Whether your backyard chickens are over-achieving, or you’re trying to add more protein to your diet, these 101+ egg recipes will inspire you to use eggs in your diet.
Eggs are a staple in our diet here at the homestead. Not only do we have backyard chickens that provide fresh, grass-fed eggs daily, they also fertilize our yard and act as bug control.
Nutritional Benefits of Egg Recipes
Eggs have been an important part of the human diet since the beginning of time. There was a phase where eggs were frowned upon for having a lot of cholesterol in the yolk, but luckily that phase was short-lived.
Not only are eggs a great source for high quality protein, they contain 11 vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. In fact, they contain some nutrients that are hard to find in other foods.
If you want to learn more about how important omega-3 fatty acids are for our mental well-being and for fighting depression, check out this TED talk that I love:
Not only do eggs have that ever-important omega-3s, ONE egg contains:
40% of your daily vitamin D (another important nutrient for fighting depression!)
Roughly 6.3 grams of protein
25% of your daily folate requirements
12% of your Vitamin B2
20% of your daily selenium
Vitamins A, E, B5, B12, iron, iodine and phosphorus (SOURCE)
Iodine is also super important in our modern diet. Vegetables grown on the East Coast (where I live) naturally have iodine in them, because our soil used to be at the bottom of the ocean and contain the remains of millions of years of dead seaweed.
However, the majority of crops grown in the United States are grown in the mid-west, whose soil lacks iodine. I believe there’s a correlation between the majority of our food being grown in the bread basket and the increase in thyroid disorders.
The protein found in eggs contain all nine essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are those that the body cannot produce itself, and so MUST be consumed. When your body needs to create a new tissue, it must have the exact formula of amino acids. (SOURCE)
Eating eggs ensures that your body can always create new tissues by having the required amino acids available!
Eggs are amazing!
But not all eggs are created the same. Eggs you buy in the store are laid by chickens, cramped in cages too small to stand up in. Their beaks are shaved off to prevent them for destroying themselves or their pen-mates as a result of their stress. (See this publication by PennState – scroll about halfway down the page to see how commercial egg layers live).
The food is 100% grain – an unhealthy source of omega-6’s. Even “free range” will often never go outside, eat grass or bugs, or see the sunshine.
Having your own backyard chickens is super economical, you’ll get much healthier eggs, and the entertainment of watching tiny dinosaurs stalk grasshoppers across your lawn.
For more information on raising your own backyard chickens, check out:
Shakshuka (Shakshouka or Chakchouka) is a dish with deep roots in Arabian and Mediterranean cuisine. It is quite simply eggs poached in a fragrant sauce of tomatoes peppers and spiced according to regional preferences
This vegetarian Zucchini Pea and Ricotta Slice is a delicious reinvention of the traditional Zucchini Slice. Packed with eggs, veggies and bursting with flavour this makes a fantastic non sandwich lunchbox recipe or a quick and simple weeknight meal.
These Sheet Pan Eggs are like eating healthy nachos for breakfast! Baked sheet pan eggs (sunny side up eggs in the oven) are paired with Mexican nacho flavors like salsa, black olive, green onion, jalapeno and low-fat cheese for a quick and easy to make weekday morning breakfast. This breakfast can also be made ahead, as it keeps for a few days in the fridge. For those that like it less spicy, just skip the jalapenos. This recipe is also vegetarian and gluten-free, uses a dozen eggs and perfect for feeding a crowd!
This easy Carrot Cake Overnight French Toast Casserole is made with 8 healthy eggs, pineapple, walnuts and pureed carrots (in the form of baby food so it's quick and easy to make) but still tastes like you're eating carrot cake for breakfast!
Baked Cheese and Vegetable Frittata loaded with delicious cheese, and hearty vegetables. Super simple to prepare and cook in under 20 minutes. Perfect recipe to use up all of those home-hatched eggs! Be creative and add any and every ingredient you have on hand!
Three ingredients and less than 20 minutes is all you need to make these fabulous Prosciutto Egg Cups. These egg cups are a great breakfast option for Whole30, Paleo, and Low Carb/ Keto eating plans! Best of all, you can choose between cooking your egg cups in the air fryer OR the oven!
Grab N Go Quinoa Egg Muffins are the perfect solution for breakfast on a busy morning. Our homemade egg muffins are filled with protein-packed quinoa and eggs and bursting with red bell peppers and arugula, Add in cheddar cheese and fresh basil and Quinoa Muffins are an easy, delicious breakfast.
As chicken owners ourselves, we know the struggle of trying to use all an abundance of fresh eggs. This is our favorite recipe for both at home and entertaining. A unique twist on the classic party favorite, these Hemp & Avocado Deviled Eggs are high protein and mayo-free.
This classic Victoria Sponge makes a large cake that’s perfect for serving a crowd. Using 5 eggs it is light and moist, sandwiched together with delicious jam and cream. A great way to use up your surplus eggs for a real treat.
