A Dozen Ways to Make Eggs For Your Family

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Eggs are packed with proteins that can help your family feel fuller for longer, helping them maintain their energy levels until lunchtime rolls around. They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and eggs can be one of the most beneficial aspects of your morning sustenance. These twelve cooking methods give you a new way to cook each egg in the carton, making sure that your meals are always eggs-traordinary!

  1. Hard-Boiled – Dropping eggs in a bath of boiling water is one of the more convenient, fuss-free ways of cooking them. For those who prefer their yolks solidly cooked, hard-boiling is the way to go. Hard-boiled eggs can also be packed in a bag lunch for a quick protein boost in a midday meal.
  2. Soft-Boiled – While runny yolks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, there are plenty of people who swear by them. If members of your family fall into that camp, soft-boiling an egg provides a quick and easy cooking method that gets breakfast on the table in no time.
  3. Scrambled – You can add salt, pepper, milk or other ingredients to whipped eggs before cooking them, but scrambled eggs can also be cooked without a single additional ingredient. Just sure to cook them slowly, as it doesn’t take long to turn scrambled eggs into a dry, rubbery mess.
  4. Sunny-Side Up – The preferred frying method for the soft-yolk set, sunny-side-up eggs are cooked through without ever being flipped to preserve the perfectly round, soft, yellow center.
  5. Over-Hard – When an egg is cooked “over-hard,” it’s fried on both sides until the yolk has solidified. While sunny-side-up eggs aren’t flipped at all, over-easy eggs maintain the soft yolk and are flipped once during the cooking process.
  6. Poached – Whether you use an egg poacher to keep your egg in one convenient piece or opt to let your poaching egg flow freely through the water, poached eggs require no oil for cooking and are a staple ingredient in the famed brunch dish Eggs Benedict.
  7. Shirred – Baking eggs in a flat-bottomed dish with butter results in shirred eggs, which is a simple method of baking eggs that can be dressed up with breadcrumbs or cheese, along with garnishes of fresh herbs.
  8. Deviled – There are a variety of ways to prepare the yolk-based filling for deviled eggs, but most include mustard, relish and a dusting of paprika for presentation. A staple at every barbecue or potluck, these delightful appetizers prove that eggs aren’t just for breakfast.
  9. In an Omelette – Whether you’re a Denver omelette fan that prefers onions, peppers and ham or a plain-cheese sort of person, you’re only limited by the ingredients on hand when it comes to an omelette. Once you’ve mastered the art of flipping these beauties, you’ll be able to turn out a different variety for every member of the family.
  10. In the Basket – You can use a waffle or a piece of toast for this method; either way, eggs in the basket is a delicious and fun way of cooking your morning meal. Just cut a hole in the center of your bread or waffle and place it in a skillet. Crack an egg into the hole, and cook it to your desired level of doneness. Keep the heat of your stove in mind, though; you don’t want the bread to burn before the egg is fully cooked.
  11. Mexican-Style – For a South-of-the-Border treat, why not opt for huevos rancheros? Roughly translated into “rancher’s eggs,” huevos rancheros are fried eggs served on top of a corn tortilla and topped with a tomato-chili sauce.
  12. Coddled – Coddled eggs are cooked just the way it sounds: very gently. There are two methods for coddling eggs, either in the shell in water that’s just below the boiling point or in an egg coddler placed in a water bath.

Eggs contain not only high-quality proteins, but also all nine of the essential amino acids. They’re also packed with choline, a nutrient that regulates the nervous system and supports brain health. One of the only naturally-occurring, edible sources of vitamin D is fresh eggs, and the carotenoid content of eggs supports eye health. Macular degeneration and the risk of cataracts can be lowered by a diet rich in lutein and zeazanthin, which are more readily available in eggs than almost any other dietary source.

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