If you know me at all, you know this registered dietitian has a slight obsession with eggs. They definitely make their way into my grocery cart every single week without fail, and they get eaten daily in my house. There are SO many reasons why I love eggs so much. They’re PACKED full of nutrition—things like protein, iron, vitamin D and much more.
Eggs are also so easy to work with and versatile – you can use them as the protein in your meal when you don’t feel like cooking meat, you can throw together a nutritious and filling breakfast, or you can munch on them as an on-the-go snack.
The eggs that we eat, regardless of where we are in the country are 100% Canadian, fresh and local. And although the egg shelve can be confusing and overwhelming with so many to choose from, you can rest assured that they are ALL healthy and jam-packed full of nutrition. As a busy mom, I know how challenging feeding a family is, so today, I’m going to share Top 5 Easy Ways to Include Eggs in Your Family Menu Plan.
Also, did you know that Egg Farmers of Alberta (EFA) represents all 158 registered egg producers in Alberta and supports them in their production of 49 million dozen eggs last year. I love that they’re committed to ensuring the health and safety of Albertans by educating consumers and providing regulatory support and resources for producers.
Another fun fact: eggs produced in Alberta always stay in Alberta! EFA exists to ensure that these local eggs come from a safe and trusted source, are hormone and antibiotic free, and most importantly are good for Albertans.
Here are my top 5 easy ways to include eggs in your family meal plan
1. Make egg muffins!
Muffin tins aren’t just for traditional muffin-making. They can also be used to make individually portioned egg muffins! Egg muffins are fun and customizable and it’s easy to get your kids involved too!! Simply add ingredients like diced veggies, grated cheese, cooked and diced meat and herbs and spices to customize them how you like. They’re also easy to freeze so you always have ready-to-eat snacks in a pinch!
2. Make hardboiled eggs for the week ahead!
On the weekend, we always hard boil a bunch of eggs for the week ahead – to add to lunches, to make egg salad sandwiches, to top salads with and to eat as an on-the-go easy snack!
To get the perfect hardboiled egg, follow these steps:
- Place your eggs in a single layer on the bottom of your pot and cover with cold water. The water should be about an inch or so higher than the eggs. Cover the pot with a lid.
- Over high heat, bring your eggs to a rolling boil.
- Remove from heat and let stand in water for 12 minutes for large eggs. Reduce the time slightly for smaller eggs, and increase the standing time for extra-large eggs.
- Drain water and immediately run cold water over eggs until cooled. Rapid cooling helps prevent a green ring from forming around the yolks.
3. Bake Flourless Blender Muffins!
Eggs provide structure and leavening in baked goods, so even in flourless recipes, eggs can help them to be soft and fluffy! One of the most popular recipes on my blog is for these flourless chocolate lentil protein muffins. They are super easy and delicious, and are great for kids lunches too! One perk about not including flour is that you can blend all ingredients in a blender—best mom baking hack ever!
4. Use them in sandwiches or wraps!
Instead of putting sandwich meats as the protein in sandwiches or wraps, fried eggs make the best addition to sandwiches! I like to cook the eggs medium so that the yolk is a little bit soft and pair them with tomato and avocado — sooo good!
5. Have breakfast for dinner!
When it’s been a busy day and I just need an easy yummy dinner option that you can make in minutes, eggs are my go-to. Whether it’s a suppertime frittatta, French Toast or Egg-in-the-hole, eggs always come in handy on those chaotic weeknights. And kids love them!
So now you have lots of ideas on how to incorporate eggs into your day as a busy parent, make sure you check out all of my favourite egg recipes on my blog!