Boil a few eggs as soon as you buy them, then store in the fridge for an instant high-protein snack. You can enjoy them as they are or add them to salads and sandwiches for a nutritious boost that will keep you full for longer. Once boiled, eggs will keep in the fridge for up to 7 days.
2. Beat the queue
Baked eggs are the perfect solution when you’re serving a few people and don’t want the eggs to get cold. Lightly grease 1-cup ramekins, then add grated cheese, chopped ham or bacon, green onions and herbs. Crack 2 eggs into each ramekin, sprinkle with more cheese and herbs. Bake in a moderate oven for 10–12 minutes or until cooked.
3. Tortillas with a twist
Transform scrambled eggs into tasty breakfast burritos. Spoon scrambled eggs onto warmed flour tortillas, then top with chopped tomato, diced capsicum, slices of avocado and lots of fresh coriander. Roll up and serve warm.
4. French toast
Lovers of sweet breakfasts can still enjoy a protein boost by whisking eggs with a little milk, then dipping slices of bread into the mixture. Allow bread to soak up the mixture then cook in a non-stick frying pan lightly sprayed with oil. Top with sliced strawberries or banana, drizzled with a bit of honey.
5. Instant breakfast (or lunch)
Cook up a batch of frittatas for brekky or lunch. Grease a 12-hole muffin pan and preheat oven to 180°C. Combine beaten eggs with a little milk, then add cheese and tomatoes, mushrooms, leftover roast vegies, ham and herbs. Fill muffin holes. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until cooked.
6. Better burgers
Give hamburgers a healthier carbohydrate/protein ratio by replacing half of the bread roll with an egg. Simply make the burger as usual, then top with a fried egg – fry it in a non-stick frying pan, lightly sprayed with oil – instead of the other half of the burger bun.
7. Soufflé sensations
If you can separate eggs, you can make cheese soufflé; it makes a fantastic light meal, or try a sweet version with raspberries and serve with natural yoghurt and honey.
8. Pizza partner
Spread tomato sauce on a pizza base. Crack some eggs on top, sprinkle with cheese and bake as usual. If you like runny eggs, you might prefer to crack the eggs midway through cooking.
9. Happy hour
Serve nutritious cocktails by adding an egg white to the traditional sour mix of fresh lemon juice, caster sugar and ice. Add a shot of brandy or whisky, shake it all up or blend it together, and serve with a fresh lemon wedge.
10. Kiddie egg cups
Make fun finger food treats for the kids by mixing boiled egg slices and grated carrot with light mayonnaise, and spooning into iceberg lettuce leaves.