It’s six in the evening and she hasn’t thought of dinner yet. Or I thought about it but the ideas didn’t come. Don’t hit Uber Eats just yet.
Even if your refrigerator is a wasteland, you probably have an egg carton.
It’s a shame most people think of egg dishes as just breakfast when there are so many delicious ideas for dinner that include cuisine and culinary abilities. A dozen eggs only cost a few bucks, and even if you splurge on the free range, they’re still relatively cheap when you consider everything you can make with them.
Plus it’s packed with protein and one large egg contains only 75 calories. A diet rich in eggs can help keep your wallet fat and trim your waistline!
Dozen of delicious egg dishes
From fried to frittata, bread pudding to bird’s nest, here are 24 delicious ways to eat eggs for dinner.
1. Eggs Florentine Cereal Bowls with Dutch Yogurt
Hearty Barley Bowls Topped With Sautéed Spinach, Scrambled Eggs And Healthy Yogurt Hollandaise Sauce.
Barley is cheap, nutritious, and filling, so this dinner will keep you full until breakfast, and maybe beyond.
2. Chili Pasta with Fried Egg
Simple pantry ingredients add tons of flavor and spice to your fried egg-topped pappardelle pasta.
The magic happens when the yolk is broken and mixed with garlic oil – you will be transported directly to an Italian village.
3. Shakshouka soup with Swiss chard
Never heard of Shakshouka? It is a traditional Israeli dish of eggs poached in a tomato and chili sauce, usually topped with a shower of feta cheese and served with thin, warm pita bread.
This version turns it into a soup that you can make ahead of time and freeze for up to three months. Simply reheat the surface with a boiled egg and dinner is done.
4. Zucchini and Chives Quiche
Even carnivores won’t miss the meat in this healthy quiche. The crust is made with 100% whole wheat flour, and the filling is filled with fresh local greens and tons of sharp cheddar cheese.
Delicious cold leftovers for lunch the next day.
5. Roasted eggs in tomatoes with lentils and whipped goat cheese
Protein-packed and fiber-rich (and incredibly cheap!) lentils get all the fancy and French in this baked egg dish topped with light and creamy scrambled goat cheese.
Watch the video to see how fast it holds together. Night dinner, to win!
6. Paper egg pan
No time for quiche? Not a problem. The egg white is quick and easy and is the perfect way to use up your leftovers. Make a sheet early in the week and eat fried eggs on breakfast sandwiches, burritos, or on their own the rest of the week.
7. Slow Cooking Ratatouille With Fried Egg
Do you have any leftover red wine on your counter? Don’t spill it!
Put them in your slow cooker with an array of veggies and herbs and make this delicious fragrant ratatouille topped with fried eggs.
8. Literally the best egg salad
Do you have some hard-boiled eggs in the fridge? Use it to make the best egg salad!
And the best thing about it? You can add almost anything to it. avocado? Yes really. Replace mayonnaise with Greek yogurt? Do it. Bacon bits? Absolutely. We were honestly offended that you felt you should ask.
9. A bird in a grilled cheese nest
This might be the ultimate late-night comfort food: grilled cheese and hole-in-one eggs.
There are times to be healthy and there are times for that. This sandwich, with mayonnaise, two types of cheese and plenty of butter, is definitely a worthy treat.
10. Spaghetti Frittata with Turkey Meatballs
Who is the No Bad at frying the right amount of spaghetti to cook it?
If you’ve made too much (again!), turn the extra into a kid-friendly frittata topped with tender turkey meatballs and sticky mozzarella cheese.
11. Easy avocado toast with eggs (four ways)
There’s no wrong way to enjoy avocado toast, but if you don’t add an egg to it, it’s not quite right as it should be.
Poached, scrambled, poached or fried, here are four ways a simple egg can upgrade your toast.
12. Bacon Kale and Sweet Potato Hash
This sweet and savory one-pan dinner contains just five simple ingredients, and is good for both the waist and the wallet. In fact, this recipe is perfect if you’re doing the Whole 30, an eating regimen that focuses on whole, unprocessed foods. Eggs fit that bill.
13. Delicious cheese and ham bread pudding
Transform stale bread into delicious savory bread pudding with ham, cheese, nutmeg and fresh thyme.
You can assemble it in advance and then put it in the oven an hour before dinner.
14. Traditional Egg Soup
Surprise! It is very easy to make this Chinese food at home.
This traditional version uses chicken, corn, and peas with scrambled eggs to make a warm, creamy soup.
15. A beautiful herb omelette from Ina Garten
Eggs can upgrade any meal, but with this simple herbal omelet, you’ll want to be the main event. Have you ever misled us? (Never) Make it yours and your love and imagine sitting in a Paris café like Ina and Jeffrey.
16. Easy Huevos Rancheros
Get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with this simple Huevos Rancheros recipe on the stove. Many of the ingredients are stocking items, like canned beans and sauce, and there’s enough room for substitution of cheese and even the type or size of tortillas.
Do you have a ripe avocado on the table? Cut it and put it on the egg plate. Similarly, use the last spoonfuls of sour cream.
17. Asparagus Frittata with Peas, Mint and Feta
The combination of asparagus, peas, mint and salty feta is bright and fresh.
Think of this recipe as a template, and use whatever vegetables you have in your fridge.
18. Spring Celebration Salad
Enjoy the feeling of spring anytime with the greenest, most delicious salad we’ve ever seen.
Add a hard-boiled egg to the top and you’ve got color (and protein) that’s party-worthy.
19. Paper Tray Patty Melt With Egg
Turn extra boiled eggs into breakfast sandwiches for the week!
This recipe is super easy, and kids can help too.
20. Easy Hollandaise Sauce
The best things in life are free, but the next best things are the things that seem expensive, but are actually cheap, easy, and delicious.
All you need to make this Hollandaise sauce is 10 minutes of cooking time and you’re on your way to the perfect eggs Benedict.
21. Healthy Fried Rice
Fried rice is an easy, versatile, delicious, weekend recipe.
Put leftover produce in a frying pan, season, add rice and then an egg (or three) until done and you’ll have a balanced, healthy meal that everyone will love.
22. Boiled Easter Eggs
This Easter bunny recipe is lime eggs (sorry, it has to be said.) Now is the time to get the kids into the kitchen to help.
23. Breakfast Scramble Stuffed Avocado
Have a craving for avocado toast, but are short on toast? Don’t worry, you won’t need it.
This recipe skips the toast and stuffs a perfect creamy avocado with warm, fluffy scrambled eggs. It’s the perfect comfort food in the morning.
24. One Frying Pan Creamy Hummus with Egg and Prosciutto
This recipe is mess-free, and uses ingredients you probably already have and can be served as an appetizer or doubled as a main course.
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Lucy Becker and Anna Brugman are contributors to The Penny Hoarder.