Egg-cellent Ideas

By Shani Petroff

I’m always looking for more protein-filled meals. I’ve found that a quick and easy way to do this is to use eggs. I like the taste, they’re incredibly easy to prepare, and there are so many ways to enjoy them. I’ve been trying out a whole variety of options, and here are a few I definitely plan to make again:

Simplified Shakshuka: Shakshuka is a popular Middle Eastern dish. It’s eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, usually in a skillet. Often there’s chili powder, paprika, cumin, veggies, and other ingredients. It’s delicious. But I will admit, I sometimes don’t want to put in the effort to make it. I just want something simple, something with limited ingredients. So, I came up with the super-simplified shakshuka. You just need eggs and a jar of tomato sauce. I take a mini loaf pan, pour about ¼ to ½ cup of sauce in the bottom, crack open two eggs, put them on top, and toss the whole thing in the oven (I put it in to bake at 350° and keep it in until the egg whites are no longer runny). That’s it! I make a piece of toast to dunk in the runny egg yolks and the sauce, and I have a full meal! (If it’s lunchtime, I usually add a salad, and I leave feeling very full and satisfied.) The two eggs are 4 SmartPoints® value. The sauce is about 0 to 5 (depending on the brand and amount), and the bread is 2 SmartPoints value.

Egg Muffins: I’m a fan of omelets, but if I’m in a rush, I don’t always have time to make them. That’s when I turn to my egg muffins. I love to keep them in my fridge. It starts off like a regular omelet. I take eggs (or egg whites if I’m trying to save on the SmartPoints value) and my mix-ins (they vary—sometimes peppers and onions, other times I add smoked salmon, dill, or even cheese), but instead of putting them in a pan, I pour them in a muffin tin. I let them bake until they’re done, and then I have a dozen or so little egg treats. I refrigerate them to snack on over the next couple of days. I either throw them in a microwave or stove to heat them up or just eat them cold!

Deviled Eggs: I love deviled eggs! Recently I’ve been altering the traditional recipe. Instead of mixing the yolks with mayonnaise, I’ve been adding fat-free Greek yogurt and mustard. (Some people put in some vinegar or capers too.) I’m still playing around with the measurements, but so far the yogurt-mustard combo has been a decent substitute! (And I mix in some paprika and sprinkle it on top as well.)

Easy Poached and Hard-Boiled Eggs: Awhile back, I saw someone on Connect post about the Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker. I wound up buying one, and while I tend to still use a pan for omelets, I love it for hard-boiled and poached eggs. It’s simple to use and clean and doesn’t take up a lot of counter space. I was making a lot of poached eggs that came out perfectly. I took a hiatus after one slid off my plate and onto my rug. (Runny egg yolk was not fun to clean.) But that was my fault, and had nothing to do with the egg cooker, and I’ve finally started using it again — and it really makes things easy! I can have one poached egg for 2 SmartPoints value or three egg whites for just 1 SmartPoints value. And I find that to be SmartPoints well spent!

Do you have any favorite egg recipes or ideas? You can find me on Connect @shani!

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