High in protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids, eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious and perfectly packaged proteins. And they’re making a comeback! While eggs do contain cholesterol, the old concern has been officially dismissed: the new dietary guidelines lifted the daily cholesterol limit after studies found the cholesterol you eat doesn’t have much to do with the levels in your blood. Walter Willett, nutrition expert from Harvard’s School of Public Health, applauded the change in a statement, “There was never any data that showed that people who ate more eggs had higher risk of heart attack.”
Spring is a great time to get cracking. Beyond fry-ups and scrambles, there are lots of fresh ways to enjoy eggs. Go on an egg hunt, with these clever hiding spots for buttery yolks and tender whites.
1. Slipped into soup
Punch up your broth with a little protein. Slip an egg into a simmering soup and let it poach whole, or give it a gentle stir to create long strands throughout. Try rustic garlic soup, spinach stracciatella, lemony avgolemono, or ramen with seaweed.
2. Nestled in salad
Eggs and tender greens can be good friends. Hide a poached egg inside a tangle of frisee and let the buttery yolk mingle with the vinaigrette. Halve hardboiled eggs for pretty composed salads, such as cobb or Niçoise. Or finely chop eggs and capers, and sprinkle them over beets or asparagus.
3. Popped on a sandwich
Egg sandwiches don’t have to be biscuit-and-bacon gut bombs. Try some pretty whole-grain toast, instead. A croque madame–inspired sammy is delicious, with one piece of bread, and thin slices of ham and gruyère. Or top avocado or mushroom toast with a fried egg, to make them Instagram-fabulous.
4. Surrounded by veggies
Eggs bring veggies to the center of your plate. Put a fried egg on sweet potato hash, asparagus with garlicky breadcrumbs, or sautéed peppers and onions. Take it to the next level by cracking eggs directly into saucy braises, like a spicy shakshuka or individual chard nests.
5. Tucked in a grain bowl
Add some greens and an egg to a bed of brown rice, quinoa, or any other grain, and call it dinner. Korean bibimbap, packing lots of chili and pickles, is big with foodies right now. But creamy and comforting polenta never goes out of style.
6. Scrambled in stir-fries
As long as you’re firing up the wok, throw some eggs into the sizzle. Make a well in the middle of your rice, noodles, or veggies, pour in a beaten egg or two, and let it set for a minute before tossing. It soaks up sauce and acts as a binding ingredient for fried rice, pad thai, and more.
7. Cracked on a pizza
Skip the pepperoni and put an egg on it! Breakfast pizza is so tasty, you’ll be tempted any time of day. Lots of grocery stores carry fresh, whole-wheat dough. Add your favorite toppings, like dark greens, broccoli rabe, asparagus, or peas, and drop an egg smack-dab in the middle before baking.
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