Thoughtful Eating: Eggcellence

Posted on | April 18, 2012 | 12 Comments

I’m not a full vegetarian but I don’t eat a lot of meat. And I do a fair amount of weight training (because I am kind of an awesome bad ass with many rippling muscles) so the combination of these two things makes me obsess ever so slightly about getting protein. Enter the egg: the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to get some good quality protein. Six whole grams (twelve if I have two of them). So yes, I am most definitely an egg fan, but that wasn’t always the case. As a young toddler I loved eggs (including oft demanding for only “eggies”) then I took a long break from eggs and it is just recently we are reuniting. And it feels so good, my friends. These days I’ll throw a poached egg on just about anything. And I’ve started hard boiling them in batches so they’re an easy to grab protein punch. I’ve attempted a fried egg or two, as well. I don’t love them scrambled but I’ll partake in pretty much every other style. And since I’m relatively new-ish to the world of eggs, I find I’m still looking for interesting ways to use them. I’m a big fan of a poached egg on a piece of toast with a pile of kale salad. And a fried egg on a heap of lentils is also a filling, delicious meal.

I make a lot of big batches of fridge salads and then I’ll eat them all week. And they’re usually the perfect thing to throw an egg on. I think I’ll start with this Spring Tabbouleh Salad from 101 Cookbooks. Which is right in my fridge salad wheelhouse. Plus you know, the whole holy-eff-it’s-finally-spring thing…

And when I’m done with that there’s always The Everyday, Anytime Egg-Combination Generator from Mark Bittman and the New York Times. Note to self: try a mollet egg soon.

Alright, I turn to you my trusted friends, what’s your favorite way to use eggs?

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12 Responses to “Thoughtful Eating: Eggcellence”

  1. erin
    April 18th, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    love eggs. am ridiculously snooty about them being farm fresh with yolks so golden they’re practically orange. vices. i eat them all kinds of ways, but that spring salad sounds so good i’m craving it at 9:00 am. gah!

  2. DENISE.
    April 18th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

    I’m all about the poached egg, too! The past few years, my favorite meals to make at home have them. Do you like the traditional French frisee salad? It has frisee (duh), chopped bacon, garlic vinaigrette — topped with a poached egg. YUM. And on a weekly basis I make what I call Birds Nest Pasta. It’s with that yummy Barilla protein plus angel hair pasta, a mixture of breadcrumbs and chopped walnuts — topped with a poached egg. And how about poached eggs over an avocado for breakfast? Delish! And I really like Whole Food’s egg salad. OK, now I’m hungry. :)

  3. jen {miss pickles press}
    April 18th, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    i, too, love me some eggs. not big on scrambled either. i buy the trader joe’s already hard boiled (and peeled!) in a bag and eat off of them all week. great time saver. i love the idea of a poached egg on top of something ricey or salady. note to self – do this more often.

  4. Cecilia
    April 18th, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    love eggs, scrambled with cheese or in an omelet. and i love, love, love egg salad.

    i’ve never tried a poached or fried egg though. i’m sort of scared i’ll hate the soupy yolks!

  5. Nicole
    April 18th, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    I’m the same way. I’m not a full on vegetarian, but I have to remind myself to eat proteins. I could probably live on veggies. I think my favorite way is have them hard boiled. Perfect on the go food! I often have this mid-morning after my smoothie + exercise. Of course, if I have time I’ll crack some s + p on it for a divine little bite.

    For lunches and suppers, we very often cook up some red quinoa, roasted veggies and top it off with a fried or soft cooked egg. Man, packed with good business and takes only like 20 minutes. I know what I’m making when I get home from Vegas. Boom! Drool.

  6. melissa
    April 18th, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

    I just tried over medium over the weekend to get out of my scrambled rut. I don’t even like them scrambled. I foresee more over medium in my future. As a small child, I ate them sunny side up nearly every day and demanded “dippy eggs” to pierce with my toast points. But the rawness just skeeves me out a bit these days. Over medium was a great compromise. I also love a nicely done hardboiled egg. I’ve finally stopped over-cooking them.

    So, yes. I like eggs. I may fantasize about getting some chickens when I move onto my mini-farm/vineyard/artist compound.

  7. Karen
    April 19th, 2012 @ 12:22 am

    Egg salad sandwich! But greek yogurt instead of mayo to keep the calories in check…

  8. Tan
    April 19th, 2012 @ 4:57 am

    Oh man eggs are the perfect food! I absolutely love them. I mean, here you have this simple, oval shaped little thing, which is a bad ass rock hard shell (relatively of course) and inside the most versatile food ever. I mean, there are SO many ways to freaking eat an egg! Including raw. Yup. I’ve done it (not my fave though by any means)

  9. amy
    April 19th, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    i’m a little bit obsessed with eggs right now too, especially since my toddler has decided that (besides a cheeseburger) eggs are the only form of protein he’ll eat. we do a lot of toad in a holes around here with fun cookie cutter shapes.

    also, have you seen this http://www.food.com/recipe/hard-cooked-eggs-in-the-oven-baked-eggs-61856??? you can do hard cooked BAKED eggs instead of boiling??? i haven’t tried it yet, but if it works (and why wouldn’t it if it’s from alton brown) it may change my life!

  10. Amy@OldSweetSong
    April 19th, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    So many egg lovers. This warms my heart!
    @Erin – I’m snooty too. I love to get my from the greenmarket. So fresh.
    @DENISE – my god both of those sound amazing.
    @jen – yes, it’s my favorite. the runny egg goes all over everything. definitely get on that, woman!
    @Cecilia – Come on! I tried it and now it’s my favorite way to eat an egg.
    @Nicole – That’s essentially one of my go to dinners. I’ll mix up the grain and the veggies but the components all add to a perfect dinner. Easy, fresh and wholesome. YIPPEE.

  11. Amy@OldSweetSong
    April 19th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    @melissa – I totally want chickens too. In my fantasy life. And I’m an over medium fan. Sunny side up is too undercooked for me as well. Kinda sketchy.
    @Karen – Good thinking. AND greek yogurt has a shit ton of protein also. That’s like a protein explosion. (yikes?)
    @Tan – I’ll trust you on the raw egg thing, my man.
    @amy – Your toddler is smart, cheeseburgers are delicious. I may have to check out this over baked hard boiled situation.

  12. melanie
    April 20th, 2012 @ 5:42 am

    i love love love eggs, but recently developed a sensitivity to them. I get a stomachache after i eat too much at once (like more than one) or eat eggs too often. My fave type of eggs:
    deviled eggs
    scrambled with cheese
    over medium

    a recent dinner for me is spinach, lean ham, one eggs, scrambled up and put over GF prairire bread toasted with a schmear of chevre. nom.

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