Eggs are an inexpensive source of high-quality protein, so why limit their use to just one meal per day? These versatile ingredients are the star in many easy recipes for dinner.
Although egg yolks got a bad rap in the past – don’t be so quick to discard them now. The yolk contains 3 of an egg’s 6 total grams of protein, as well as important nutrients such as B-vitamins and the antioxidant lutein. Crack a few open for yourself, or for a crowd, by making healthy recipes that put a warm, delicious dinner on the table in minutes.
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1. Arugula Salad with Poached Eggs
Arugula is a leafy green replete with antioxidants. Lemon and parmesan cut the bitterness of the greens. A poached egg makes healthy recipes like this one taste rich and decadent.
1 4-oz container of pre-washed baby arugula
1 ounce parmesan cheese, shaved
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
¼ cup olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Make the dressing by whisking together the olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat approximately 3 inches of water in a wide shallow pan and add the vinegar, bring up to a high temperature – about 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Crack the eggs into a small bowl or ramekin and slide into the hot water. Cook in batches if all six eggs won’t fit without touching. Cook for just 3 minutes for a medium-firm yolk. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with a paper towel.
Toss the arugula and pine nuts with the dressing. Divide among four plates. Top with shavings of parmesan and one poached egg. Top with a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4.
Next Egg For Dinner Recipe: Baked Eggs In Tomato Sauce…
2. Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce
Over-easy, fried and hard-boiled aren’t the only ways to prepare eggs. Bake them in a sauce and serve with crusty whole-grain bread for a simple dinner. Easy recipes like these can also be a crowd pleaser.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with their juice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
coarse salt and ground pepper
8 large eggs
1 ounce pecorino Romano cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a large saute pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Saute the onions until soft, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook a minute or two longer. Stir in the diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes and smoked paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Transfer the sauce to a shallow 9×13-inch baking pan. Crack the eggs onto the sauce, place them in rows. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the whites of the eggs are set and the yolks still soft. Sprinkle the Romano cheese over the top and serve with the bread. Makes 4 servings.
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Next Egg For Dinner Recipe: Broccoli And Quinoa Frittata…
3. Broccoli and Quinoa Frittata
Quinoa and broccoli are two super foods brought together with eggs. This combination proves that easy recipes can be healthy, too.
4 whole eggs
½ cup milk
4 ounces mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon coconut oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup cooked quinoa
2 cups broccoli crowns, chopped and steamed.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Whisk the eggs, cheese and milk together in a medium-size bowl. Heat a medium, oven-safe saucepan over low heat. Melt the coconut oil. Add the quinoa and broccoli and top with the egg mixture. Cook on the stovetop to allow the bottom to set – about 2 minutes. Slide the pan into the oven and bake for 7 to 10 minutes until cooked through.
Next Egg For Dinner Recipe: Curried Eggs…
4. Curried Eggs
Flavors from Southeast Asia combined with hard-boiled eggs create healthy recipes with pizzazz. This is one of those easy recipes that begs for steamed white or brown rice.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 fresh green Thai chili, halved
1 red onion, diced
2 teaspoons curry powder, preferably madras
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
salt to taste
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
6 large eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and halved
Place a large saucepan over medium heat. Melt the coconut oil and saute the onions until softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon sticks, curry powder, chili and cook until the spices release their aroma – 30 seconds to one minute. Add the coconut milk, salt and turmeric. Bring to a simmer. Slide in the halved eggs and cook uncovered until the sauce thickens – about 5 minutes. Baste the eggs with the sauce as it cooks. Remove the cinnamon sticks and the chili before serving. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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Next Egg For Dinner Recipe: Egg Burrito…
5. Egg Burrito
A burrito doesn’t have to be filled with meat and beans. Add this to your list of easy recipes for dinner or any meal in between. To make it a decidedly evening meal – accent it with guacamole, baked tortilla chips and a green salad.
4 9-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas
4 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste
pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 4-ounce can chopped green chilies
1/2 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
jarred salsa verde
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves
Whisk the eggs together with the cayenne, salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Pour in the drained chilies and cook for about 1 minute, until dry. Add the eggs and stir constantly to make curds. Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese. Spoon ¼ of the egg mixture into each tortilla. Top with a bit of salsa and a teaspoon or two of the cilantro. Roll up and serve. Makes 4.