Every week, you probably buy a dozen eggs for morning scrambles and pancake batters. But what if we told you eggs are “eggcellent” for dinner, too?
There aren’t many foods as versatile as the humble egg. They’re rich in vitamins, inexpensive, and make a fantastic entrée, and not just in the morning. Their high protein content also makes eggs a solid substitute for expensive meats.
So, whether you want to save a few bucks or just use up that extra dozen in the fridge, try whipping up any of these delicious recipes for dinner.
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Using savory slices of pancetta, a few eggs, and fresh parmesan cheese, you’ll learn to make one of Italy’s most favored meals. This creamy pasta dish is simple, and the quick results deliver a delicious meal to feed a family.
It’s as simple as adding an egg and cheese mixture to hot pasta and constantly stir until the pasta is well coated. From there, add your pancetta and a bit more parm and hot pepper flakes, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a satisfying dinner.
Get the Recipe: An Italian in My Kitchen
Fried rice isn’t complete until a few eggs are cracked into the mix, and Ali from Gimme Some Oven will give you great tips for making this yummy dish. You’ll learn to use cold precooked rice and butter for frying rather than other cooking oils.
This yummy meal is filled with bright veggies and pillowy soft scrambled eggs and is an excellent way to use up some main ingredients you probably already have.
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Mexican Baked Eggs
Jalapeños, tomatoes, black beans, and chilies work flawlessly to create a base before a few eggs are placed over the thickened dish. From there, your oven will finish cooking the meal.
With a few generous sprinkles of cheddar cheese and a quick broil session, your oven will magically transform these few ingredients into a meal you’ll love. Be sure to remove the eggs after a few minutes to ensure your rich yolk doesn’t cook through.
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Shakshuka Middle Eastern Baked Eggs
Similar to Mexican baked eggs, this tomato-filled Middle Eastern version is sure to hit the spot as well. Using red bell peppers, onion, and plenty of tomatoes, you’ll create a thickened sauce-like base for this dish.
You’ll make indentations fit for a few eggs, then bake away until the whites are set and the yolk is runny. Don’t steer from the strict instructions about bread; you’ll need them to sop up all the extra goodness.
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Veggie Ramen with Sesame Fried Eggs
Ramen noodles have a way of creating one heck of a meal when combined with the right ingredients. This recipe is proof and a must-try!
Sesame oil, honey, vinegar, and soy sauce work wonders to create a lip-smacking sauce, and the shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and green onions bring the dish to life. Once the toasted sesame fried eggs are placed atop, there’s no turning back.
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Spaghetti Marinara with Poached Eggs
There are plenty of ingredients to spruce up a basic tomato sauce and a handful of protein options that work well on top. Along with meatballs and chicken, a poached egg is one to name.
While you might be furrowing your brow at the thought, we say, “You don’t know until you try.” The yolk adds a rich flavor to the homemade tomato sauce and doesn’t overstuff you like other meats.
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Hawaiian Loco Moco
Loco Moco is a popular Hawaiian dish, eaten for breakfast, or really any time of day. The meal starts with a generous plate of white rice, topped with a burger patty and fried egg, all covered with homemade mushroom gravy. So if you love burgers, eggs, and rice, then you’ll love this one-of-a-kind dinner!
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Chicken Cobb Salad
Cobb Salads are another great way to work through the eggs in your fridge, and this bright and colorful recipe is an excellent example.
The juicy tomatoes, sliced avocado, and slightly runny boiled eggs make a lovely trio once placed on top of a bed of crisp greens. But after you drizzle over a warm bacon vinaigrette, you’ll be hooked to your new favorite summer salad.
Get the Recipe: Bon Appétit
So next time you aren’t sure what to cook for dinner, and you’ve got plenty of eggs, give one of these recipes a try or concoct something new yourself.