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Eggs are, in and of themselves, amazingly healthy. They contain almost everything we need to live. It doesn’t hurt that they taste amazing, either. Of course, then we mix them with mayonnaise and butter and make them anything but healthy. Let’s take eggs back to their basic, delicious selves, and give these healthy recipes a try.
1. Mushroom and Goat Cheese Omelet
Omelets are a classic go-to for quick and easy breakfasts. By leaving out the fatty sausage and switching to goat cheese for extra flavor, you get a slam-dunk breakfast. Just mix up the eggs, drop them in the pan, then let the mushrooms and goat cheese settle in once you’re getting ready to flip. Top it off with some avocado and fresh parsley and you’re ready for the day.
2. Paleo Breakfast Casserole
For an easy, healthy, make-ahead breakfast, the breakfast casserole reigns supreme. If you’re watching your carbs or following the Paleo diet, then this casserole is going to make family visits much easier. Instead of pancakes and waffles, mix up some eggs, sausage and sweet potatoes and toss them in the fridge. In the morning you can pop them in the oven and enjoy socializing with family while breakfast makes itself.
3. Zoodles and Eggs
Zucchini and eggs? Be still my heart! This one is not only carb-free, but it’s not breakfast-specific, either. I included this recipe in my last zoodles recipes roundup, too. Mix together some scrambled eggs, zoodles and seasonings and your healthy and hearty meal is served.
4. Avocado Egg Salad
Egg salad is amazing, but it’s also amazingly unhealthy, mostly due to the large amounts of mayonnaise in it. If you replace all that mayo with healthy, creamy, delicious avocado, you don’t have to worry about all the added fats. Hard-boiled eggs, avocado and Greek yogurt means this dish is high in protein and low in guilt.
5. Egg and Banana Pancakes
Pancakes aren’t difficult, but they don’t get any easier or sweeter than the magic two-ingredient egg and banana pancakes. One banana and two eggs are all you need to make some seriously amazing low-carb, healthy pancakes. These are also great for little ones, since the sweetness of the banana eliminates the need for syrup.
6. Poached Eggs With Avocado Toast
Poached eggs are basically soft-boiled eggs you don’t have to peel, which is awesome because peeling hot eggs isn’t fun. Crack them open, drop them carefully into the hot water, then pull them out and put them on your avocado-smothered toast. Easiest breakfast ever, once you get a little practice with poaching, and a great recipe for staying fit.
7. Butternut Squash and Kale Quiche
Who doesn’t love a good quiche? Even better, this one can be made for dinner. A pie crust of your choosing, topped with beaten eggs, roasted butternut squash pieces and fresh kale make this an easy dinner.
8. Italian Baked Eggs
Traditionally, baked eggs aren’t exactly the healthiest option. However, by taking out full-fat cheese and processed marinara sauce and replacing it with tomato slices, bell peppers, onion and zucchini, you end up with a much healthier option. Roast the veggies with some spices, then drop the eggs on top and bake them until the eggs are just done enough. Your taste buds will thank you.
9. Carrot, Zucchini and Parsnip Frittatas
No one can really argue that frittatas are delicious. The main ingredient is egg, after all. These particular frittatas can be a good way to sneak some extra vegetables into a little one’s diet. Of course, they’re also great snacks for adults, but the kids don’t need to know that. Just sauté the grated veggies until they’re soft, them whisk together the eggs, a bit of flour and whatever seasonings you like. Dump the whole thing into a dish and bake it until it’s set.
10. Deviled Eggs
Lastly, we can’t forget deviled eggs. They’re a classic party pleaser, but they’re also not the healthiest option out there. Until now, that is. Hard boil and scoop out the yolk, as usual. Instead of mayo, substitute avocado and add Greek yogurt for a flavor punch. Mix in lime, salt and any other spices you like and you’ve got a much better version of a classic appetizer. If you really want to go for a wow factor, you can even dress them up all pretty in pink as beet-dyed hard boiled eggs.