Several years ago I had several tests run and completed and a 21-day food elimination diet to determine any food allergens. One of my biggest fears was that they would tell me that I was allergic to eggs. I love eggs. Although the tests did not reveal that I had any food sensitivities to eggs, it did reveal a food sensitivity to gluten. Throughout the years, I have survived without yummy gluten treats and have enjoyed all things eggs. Below are some of my favorite egg recipes.
What is so great about eggs?
Eggs are one of the more inexpensive forms of protein around. You can even go as far as raise your own chickens if your area allows it. I have not been able to talk my husband into raising chickens even though our city allows it on our size lot. If you have access to fresh eggs, feel blessed.
Boil them for an easy snack, deviled eggs for a family gathering or use them to make egg salad.
My favorite way to make hard-boiled eggs is in my Instant Pot. When I first heard about making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, I thought it was a little excessive. I mean boiling eggs is just a pot and water on a stove, right? After ruining a batch of eggs one day by overcooking them on the stove, I gave the Instant Pot method a try. Even if I forget them in the Instant Pot a little too long, it is hard to mess them up.
To make them in an Instant Pot, place the metal rack in the bottom. Pour about one cup of water into the pot. Place your desired amount of eggs into the pot. I typically cook about a dozen at a time because I have three kids. Secure the lid and set the machine on manual for 5 minutes. After the machine completes cooking, let the eggs naturally release for 5 minutes before manually releasing the steam. Admittedly, I have forgotten my eggs on occasion and they have stayed on warm for many many minutes. The eggs are sometimes a little overdone, but not ruined. Scoop eggs from the pot with a spoon and place in an ice bath. Immediately peel the eggs.
Egg Salad or Tuna Salad
Leave the eggs peeled and boiled for an easy breakfast or snack or smash them to put in your favorite egg salad recipe. My kids love egg salad sandwiches for school lunches.
For our favorite egg salad: We add a scoop of mayo, a squirt of mustard and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mash with a fork and spoon onto bread. This is a great make-ahead lunch for school.
For our favorite tuna salad: Add a can or packet of tuna, a squirt of mustard and a tiny scoop of mayo. Mix. Dice one boiled egg and your favorite dill pickles and lightly mix. Tuna salad is great in wraps, as a sandwich or on a salad for the summer. It is also a great make ahead meal option to save time throughout the week. A boiled egg makes a tuna salad especially yummy.
For great breakfast egg recipes check out this post here.