Help! Too Many Eggs, originally posted 9/22/10 on eat2prevent.com
I’ve mentioned before how great it is to have fresh, organic eggs from Rosebank Farms every week. I split the dozen with my mother, so we each get six eggs weekly. However, last week she didn’t take any eggs, so they are all mine—and I don’t know how I’m going to use them all up before Friday!
I have six eggs left that I’d like to use in the next two days, and I need your recipe suggestions! The recipe that uses the most eggs for the least amount of work (doubling the recipe doesn’t count; I have to be able to eat it in a couple of days) will be featured on the site for Thursday Night Leftovers, and you will also have my undying appreciation!
follow-up posted on 10/1/10
So I got lots of great egg options following my Too Many Eggs dilemma. In addition to the comments on that post and some recipes by e-mail, I even got a suggestion (made by a good friend who was clearly joking) that I egg cars.
But ultimately I decided that I would simply whittle away at my eggs by eating two of them for breakfast every day.
I’ve been frying eggs and eating them over sauteed mustard greens (don’t judge till you’ve tried it; not a far cry from spinach), but this morning I had scrambled eggs with fresh basil and chives, turkey bacon, and a gluten-free toaster waffle (I think I like the gluten ones better). Still, it was a yummy and very satisfying breakfast.
However, I hear a lot and find myself that it’s hard to come up with a good breakfast. By that I mean a fast breakfast. I think most people feel this way. I can’t ever seem to get to the office before 10 a.m., and while I think this is largely because I don’t have a boss or a regular paycheck, it would still make me feel more productive to get there sooner.
Still, there’s no doubt that breakfast is important, and honestly, the breakfast above took about 5 minutes to make. While the coconut oil was heating in the pan for the eggs, I stuck the turkey bacon on a broiler pan and into the oven while it preheated to Broil. Then I cracked the eggs and mixed them around in the fry pan for about a minute. Finally I stuck the waffle in the toaster oven for about 3 minutes while the eggs finished cooking. I cut the herbs from my pots and was ready for breakfast.
That said, I’ve come up with some fast breakfast options out of necessity. They just require a little planning (and shopping) ahead:
- Amy’s burritos (frozen, microwavable in 2 minutes, filling, and delicious)
- any precooked grain reheated with a little milk or coconut milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon
- Cook eggs and bacon like above and wrap it all up in a tortilla to go
- A banana—while portable and remarkably filling, you’ll probably be hungry an hour or so after eating this unless you pair it with some yogurt or a granola bar. I’m not a huge fan of granola bars, but Ken Immer’s gRAWnola (available in locally Charleston and hopefully everywhere else) is a great option, as well as Nicole’s Nutty Goodness (also local). And of course, if you’re eating yogurt, stay away from Yoplait, etc. If you like flavored yogurt or yogurt drinks, try to buy them at Whole Foods or Earth Fare to ensure they have a minimum of additives. Regardless, a banana is better than no breakfast at all.
Now, something for when you’re in the mood and have the time for a decadent egg breakfast. This was sent in by one of my readers (my mom). It’s from the cookbook Barefoot in Paris, and she’s made it for me before, and it’s delicious! The heavy cream isn’t an everyday food, but don’t be afraid of the calories or the fat; it will satisfy you in a healthy way and leave less room for unhealthy cravings later on in the day.
Herbed Baked Eggs
- ½ tsp fresh minced garlic, thyme, rosemary, parsley
- 1-2 TBSP freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 6 eggs
- 2 TBSP heavy cream or half and half
- 1 TBSP unsalted butter
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Toasted French bread
Preheat broiler for 5 min. and place oven rack 6 inches below heat.
Combine the herbs and cheese and set aside. Carefully crack 3 eggs into each of 2 small bowls without breaking the yolks. Place 2 individual gratin dishes or custard cups on a baking sheet and place 1 TBSP of cream and 1/2 TBSP butter in each. Place under the broiler for about 3 min or until butter/cream mixture is hot and bubbly.
Quickly, but gently, pour each bowl full of eggs into each dish, sprinkle with the herbs and cheese/ salt and pepper and place under the broiler for 5 minutes until the whites are almost cooked. Remove from oven and allow eggs to set for a minute. Serve with hot toasted French bread.