Did you know you can enjoy a healthy, real food ramen in about the same time as it takes to cook one of those packaged bricks of noodles? With real bone broth, pastured poached eggs, and konjac noodles, this Quick Keto Ramen is an easy, low-carb, and totally grain-free meal with nourishing fats and anti-inflammatory spices.
Gone are the 80s and 90s deviled egg recipes with relish and Miracle Whip! These keto, paleo, and Whole30 Everything Seasoning Deviled Eggs make a perfect appetizer or side dish for any get-together! Even deviled egg-haters love them!
On a recent visit to Old Lady Gang in Atlanta – owned by one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta – I had their Deep Fried Deviled Eggs and loved them. One bite and I knew I was making them myself when I got home!
Looking for a salad that is free from mayo? Then this Egg Leafy Green Salad is what you need if your life. It can’t get any easier than throwing together a generous amount of arugula, cucumber, tomato and carrots with an optional dressing within 20 minutes.
Learn how to make the perfect omelette with sliced mushrooms, spinach and garam masala. Quick and easy to make, this omelette is ready in 15 minutes and made with a handful of simple ingredients. It’s perfect for a filling breakfast on a busy morning or great to serve as a weekend brunch.
You can freeze egg whites, egg yolks, or even whole eggs! Freezing helps save those stray egg whites or yolks left over from meringues, custards, curds, or even making cupcakes. It’s also a great way to make sure that you are prepared if you’re snowed in, sick, quarantined, or otherwise unable to leave your house.
This is the best and easiest way to cook hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot for breakfast. You will get consistent results every single time and you won’t need to monitor the pot. Plus, they are very easy to peel!
Looking for an easy-to-make appetizer that great for any gatherings including Easter party? Deviled eggs with bacon is what you need. It’s irresistible, low-carb, super easy to make and eggscelent crowd-pleaser!
Egg Frittata is an easy to make versatile breakfast, lunch or brunch recipe. This frittata is make ahead and freezer friendly and is perfect for meal preps! It’s packed with flavors and has potato crust making it the best frittata ever!
Deviled eggs are an amazing appetizer that everyone will love! You can serve them casually on Saturday afternoon for your family or bring it to your friend's house! Either way, these healthy filling snacks will be the favorites of the night.
A basic egg sandwich gets an egg-stra special upgrade when it’s turned into this family favorite Egg Sandwich Breakfast Casserole. Serve it for breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. Winner, winner, egg sandwich breakfast casserole for dinner!
Easy Chile Relleno Casserole is a delicious vegetarian dish made with whole roasted Hatch green chiles, stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese, topped with an egg, milk batter, then baked into fluffy perfection. What I love most, make it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and it freezes beautifully!
Breakfast casseroles are a favorite meal at our house, for breakfast or dinner. They're also a great way to use up some of our fresh eggs that we collect daily from our hens. This Country Ham Biscuit Casserole is easy and so delicious!
Homemade past is such a treat and, once you master the basics, it’s surprisingly easy and fun to make. Plus, each batch uses 7 eggs. This step-by-step picture tutorial will walk you through all the details of how to make a perfect batch of delicious homemade pasta.
The classic French Omelette is silky smooth with a just-set exterior and soft scrambled egg interior. They are positively delightful. But, I like them even more when filled with Boursin cheese. The cheese melts into the eggs creating an extra creamy center that’s rich, elegant, and absolutely delicious. It's the perfect, quick, satisfying meal on those nights when you have plenty of eggs and not much else.
You ate eight eggs?! This savory Ricotta Frittata with spinach & mushrooms is more than just a fun phrase: It’s a simple, low carb, gluten free, AND vegetarian weeknight dinner recipe that comes together in just 30 minutes in your trusty cast iron skillet.
A mix of a classic Shakshuka and the Turkish dish Menemen - instead of frying the egg on top of the tomato sauce it's mixed in, but not before a nice mozzarella cheese has been allowed to melt into it. A big breakfast for one, or more moderate for two - either way, grab a piece of bread and get dipping!
This savory breakfast bowl is filled with the best fried potatoes topped with a generous amount of slightly melted feta cheese and a perfectly poached egg. Cut into the egg and the silky yolk covers all that cheesy, salty, yumminess for a perfect bowl of breakfast.
Foolproof Shakshuka Recipe: Eggs poached in spicy tomato-based veggie stew, baked to perfection, garnished with fresh herbs and served with crusty bread. Flavorsome, nourishing and healthy one-pot breakfast or dinner meal you will make over and over again!
Breakfast never tasted so good! Simple and easy, these Breakfast Street Tacos are comprised of small corn tortillas filled with all your morning favorites. Bacon and eggs combine with Mexican ingredients like refried beans, guacamole and cheese to make a quick, filling, low carb, gluten-free breakfast.
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