook an egg is in the microwave. Beat a raw egg with a little nonfat milk, pour into a microwave-safe mug, and heat for just one minute. Feel free to season with herbs or spices.