Chopped hard boiled egg, diced avocado and grape tomatoes make a quick, healthy, filling meal.

Chopped hard boiled egg, diced avocado and grape tomatoes make a quick, healthy, filling meal.

Underappreciated and often overlooked, eggs are economical, versatile, nutritious and delicious. Eggs cost approximately 15 cents each, and one egg provides 6 grams of protein (12% of the recommended daily value) and all of the essential amino acids required by our bodies. Considered by nutritionists and dieticians to be a weight loss “superfood,” some folks avoid them because they worry about cholesterol. Health magazine reported that one study found overweight women who had eggs for breakfast lost twice as much weight as women who had bagels, plus the egg eaters’ cholesterol counts were no higher or lower than those of the bagels eaters.

Eggs aren’t glamorous, but they do have several redeeming qualities. They are portable; easy to prepare; suitable for breakfast, lunch or dinner; quick to assemble into meals; mild in taste and compatible with other flavors; can be cooked into a variety of textures; offer a satisfying portion for the calorie count; and can be incorporated into ethnic recipes.

Most people are familiar with eggs in breakfast burritos, frittatas, omelets and mayo-laden chopped egg sandwiches. If you’re willing to take a crack at breaking out of your egg rut, here are links to a few tempting recipes:

Spinach and Smashed Egg Toast
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/04/spinach-and-smashed-egg-toast/

Huevos Rancheros
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/huevos-rancheros-recipe/index.html

Bacon, Egg and Asparagus Pizza
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/bacon_egg_asparagus_pizza.html

Italian Egg-Drop Soup
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/italian_egg_drop_soup.html

Veggie Egg-Fried Rice
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2770/veggie-eggfried-rice

What’s your egg IQ?

1.  Most eggs are laid between which hours in the day?

4 a.m. – 8 a.m.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

2.  You can cook an egg inside its shell in the microwave.

TRUE
FALSE

3.  A large egg contains about _____ calories.

70
100
150

4.  The Incredible Edible Egg™ slogan has been around for more than _____ years.

30
20
10

5.  The average hen lays _____ eggs a year.

75 to 100
250 to 270
345 to 365

6.  Last April, U.S. hens laid more than _____ billion eggs for human consumption.

1.8
4.7
6.5

Click here for answers.

Sources:
American Egg Board
Health.com
IncredibleEgg.org