Hard-boiled eggs make a great snack, of course. But if you went a little crazy with the Easter egg dye, and now have a plethora ofÂ pastel-coloredÂ shells in your fridge,Â you may need some more creative ideas. Check out fiveÂ healthy and delicious ways to enjoy all those eggs.
Pair them with veggies
Itâs no wonder hard-boiled eggs show up on Cobb, chefâs, and Nicoise salads. Aside from being tasty, research shows that eating eggs with raw vegetables actually helps you absorb more nutrients.Â You donât even have to make a formal salad. Try a plate of cut-up vegetablesÂ with an egg or two any time of day.
Maybe you grew up with your momâs deviled eggs, heavy on the mustard and mayo, sprinkled with paprika? Give those classic nibbles an update: Use a heart-healthy mayo made with avocado oil, such as Primal Kitchen's Paleo-Approved mayo ($18;Â amazon.com). You can also fold in some healthy spices, like curry andÂ turmeric. And if you like diced pickle, addÂ a brand thatâs fermented, so you get some probiotics. You can find fermented pickles in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. (Make sure the label says "fermented.") We like the garlic dill pickles from Oregon Brineworks ($10; amazon.com).
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Use your MicroplaneÂ and grate some eggs. Gently sprinkle the fluffy bits over pasta, cooked asparagus, or potato salad. It looks pretty and bumps up the satisfaction factor of the dish.
It sounds complicated and looks super fancy, but pickling hard-boiled eggs is simple to do, with a beautiful and tasty result. Check out this recipe,Â which combines the eggs with beets to turn them a gorgeous color and lend a savory flavor. Serve them for brunch or as an appetizer before a light spring dinner.
AddÂ them toÂ your breakfast
If you usually fry or scramble in the morning, save a step and use hard-boiled eggs to streamline your routine. Slice one or two and enjoy onÂ your whole-grain avocado toast. Make a savory oatmeal with water or broth, and top with hard-boiled egg, leftover vegetables from last night's dinner and a drizzle of olive oil. Or chop and fold into a whole-grain tortilla with refried black beans and salsa.